Every local holiday event from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day 

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas

Nov. 5-Dec. 13

Annual Holiday Craft Show Enjoy handmade items by local artisans, free entry, free parking and weekly raffle prizes. Jewelry, wreaths, ornaments, fabric crafts and home decorations are just a few of the many wonderful gifts available for purchase. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 am-6 pm, Sundays, noon-4 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257; osceolaarts.org.

Nov. 6-jan. 3

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Glide through the Streets of America and soak in the radiant beauty of this beloved tradition for its final holiday hurrah. Disney Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, 351 S. Studio Drive, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; 407-939-5277; disneyworld.com.

Nov. 8-Dec. 18

Jingle Cruise During the holidays, the Jungle Cruise features festive surprises around every turn. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Join Mickey and all your favorite Disney characters at this festive winter celebration on select nights for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.

Nov. 12-Dec. 19

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings This musical comedy offers the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top. Various times and dates; Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Winter Park; $30-$40; 407-645-0145; winterparkplayhouse.org.

Nov. 13-NOV. 22

Festival of Trees The museum is transformed into a wonderland replete with sparkling trees and vignettes by the area's top designers, as well as festive decor for visitors of all ages. Check their beautiful collection out while the museum's all decked out. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave; $10; 407-896-4231; omart.org.

Nov. 13-jan. 3

Light Up UCF Winter carnival with ice skating, pictures with Santa, rides, games, movies and more. Prices for activities vary. CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd; free-$19.95; 407-823-6006.

Wreath Display and Silent Auction Features wreaths designed by some of Florida's top artists, interior designers and horticulturalists that you can bid on. 9 am-5 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave; free; 407.246.2620; leugardens.org.

Nov. 14-dec. 27

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Saturdays-Sundays, 2 & 5:30 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St; $14-$20; 407-896-7365; orlandorep.com.

Nov. 16-Jan. 4

Christmas at the Leu House Local interior designers deck the halls of the Leu House Museum. The 11-room estate is adorned with holiday trimmings, Christmas trees and unique decorations to inspire visitors. 10 am-4 pm; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave; $10; 407-246-2620; leugardens.org.

Nov. 18

Robots & Rainbows Evan and Christie Miga present an array of one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for the holidays or just to keep for yourself. 7 pm; BART, 1205 N. Mills Ave; free; 407-796-2522.

Nov. 20

Devin the Dude, Potluck, DJ BMF Hip-hop. 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $15-$18; willspub.org.

Disney

Frozen Sing Along Watch the popular movie and sing along with everyone else. 6-9 pm; The Grove Orlando, 4744 S. Apopka Vineland Road; free.

Winter in the Park Enjoy ice skating in the middle of Winter Park. 3-10 pm; Central Park's West Meadow, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $12; cityofwinterpark.org.

Nov. 20-Jan. 10

Winter in the Park: Miracle on Ice More of a hockey movie than a holiday movie, but hey, there's ice, right? 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Nov. 21

C-Note Collection Original art and framed prints under $100, just in time for the holidays. 8 pm; The Falcon, 819 E. Washington St; free; 407-423-3060.

Gaylord Palms ICE! Sneak Peek See ICE! before anyone in Orlando during this exclusive overnight event including dinner at Moor, atrium view accommodations, drinks, valet parking and first-look ICE! access. 6:30 pm; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $315; 407-586-0000.

Jingle Eve Enjoy wine and whiskey tastings at more than 20 different locations throughout Ivanhoe Village while taking in holiday performances, visiting Santa's workshop and checking out local businesses. 5-10 pm; Ivanhoe Village Main Street, Orange Avenue between New Hampshire and Princeton streets; $15; ivanhoevillage.org.

McRae Holiday Open House McRae Art Studios opens its doors to the public for their annual holiday open house and sale. 4-9 pm; McRae Art Studios, 904 Railroad Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-9956; mcraeartstudios.com.

Thanksgiving Potluck and Tinker Afternoon Bring yummy food to share, and drop in on the Christmas crafting workshop happening in the FamiLAB classroom. 1-6 pm; FamiLAB, 1355 Bennett Drive, Longwood; free; 407-406-5946; familab.org.

