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Editor's note - the following event information was accurate at the time of publication. For updated calendar information, visit our interactive event calendar.

EVENTS

Through Nov. 18

Season of Trees Christmas tree, wreath and craft sale benefits Hospice of Lake and Sumter; 9 am-6 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 9 am-9 pm Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday; Don-nelly Park, North Baker Street and East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-323-8364.

Through Nov. 19

Festival of Trees Experience the festive sight of designer-decorated Christmas trees in this glittering holiday event; 10 am-5 pm daily; Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $10; 407-896-4231.

Through Dec. 13

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey and friends celebrate the season with special holiday shows, fireworks, parades and treats; 7 pm-midnight selected nights; Magic Kingdom; $39.95-$45.95; 407-824-4321.

Through Dec. 30

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration of the holiday season with millions of lights, animated displays, holiday foods and live shows; various times daily; Cypress Gardens, 2641 S. Lake Summit Drive, Winter Haven; $39.99; 800-282-2123.

Through Jan. 7

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights A dazzling light show in collaboration with businessman Jennings Osborne, who developed the display for his daughter; various times daily; Disney-MGM Studios; $60.30-$67; 407-824-4321.

Nov. 16-Jan. 14

Holidays at the Waterhouse The museum decks its halls for Christmas in the 1880s, including a visit from the Waterhouse Mouse; noon-4 pm Thursday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday; Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland; $3; 407-644-2451.

Nov. 17

Cocktails and the Cosmos Live music, cocktails and science come together for a holiday celebration; 6 pm Friday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $9.95; 407-514-2000.

Nov. 18-Jan. 2

Ice! Blocks of ice are skillfully hand-carved into various illuminated Christmas scenes; 10 am-8:30 pm daily; Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $16.99-$24.99; 407-586-2000.

Nov. 18

Entertaining Foods Cooking Lesson involving quick and easy holiday dishes that can be made in advance; 10 am-noon Saturday; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $35; 407-246-2620.

Philippine Christmas Festival Yuletide celebration with traditional customs, games, performances and food in addition to the Miss Philippine Florida pageant; 11:15 am-8 pm Saturday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Robinson Street; free; 407-758-7997.

Nov. 19

Thanksgiving Potluck Animal Rights Florida hosts the celebratory meal; noon Sunday; Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave.; free; www.animalrightsflorida.org.

Vegetarian Cooking for the Holidays Seminar on alternative dinner ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas; 1 pm Sunday; Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-673-8788.

Nov. 21-22

A Very Veggie Thanksgiving Locally harvested organic meal to benefit VegCF; 5 pm-11 pm Tuesday-Wednesday; Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; $16-$20; 407-362-1864.

Nov. 22

Night Before Thanksgiving Block Party Live entertainment by local bands on two stages with plenty of opportunities to dance off some calories before the Thanksgiving feast; 6 pm-2 am Wednesday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $6-$10; 407-849-0471.

Thanksgiving Eve Street Party Release stress at Church Street's bars before Thursday's family time; 6 pm-2 am Wednesday; downtown Orlando, Church Street and Orange Avenue; $6-$10; 407-649-4270.

Nov. 23-Jan. 2

Leu Holiday House The Leu House is transformed into a traditional Christmas setting, ready for tours; 10 am-3:30 pm daily; Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.; $5; 407-246-2620.

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Dinner Traditional and unique meal offerings and live piano music take the work out of the holiday; 11:30 am, 2 pm and 5 pm Thursday; The Plantation Room, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; $49; 407-566-6002.

Nov. 24-Dec. 30

Festival of Lights The park is decorated with more than one million lights, in addition to neon displays, holiday music and a lighted boat parade; various times Friday-Saturday; Silver Springs, 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs; $32.99; 352-236-2121.

Holidays Around the World Celebration of seasonal traditions in other countries and a candlelight processional ending with a choir and orchestra performance; various times daily; Epcot; $60.30-$67; 407-824-4321.

