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HOLIDAY CALENDAR 2008

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MUSIC

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Nov. 20

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Orlando Jazz Orchestra A jazzy night of music and revelry. 7 pm Thursday. The Village at Hunter's Creek, John Young Parkway and State Road 417; free; 407-333-7700.

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Nov. 22

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3 Swingin' Tenors Musical memories come to life in tributes to the Big Apple and Mel Torme, among others. 7:30 pm Saturday. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $25-$35; 407-321-8111.

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Nov. 23

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Messiah Sing-Along The Seminole Messiah Choral Society invites you to croon along with composer Handel. 4 pm Sunday. Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2040.

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Nov. 26

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Thanksgiving Eve Bash Fubar rocks to get people ready for the feast. 8 pm Wednesday. Captain's Cove Restaurant and Poolside Bar, 4380 Carraway Place, Sanford; free; 407-322-7575.

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Nov. 29

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Home for the Holidays Orlando Philharmonic presents traditional holiday music. 2 pm, 8 pm Saturday. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $13-$65; 407-849-2020.

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Nov. 30

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Orlando Philharmonic: Holiday Pops Andrew Lane conducts a medley of orchestral versions of Yuletide music. 6 pm Sunday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-896-6700.

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Dec. 2

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Tillis Family Christmas Mel Tillis and his brood spin seasonal stories set to music. 8 pm Tuesday. King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $32-$44; 321-242-2219.

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Dec. 5

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Christmas With the Orlando Chorale Choral music from the season. 8 pm Friday. First United Methodist Church – Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.; $15-$20; 407-849-6080-138.

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Christmas With the Shrine Choir Music from Advent and Christmas season for choir, brass and handbells, with a holiday sing-a-long. 7:30 pm Friday. National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave.; $9; 407-239-6600.

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Holiday Hate Tour Psychostick returns to Orlando to make the season a little less bright. 9 pm Friday. The Haven, 6700 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; call for price; 407-673-2712.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 6

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Holiday Concert The Brass Band of Central Florida plays heartwarming seasonal favorites. 7 pm Friday, 2 pm, 7 pm Saturday. St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 14

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The Singing Christmas Trees 2008 They're back: The choir sings from elaborate faux trees in a Central Florida tradition that also includes a full orchestra and dance. 7:30 pm Friday, 3 pm Saturday, 5 pm Sunday, First Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway; $15-$42; 888-476-3111.

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Dec. 6

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Mannheim Steamroller The Grammy Award-winning Christmas musicians kick off seasonal celebrations in the park. 6 pm, 8 pm Saturday. Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $73; 407-363-8000.

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Dec. 12

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An Evening of Christmas Songs The Bach Festival Youth Orchestra performs a selection of celebratory pieces. 7 pm Saturday. Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; donation; 407-646-1517.

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Candlelight Lessons and Carols A multicultural concert, with the Cathedral Choir, Coro Hispanico, Boys Choir, Girls Choir and instrumentalists. 7:30 pm Friday. St. James Cathedral School and Assembly Hall, 215 N. Orange Ave.; donation; 407-422-2005.

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Dec. 13

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Christmas Concert The Gateway Orchestra plays holiday tunes under the stars. 6 pm Saturday. West First Street and South Park Avenue, downtown Sanford; free; 407-688-5004.

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Merry Tuba Christmas Annual holiday jam encourages participation by any tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players. 1 pm Saturday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3463.

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Dec. 13-Dec. 14

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A Classic Christmas The Bach Festival Society presents a collection of favorite Christmas songs and Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Winter Park's Choral Masterworks Series. 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $20-$50; 407-646-2182.

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Twisted Tinsel: Holidays From a New Angle The Orlando Gay Chorus give a twist to traditional holiday songs as well as new faves. 7:35 pm Saturday, 4:35 pm Sunday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $25-$35; 407-841-7464.

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Dec. 14

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Ceremony of Carols Orlando Deanery Girls Choir performs English composer Benjamin Britten's holiday work. 6 pm Sunday. The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 N. Magnolia Ave.; free; 407-849-0680.

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Holiday Concert Outdoor performance of holiday classics and favorites from the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. 2:30 pm Sunday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-999-7800.

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Dec. 15

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Christmas Remembered Wayne Gratz performs a collection of original and traditional Christmas songs. 7:30 pm Monday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $15; 407-228-1220.

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How Great Our Joy The Chancel Choir and orchestra perform traditional Christmas fare. 7:30 pm Monday. First United Methodist Church - Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.; free; 407-849-6080-138.

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Dec. 18

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At Christmas Time The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra presents an a concert including "Nutcracker Suite," "Festival of Carols," and "Hallelujah Chorus." 7:30 pm Thursday. St. Patrick Catholic Church of Mount Dora, 6803 Old Highway 441, Mount Dora; $36-$42; 352-383-8556.

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Dec. 19

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Classic Albums Live: A Very Lennon Christmas The music of John Lennon is revisited with a holiday bent to benefit World Hunger Year. 7:30 pm Friday. Hard Rock Live, Universal's CityWalk; $20-$30; 407-351-5483.

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Dec. 19-Dec. 20

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Michael Andrew's Swingin' Christmas 2008 Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band present a night of holiday favorites with hep twists and comedic hijinx. 2 pm, 8:30 pm Friday, 4 pm, 8:30 pm Saturday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $43; 407-228-1220.