The Wizards of Winter Symphonic holiday rock concert featuring original members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $29.50-$49.50; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Nov. 22

Early Thanksgiving Vegetarian Potluck Bring a vegetarian dish to share (with ingredients card), your table service, drink and any table decorations you may want to use. 1 pm; Mead Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; free; 407-623-3342.

The Gift of the Magi The story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love with each other but also very poor. Based on the classic short story by O. Henry. 7 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $7-$12; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Flowers & Wine Eileen Tongson of FarmGal Flowers demonstrates how to make a fall centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table with seasonal flowers. Create your own masterpiece while enjoying local wine. 6:30-8:30 pm; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; $69.23; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.

Nov. 24-Jan. 3

Christmas at Gaylord Palms Holiday displays including over 2 million twinkling lights and larger-than-life decorations, visits with Santa, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped live show, ICE! featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Alpine Rush snow tubing and more. 10 am-8 pm; Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $28.99-$44.99; 407-586-4423; christmasatgaylordpalms.com.

Nov. 25

A Leg Up for Jenn On Thanksgiving Eve, Will's Pub and Lil Indies donate all of their proceeds from 9-11 pm to help with medical bills for beloved bartender Jennifer Harton. 9-11 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; various menu prices; willspub.org.

Turkey Trot Pub Crawl Join a pub crawl the night before Thanksgiving so you have a good story to tell Grandma the next morning. 8 pm; Stardust Lounge, 431 E. Central Blvd; $15-$20; 407-839-0080; orlandopubcrawl.com.

Nov. 26

Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K A 5K fun run to raise money for programs that support senior citizens' health and independence. Join in the costume and turkey call contests to win trophies. 7-10 am; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; $27-$35; 407-615-8979; turkeytrotorlando.com.

Thanksgiving Brunch A gourmet Thanksgiving brunch buffet with far more than your traditional turkey and mashed potatoes. 11 am-4 pm; Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive; $70; 407-284-1234.

Thanksgiving Day Brunch at the Alfond Inn This colossal brunch features antipastos, salads, seafood, carving stations, a hot buffet and a dessert station. Located in the Main Park Ave. Ballroom with chef stations located in the Conservatory. Two Seatings: 11 am-1 pm and 2:30 pm-4:30 pm; The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; $79; 407-998-8090; thealfondinn.com.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Everyone A vegan and non-vegan Thanksgiving buffet. Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, 444 N. Bumby Ave; $25.99; 407-893-4994; drunkenmonkey coffee.com.

Nov. 27

Skanksgiving: Yugoskavia!, UNRB, Askultura, Control This!, Sketchie There's no place like ska for the holidays. 8 pm; West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; $8; 407-322-7475; drinkatwestend.com.

Winter in the Park:

Eight Below Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30

Candlelight Processional Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.

Holidays Around the World Ring in the season as World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista; price of admission; 407-824-4321; disneyworld.com.

Nov. 27-Jan. 3

Christmas Carillon Concerts Geert D'hollander performs 30-minute Christmas music concerts on the 60-bell singing tower. Thursdays-Sundays, 1 & 3 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $12-$18; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.

Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate The 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion is decorated by volunteers and sponsored designers with this year's design theme: To Grandfather's House We Go! Includes admission to Bok Tower Gardens. 10 am-5 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.

Nov. 28

Breakfast With Santa Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a holiday breakfast while listening to Santa tell holiday stories. 8:30 & 11 am; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; $20-$35; 321-236-3316; eastendmkt.com.

Orlando Philharmonic: Home for the Holidays An annual Central Florida tradition, Home for the Holidays is back with audience favorites Albert George Schram, the Holiday Singers, Florida Opera Theatre Youth Chorus and the great Michael Andrew, performing holiday favorites for the whole family. 2 & 8 pm; Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St; $21-$62; 407-246-4262; orlandophil.org.

Small Business Saturday Support local businesses and enjoy special deals at many locally owned stores on the day after Black Friday. multiple locations; free; shopsmall.com.

Nov. 28-Dec. 19

Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Spectacular Wanzie's hilarious depiction of a Living Nativity as imagined by a ragtag crew of characters recruited from along Orlando's infamous North Orange Blossom Trail. Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Footlight Theatre, The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; $18-$20; 407-425-7571; wanzie.com.