Nov. 24-Dec. 25

SeaWorld Holiday Celebration Enjoy festive fountain shows, carolers and nightly snowfall in celebration of the season; various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $49.95-$61.95; 407-363-2613.

Nov. 24-Dec. 31

Makahiki Christmas Luau Polynesian dinner complete with traditional music, dancing and fire-knife performances; various times daily; SeaWorld, 7007 Sea World Drive; $45.95; 800-327-2420.

Now Snowing Nightly Enjoy pet photographs with Santa, holiday carolers and live entertainment; 6 pm-10 pm daily; Market Street and Celebration Avenue, Celebration; free; 407-566-6000.

Nov. 24

Annual Canines and Kids Holiday Festival and Dog Parade Owners and their costumed pooches celebrate the season to benefit local animal rescue organizations; 1 pm-6 pm Saturday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free; 407-293-1877.

Nov. 24-25

Thanksgiving Weekend Block Party Post-feast celebration featuring live entertainment and drink specials; 6 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday; Wall Street Plaza, Wall and Court streets; $6-$10; 407-849-9904.

Nov. 25-26

Poinsettia Festival Christmas celebration featuring a plant sale, raffles and live entertainment by American Idol star Kevin Covais and others; 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free.

Nov. 25

Orlando Christmas Parade Holiday parade through downtown, with floats, marching bands and activities; 11 am Saturday; Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street; free.

Nov. 26

Light Up Mount Dora Enjoy the debut of nearly 2 million sparkling lights and live choir and ballet performances; 5 pm Sunday; Donnelly Park, East Fifth Avenue and North Baker Street, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-2165.

Nov. 29

Heritage Square Holiday Lighting The downtown oasis prepares for the holiday season; 4 pm Wednesday; Heritage Square, South Magnolia Avenue and East Central Boulevard; free; 407-836-8546.

The History Center's 30th Annual Holiday Party Live entertainment and feasting accompany the lighting of Heritage Square; 4 pm Wednesday; Orlando Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; free; 407-836-8500.

Dec. 1

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Winter Park kicks off the holiday season with the 16th annual celebration; 5 pm Saturday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-644-8281.

Christmas in the Square The city of Sanford kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa; 6 pm Friday; Magnolia Square, West First Street and Park Avenue, Sanford; free; 407-330-5697.

Christmas at Pinewood Trip and holiday home tour at the 1930s-era Mediterranean mansion; 8 am-6 pm Friday; Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $95; 407-539-2181.

Christmas Walk Enjoy this holiday street party with music, Santa and shopping; 6 pm Friday; East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora; free; 352-735-1191.

Dec. 2-3

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, Fort Christmas; free; 407-568-4149.

Dec. 2

Holiday Cooking Class Executive chef DeJuan Roy teaches amateur cooks the secret to holiday success; 1 pm Saturday; Celebration Hotel, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; $39; 407-566-6000.

Holiday on the Drive "Raindog" parade, horse-driven carriage rides and special shopping opportunities; 6 pm-10 pm Saturday; Edgewater Drive and Smith Street, Winter Park; free; 407-296-6991.

Images: A Festival of the Arts Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Seasonally decorated home tour, in addition to a visit to the Black Heritage Museum and the Images boutique at ACA; 9 am-4 pm Saturday; Downtown New Smyrna Beach; $20; 386-423-4733.

Lighted Boat Parade A lighted boat parade on Lake Dora's waterfront; 7 pm Saturday; 341 Alexander St., Mount Dora; 352-742-8592.

Light Up the Courtyard Christmas celebration with a performance by Out Loud, a visit from Santa and the lighting of more than 45 trees; 11 pm Saturday; the Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail; free; 407-425-7571.

Mount Dora Christmas Parade Parade packed with holiday spirit; East Fifth Avenue and North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8592.

Sanford Christmas Parade The city hosts the seasonal procession featuring live music, local performers and decorative floats; 6 pm Saturday; Fort Mellon Park, 1000 First St., Sanford; 407-330-5641.

