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Experience the sights and sounds of the season in the City of Orlando. Throughout December, the City of Orlando is offering free holiday events for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy, furthering the City’s continued commitment to providing a wide variety of amenities and entertainment for everyone.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday on the Drive
5 p.m. – Edgewater Drive, Between Smith Street and Clayton Street
The College Park Partnership Main Street District invites families and friends to Holiday on the Drive featuring a Christmas tree lighting, live music, Santa Claus and other holiday festivities. Visit collegeparkpartnership.com for more information.

Friday, December 4, 2015

City of Orlando Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
5 p.m. – Festivities Begin
6 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The City of Orlando’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration will feature the official lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree. This free event will include live music by Encore! Cast Performing Arts and Violectric performing holiday favorites, Trinity Lutheran School’s holiday musical and TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar.  For more information visit orlandotreelighting.com.

Friday, December 4, 2015 – Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree Show
Lake Eola Park – The show plays at 5:45 p.m.; 6:45 p.m.; 7:45 p.m.; 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Every night starting with the official lighting of the City’s 72-foot Christmas tree on Friday, December 4, 2015, through Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Eola Wonderland will come alive featuring a synchronized light and music show with the Christmas tree and Lake Eola fountain.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Concert at Lake Eola Park
6 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
In support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Network, the award-winning Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold their 8th annual holiday benefit concert performing holiday favorites. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to support the Salvation Army’s Tree program, which helps more than 3,500 underprivileged children receive new toys each holiday season.

Twelve Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl
8 p.m. – Mills 50 Main Street District, Along Mills Avenue and Virginia Drive
Sponsored by Mills 50 Main Street District, the 4th annual “Twelve Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl” will allow participants to take advantage of drink specials throughout the night at their favorite bars as they travel via O-cartz around Mills 50. Wristbands are available for purchase at Wally’s in Mills 50. Visit mills50.org for more information.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Light Up Downtown South
5 p.m. – Lake Beauty Park, Intersection of Orange Avenue and Miller Street
Downtown South, a City of Orlando Main Street, invites families and friends to join them for their annual Christmas tree lighting at Lake Beauty Park. Come early and enjoy a number of activities including an appearance from Santa Claus, performances from local school choirs and the lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree. For more information, visit downtownsouth.org.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park
7 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SantaCon
11 a.m. – Thornton Park District, Begins at World of Beer, 431 East Central Boulevard
Sponsored by Thornton Park Main Street District, “SantaCon” will start at World of Beer and allow participants to take advantage of drink specials at participating Thornton Park restaurants and bars while dressing up as Santa Claus. Visit thorntonparkdistrict.com for more information.

Violetric Holiday Concert at Lake Eola Park
7 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
This free concert will feature Violetric, an electric string quintet band with keyboards and drums, playing a mash-up of rock, pop and holiday favorites.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas on Church Street
3 p.m. – Church Street District, Outside of 55 West, 55 West Church Street
The holiday spirit spreads throughout the Church Street District as they host 200 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida participants with the lighting of a new 32-foot Christmas tree. The event will also feature Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and ornament crafting and decorating. Visit churchstreetdistrict.com for more information.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park
7 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

“The Nutcracker” Performance by the Russian Ballet Orlando
7:30 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
Celebrate the holiday season with The Nutcracker, featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Russian Ballet Orlando.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park
7 p.m. – Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park
The free holiday movie featured will be “A Christmas Story.”

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