Nov. 29

The Gift of the Magi The story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love with each other but also very poor. Based on the classic short story by O. Henry. 7 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $7-$12; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

Orlando Philharmonic: Holiday Pops Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops concert in Winter Park's charming Central Park. 4 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; orlandophil.org.

Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Festival of Lights Drive around and look at lights. Bring a toy to donate to the Holiday Heroes Toy Drive. 6:30-9:30 pm; Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave; $3 per vehicle; orangecountyparks.net.

Dec. 1

Annual Holiday Sale Unique gifts such as jewelry, ceramics, glass and paintings are available. A portion of the proceeds supports Crealdé programs. 9 am-4 pm; Crealde School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886; crealde.org.

Dec. 2

Christmas at the Casa Guests can have photos taken with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, admire the beautiful Christmas decorations and encounter a quartet of Dickensian Carollers. 6-8:30 pm; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $2 suggested donation; 407-628-8200; casafeliz.us.

Wednesday Night Pitcher Show:

Black Christmas The holiday season turns deadly for a group of sorority sisters who are stranded at their campus house during a snowstorm. 7:30 pm; Eden Bar at the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; free; 407-629-1088; enzian.org.

Dec. 3

Christmas in the Park The Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir. 6:15-8 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; bachfestivalflorida.org.

Miss Comedy Queen Holiday Spectacular Drinks, drag and lots of laughs. All proceeds benefit the Barber Fund. 7 pm; The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive; donations encouraged; 407-412-6895; thevenueorlando.com.

Dec. 4

Christmas Vespers An elegant candlelit procession is followed by student-performed Christmas carols, as well as scripture readings that reflect on the Christmas season. 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $10; 407-646-2000; rollins.edu.

Hope Fore the Holidays Play a few rounds of golf for a good cause. Golf tournament benefitting adults with cancer who need assistance paying their essential non-medical living expenses. Reception included. 11 am; Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Resort, 4012 Central Florida Parkway; $100-$300; 941-677-7181; flcancer.com.

Kalin and Myles: Crazy for Christmas Tweeny bopper pop. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $20; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Popcorn Flicks in the Park:

Home Alone Part of Winter on the Avenue. Bring a blanket and watch the tragic fall of the once-great Wet Bandits. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; enzian.org.

Tree Lighting Celebration Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the 72-foot Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park. 5-10 pm; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; cityoforlando.net.

Winter in the Park: Miracle on 34th Street Screening of the holiday classic about how to get away with mail fraud. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Winter on the Avenue Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland. Includes holiday tree lighting ceremony, carolers, holiday jazz on two stages and a window-decorating contest for Park Avenue businesses. It's a trule magical evening as anyone who's gone will attest. 5-7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; winterpark.org.

Dec. 4-6

Christmas at the Market Music, food and wonderful displays of holiday magic to decorate your home inside and out. 10 am; Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8393; renningers.net.

Dec. 4-Jan. 9

Small Things Considered A group exhibition and holiday sale of art. Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-428-1133.

Dec. 5

Christmas Concert The St. Luke's choir performs Christmas classics as well as original renditions of holiday songs you love. 5 pm & 7 pm; St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Windermere; $10; 407.876.4991; st.lukes.org.

Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker Take a journey with Clare through her enchanting dream as she travels with the Chocolate Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Kingdom of Toys. Special appearance by Jasmine Guy. 8 pm; Walt Disney Theater, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $25.25-$47.75; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.

Cocktails & Carols Enjoy an a capella quartet while sipping signature cocktails. Proceeds from each cocktail purchase benefit local nonprofits Central Florida Vocal Arts and New Hope for Kids. 6-9 pm; Luma on Park, 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 863-510 7236.

Cracker Christmas This popular annual event features pioneer demonstrations, BBQ and campfire cooking, and goods from FFA and 4-H clubs for purchase. 10 am-4 pm; Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas; free; 407-254-9310; orangecountyparks.net.

Holiday Boutique This festive boutique brings you hordes of unique handcrafted gifts made by Florida artisans. 4-8 pm; Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. Highway 17-92, DeBary; free; 386-668-5553; gatewaycenterforthearts.org.

Holiday Concert at Lake Eola The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra performs a free holiday concert to benefit the Salvation Army. 6 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free.

Holiday Cosplay Gala Diversely Geek hosts bring together the fandom community to raise funds for local charities. The gala and showcase consists of themed group cosplay presentations, musical performances, interactive dances, raffles and more. 6-10 pm; Gods & Monsters, 5250 International Drive; $10; godmonsters.com.