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

Dec. 4-6

Yuletide Medieval Feaste English Christmas holiday celebration and dinner theater performance featuring medieval music, traditions and live music by the Daytona Beach Concert Choir and Brass Choir, the Courtly Dancers and the Halifax Consort; 6:30 pm Monday-Wednesday; Daytona Beach Community College, J.M. Goddard Theater, 1200 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach; $32; 386-506-3042.

Dec. 5

Holiday Lights Orlando Christmas tree lighting featuring a holiday singalong and other live entertainment; 5 pm Tuesday; Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.; free; 407-246-4279.

Dec. 7

Christmas in the Park The 28th annual lighting of century-old Tiffany windows and an outdoor concert by the Bach Festival Society choirs; 6 pm Thursday; Central Park, Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311.

Dec. 8-10

Sanford's 18th Holiday Tour of Homes Historic houses decked in Christmas decor are opened to the public; 6 pm-9 pm Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday; West First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; $15-$30; 407-263-4488.

Dec. 8-Jan. 1

Shake Up Your Holidays Live entertainment is partnered with Grinch appearances and the Macy's Holiday Parade; various times daily; Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $63-$67; 407-363-8000.

Dec. 8

A Christmas Story Outdoor screening of the 1983 comedy about a boy's quest for a BB gun from Santa; 6:45 pm Friday; Donnelly Park, North Baker Street and East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-735-7183.

Kwanzaa at the Library Celebration with Ayanna the Story Lady featuring an introduction to the holiday's customs; 3:30 pm Friday; W.T. Bland Public Library, 900 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora; free; 352-735-7180.

Avalon Aglow Holiday celebration with activities, sleigh rides, a fireworks display and live performances; 5 pm Saturday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565.

Christmas in the Park Family-friendly activities and events, including a play area with snow; 4 pm-9 pm Saturday; Donnelly Park, North Baker Street and East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora; free; 352-735-7183.

Holiday Dinner for the Animals Eighth annual event featuring vegan food, raffles and speaker Mike Brazell to benefit PETA; 6 pm Saturday; Garden Café, 810 W. Colonial Drive; $25-$35; 407-617-5572.

Holiday Extravaganza Holiday celebration with snow, music, fireworks and more; noon-8:30 pm Saturday; Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 250 Lakeshore Blvd., Kissimmee; free; 407-933-8368.

Melbourne Light Parade 14th annual illuminated parade through the city streets; 6 pm Saturday; Hibiscus Boulevard and Babcock Street, Melbourne; free; 321-255-1863.

Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights Moonlit boat parade through the lakes of Winter Park; 5 pm Saturday; Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-647-6294.

Dec. 13

Hanukkah at the Library Celebration featuring traditional Jewish customs, games and foods; 4 pm Wednesday; W.T. Bland Public Library, 900 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora; free; 352-735-7180.

Dec. 14

Alive After Five Cheers to the Holidaze Downtown street party featuring food and wine sampling, art displays and music; 5 pm Thursday; West First Street and South Park Avenue, Sanford; free; 407-324-1577.

Popcorn Flicks A screening of the Christmas comedy Home Alone; 7 pm Thursday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-629-0054.

Dec. 16

Snow Mountain Guests are invited to play in 30 tons of snow, visit Santa and check out the offerings of local arts and crafts vendors; 9 am-1 pm Saturday; Oviedo Gymnasium and Aquatic Complex, 148 S. Division St., Oviedo; $10; 407-971-5560.

Dec. 25

Christmas Dinner Classic holiday dishes join seasonal foods for those looking to stay out of the kitchen; 11:30 am and 2 pm Monday; The Plantation Room, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; $49; 407-566-6002.

Dec. 30

Community Kwanzaa Celebration The center hosts this family event featuring the traditional customs, activities and foods of the holiday; 3 pm-6 pm Saturday; Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; $5; 407-836-8544.

Dec. 31

18th Annual New Year's Eve Party The pier holds a "five parties in one" celebration featuring live entertainment and countdowns; 8 pm Sunday; Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach; $25-$30; 407-783-7549.

