Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland
Nov. 29 – Dec. 25 – Wekiva Island Winter Wonderland. Wekiva Island, just a 30-minute drive from Orlando, gets decked out in holiday spirit with snow slides, snow flurries, ornament decorating, movies, train rides, Santa Claus visits and tells stories, and more. Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood; free; wekivaisland.com.
Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights
Nov. 29-Dec 27 – Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights display features over 14,000 lights to delight. I will be one of only 24 light shows across America to be featured in ABC TV’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” 7650 Sowell Road, Milton along the Florida Panhandle. From dark until 9 pm. $10 per car; train rides an additional $2 per person.
Krampusnacht at Hollerbach’s
Dec. 5 – 6 – Krampusnacht at Hollerbach’s. Santa’s evil counterpart arrives to punish the naughty and eat schnitzel on Dec. 5; followed on the 6th with a visit from St. Nikolaus. Nutcrackers, decorations, caroling Lebkuchen and more. Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is just north of Orlando at 205 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-321-2204; willowtreecafe.com.
Holiday Trunk Show
Dec. 6 – 7 – Holiday Trunk Show. What little child doesn’t love a teddy bear for Christmas? Meet guest artists Melissa Menzer and master bear maker Darlene Allen for a seasonal pop-up show. Fri 2-6 pm/Sat 10 am-4 pm; Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; 407-323-2774; jtfolkart.com.
35th Annual Christmas Parade
Dec. 7 – 35th Annual Christmas Parade. On the first Saturday in December, bring your holiday spirit and family out to enjoy all the festivities in Vero Beach! Come view the beautifully lit floats, take part in the candy cane race, and don’t forget to take the kids to see Santa Clause! The Oceanside Business Association Christmas Parade is an annual enjoyment for all! The parade runs along Ocean Drive, from Flamevine to Live Oak.
25th Annual Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park
Dec 7 – 25th Annual Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park. Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk, Reindeer Games for kids, Merry Market, Parade, Festival of Wreaths, Tree Lighting, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, pictures with Santa. Times and locations throughout Navarre, FL here.
Ballet Fedotov: The Nutcracker
Dec. 20 – 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. 7:30 pm; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $23-28; 407-321-8111; wdpac.com.
Phantasmagoria’s A Christmas Carol
Dec. 21 – Phantasmagoria’s A Christmas Carol A unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale by the acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $20-$25; 407-321-8111;wdpac.com.