Holiday Tree Lighting Christmas tree lighting. 6-8 pm; Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry; free.

Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast Enjoy a delicious breakfast and grab a great seat for the Winter Park Christmas Parade. 7-10:30 am; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; $6.

Murder City Media Christmas Lights Photo Walk Join photographers of all skill levels for an evening of lights, fun and photography. A great opportunity to test your skills on the beautiful window displays on Park Avenue. 7-10 pm; Park Avenue, Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free.

Ovation Singers Holiday Concert Traditional holiday music, carols and a special collaboration with the Osceola Arts Ovation Singers and the Youth Choir from First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee. 7 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $15; 407-846-6257; osceolaarts.org.

Repeal Day and Will Walker's Birthday Party With the Cook Trio The owner of Will's Pub gets fancy for his birthday while celebrating Repeal Day. 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $10; willspub.org.

Russian Ballet Orlando: The Nutcracker This performance is focused on incorporating the community, interacting with the audience and creating a family environment that every family can attend. 6 pm; Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive; $20; 407-835-4900; russianacademyofballet.com.

Sunset and Symphony Holiday Concert The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon perform together as flaming torches illuminate the Olmsted-designed pathways leading up to the 205-foot Singing Tower. 6 pm; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; $20; 863-676-1408; boktowergardens.org.

Winter Park Christmas Parade The longest running holiday parade in Central Florida travels down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceeding south, ending at Lyman Avenue. 9 am; Park Avenue, Park Avenue at Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; winterpark.org.

Dec. 5-Jan. 2

Grinchmas Meet the Grinch, take in the Who-liday Spectacular and explore a wintry wonderland in Seuss Landing. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; price of admission; universalorlando.com.

The Macy's Holiday Parade A holiday spectacular featuring marching bands, clowns, floats from the New York City parade and an appearance by Santa himself. Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd; price of admission; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.

Mannheim Steamroller The best-selling holiday group returns to Universal for live performances on select Saturday and Sunday nights during the holidays. Saturdays-Sundays; Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd; cost of admission; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.

Dec. 6

Big Bang Bazaar Holiday Spectacular A curated selection of over 100 local indie artists and crafters, along with a free photo booth and special guests from the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls and the Orlando Facial Hair Club. 11 am-5 pm; Sanford Civic Center, 401 E. Seminole Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-321-3828; bigbangbazaar.net.

Christmas Blessing of the Pets Bring you pets and your family to a special day of appreciation. Noon-4 pm; All Creatures Pet Grooming, 2411 E. South St.; free; 407-228-2855; allcrea turespetgrooming.com.

A Christmas Dance This Christmas celebration will feature ballet, liturgical dance, jazz and hip-hop while rejoicing in the celestial sounds of the holiday season. 5 pm; Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $25-$30; drphillipscenter.org.

The Gift of the Magi The story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love with each other but also very poor. Based on the classic short story by O. Henry. 7 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $7-$12; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

License to Chill: A Holiday Show Standards, contemporary songs and holiday selections. 3-5 pm; VFW Post 2093, 4444 Edgewater Drive; $15; 407-900-3934; otschorus.com.

The Rep's Holiday Family Gala Enjoy holiday treats, an exclusive multi-item chance drawing, children's activities, photos with Santa and a private performance of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. 4 pm; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St; $35-$65; 407-896-7365; orlandorep.com.

Sanford Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert A volunteer community orchestra made up of a diverse group of excellent musicians, dedicated to the preservation of the Big Band jazz tradition. 3 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $15; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.

Sparkle Market Live music, local handmade gifts and delicious food. 10 am-5 pm; Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave; free; 407-362-1864; dandelioncommunitea.com.

Dec. 7

A Christmas Carol David McElroy plays 37 different characters in this one-man adaptation of the Dickens favorite. 7:30 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $20; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Santa Run The City of Casselberry drives throughout neighborhoods in the city to spread holiday cheer. 6-9 pm; Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry; free.

A Very Pepe Christma-Kwaanza-Kah Special An all-star holiday variety show benefiting the Barber Fund. 9:30 pm; The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive; $15-$18; 407-412-6895; thevenueorlando.com.