New Year's Eve at CityWalk Gourmet dinner, fireworks and live entertainment by Cyndi Lauper and Tower of Power bring in 2007; 8 pm Sunday; CityWalk at Universal Orlando, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza; $109; 407-363-8000.

New Year's Eve Celebration and Dinner Experience a gourmet meal, a special dessert room and live music to ring in 2007; 5 pm and 8 pm Sunday; Celebration Hotel, 700 Bloom St., Celebration; $89-$110; 407-566-6000.

Old Town New Year's Eve Party The Repeatles perform at this annual celebration culminating with an impressive fireworks display; 7:30 pm Sunday; Old Town, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; free; 407-396-4888.

Pleasure Island New Year's Eve Celebration Live music, food and champagne abound at this year-end celebration; 8 pm Sunday; Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney; $89; 407-934-7781.

THEATER & DANCE

Through Dec. 31

Christmas at Dixie The country singer's dinner show gets into the holiday spirit; 6:30 pm daily; Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, 8251 Vineland Ave.; $47.19; 407-238-4455.

Through Jan. 7

Christmas at Arabian Nights The genie attempts to entertain Princess Scheherazade with Christmas songs and characters while Prince Kahlid is off finding her the perfect present; various times daily; Arabian Nights, 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; $52.90; 407-239-9223.

Nov. 17-Dec. 17

Miracle on 34th Street A young girl's faith in Santa Claus saves Christmas; 7:30 pm Friday, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $14; 407-896-7365.

Nov. 17

The Nutcracker The holiday dance tradition presented by Elizabeth Parsons and performed by the Windermere Ballet; 7 pm Friday; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road; $15; 407-876-4604.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

A Christmas Carol Theatre Downtown's traditional telling of the Charles Dickens holiday classic; 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday; Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave.; $18; 407-841-0083.

Nov. 25-Jan. 6

Pirate's Christmas Dinner Adventure The pirates, joined by Magee the Elf, must save Christmas from the evil magistrate; 8 pm Monday-Thursday, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm Friday-Sunday; Pirates Dinner Adventure, 6400 Carrier Drive; $51.95; 407-248-0590.

Nov. 29-Dec. 24

Every Christmas Story Ever Told Three men and a "reingoat" tell tales of Christmas from around the world in 90 minutes; 7 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St.; $20-$35; 407-447-1700.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3

Six Degrees of Santa Claus Local actors perform six new holiday one-act plays created by members of the Playwrights' Round Table; 8 pm Thursday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $15; 407-788-8468.

Nov. 30-Dec. 24

A Child's Christmas in Wales Adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play showing classic holiday tales from a child's perspective; 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday; Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave.; $20; 407-297-8788.

Nov. 30-Dec. 31

A Starlight Holiday Spectacular Dinner show featuring both traditional and contemporary holiday customs around the world; 11 am Wednesday-Thursday, 6 pm Friday, 11 am and 6 pm Saturday, 4:30 pm Sunday; Starlight Dinner Theatre, 3376 Edgewater Drive; $45-$115; 407-843-6275.

Dec. 1-3

The Nutcracker Toys come to life in this whimsical Christmas production; 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Valencia Community College Performing Arts Center, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail; $15; 407-582-2900.

Dec. 1-9

Fruitcakes Eb and Flo star in this holiday cabaret; 7:30 pm Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday; Winter Park Playhouse, 711B Orange Ave., Winter Park; $22-$30; 407-645-0145.

Dec. 1-17

A Tuna Christmas Two men portray the eccentric residents of Tuna, Texas, on Christmas Eve; 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; $10-$15; 407-846-6257.

Dec. 2

The Nutcracker The traditional holiday ballet performed by Orlando City Ballet; 7:30 pm Saturday; Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park; free; 407-896-0309.

Dec. 2-3 Makulu The U-Turn Dance Company performs a contemporary African dance drama about family, love and miracles; 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.; $20; 407-695-8366.

