Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Winter Park

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Winter Park lights up the tree at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30.
Winter Park lights up the tree at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 30.
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NOV. 29

Trinity Preparatory School will be performing the musical theater production “Pippin.”

Show times are Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5. Trinity Prep is located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. For more information, visit or call 407-671-4140.

“Wine and Cheese for Conservation,” a charity event for i.F.r.o.g.s. (Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability) will be hosted by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be held on the shores of Lake Virginia, and will raise funds for the all-volunteer team of scientists preparing for a humanitarian and conservation expedition to Madagascar. The deadline for reservations has passed. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 772-486-8280.

The Pair: Chocolate & Wine 101, will be taught at Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. The interactive class, set for 10, will be taught by Kevin Wray, owner of Peterbrooke Winter Park alongside Lisa Wilk of Orlando Uncorked. The participants will sample six wines and eight chocolates, try their hand at tempering chocolate and receive a 10 percent discount on purchases made that night. Those interested in attending must RSVP by contacting the Winter Park Peterbrooke. The price is $40 per person.

NOV. 30

The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Winter Park will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in Central Park. Bring the entire family for a night of holiday cheer at this free event. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.

St. Dorothy Catholic Community Church of Winter Park will welcome the members of the community to the Annual Prayer Vigil for World AIDS Day Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Visit for a complete schedule of services.

DEC. 1

Explore festive holiday home designs as neighbors in Winter Park and Baldwin Park open their doors to show off their holiday creativity. Tickets are $30 at the door of the first home toured, and showings are Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Visit

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Park Avenue comes to life at 9 a.m. with the 60th annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade. This family-friendly occasion showcases holiday-themed floats, Santa Claus and well-known locals. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.

Leadership Winter Park Class 23 will host the annual Leadership Winter Park Breakfast at Central Park’s main stage from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, please call 407-644-8281.

The city of Maitland will usher in the holiday season at the annual Season of Light event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lake Lily Park.

BRIO Tuscan Grille in Winter Park Village will have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $11.95 for adults and $5.95 for children, the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

DEC. 2

The Orlando Poetry Troupe, will have a presentation of their poetry at the Winter Park Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. For more information, please email [email protected]

Surviving the Holidays, a program for those dealing with grief during the holidays will be at St. John Lutheran Church on Dec. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 407-644-1783

DEC. 3

The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates in Winter Park will be holding a three-day screening for residents to see if they suffer hearing loss. Free appointments are available from Monday, Dec. 3, through Wednesday, Dec. 5, by calling 407-644-4883. Each appointment will have a complimentary consultation and listening demonstration with a registered audiologist and a 20-day risk-free trial of an Intiga Hearing Device. The office is located at 133 Benmore Drive, Winter Park.

DEC. 6

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, for a music program by the Silver Chimers & Nineties Club Recognition. For more information, please visit or call 407-677-0446.

Members of the Jewish Pavilion are invited to attend “JP Connections,” a luncheon for women on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary. For $25, participants will enjoy a gourmet meal and informal modeling from Wearable Art. The event will also include a mini-holiday bazaar. To receive an invitation or learn more, call 407-678-9363 or email Nancy Ludin at [email protected]

The 34th annual Christmas in the Park Celebration will be Thursday, Dec. 6. This Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art holiday tradition will be held in Central Park, which creates the beautiful backdrop for the lighting of eight turn-of-the-century Tiffany windows as the Bach Festival Choir performs in concert on the main stage. The two-hour program begins at 6:15 p.m. For more information, please call 407-645-5311.

To complement the annual “Christmas in the Park Celebration,” Friends of Casa Feliz will present Christmas at the Casa, sponsored by Commerce National Bank and Trust, on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Casa Feliz located at 656 N. Park Ave. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet everyone, the house will be decorated for the season and costumed carolers will lead attendees in holiday favorites. For more information, please call 407-628-8200.

Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Besides a special holiday sale, “Art Under $200 – ‘Tis the Season,” there will be a live jazz performance, magical illusions, an art demonstration and food from Orchid Thai. Café offerings, handcrafted beers, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Admission to First Thursdays is $10, free for OMA Members and includes admission to the OMA's permanent collections of American Art, African Art and Art of the Ancient Americas. Parking is free at Orlando Loch Haven Park; overflow parking is available at the Orlando Science Center parking garage. For more information, call 407-896-4231 extension 260, or visit

DEC. 7

On Friday, Dec. 7, Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Merchants Association will present “Hannibal Square Holiday,” a food and wine celebration benefiting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hannibal Square merchants and area restaurants will provide food and wine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on New England Avenue, between Virginia and Pennsylvania Avenues in Winter Park. Musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic will provide seasonal music. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 on the day of the event. Children younger than 12 are free. Groups of 10 tickets are available for $20 each. Tickets may be purchased online at or at participating locations on New England Avenue. In the spirit of the season, attendees are also encouraged to bring toys for donation to Winter Park families in need.

Baldwin Park’s First Friday event for December will be on Dec. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the heart of Baldwin Park, along New Broad Street in the Village Center. First Friday offers music, drink specials, free samples, interactive activities and much more. For more information, please visit

DEC. 8

Baldwin Park Festival Of Lights is Saturday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m. The annual holiday celebration kicks off with a parade celebrating Baldwin Park’s 10 year anniversary! Come join the fun in Village Center (parade begins on New Broad Street at Common Way, and goes all the way to the lake) to enjoy holiday performances, activities for kids of all ages, the chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and much more! Visit to learn more.

“It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)” will be shown at Enzian Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon. This Frank Capra wintertime comedy/drama stars James Stewart and was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture. The epitome of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience, “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of an angel helping a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for Enzian members. Tickets can be purchased at Enzian’s box office or at

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will become the official judging and viewing site for the 9th annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights including a water ski show on Lake Virginia near Rollins College. This free event will begin at dusk and parking fees will apply. For more information, please call 407-647-6294.

DEC. 9

Chabad of Greater Orlando will present Chanukah in the Park Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., in Central Park. The evening will include singing performances, live music, dancers, face painting, jugglers and food. For more information, please call 407-644-2500.

On Dec. 9, the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (FSYO) plans to hold the inaugural performance at The Grove at Mead Garden, with a holiday program featuring FSYO’s award winning youth orchestras, and a world premier of “A Holiday Opening,” a new work by composer John Dupuis. This concert is sponsored in part by Chepenik Financial. Tickets range from $10 to $20, and can be purchased at, or at the door on Dec. 9.

DEC. 11

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland has announced two special community presentations featuring John Halligan, a renowned speaker on bullying, cyberbullying and teen suicide. He will be speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Annunciation Catholic Academy, 593 Jamestown Blvd. Altamonte Springs, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church 526 N. Park Ave. Winter Park. Both sessions are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., and no admission is charged. During his program, Halligan will discuss some of the most effective ways family and friends can intervene when a child is displaying signs of stress due to bullying. He also will provide a number of Internet safety tips that can help parents understand the dynamics of cyberbullying and harassment through social media. These events are part of the Holocaust Center’s UpStanders: Stand Up To Bullying initiative.

DEC. 13

The city’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated at the Winter Park Historical Association’s Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Winter Park Country Club.

Newcomers of Central Florida’s Dec. 13 holiday luncheon will include seasonal musical entertainment by the Hot Cocoa singers at Maison & Jardin, 430 S. Wymore Road, Altamonte Springs. Advance reservations are required and tickets are $23. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, please visit or contact [email protected] or 407-366-9084

The Winter Park High School Band will host its Winter Band Concert in the Anne Derflinger Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, please visit

DEC. 15

Enders Place in Baldwin Park will host a children’s book signing and launch party for April Ready’s new book “Up and away on my first flight” on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. “Up and away on my first flight” is about a baby bear’s first anticipated trip to see her grandparents for the holidays. But when the plane takes off, she is in for more than expected. There will be games, music and Christmas treats. Also, there will be a personal book signing by the author. For more information, please visit

Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players of all ages gather to perform a concert from the main stage in Central Park beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15. Winter Park’s 17th annual Merry Tuba Christmas has become a must-see on the holiday list of things to do. Registration for musicians begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal running from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 407-599-3463.

There will be a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for children and adults with arthritis on Saturday, Dec. 15, around Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park. For more information, please contact the Florida Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation at 407-208-1766.

DEC. 16

“A Holiday Concert from the Heart” presented by The Maitland Symphony Orchestra will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, 341 N. Orlando Ave. Maitland. Plan to come early, bring your children, and enjoy this free holiday concert sponsored by the Performing Arts of Maitland.

