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click to enlarge A Drag Queen Christmas Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Plaza Live

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A Drag Queen Christmas Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Plaza Live

Things to do in Orlando, Dec. 22-28: Bad Santa and the Angry Elves, WWE Live, Phantasmagoria's 'A Christmas Carol' 

Our selections of the best stuff to do this Christmas week.

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Bad Santa & The Angry Elves
It's the 100th performance for this group of decidedly naughty yet tuneful Christmas cosplayers. Soon after this one, the costumes and blasphemous cover versions go into mothballs until next year. 7:30 p.m., Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.,, $10.

Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 22-23
Phantasmagoria's 'A Christmas Carol'
Victorian performance troupe Phantasmagoria presents their original adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic with ... let's just say a heavy emphasis on the haunted and supernatural side of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand,, $26-$31.

Friday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Celebration
Enjoy free admission to the Morse Museum galleries between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., with live violin music from 1-4 p.m. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park,, free.

Sunday, Dec. 26
Central Florida's Kwanzaa Celebration Day 1: Umoja/Unity
Head over to the Winter Park Community Center for the day-long celebration of Umoja and the principle of unity. Enjoy a drum circle, dancing, performances, food provided by Flava Tribe, plus ancestor veneration to honor those loved ones that are no longer with us. 5 p.m., Winter Park Community Center, 721 New England Ave., Winter Park, $5.

Drag Queen Christmas
Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change host a glamorous Christmas musical revue with a choir's worth of other RuPaul's Drag Race luminaries that is sure to make this the most wickedly elegant Boxing Day in the City Beautiful to date. 8 p.m., Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave.,, $50-$150.

Drums of Umoja
Day 1 of Kwanzaa seems like a great day to soak in the heavy rhythms of Eugene Snowden's Afrobeat side project. A perfect way to dance away any and all post-Xmas blues. 8 p.m., Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave.,, $10.

Monday, Dec. 27
Christmas with the Countess LuAnn
Real Housewives of New York
alum Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is fashionably late to her own Christmas revue at the Hard Rock. All the better to make an entrance. This is part of a seasonal "holiday cabaret" tour from the Countess. 8 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd.,, $35.50-$73.

WWE Live
World Wrestling Entertainment returns to the City Beautiful as part of a holiday house show swing through friendly markets. Who's been nice? Big E. Who's been naughty? Roman Reigns. Card has not been announced as of this writing. 7:30 p.m., Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.,, $20-$550.

click to enlarge Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens through Jan. 9 - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Dazzling Nights at Leu Gardens through Jan. 9


Through Dec. 24
A Christmas Carol
C'mon ghosts, it's time to torment some rich people. We need that student-loan forgiveness by Xmas. Margeson Theater, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., $32-$56.

Through Jan. 9, 2022
Dazzling Nights
Immersive holiday light spectacular is back and bigger than ever. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,, $25.

Through Jan. 6, 2022
Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Nightly synchronized light and music show while the Lake Eola fountain displays red, green and gold lights. Lake Eola Park, Rosalind Avenue and Washington Street, free.

Museums + Galleries

Through Dec. 31
Ally Is a Verb
Examines the deeply personal work of artists belonging to marginalized communities. Rollins Museum of Art, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,, free.

Through Dec. 31
American Modernisms at the Rollins Museum of Art
American art from the museum's permanent collection. Rollins Museum of Art, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,,

Through Jan. 9, 2022
As I Am
Group show of current Central and North Floridian artists working "through" disabilities across genres. Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park,, free.

Through June 2022
Cathedrals of Florida: Masterworks by Clyde Butcher
Butcher's photos capture the (disappearing) natural beauty of Florida's wetlands. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.,, $20.

Through Dec. 31
Common Ground
A sampling of treasures from Rollins' Book Arts Collection, mostly around the themes of social and environmental issues. Rollins Museum of Art, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,, free.

Through May 1, 2022
Connoisseurship & Collecting
Old masters on loan from the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.,, $20.

Through Jan. 22, 2022
Retrospective of work by longtime Orlando Sentinel photographer Red Huber. Snap! Downtown, 420 E. Church St.,, free.

Through Dec. 31
Gallardo/Budoff: Growth, Breadth, and Terrain
Fantastical renderings and paper cutouts by Frances Gallardo and Nathan Budoff. Rollins Museum of Art, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,, free.

Through Jan. 2, 2022
Luces y Sombras
More than 100 historical photographs spanning Mexico's modern history — people, architecture, indigenous artifacts and myriad aspects of the country's perpetual reinvention. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.,, $20.

Through Dec. 31
Rafael Trelles: The Imagined Word
Fifteen unique portraits, each referencing a work of world literature, from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina to Gabriel GarcÍa Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Rollins Museum of Art, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park,, free.

Through Jan. 23, 2022
Victor Bokas: A Bold & Colorful Journey
Central Florida artist Bokas' paintings evoke the quirks and beauty of the Sunshine State. Art & History Museums of Maitland, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland,, $6.

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