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Dec. 20

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Jingle Bell Rock 2008 A showcase of bands with a silent auction and gourmet dinner to raise funds for the Adam Stratton Memorial Scholarship Foundation. 6:30 pm Saturday. John H. Bridges Community Center, 445 W. 13th St., Apopka; $60; 407-886-7069.

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Dec. 24

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Unto Us a Child Is Born One of Handel's holiday gems, performed by the Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra. 10:30 pm Wednesday. The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 130 N. Magnolia Ave.; free; 407-849-0680.

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Dec. 26

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Champs Sports Bowl Parade of Bands Musicians from the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference universities compete. 2 pm Friday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3463.

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Dec. 27

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Marc With a C's Annual Holiday Bash The local musician hosts a night of festive mayhem with help from Chris Zabriskie. 8 pm Saturday. Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393.

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Dec. 31

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New Year's Eve Concert Inaya Day helps rock in the New Year by the pool. Midnight Wednesday. The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $20; 407-425-7571.

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THEATER

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Nov. 12-Dec. 30

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Makahiki Christmas Luau Festive Polynesian dinner theater with authentic cultural music, dancing and fire-knife performances. Various times Thursday-Tuesday. SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $69.65; 407-363-2613.

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Nov. 14-Dec. 7

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It's a Wonderful Life Let your heart sing to the musical adaptation of Joe Landry's classic story of a small-town man's discovery of his importance one gloomy Christmas. 7:30 pm Thursday, 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora; $12-$20; 352-383-4616.

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Molly Sweeney Mad Cow Theatre mainstage production of Irish playwright Brian Friel's drama follows a young blind woman's complicated journey to sight, starring Katrina Ploof, Sam Hazell and Mark Ferrera. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave.; $22; 407-297-8788.

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Nov. 17-Dec. 30

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Christmas at Arabian Nights The genie, Princess Scheherazade, Prince Kahlid and the other characters add Christmas magic to their fairy tale dinner theater. Various times Wednesday-Tuesday. Arabian Nights, 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; $56.60-$66.60; 407-239-9223.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 21

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A Christmas Story Adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd's memorable memoir targets young audiences. 7 pm Friday, 2 pm, 7 pm Saturday, ; 2 pm Sunday. Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $11-$17; 407-896-7365.

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An Inspector Calls Mad Cow Theatre's Stage Left production of a Hitchcockian British thriller from playwright J.B. Priestly about the questioning of a family in relation to a suicide. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday. Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave.; $24; 407-297-8788.

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Nov. 22

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The Rock & the Rabbi The combination of storytelling and acoustic music relates the story of the friendship between the apostle Peter and Jesus. 7:30 pm Friday, 3 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $28-$38; 407-228-1220.

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Nov. 23

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In God's Bedroom Writer and dramatist Natalie Krasnostein performs her one-act modern interpretation of the first and second books of Samuel. 4 pm Sunday. Rollins College, Fred Stone Theatre, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2145.

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Nov. 25

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Nunsense Sally Struthers stars in this touring Broadway comedy about nuns raising money for burials. 7:30 pm Tuesday. Lakeland Center, 700 W. Lemon St., Lakeland; $45-$65; 941-834-8111.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 30

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Capone's Holiday Show The dinner theater presents a speakeasy Christmas. Various times Wednesday-Tuesday. Capone's Dinner & Show, 4740 Highway 192, Kissimmee; $50; 407-397-2378.

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Nov. 28-Dec. 21

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A Christmas Carol A traditional telling of the classic tale, directed by Frank Hilgenberg. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday. Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $15-$18; 407-841-0083.

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Dec. 3-Dec. 28

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The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge Scrooge brings the Christmas ghosts up on charges of kidnapping and assault in this twisted holiday comedy. 7 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $34-$38; 407-447-1700.

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Dec. 4-Dec. 7

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A One-Man A Christmas Carol David A. McElroy plays 37 characters in Southern Winds Theatre's production of Dickens' story, directed by Marylin McGinnis. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Seminole Community College, Fine Arts Theatre, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $10-$12; 407-708-2040.

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Dec. 4-Dec. 28

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A Christmas Story Ian Petrella, who played Randy in the film version, stars in Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of the beloved holiday tale, co-produced by Grammercy Theatre. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday, 3 pm, 6:30 pm Sunday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $28-$33; 407-228-1220.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 21

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Godspell The Greater Orlando Actors Theatre presents the 1970s musical based on the parables in the book of Matthew. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday. Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, 1013 E. Colonial Drive; $18; 407-872-8451.

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Home for the Holidays Performance of an upbeat collection of songs from Broadway, film, radio and television that celebrate the holidays. 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday. Winter Park Playhouse, 711-B Orange Ave., Winter Park; $32; 407-645-0145.

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It's a Wonderful Life Joe Landry's seasonal heart-warmer is performed as a 1940's radio broadcast, produced by the Orlando Theatre Project. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $22-$25; 407-877-4736.

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Dec. 11-Dec. 21

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It Was a Very Good Yule Christmas Cabaret Holiday music celebration covering five centuries of songs. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave.; $22; 407-297-8788.