DEC. 20

The Maitland Historical Museum will highlight its Telephone Collection from Dec. 20 until Aug. 4.

DEC. 21

“A Christmas Story” will be shown in Baldwin Park’s Village Green on Friday, Dec. 21, as part of Movies in the Park. Family activities will begin at 6 p.m. Visit the Baldwin Park Movies in the Park Facebook page for more details.

DEC. 22

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will hold a free Holiday Weekend Open House Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 407-645-5311.

DEC. 23

North Park Baptist Church will have a special candlelight service to celebrate Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.

DEC. 28

To wrap up the holiday season with a bright red bow on top, the city of Winter Park will proudly host the sixth annual Russell Athletic Bowl Parade of Bands Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Russell Athletic Bowl game on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East championship teams will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a “Bandastic Game Day Preview” in Central Park. For more information, please call 407-599-3463.


The Winter Park Farmers Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. It is located at the old train depot, at 200 W. New England Ave. For information visit

The Maitland Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. It is located at Lake Lily Park. For more information visit or call 407-539-6268.

Food Truck Café is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at Lake Lily Park in Maitland.

The Winter Park Food Truck Stop is located at 1127 N. Orlando Ave. and is open for food trucks 24/7. Follow the site on Facebook at

The Winter Park Food Truck Fiesta – Winter Park Style is at Fleet Peeples Park located at 2000 S. Lakemont Ave. every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Truck Crazy, promoters of Food Truck Wars and other food truck events, will feature 10 of Central Florida’s finest gourmet food trucks with cuisine choices ranging from Thai to veggie to desserts, and everything in between. There will also be light music provided and children’s activities such as face painting and balloonists. Proceeds will benefit local Winter Park charities. For more information, please call 407-296-5882.

mi Tomatina, 433 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, will host Happy To Give Back Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. every Monday. Join mi Tomatina, a tapas and paella bar in Hannibal Square, as it hosts a charitable happy hour featuring Spanish music, Spanish appetizers (pinchos) and themed sangria samplings. Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit the Community Food & Outreach Center. The cost is $15. To reserve a spot email nori@mitomatina

The city of Winter Park’s Art on the Green 2012 will feature the unique and creative works of eight noted sculptors on display during park hours through March 1. Exhibition catalogs are available at City Hall and the Winter Park Welcome Center. Visit and click on the Art on the Green logo for more information.

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center presents ”Keeping Haiti In Our Hearts: Interpreting Heritage In The Diaspora” through Saturday, Dec. 29. The heritage center is located at 642 New England Ave., Winter Park and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no charge for admission. For more information visit or call 407-539-2680.

The Military Retired Officers Wives Club of Central Florida will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month through May at the Elks Club, 12 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando. Active duty wives are also welcome to attend. For information contact Marty Harrison at 407-886-1922 or Ellen Paul at 407-696-4809.

Central Florida 2012-2013 Ice Hockey Club Home Schedule

Nov. 30 vs. South Florida @ 10:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 vs. Alabama @ 10:15 p.m.

Feb. 2 vs. Alabama @ 4 p.m.

Feb. 8 vs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical @ 10:15 p.m.

All home games are at RDV Ice Den in Maitland. Entrance is free for UCF Students with ID; general admission is $5. Games on Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 are for UCF Thanksgiving Showcase at Space Coast IcePlex. For more information, visit

“Arborescences,” a site-specific installation with paintings and drawings by Rick Jones, will be held at Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, from Thursday, Nov. 8, until Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 10th Anniversary Series of professional musical theatre with the world premiere of “Steppin’ Out With Irving Berlin,” Nov. 29 through Dec. 15. Performances will be Thursdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays Dec. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.; and Wacky Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This world premier tells the life story of the well-loved American composer, Irving Berlin, through unforgettable music, narrative and dance. For more information call 407-645-0145 or visit The Winter Park Playhouse is located at 711 Orange Ave.

The Winter in the Park holiday ice skating rink returns to Winter Park’s Central Park West Meadow from Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 6. The West Meadow is located in downtown Winter Park at the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue. Snow angels are invited to skate all day for only $10 per skater (skate rental included). For more information, please call 407-599-3203 or visit

Enjoy Orlando's largest outdoor ice rink, photos with Santa, free nightly light shows, free outdoor movies and rides including the UCF Federal Credit Union Ferris Wheel, Santa train, ice slide and tornado. Visit for information on pricing and hours.