Holiday Events in Seminole County
IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON, SO MAY THE CALENDAR KEEP BRINGING, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!
ORLANDO NORTH, SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (November 16, 2018) – Before the “big guy” sleighs into town and slides down the chimney, there are plenty of festive happenings throughout Seminole County to kick your holiday spirit into overdrive. Here’s a sampling; oh, and many are free!
Nov 10- Dec. 8
Festival of Trees at the Lake Mary Museum. Share your family Christmas stories and enjoy festive holiday decorations. 11 am-7 pm; Lake Mary Museum, 158 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary; free; 407-585-1481; lakemarymuseum.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 23
Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland. Wekiva Island gets decked out in holiday spirit with snow slides, movies, train rides, Santa Claus visits and more. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; free; wekivaisland.com.
Friday, Nov. 30
Holiday Trunk Show. Meet artist Melissa Menzer and master bear maker Darlene Allen for a seasonal pop up show. 4-9 pm; Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774; jtfolkart.com.
St. Luke's Concert Series: Brass Band of Central Florida Holiday Concert. Lush arrangements of your favorite Christmas music to get you into the holiday spirit. 7 pm; St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408; sllcs.org.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Holiday Fair. Gift fair featuring more than 75 local vendors and craftspeople. Shop for beautiful and unique items, homemade concessions and fresh food from the grill. 9 am-2 pm; St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408.
Winter Wonderland. Holiday celebration with a parade and Christmas tree lighting. 4:30-9 pm; Winter Springs Town Center, 158 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs; free; 407-327-6593; winterspringsfl.org.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Sanford Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert. Big band swing for the holidays. 3-5 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $15; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Krampusnacht at Hollerbach's. Santa's evil counterpart arrives to punish the naughty and eat schnitzel. Costumes welcome. 7 pm; Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, 205 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-321-2204; willowtreecafe.com.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Return of Theatre Downtown's popular annual production of the Dickens classic. Theater West End, 115 W. First St., Sanford; TBA; 407-548-6285; theaterwestend.com.
Friday, Dec. 7
Sleigh: A Christmas Comedy. A young couple spends their first Christmas together, tackling all the holiday traditions with two very different expectations. Meanwhile, a pair of shopkeepers redefine "rivalry" as they coax customers away from their competitor. 7:30 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $18-$22; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Winter on the Avenue. This holiday street party features a flurry of activities, including the annual tree lighting ceremony. 5-10 pm; Downtown Winter Park, Park Avenue, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org. Saturday, Dec. 8 Candy Cane 5K Santa will be there to greet runners as they run, jog or walk across the finish line. The first 700 finishers receive a medal and everyone receives a T-shirt. 8-11 am; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; $25-$30; 407-588-2175.
St. Lucia Festival. Annual tribute to Seminole County's Swedish heritage with a traditional Christmas procession and tasty dessert-tasting. 1-4 pm; Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-665-2489.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Let There Be Joy! The CFCArts Community Choir and Symphony Orchestra present a musical program full of holiday classics. 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10-$50; 407-949-4000; cfcarts.com.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Ballet Fedotov: The Nutcracker. The talented dancers from Ballet Fedotov and the Russian Academy of Ballet Alafaya present this classic holiday story of a young girl named Clara who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against the Mouse King. 4 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $23-$28; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Sunday, Dec. 16
OBB: Christmas Memories – Music of White Christmas. Music from the motion picture White Christmas. 7:30 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $23-$30; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Phantasmagoria's A Christmas Carol. Phantasmagoria returns with their own unique adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. 2 & 7:30 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $22-$25; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Unwrapped: A Holiday Burlesque Show with the Black Garter Dolls. Holiday burlesque show. 9 pm; Wop's Hops, 419 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; $10-$20; blackgarterdolls.com.
Wekiva Island Boat Parade. Boats decorated in Christmas lights illuminate the Wekiva River for hundreds of spectators in a uniquely Floridian procession. 7 pm; Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; free; wekivaisland.com.
About Orlando North, Seminole County:
Teeming with old Florida charm and young Florida vibrancy, Orlando North, Seminole County offers visitors nature-based attractions, eclectic dining, a booming micro brew scene, plus a year round calendar of festivals and events. With over 2,000 waterways, you’ll discover a wide array of thrilling outdoor activities from paddling in clear freshwater springs and rivers to airboating among alligators, or zooming through an aerial zip line course. It also features an array of sports and training facilities for amateur tournament play, including the 102-acre Boombah Sports Complex at Seminole County. And getting here is easy via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando International Airport (MCO), aboard the Amtrak Auto Train, or via auto on I-95 and I-4; and you’ll save 30% on accommodations over Orlando and beachfront hotels. All this and it’s less than an hour’s drive to area theme parks and beaches too. 1-800-800-7832 or 407-665-2900 or visit: www.DoOrlandoNorth.com
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