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Dec. 12-Dec. 14

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The IceHouse Youth Theatre presents this holiday comedy about the mischievous Herdman family. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday. IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora; $10; 352-383-4616.

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Dec. 12-Dec. 21

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Comedy ensues when the worst behaved kids in town get lead roles in the local Christmas play. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $20; 407-846-6257.

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Dec. 20

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Oliver! Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' story of orphaned children on the street. 3 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday. King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $37-$48.50; 321-242-2219.

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Dec. 21

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A Christmas Carol: The Musical A lyrical telling of Dickens' classic morality tale with special effects by magician Franz Harary. 3 pm Sunday. King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $15-$28; 321-242-2219.

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Dec. 21-Dec. 23

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Dickens by Candlelight Terry Olson's RS&C Productions in annual presentation of their short and sweet interactive telling of A Christmas Carol as a ghost story. 7:30 pm Sunday-Tuesday. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $35; 407-648-7060.

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DANCE

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Nov. 21-Nov. 23

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Chocolate Nutcracker Southwest United Communities presents this culturally diverse retelling of the classic tale as part of its Arts in Education Initiative program. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $26-$46; 407-522-9230.

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Dec. 6-Dec. 7

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Alice Takes Wonderland Nao Dance presents this contemporary, improvisational telling of Lewis Carroll's classic. 4:30 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $17-$22; 407-321-8111.

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Makulu The Center for Contemporary Dance's family-friendly holiday African dance about love and miracles. 7 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $17-$22; 407-321-8111.

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The Nutcracker The timeless classic performed by the Space Coast Ballet. 2 pm, 7 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $15-$40; 321-242-2219.

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Dec. 6-Dec. 20

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VarieTEASE: Screw Blue Revue Baby Blue and company present another sexy theatrical dance. 8 pm Saturday, 9 pm Wednesday. Footlight Theater, The Parliament House; $15; 407-425-7571.

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Dec. 7

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The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday classic. 4 pm Sunday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $10-$20; 407-228-1220.

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Dec. 13

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The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday classic, with a nutcracker tea service before the show. 5:30 pm Saturday. Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; $15-$37; 407-443-5045.

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Dec. 13-Dec. 21

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The Nutcracker Orlando Ballet spices up Tchaikovsky's masterwork with elaborate sets, special effects and more. 2 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, 7:30 pm Friday. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $20; 407-849-2020.

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Dec. 14

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The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando performs the holiday classic, with a champagne and wine reception following. 2 pm Sunday. Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; $15-$45; 407-443-5045.

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Dec. 18

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Children's Nutcracker The Central Florida Ballet performs with a story narration to introduce young viewers to Tchaikovsky's dreamy holiday dance. 11 am Thursday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $15; 407-849-9948.

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Dec. 20

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The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando puts on their traditional community performance. 7:30 pm Saturday. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; 407-246-2827.

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Dec. 20-Dec. 21

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The Nutcracker International star Joseph Gatti performs the holiday dance with the Central Florida Ballet. 2 pm, 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $16-$80; 407-849-9948.

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COMEDY

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Dec. 4

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Carlos Mencia The no-nonsense star of Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia isn't happy until he insults everyone. 8 pm Thursday. Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach; $42; 904-258-3169.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 6

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Defending the Caveman Comedian Rob Becker's one-man show about the gender gap through the ages. 8 pm Friday, 5 pm and 8 pm Saturday. The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $40; 407-228-1220.

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Dec. 12

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Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity The best-selling ventriloquist/comedian brings his puppetry.

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7 pm Friday. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Highway 192, Kissimmee; $42.50; 321-697-3333.

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Dec. 18-Dec. 31

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The Yule of Fools Stars perform holiday themed improv with audience participation, candy and presents. 8 pm Sunday-Thursday, 8 pm and 10 pm Friday-Saturday. SAK Comedy Lab, 380 W. Amelia St.; $12-$15; 407-648-0001.

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EVENTS

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Through Nov. 23

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Festival of Trees Experience the festive sight of designer-decorated Christmas trees in this glittering holiday shop-tacular. 10 am-5 pm Thursday-Sunday. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $10; 407-672-3838.

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Through Dec. 19

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey and friends celebrate the season with special holiday shows, fireworks, parades and treats. 7 pm daily. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $48.95-$55.95; 407-824-4321.

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Through Dec. 31

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Light Up UCF A light show, outdoor Holiday Film Festival and skating rink help to ring in the spirit of the season. Various times Thursday-Tuesday. UCF Arena, University of Central Florida; $10; 407-823-6006.

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Best of Florida Christmas An aerial show, ice skating and activities fill the resort with holiday cheer. Various times Wednesday-Tuesday. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; free-$12.99; 407-586-1600.

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Ice! Blocks of ice are skillfully hand-carved into various illuminated Christmas scenes. Various times daily. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $16.99-$24.99; 407-586-4423.

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Nov. 20

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Covenant House International Candlelight Vigil Annual event allowing people to help shed light on the problem of homeless youth. 6 pm-7:30 pm Thursday. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; 407-246-2827.

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Dating Dash Singles looking to meet holiday dates get set up with a round of questioning provided by the bar. 8 pm Thursday. Little Fish Huge Pond, 309 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-321-2264.

