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DAZZLING NIGHTS

Throughout December at Leu Gardens.  Walk through the gardens with interactive lights on the ground, journey through a forest of light and fog as if walking through the aurora borealis, immerse yourself in a 65’ long tunnel of light, and you might even see snow!  Masks required, must purchase ticket in advance at dazzlingorlando.com


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FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

Through Dec 30th at the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.  Features holiday traditions from the 11 countries at Epcot, as well as a cookie stroll and holiday entertainment.  Advance scheduling required to celebrate at Disney World. disneyworld.disney.go.com


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POINSETTIA SALE

Dec. 3, 11am-2pm, the members of the Bloom & Grow Garden Society will be outside at the Crooked Can Brewery Marketplace for their annual poinsettia sale. You can purchase either a Red or Ice Crystal (pink & white) florist quality poinsettia in a 6 ½ inch pot with gold foil wrap. They will not be accepting cash. Card or check only.  Bloomandgrow.club


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NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL

Dec. 3-7. The Lake Apopka North Shore is now a top birding hotspot, nearly 370 species of birds have been sighted, more than any inland site in the U.S. including the Everglades. Participate in field trips on the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore property and other Central Florida sites.  More info here orangeaudubonfl.org/festival/


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THE POLAR EXPRESS

Dec. 4, 7pm as part of the Enzian Popcorn Flicks series in Central Park, Winter Park. Advanced registration is required to reserve your free, socially-distanced, 10’x10’ movie space. Up to 6 people per party.  Attendees are encouraged to participate in the Curbside To-Go program to grab a meal to enjoy in the park during the movie. Masks are encouraged. enzian.org


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THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 5, 12 &19 at the Dr. Phillips Center. The Orlando Ballet presents the beloved Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Let the magical world of Clara’s dreams take you on a journey through sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing sweets! Early booking is recommended, ticket must be purchased in advance.  407-358-6603 Drphillipscenter.org


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HOLIDAY POPS 

Dec. 6, 5-7pm.  The City of Winter Park wants to help you celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.   The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops concert in beautiful Central Park in downtown Winter Park.  Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.  cityofwinterpark.org/events/


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VIRTUAL HOLIDAY CABARET

Celebrate the holiday season with a special one-hour cabaret featuring the fabulous Natalie Cordone! Performing favorite seasonal hits from radio, TV, film and stage, Natalie’s stunning voice and charm will be the perfect way to brighten up your holiday festivities. This event will be available for a three-day period, 11am Dec 18, through 11am Dec 21, 2020 with a minimum $20 donation. Winterparkplayhouse.org


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2020 CHEEZ-IT BOWL

Features the top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12, and will take place Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Camping World Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN.  This bowl season will mark Cheez-It’s first as an Orlando bowl title sponsor. Last year’s game was known as the Camping World Bowl.  cheezitbowl.com


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ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS

Dec. 29 at 7pm.  Watch the first home game of the season against the Jacksonville Icemen at the Amway Center.  The Orlando Solar Bears are the affiliate team of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and are back for their ninth season.  Purchase tickets in advance amwaycenter.com

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