The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Pops concert for free on Nov. 29. Starting at 4 p.m., the orchestra will perform holiday favorites on the Central Park Main Stage in Winter Park. Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic, as well as nonperishable food items to donate, which will help restock the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Visit OrlandoPhil.org for more information.
Casa Feliz will host its sixth annual Christmas at the Casa holiday open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Guests will have the chance to have their photo taken with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, look at Christmas decorations and hear a quartet of Dickensian Carolers. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Professional photos with Santa will be offered for $5. Casa Feliz is located at 656 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. The event is sponsored through a grant from Commerce National Bank and Trust in Winter Park. For additional information, contact Betsy Owens at 407-628-8196 or [email protected]
Rejoined, restored, remarkable — and ready for tours. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens announces the long-anticipated opening of Historic Capen-Showalter House for public tours. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Capen-Showalter House will open for half-hour tours twice a week: Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., subject to availability. Built in 1885 by James Seymour Capen, the Capen-Showalter House stands as one of the few remaining homes of Winter Park’s founding decade. Experienced docents will immerse guests in its 130 year-old historical and architectural story. Tour highlights include the home’s harrowing journey to the museum’s gardens and Albin Polasek’s surprising connection to the residence. Tour prices are included in the cost of general admission: adults are $5; seniors (60 and older) are $4; students (age 12 through college) are $3; and members and children under 12 are free. Tour times are subject to cancellation to accommodate event rentals. The museum recommends that guests call the museum at 407-647-6294 to confirm availability.
The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet on Dec. 3 for the Sounds of the Season musical program presented by Orange County Public School students. The program will start at 10 a.m. at College Park United Methodist Church, located at 644 W. Princeton St. in Orlando. Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join. Call 407-677-0446 for more information.
The city of Winter Park and the Morse Museum will present the 37th annual Christmas in the Park, which features the lighting of the century-old Tiffany windows in Central Park. The free event will run from 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 and will include an outdoor concert of holiday favorites by the Bach Festival Society Choir and Brass Ensemble. For more information call 407-645-5311 or visit MorseMuseum.org.
Meet new friends and enjoy fellowship as the Good Samaritan Society Kissimmee Village welcomes in the holiday spirit at the Lighting of the Nativity at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Dec. 3, at 4250 Village Drive in Kissimmee. The brief program will center on a life-size nativity and include a resident bell choir, followed by lighting the entire village in lights. For more information, call 407-933-1999.
Winter Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony, presented by Winter Park Towers and hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, in Central Park. The free event will be broadcast on WFTV channel 9 and will include performances by children’s choirs and activities for children. For more information call 407-644-8281.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park featuring “Home Alone” will be presented for free on Dec. 4 at Central Park’s Main Stage in Winter Park. The movie will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and free popcorn will be available for everyone. The event is presented by the Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency and produced by Enzian Theater. For more information, call 407-629-0054 or visit Enzian.org.
One Senior Place will have a special service on Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a remembrance ceremony of that special someone that has passed away. One Senior Place looks to provide their community support during this holiday season and to share this time together to remember that special person and all the fine memories. One Senior Place is located at 715 Douglas Ave. in Altamonte Springs. For more information, call 407-691-4548.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Winter Park Class 26 will present the 17th annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5. Attendees can enjoy hot pancakes, sausage and beverages on Central Park’s Main Stage in Winter Park from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $6 and proceeds will benefit local elementary schools. At 9 a.m., the chamber will host the 63rd annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas parade down Park Avenue. More than 100 bands, dance troupes, floats, local dignitaries and Santa will participate in Central Florida’s longest-running Christmas parade. For more information call 407-644-8281 or visit WinterPark.org.
The city of Maitland Leisure Services will present Season of Light at 5 p.m., with a fireworks finale scheduled at 7 p.m., on Dec. 5. A holiday tradition for the city, the event will take place at Lake Lily Park, located at 701 Lake Lily Drive.
Learn how to create holiday wreaths that can be hung on a door or wall or used as a table centerpiece from Cathey Bowers of the Winter Park Garden Club at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11. The demonstration will take place at the Winter Park Garden Club, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. Greens will be provided. Admission is $25 and should be paid by Dec. 4. Call 407-644-5770 for more information.
The Orlando/Winter Park branch of the American Association of University Women will meet on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., followed by a seasonal choral presentation by the Winter Park High School Women’s Choir, under the direction of Joseph Kemper. Admission is $15. The church is located at 225 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park. For more information call 407-488-4163.
The Maitland Public Library will hold its annual outdoor holiday party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12. The event will have music, traditional Jewish food, entertainment and a special guest from the North Pole who will give gifts to every child.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 331 Lake Ave. in Maitland, invites you to walk their campus and encounter nine live scenes related to the nativity of our Lord from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Join them for festive refreshments and music at the end of your journey. For more information, visit GoodShepherdMaitland.com
The city of Winter Park’s annual holiday ice skating rink, Winter in the Park, will be open through Jan. 10. Presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency, the rink is located at 150 N. New York Ave. on the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard. Skating hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for the day, including skate rental. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. The rink is also available for rental opportunities with a reservation. Holiday movies, music and games will be offered throughout the event’s run. For more information, call 407-599-3203 or visit CityOfWinterPark.org/witp