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Nov. 21

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Citrus Square Thanksgiving Feast Senior program hosts dinner for the Citrus Square community. 6 pm-7:30 pm Friday. Citrus Square Recreation Site, 5625 Hickey Drive; free; 407-273-4850.

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Jingle Eve Shops put out festive lights and decorations for a night of live entertainment. 6 pm-10 pm Friday. Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton Avenue; free; 407-484-5839.

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Nov. 21-Nov. 23

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Avalon Jubilee Fall carnival with rides, games and food. 3 pm-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday. Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565.

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Nov. 22

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Patrick Smith Day The author, who was voted the Greatest Living Floridian by the Florida Historical Society, signs copies of his books and discusses wildlife conservation at this day of eco-friendly activities. 10 am-2 pm Saturday. Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud; $5-$10; 407-957-9794.

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Sugar Plum Afternoon Tea Spend the afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy from Orlando Ballet's production of The Nutcracker while enjoying a full, English-style tea service. 2 pm Saturday. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; $35; 407-996-9770.

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Nov. 23

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Thanksgiving Potluck Animal Rights Florida hosts vegan celebratory meal and activities. Must register in advance. 2 pm Sunday. Mead Gardens, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; $5 with a covered dish, $10 without; 407-623-3342.

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Nov. 24-Dec. 30

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SeaWorld Holiday Celebration Enjoy festive fountain shows, carolers and nightly snowfall in celebration of the season. All day Monday-Tuesday. SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $69.65; 407-363-2613.

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Nov. 26

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Church Street Thanksgiving Eve Street Party Drinks and music downtown to help remind people to give thanks. 5 pm Wednesday. Church Street and Garland Avenue, downtown Orlando; $6-$10; 407-923-8027.

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The Wildest Wednesday D's Dollies perform a late-night show on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. Midnight Wednesday. Footlight Theater, The Parliament House; free; 407-425-7571.

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Nov. 26-Nov. 30

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Central Florida International Auto Show Hundreds of new models and concept cars on display along with other auto treats. Noon-10 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 10 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 10 am-7 pm Sunday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $9; 323-782-2216.

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Nov. 27

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Vegan/Non-Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Tofurky and turkey with all the trimmings to celebrate not having to cook for yourself. Call for reservations. Seatings at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm Thursday. Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave.; $19.99; 407-893-4994.

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Nov. 27-Dec. 30

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Leu's Holiday House Christmas trees, decorations and seasonally spirited dioramas adorn the gardens, with guided tours available. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Tuesday. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free-$7; 407-679-6426.

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Nov. 28

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Orlando Polar Bear Club Fans of frigid temperatures are invited to slide through the Ice! exhibit, with coffee and cocoa to warm up afterward. 8:30 pm Friday. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $19.99; 407-586-2000.

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Nov. 28-Dec. 30

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Holidays Around the World Celebration of seasonal traditions in other countries and a candlelight processional ending with a choir and orchestra performance. All day Friday-Tuesday. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $75; 407-824-4321.

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Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights A dazzling light show in collaboration with businessman Jennings Osborne, who developed the display for his daughter. Evenings Friday-Tuesday. Disney Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $75; 407-824-4321.

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Nov. 29-Nov. 30

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Lipizzaner Stallions No strangers to Orlando, the Original Herrmann's Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of Austria perform a rare, intimate show, with proceeds to benefit Freedom Ride. 4 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. Freedom Ride, 1905 Lee Road; $12-$15; 407-293-0411.

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Nov. 29-Dec. 30

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Now Snowing Celebration gets into the season with snow machines, carolers and entertainment all month long, kicking off with a tree lighting. Various times Saturday-Tuesday. Celebration Town Center, 690 Celebration Ave., Celebration; free; 407-566-1202.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 7

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Festival of Trees A week-long celebration with decorations and a tree-trimming contest. 10 am-4 pm Sunday-Saturday. Museum of the Apopkans, 122 E. Fifth St., Apopka; free; 407-703-1707.

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Dec. 2

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Holiday Lights Orlando Sing along with Mayor Buddy Dyer and Bob Frier of WKMG-TV in the lead up to the lighting of Orlando's tree. 5:30 pm-7 pm Tuesday. Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-246-4279.

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Holiday at Heritage Square Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty flips the switch to light up the downtown square, followed by an open house at the museum with musical performances and a visit with Santa. 6 pm-9 pm Wednesday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; free; 407-836-8500.

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Dec. 4

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Christmas in the Park The 30th-annual lighting of century-old Tiffany windows from the Morse Museum and an outdoor concert by the Bach Festival Society Choir. 6 pm Thursday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311.

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Dec. 5

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Christmas in the Square Live entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony, and Santa shows up in the evening. 6 pm-8 pm Friday. West First Street and South Park Avenue, downtown Sanford; free; 407-688-5120.

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Holiday Florida International Beer Festival Outdoor sampling celebration of both local and worldly brews in addition to restaurant cuisine. 5 pm-9 pm Friday. Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; $25-$30; 407-383-2331.

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Light Up Flagler Avenue The street comes alive with holiday celebrations and performances from musicians to martial artists. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Friday. Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-427-2256.