Dec. 8

Cult Classics: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Watch Clark Griswold's holiday plans go awry when he doesn't get the Christmas bonus he was counting on, then ask yourself "WTF is a 'Christmas bonus'?" 9:30 pm; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $8; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier The American treasure pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $38-$48; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Dec. 8-Dec. 13

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Part of Fairwinds' Broadway in Orlando series. Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm, Sunday, 1 pm & 5 pm; Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $33.75-$93.75; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.

Dec. 9

Life's a Gift: Larry Fulford and Alex Luchun A celebration of life and people, our talents and mistakes, the connections that we make, and all of our perfect imperfections. 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $5-$7; willspub.org.

Movies Out Loud:

Santa Claus The Movie Jeff Jones and Mitzi Morriss make fun of the 1985 Dudley Moore holiday film about one of Santa's elves who gets lost in New York City. 8 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $10; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Dec. 10

Christmas With Elvis Featuring the award-winning Ted Torres with Grammy Award-winning special guests the Blackwood Quartet. 7 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $23-$30; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.

Dec. 10-11

Christmas in Toyland Enter the wondrous world of Toyland, where Christmas comes to life through the music and songs of some of your favorite Christmas movies, stories and characters. 7:30 pm; Northland Performing Arts Center, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood; $10-$50; 407-949-4000; cfcarts.com.

Dec. 10-12

Let's Hang On! A special holiday engagement from America's No. 1 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band. 7:30 pm; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $30; 407-846-6257; osceolaarts.org.

Dec. 10-13

Elf the Musical Jr. Musical based on the hit movie starring Will Ferrell. Thursday-Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $5-$10; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

Dec. 10-23

A Christmas Carol Theatre Downtown presents their annual traditional reading of Dickens' classic. Various times; Central Christian Church, 250 W. Ivanhoe Blvd; $22; 407-841-0083; theatredowntown.net.

Dec. 11

The 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl Get free admission to this Christmas-themed pub crawl by donating an unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more. 7:30 pm; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; free-$20; 407-849-0471; orlandopubcrawl.com.

Art and Music in the Park Casselberry celebrates the holidays with 15 food trucks, art exhibits, vendors and a visit from Santa Claus. 6-9 pm; Secret Lake Park, 200 N. Lake Triplet Drive, Casselberry; free.

Crachit Christmas Feast:

Dickens by Candlelight Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner followed by the opening night performance of Dickens by Candlelight. 6:45 pm; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St; $75; dickensbycandlelight.com.

Winter in the Park: The Polar Express Travel on the Polar Express through the Uncanny Valley and end up at Santa's Workshop. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Dec. 12

Candy Cane 5K A family-friendly 5K with medals awarded to top male & female runners in various age categories. Includes Santa, a costume contest, a prize for largest team and a free kids fun run. 7-10 am; Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs; $25-$35; 407-588-2170.

Holiday Craft Show Shop 20 artisan vendors. 9 am-5 pm; Aba's Attic Boutique, 3183 S. Conway Road; free; 407-722-2648; abasattic.com.

Holiday Lights Ride Take a group bike ride around town to look at holiday lights displays and sing carols. 6 pm; Bikes Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive; free; 407-427-1440; bikesbeansandbordeaux.com.

Lake Eola Holiday Concert: Violectric Classic and modern rock mashed with holiday tunes. 7 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free.

SantaCon A horde of Santas take over Thornton Park to spread as much Christmas cheer as they can take. 11 am; Thornton Park, Summerlin Avenue and Washington Street; free; santacon.info.

Saturday Matinee Classics:

It's a Wonderful Life "Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. P.S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence." Noon; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $8; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

Silver Bells: The 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert Orlando Gay Chorus presents a holiday concert for their 25th anniversary. 7:30 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $25-$30; 407-228-1220; orlandogaychorus.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Performing songs from The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. 3 & 8 pm; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St; $42-$72; 800-745-3000; anwaycenter.com.

Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run A holiday fun run with live entertainment, treats, a costume contest and a free kids run. 7:15 am; SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive; $27-$35; 407-896-1160; trackshack.com.

Dec. 12-13

Central Florida Ballet: The Nutcracker One of the top five outstanding productions of the holiday classic in the country, according to CNN Headline News. Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; $24-$80; 407-685-9800; centralfloridaballet.com.