Dec. 3

The Nutcracker The Orlando City Ballet performs the traditional holiday ballet; 2 pm Sunday; Winter Springs High School, State Road 434, Winter Springs; $10; 407-896-0309.

Dec. 4

Dickens by Candlelight The 10th season of the three-person, interactive show that presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a ghost story; 6:30 pm Monday; Sands Theater Center, 600 N. Woodlands Blvd., DeLand; $35; 407-736-7456.

Dec. 9-10

The Nutcracker The holiday dance tradition presented by Elizabeth Parsons and performed by the Windermere Ballet; 7 pm Friday, 2:30 pm Saturday; Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road; $15; 407-876-4604.

Dec. 14-17

The Nutcracker Orlando Ballet performs the traditional holiday ballet about the secret lives of toys; 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $12-$65; 407-846-6257.

Dec. 15-17

The Nutcracker Central Florida Ballet's pyrotechnic version of the popular holiday ballet; 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive; 407-849-9942.

Dec. 15-22

Home for the Hanukkahs The Feldman Dynamic performs this original humorous presentation about the traditions and activities involved with the holiday; 5 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 6 pm Friday-Saturday, 7 pm Sunday-Monday; Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 3677 S. Orlando Drive, Sanford; $15; 407-302-1998.

Dec. 16

It's a Wonderful Life Screening of Frank Capra's classic holiday film starring James Stewart; 7 pm Saturday; Avalon Park Town Center, 13001 Founders Square Drive; free; 407-658-6565.

Dec. 22

The Nutcracker Orlando City Ballet performs the holiday favorite; 4 pm Friday; The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave.; $10-$25; 407-896-0309.

Dec. 31

La Nouba New Year's Eve Cirque du Soleil holds a special performance of its whimsical circus show, including a champagne toast, a special ending and souvenirs; 6 pm and 9 pm Sunday; Cirque du Soleil, Downtown Disney; $74-$136; 407-939-7600.

ARTS & CULTURE

Nov. 17-Dec. 22

Fourth Annual Crealdé Faculty Holiday Exhibition Professors from the school's painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and sculpture departments display and sell works; 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday; Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-1886. Opening reception 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.

Nov. 17-Jan. 6

Sixth Annual Great Holiday Gift Show Local artists sell new creations to holiday shoppers; 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday; Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora; free; 352-669-7495.

Nov. 18-19

Seventh Annual Holiday Art Sale Crealdé artists sell new works as part of a two-day fund-raising event to benefit the school of art; 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday; Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; 407-671-0311.

Nov. 18-Dec. 22

Folk Art for the Holidays Local artists display new seasonal works in a variety of media; 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday; Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774.

Nov. 24-Dec. 20

25th Annual Osceola Crafters' Holiday Gift Gallery Artists from throughout Osceola County sell their handcrafted wares; 10-4 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee; free; 407-846-6257.

Dec. 2-3

Holiday Craft Festival More than 60 vendors sell arts and crafts; 9 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday; Renninger's Twin Markets, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora; free; 352-383-8393.

Veranda Park Artisan Market Art Festival More than 200 artists and vendors gather for the two-day art and crafts festival; 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday; Grande Avenue at Veranda Park, 2295 S. Hiawassee Road; free; 407-290-1060.

Dec. 2-23

Homemade for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Market Local vendors sell creations ranging from clothing and accessories to foods and beauty products; 1 pm-6 pm Saturday; Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.; free; 407-362-1864.

Dec. 16

Holiday Heroes Art show and auction featuring blank Munny figures decorated by local artists and world-renowned comic-book artists to benefit Toys for Tots; 7 pm Saturday; Überbot, 480 N. Orlando Avenue, Suite 126, Winter Park; free; 407-788-8237.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Open House The museum hands out holiday spirit; 1 pm-4 pm Sunday; Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-645-5311.