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Light up the Courtyard The annual lighting of a Christmas tree and all adjacent fixtures designated by designer Susan Unger, plus the arrival of Santa. 11 pm Friday. The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $3; 407-425-7571.

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Mel's Bad Girls Club Prom: The Frosty Ball Mel Taylor hosts an evening of dancing and art to raise money for the B.A.S.E. Camp Childrens Cancer Foundation. 8:30 pm Friday. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; $25; 407-648-7060.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony Winter Park kicks off the holiday season with carols from local ensembles, a visit from Saint Nick and a look at the 2008 Holiday Card Competition winners. 5 pm Friday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 6

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Christmas Vespers The annual festival of lessons and carols presented by the Rollins College department of music. 6 pm Friday-Saturday. Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-1517.

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Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Stroll historic and decorated homes while enjoying festivities from caroling to carriage rides. 6 pm Friday, 11 am-9:30 pm Saturday, Sanford; $25-$30; 407-263-4488.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 7

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Florex 2008: The Florida Stamp Show Buy, sell, trade and peruse among this gathering of Floridian philatelists. 10 am-6 pm Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive; free; 407-295-3247.

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Dec. 6

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Apopka Christmas Parade Floats, organizations and live music performers make their way to Main Street. 10 am Saturday. Downtown Apopka, Park Avenue, Apopka; free; 407-886-4331.

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Avalon Aglow Santa leads the evening affair, which offers hay rides, ice skating, live performances and fireworks. 5 pm-9 pm Saturday. Founder's Square at Avalon Park, 13001 Founder's Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565.

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Breakfast With Santa Take your picture with St. Nick while enjoying the first meal of the day. 9 am Saturday. Village Tavern, 4157 Conroy Road; $10-$15; 407-581-1740.

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Holiday Parade Floats, performances and contests bring in the holiday season, followed by the community's tree and decoration lighting ceremony. 4 pm Saturday. Founder's Square at Avalon Park, 13001 Founder's Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565.

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Holiday Parade Floats and marchers wind through downtown, concluding in a tree-lighting ceremony and holiday expo. 4:45 pm Saturday. East Broadway and Lake Jessup Avenue, downtown Oviedo; free; 407-971-5555.

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Illuminated Christmas Parade Floats light up the night and wind through the streets of Sanford's historic downtown. 6 pm Saturday. West First Street and South Park Avenue, downtown Sanford; free; 407-688-5004.

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IMAGES Tour of Homes Tour five unique homes professionally decked out in the spirit of the season, all to benefit IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts. 9 am-3 pm Saturday. Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach; $20; 386-427-6975.

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Light Up the Holidays More than 200,000 colorful lights illuminate the park behind the Altamonte Mall, with live music and entertainment to kick off the seasonal decor. 5 pm-8 pm Saturday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8180.

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Parrandas Night Puerto Rican musicians play traditional Latin Christmas music while guests enjoy the Ice! exhibit and various Hispanic desserts and treats, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Scholarship fund of the Hispanic Business Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. 10 pm Saturday. Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $20; 407-586-1600.

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Winter Park Christmas Parade Annual holiday processional with floats, bands, well-known locals and Santa. 9 am Saturday. Departs from Park and Comstock avenues, downtown Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.

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Winter Wonderland Celebration in the park with live entertainment and snowfall. 4 pm Saturday. Park Avenue, downtown Apopka; free.

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Dec. 6-Dec. 7

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Cracker Christmas Weekend Old Florida-style holiday fair with exhibits, arts and crafts, demonstrations and food. 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday. Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; 407-568-4149.

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Dec. 7-Dec. 30

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Grinchmas The Grinch returns to take over the park in honor of the 50th anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. All day Sunday-Saturday. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $75; 407-363-8000.

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Macy's Holiday Parade The famous giant balloons head south for the season. Various times Sunday-Saturday. Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $75; 407-363-8000.

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Dec. 9

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Holiday Artisan Market Instead of shopping for gifts at the North Pole, shop for gifts made by local crafters, including shirts from Fat American, infused teas from jilliansays.com and other creative and affordable options. 7 pm-11 pm Tuesday. Taste Restaurant, 717 W. Smith St.; free; 407-835-0646.

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Dec. 12-Dec. 13

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25 years old compete for the $10,000 scholarships awarded to the best solo and group acts, with a presentation by Santa at Lake Eola on Dec. 14. 8 am-4 pm Friday-Saturday. Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, 128 W. Church St.; free; 407-839-3000.

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Dec. 13

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Festival of Lights Parade Holiday floats light up the streets at night. 6 pm-8 pm Saturday. Broadway and Monument Avenues, downtown Kissimmee; free.

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Holiday Dinner for the Animals Tenth annual event featuring vegan food, raffles and speaker Melani Nardone with the Greyhound Protection League. 6 pm Saturday. Garden Cafe, 810 W. Colonial Drive; $25-$35; 407-617-5572.

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Hope for the Holidays A night of music and dancing to collect toys for XL106.7's Baby DJ Fund. 8 pm Saturday. Bliss Ultra Lounge; toy donation; 407-849-5060.

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Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights Moonlit parade, starting at the museum with community activities, traverses area lakes. 6 pm Saturday. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-647-6294.