A Classic Christmas This program features your favorite Christmas works performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra. 2 & 6 pm; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $25; 407-646-2000; bachfestivalflorida.org.

Dec. 12-22

Dickens by Candlelight Spook out your favorite holiday special with Orlando Shakes' holiday shake-up. A three-person interactive show providing theater-goers with a unique opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol as a ghost story. Also an excuse to find extra holiday cheer justifiably squealing, "What the Dickens?" Various times; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, 812 E. Rollins St; $35; dickensbycandlelight.com.

Dec. 13

All I Want for Christmas: Third Eye Blind, Jamie Lawson, Simulcast Mix 105.1's holiday party. 7 pm; House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; $29.50; 407-934-2583.

Chanukah on the Park A Chanukah family festival featuring a grand menorah lighting, singing performances by children, live Jewish rock music, dreidels, chocolate Chanukah gelt, Chassidic dancers, clowns, face painting, jugglers and a $1,000 grand raffle drawing. 5 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; chabadorlando.org.

Grandma Party Bazaar Enjoy live music while browsing through a holiday bazaar full of locally made gifts from tons of different artisans. 10 am; Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-623-3393; grandmapartybazaar.tumblr.com.

Letters to Santa:

Elf Children receive a letter-writing kit to craft their wish list for Santa, then Santa will swing by the theater to pick up all the letters and will be available for purchasable photos after the movie. 11 am; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $11; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

Nightmare Before Christmas Party Celebrate a creepy Christmas with themed food and drink specials, vendors and the Tim Burton film playing all night. Costumes encouraged. 4 pm; Oblivion Taproom, 5101 E. Colonial Drive; various menu prices; 407-802-4800; obliviontaproom.com.

Dec. 15

Orlando Cantastic Food Drive: Dogs on Acid, Year of Glad All donated canned goods to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Admission is $10, but you'll get $3 off if you bring two cans of food. 6 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $10; willspub.org.

Young at Heart Christmas Concert The Bach Festival Society's amateur senior chorale celebrates Christmas with this public concert. The group's repertoire covers many styles and genres, specializing in favorite standards and show tunes. 2 pm; Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park; free; bachfestivalflorida.org.

Dec. 16

Barbra Streisand: Holiday Memories A Christmas revue from a Barbra impersonator. With special guest "Neil Diamond." 2 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $18-$22; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

Festival of Light: An Intimate Evening With Matisyahu An intimate evening of acoustic performance. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $34.50-$49.50; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Dec. 17-23

Orlando Ballet: The Nutcracker This enchanting holiday favorite is the full-length production and is accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Thursday-Friday, 8 pm, Saturday, 2 & 8 pm, Sunday, 1 & 6:30 pm, Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 pm; Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $41.50-$114.75; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.

Dec. 18

Winter in the Park: Frozen Soecial screening of the chilling family favorite. Do you have hope that singing kids won't ruin this movie for you? Let it go. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Dec. 18-20

Noah: The Story of Us A Christmas dance show blending a myriad of dance styles, aerial acrobatics, larger-than-life props and elements that flow off the stage. Friday, 7 pm, Sunday, 9am & noon; Northwest Community Church, 5495 Clarcona-Ocoee Road; free; 407 578 2088; gonorthwest.cc.

Dec. 19

Ballet Fedotov: The Nutcracker 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. 7 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $21-$28; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.

Jingle Ball: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Zedd and more Holiday concert tour from some of the biggest names in pop. 7:30 pm; Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; $21-$151; 813-301-6500; amaliearena.com.

Joy: An Irish Christmas Join Ireland's own Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, for a lively celebration of the birth of Christ. 7:30 pm; Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St; $30.38-$62.33; 407-246-4262.

Merry Tuba Christmas Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players of all ages gather to perform a free concert. 1 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet of Orlando stages a free performance of everybody's favorite Christmas-themed ballet. 7 pm; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street; free; russianacademyofballet.com.

A One Man Christmas Carol David McElroy plays all 37 characters in this one-man production of the Dickens classic. 7:30 pm; Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $15; 352-357-7777; baystreetplayers.org.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Finnish film about a boy who discovers that the real Santa really, really hates it when people are naughty. 1 pm; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $9; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

Dec. 19-20

Holiday Antiques Fair Pick up some last-minute gifts for the antique-lover on your list. 9 am; Renninger's Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8393; renningers.net.