SPORTS

Nov. 19

Giving Thanks Skate Contest Skateboarding competitions to benefit local homeless shelters; 11 am Saturday; Orlando Skate Park, 400 Festival Way; free-$15; 407-898-9600.

Soap Box Derby Race Racers compete in this family event to benefit Toys for Tots; 8 am Saturday; Derby Park, 2199 Oregon Ave., Sanford; donation requested; 407-330-5697.

Nov. 23

17th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Runners of all ages burn off extra calories; 8 am Thursday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free-$30; 407-896-1160.

17th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Runners of all ages burn off extra calories; 8 am Thursday; Lake Eola Park, North Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street; free-$30; 407-896-1160.

MUSIC

Nov. 19

Messiah Singalong Join the Seminole Messiah Choral Society in a production of Handel's Messiah; 3 pm Sunday; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; free; 407-708-2040.

Nov. 25

Home for the Holidays The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs classic holiday songs; 2 pm and 8 pm Saturday; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St.; $13-$60; 407-849-2020.

Dec. 1-2

Christmas Vespers The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols presented by the Rollins College department of music; 6 pm Friday-Saturday; Rollins College, Knowles Community Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2112.

Dec. 1

Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band The local act performs holiday classics; 5:30 pm Friday; The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road; free; 407-363-3555.

No Snow Show O-Rock 105.9-FM celebrates Florida's warm holiday season with AFI, Buckcherry, Taking Back Sunday, Angels and Airwaves, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Bullet for My Valentine and Sugarcult; 3 pm Friday; Tinker Field, 287 S. Tampa Ave.; $32.75-$42.75; 407-649-7297.

Dec. 2

Brass Band of Central Florida The group performs songs of the season; 2 pm and 7 pm Friday; St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2021 W. Aloma Ave., Oviedo; free; 407-365-3408.

Dec. 4

Handel's Messiah The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel's Messiah; 7 pm Monday; Carr Performing Arts Centre, 400 W. Livingston St.; $26-$36; 407-849-2020.

Dec. 5

SCC Holiday Choral Concert Music of the season is brought to life by the school chorus; 7:30 pm Tuesday; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2040.

Dec. 8

Men's Chorus Concert The club's group entertains with a selection of classic holiday songs; 2 pm Friday; University Club, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-425-2514.

Dec. 9-10

International Music of the Holiday Season The Bach Festival Society performs selections from holiday celebrations; 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday; Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $20-$40; 407-646-2182.

Dec. 9

Neal McCoy's Christmas Show The Texas crooner sets the stage for a country Christmas; 3 pm Saturday; Cypress Gardens, 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven; $32.99-$54.99; 863-324-2111.

Song of the Lodz Ghetto Brave Old World performs rare traditional jazz, street and cabaret songs from the Nazi ghetto; 7:30 pm Saturday; Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; $20; 407-645-5933.

Dec. 10

Jingle Jam The Jonas Brothers, Truth Squad and Katelyn Tarver perform to celebrate the holiday season; 3 pm Sunday; Cypress Gardens, 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven; $32.99; 863-324-2111.

Dec. 12

SCC Holiday Band Concert The college's student musicians perform traditional music; 7:30 pm Tuesday; Seminole Community College Fine Arts Concert Hall, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $6; 407-708-2040.

Dec. 14

Orlando Sentinel Community Band The all-volunteer band performs festive songs to benefit the newspaper's family fund; 7 pm Thursday; Mount Dora Community Building, 520 Baker St., Mount Dora; free; 352-742-5932.

Dec. 15

Preservation Hall Jazz Band The New Orleans act plays classic Christmas songs; 7:30 pm Friday; News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach; $30-$42; 386-383-2165.

Dec. 16

Merry Tuba Christmas 10th annual holiday performance by tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players; 1 pm Saturday; Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard, Winter Park; free; 407-296-5560.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve With Charlie Daniels The Southern icon brings in 2007 with his top hits; 8 pm Sunday; Cypress Gardens, 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven; $32.99-$54.99; 863-324-2111.

 

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