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Dec. 13-Dec. 14

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Christmas Tour of Homes and Historic Landmarks The history and decorations of Eustis are on display. 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. First Presbyterian Church of Eustis, 117 S. Center St., Eustis; $12; 352-357-8555.

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Dec. 14

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Holiday in the Park The Orlando Christmas Parade gets a new look as it moves to nighttime with the theme "Light up the Holidays." 6 pm-8 pm Sunday. Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street, downtown Orlando; free-$50; 407-898-3130.

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Dec. 21

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Hanukkah in the Park Chabbad of Greater Orlando and the Jewish Community Center hold an evening of family activities, including singing, dancing and lighting a giant menorah. 5 pm Sunday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-616-6410.

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Jazz Stroll Guests take in the elaborate decorations, taste from local restaurants and dance to the bebop of Jeff Rupert & Dirty Martinis. 7 pm Friday. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $35; 407-896-4231.

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Dec. 26

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Lippizzaner Stallions The historic and acclaimed show of trained horses performs their choreographed presentation "Dancing White Stallions." 3 pm, 7:30 pm Friday. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Highway 192, Kissimmee; $18.50-$29.50; 321-697-3333.

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Dec. 26-Dec. 30

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Orlando Citrus Parade Float Build Hundreds of volunteers are needed to attach citrus to the parade's signature floats. 9 am Friday-Monday. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; free; 407-345-9800.

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Three Kings Holiday A diverse holiday tradition offers mallgoers the chance to have their pictures taken with the ornately decorated three kings. 11 am-8 pm Friday-Tuesday. Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail; free.

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Dec. 30

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Orlando Citrus Parade Downtown processional with marching bands and floats, including seven signature designs made entirely of Florida citrus. 11 am Tuesday. Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street, downtown; free-$25; 407-423-2476.

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Dec. 31

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New Year's Around the World Music and dancing throughout the World Showcase as well as a special presentation of "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" lights, lasers and fireworks display. All day Wednesday. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; $75; 407-824-4321.

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New Year's Eve Universal takes the party to the streets of CityWalk with an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet and live entertainment. 8 pm Wednesday. CityWalk at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; various prices; 407-363-8000.

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New Year's Eve Dinner and After Glow Party Enjoy dinner followed by a party featuring Orlando jazz artist Jacqueline Jones, plus dancing and a champagne toast. 5:30 pm Wednesday. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; $70-$175; 407-996-9770.

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New Year's Eve Party The aquatic park hosts a night of live entertainment and fireworks at the waterfront. 8 pm Wednesday. SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $69.95; 407-363-2613.

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New Year's Eve Street Party Enjoy live music, fireworks and access to seven distinct clubs. 8 pm Wednesday. Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, Lake Buena Vista; $99; 407-934-7781.

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Nov. 20

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Nothing Like the Holidays Free screening of the dysfunctional family comedy starring John Leguizamo and Luis Guzman. 7:30 pm Thursday. Premiere Cinemas 14 at the Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive; free; 407-894-0599.

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What's Cooking? The story of four interlocking, multicultural families preparations for Thanksgiving. 7 pm Thursday. The Painter's Daughter Boutique, 331 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora; free; 352-735-3470.

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Dec. 5

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Popcorn Flicks Gremlins screened in the park by Enzian Theater. 8 pm Friday. Shady Park, corner of New England and Pennsylvania avenues, Winter Park; free; 407-629-0054.

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Holiday Movie in the Garden Chill out among the flowers, pack a dinner and watch Bing Crosby's classic White Christmas. 6 pm Friday. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $7; 407-246-2620.

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Dec. 6

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Miracle on 34th Street The city of Maitland presents the holiday classic as part of its Season of Light festivities. 7:45 pm Saturday. Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free.

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Dec. 6-Dec. 7

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Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase Annual forum for film and video artists from around the state to screen their creations. Various times Saturday-Sunday. Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; various prices; 407-629-0054; www.enzian.org/festivals/brouhaha.html.

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Dec. 8-Dec. 17

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Holiday Movie Night Outdoor screenings of seasonal classics. 6 pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8180.

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Dec. 11

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A Christmas Carol Brian Hurst's 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge. 7 pm Thursday. The Painter's Daughter Boutique, 331 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora; free; 352-735-3470.

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Dec. 19

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Cinema in the Park Michael Keaton plays a rocker dad reincarnated as a snow man in Jack Frost. 7 pm Friday. Centennial Park, Park Avenue and Fourth Street, Sanford; free; 407-688-5004.

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LEARNING

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Nov. 20

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Mark Plotkin Lecture The author, ethnobotanist and Time magazine's "Hero for the Planet" gives a lecture titled "Rainforest Conversation, Searching for New Jungle Medicines and the Importance of a Liberal Arts Education." 7 pm Thursday. Rollins College, Bush Auditorium, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-646-2000.

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Scrub Jays in Central Florida Ralph Risch educates people on his efforts to protect the only bird unique to Florida, presented by the Orange Audubon Society. 7 pm Thursday. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; free; 407-246-2620.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 12

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Star of Bethlehem A lesson on the astronomical mysteries of Christmas. 8:30 pm Fridays. SCC Planetarium, Seminole Community College, Sanford; $6; 407-708-2360.