Dec. 20

Santa Run 5K Take a run around Moss Park to help raise money for Orange County Parks. 5:30-8 pm; Moss Park, 12901 Moss Park Road; $20; orangecountyparks.net.

A Well Strung Christmas An all-male string quartet plays holiday selections. 7 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $35; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Dec. 21

Power Chords: A Not So Silent Night A night of high-energy singing and dancing sure to put you in the holiday spirit. 7 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $15; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

Dec. 23

In His Name We Dance Celebrate the story of Christmas through the beautiful expression of dance. 4 & 7 pm; Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $12-$15; 407-877-4736; gardentheatre.org.

Wednesday Night Pitcher Show:

Bad Santa So funny you won't be able to sit right for a week. 7:30 pm; Eden Bar at the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; free; 407-629-1088; enzian.org. Will's Christmas Party: Luscious Lisa, ¡Controla Esto!, the Hamiltons Free egg nog with admission. 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $5; willspub.org.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Open House Visitors to the Museum receive free admission to the galleries all day. Live music by the Raintree Chamber Players from 1-4 pm. 9:30 am-4 pm; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311; morsemuseum.org.

Dec. 25

Christmas Brunch A gourmet Christmas brunch with an extravagant spread of options. 11 am-4 pm; Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive; $70; 407-284-1234.

Dec. 26

Shartsville Christmas Schittacular: Schitt, Whiskey Sharts, Froomador A musical comedy Christmas show. 9 pm; The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave; $10; 407-246-1419; thesocial.org.

Winter in the Park:

Ice Age Wild animals protect an infant human instead of turning it into a quick snack. 7 pm; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Dec. 29

Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands As a prelude to the Russell Athletic Bowl game at the Citrus Bowl, school bands, cheerleaders and mascots march through downtown Winter Park and perform a Bandtastic Game Day Preview. 11 am; Central Park, Winter Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; cityofwinterpark.org.

Dec. 30

Butch Trucks & the Freight Train Band's Holiday Show One of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band plays drums in this holiday jam band show. 7 pm; The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave; $29.50-$124.50; 407-228-1220; plazaliveorlando.com.

Dec. 31

Eve at the Alfond Inn Two New Year's Eve parties to choose from. 8 pm-1 am; The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; contact for price; 407-998-8090.

Furry Eve Ring in the New Year with plushie-themed burlesque performances from Varietease and the Ladies of the Peek-a-Boo Lounge. Costumes encouraged. 9:30 pm; The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive; $20-$25; 407-412-6895; thevenueorlando.com.

James Bond New Year's Eve Party Come dressed to impress in your best James Bond or Bond Girl outfit and you could win a prize. Open bar and light hors d'ouevres included. 8 pm; Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; $99; 407-629-0054; enzian.org.

New Year's Eve at CityWalk Enjoy six unique party zones, six CityWalk clubs, unlimited gourmet cuisine and a midnight champagne toast. Thursday; CityWalk at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $104.99-$144.99; 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.

New Year's Eve at the Abbey Complimentary champagne all night and the televised ball drop on the big screen. 10 pm; The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive; $20-$25; 407-704-6261; abbeyorlando.com.

New Year's Eve Celebration with Kristen Chenoweth The Tony Award-winning actress and singer performs. Champagne in the lobby at intermission. 8 pm; Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave; $110; 844-513-2014; drphillipscenter.org.

New Year's Eve With Ben Prestage New Year's Eve show featuring blues one-man-band Ben Prestage. Free champagne toast at midnight. 9 pm; Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave; $10; willspub.org.

New Year's Eve with the Supervillains Reggae rockers play a New Year's Eve show. Champagne toast at midnight. 7 pm; West End Trading Company, 202 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; $12; 407-322-7475.

Rock Til the Drop New Year's Eve featuring Epic Evolve: the Decades Show. 8 pm; Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd; $83; 407-351-5483; hardrock.com/orlando.

Dec. 31-Jan. 3

Hometeam New Year's Rally: The Heavy Pets, Roosevelt Collier Trio, Come Back Alice and more Celebrate the New Year at a four-day music festival. Maddox Ranch, 2505 W. Bella Vista St., Lakeland; $80; 863-255-4817; hometeamnewyears.com.

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