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Dec. 9

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Eco-Spirituality and Co-Creating a Sustainable Future Sister Paula Gonzales of Sisters of Charity speaks on the relationships between religion and environmental activism. 7 pm Tuesday. First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1901 E. Robinson St.; free; 407-898-3621.

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Nov. 21-Nov. 22

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Classic Skate Weekend Ol' Skool Rollerz present two nights of skating workshops and grooving to DJs to benefit charity organizations. Midnight-4 am Friday, 11 pm-4 am Saturday. Semoran Skateway, 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry; $12-$14; 407-834-9095.

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Nov. 22

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Florida Classic: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. Florida A & M Rattlers 2 pm Saturday. Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $40-$50; 407-849-2020.

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Nov. 27

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Turkey Trot 5K All ages burn off calories before the holiday feast. 8 am Thursday. Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street, downtown; free-$30; 407-896-1160.

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Nov. 27-Nov. 30

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Old Spice Classic 2008 Three days of college basketball match-ups between Georgetown, Gonzaga, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Siena, Tennessee and Wichita State. Times vary, Thursday-Friday, Sunday. Disney's Wide World of Sports – The Milk House, 800 S Vicory Way, Kissimmee; $15-$90.

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Nov. 29

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UCF Knights vs. UAB Blazers 3:30 pm Saturday. Bright House Networks Stadium, University of Central Florida; $37-$50; 407-823-1000.

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Nov. 30

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Gator Jam Orlando: Florida Gators vs. UMKC Kangaroos 1 pm Sunday. Amway Arena, 600 W. Amelia St.; $10-$30; 407-849-2020.

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Dec. 2

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Seasons Beatings Pro wrestling event to benefit Toys for Tots. 7:30 pm Tuesday. Sun on the Beach, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; $10; 407-397-0207.

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Dec. 7-Dec. 13

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Pop Warner Super Bowl The season culminates in a 64-team competition, along with the National Cheer & Dance Championships. Times vary Sunday-Saturday. Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista; prices vary; 407-824-4321.

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Dec. 13

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Christmas Payoff Mid Florida Wrestling presents holiday match-ups. 7 pm Saturday. American Legion Post 53, 2874 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; $10; 407-322-1652.

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Dec. 20

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Inaugural Kissimmee PRO-AM Supercross Local riders compete along with some of the best pros as they tear up the track, including X-Games Gold Medalists Kevin Johnson and Ricky Renner. 7 pm Saturday. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Highway 192, Kissimmee; $27; 321-697-3333.

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Dec. 27

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Champs Sports Bowl: Big Ten vs. ACC 4:30 pm Saturday. Florida Citrus Bowl, 1610 W. Church St.; $50-$300; 407-849-2020.

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ART

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Nov. 20

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Genesis Reception The North Tampa Arts League presents abstract and historical works based on the theme of new beginnings. 6 pm-9 pm Thursday. The Gallery at Metro, 323 E. Church St.; free; 407-237-3331.

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In Focus: National Geographic's Greatest Portraits Opening Celebrate the kick-off of this traveling Smithsonian exhibit with international food, music and special guest speaker His Excellency Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States. 6:30 pm Thursday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; $25; 407-836-8500.

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Return to Forever Opening Original works from local artists Edson Campos and Kathleen Brodeur, including pieces inspired by Tiffany stained glass focused on love and precious things in life. 6 pm-10 pm Thursday. The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; 407-803-6670.

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Sensory Overload 2 Reception New works to benefit the B.A.S.E. Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. 6 pm-9 pm Thursday. Kiene-Quigley Community Gallery, CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060.

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Tests of Perception: Josef Albers and Bauhaus Theory at Black Mountain College New York-based art historian and critic Eva Diaz presents her thoughts on the colorful artist's legacy. 6 pm Thursday. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526.

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Unify Opening BiggsLee Artistic Services curates this exhibit focused on themes of solidarity and cooperation. 6 pm-9 pm Thursday. AKA Lounge, 68 E. Pine St.; free; 407-839-3707.

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Nov. 22-Nov. 23

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DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Juried art show and celebration with art displays, live performers, vendors and family activities. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard, downtown DeLand; free; 386-738-5705.

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Uptown ARTamonte Festival of the Arts Fine arts and crafts, with live entertainment and an interactive art area for kids. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.

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Nov. 28

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Beatles Visual Art Tribute Over 25 artists represent Beatles' songs through different visual mediums. 7 pm Friday. Redefine Boutique, 213 N. Magnolia Ave.; $5; 407-488-9158.

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Dec. 1

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A Day Without Art Observation On World AIDS Day, the Florida Queer Arts Collective covers up its current annual Winter Juried Exhibit in honor of the memory of artists lost to AIDS. Noon-9 pm Monday. Gallery Q, 946 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-228-8272.

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Dec. 5

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Lexicon and Legacy Opening Florida artist Harold Garde displays a collection of his abstract expressionist paintings. 5 pm-7 pm Friday. The Museum of Florida Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; free; 386-734-4371.

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Dec. 6

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McRae Art Studios Holiday Open House The art studio opens its doors and features works by local artists including Krista Berman, Dina Mack, Donne Bitner, Gena Semenov and others. 4 pm-9 pm Saturday. McRae Artists Studios, 906A Railroad Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-9956.

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Dec. 7

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Christmas Trees: A Holiday Tradition in Clay Doug Bringle teaches students how to make Christmas trees out of clay in all-ages workshop. 1 pm Sunday. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; $130; 407-671-1886.

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Holiday Open House New whimsical works and holiday shopping with the gallery's studio artists. 5 pm Sunday. Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774.

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Dec. 9

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Adored Artists V Reception Works by curator favorites, including Sally Evans, Tony Garan, Jim Casey, Bob Hague and all the COMMA artists; through Jan. 9. 6:30 pm-9 pm Tuesday. COMMA Gallery, 813 Virginia Drive; free; 407-894-4505.

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Dec. 18

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12x12: One Talk about good things in small boxes, this show features underground fine art pieces, none of which exceed 12 inches by 12 inches or $200 in price. 6 pm-9 pm Thursday. AKA Lounge, 68 E. Pine St.; free; 407-839-3707.

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EXHIBITS

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Through Nov. 29

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Arabesque Florida artists Candace Knapp and Nancy Dillen display paintings and sculptures. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday, Saturday. Harris House at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-423-1753.

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Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit SCC's annual exhibition of works by the teaching staff. 9 am-4 pm Monday-Thursday. Seminole Community College Fine Arts Gallery, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2039.

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Osceola Crafters' Holiday Gift Gallery Artists from throughout Osceola County show and sell their handcrafted wares. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday. Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257.

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Moments of Light, Water & Air Central Florida painter William E. Orr puts on a show of natural scenes. 9 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, noon-4:30 pm Saturday-Sunday. Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; 407-539-2181.

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Holidays at the Waterhouse The museum decks its halls for Christmas in the 1880s, plus a visit from the Waterhouse Mouse. Noon-4 pm Wednesday-Sunday. Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; $2-$3; 407-644-2451.

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Folk Art for the Holidays A seasonal show of works by local artists. 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774.

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Through Dec. 30

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Selected Fine Art Faculty 2008 Valencia faculty members display their best from the year. 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, Anita S. Wooten Gallery, Valencia Community College East Campus; free; 407-582-2289.

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Faculty Holiday Exhibition Sixth annual show and sale of works by emerging and established artists to benefit the art school. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-2 pm Saturday. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886.

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Through Dec. 31

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Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of Bielski Brothers Display focuses on three brothers who sheltered Jewish men, women and children during the Third Reich and are the basis for the film Defiance. 9 am-4 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday. Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555.

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Nov. 20-Dec. 13

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Sensory Overload 2 Mel's Bad Girls Club presents new works to benefit the B.A.S.E. Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday Kiene-Quigley Community Gallery, CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-648-7060.

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Dec. 1-Dec. 31

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Behind the Rainbow: Expressions in Black and White The Florida Queer Arts Collective presents its annual Winter Juried Exhibit with a look at art sans color. Noon-9 pm Monday-Thursday, noon-5 pm Friday-Saturday. Gallery Q, 946 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-228-8272.

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Dec. 13-Feb. 15

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Drawing in Space: The Peninsula Project In conjunction with the installation of two of his outdoor metal sculptures, artist John Henry displays his monumental designs for the statewide Peninsula Project. Noon-4 pm Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $5-$8; 407-896-4231.

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FAMILY

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Nov. 22-Nov. 23

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Festival of Trees Displays and activities reflecting the sights and sounds of the holiday. 10 am Saturday-Sunday. King Center for Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $8; 321-242-2219.

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Nov. 28-Dec. 31

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Tis the Season The planetarium traces the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs and how they light up the winter season. 10 am-6 pm Sunday-Friday, 10 am-9 pm Saturday. Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $21-$23; 407-514-2000.

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Dec. 5-Dec. 19

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Enchanted Evenings Featuring the Nutcracker Excerpts from the holiday ballet will be performed by various area dance companies, along with photo opportunities and storytime with Mrs. Claus. 7 pm Friday. Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd.; free; 407-996-9770.

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Dec. 13

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Bicycle Ride Through Christmas Fantasy Land Hundreds of parents and children bike ride through illuminated neighborhoods of Winter Park and Casselberry, escorted by Seminole County Sheriffs. 5:30 pm Saturday. Meet up at Winter Park Drive and State Road 436, Winter Park; $12; 407-331-3059, ext. 10.

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Dec. 6

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Season of Light Family celebration with live holiday music, lighted displays and a visit from Santa Claus, plus a screening of Miracle on 34th Street. 5 pm Saturday. Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-539-6268.

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Dec. 13

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Breakfast With Santa Meet St. Nick and enjoy lots of fun animal activities. 9 am-10:30 am Saturday. Central Florida Zoological Park, 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, Sanford; $12-$22; 407-323-4450.

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Teddy Bear Brunch Families are invited to enjoy refreshments, decorations and meet the holiday teddy bear. 10 am Saturday. The Museum of Florida Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; $10; 386-734-4371.

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CIVICS

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Dec. 21

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Christmas in the City The HOPE Foundation joins with area churches to provide gifts and food to families in need for the holidays. 2 pm-5 pm Sunday. Oviedo Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility, 148 Oviedo Blvd., Oviedo; free; 407-971-5560.

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