The Holiday season is upon us yet again, and it only seems like yesterday that I was writing a similar holiday post for Amber last year. A few of the same events are happening around Orlando again this year such as Light Up UCF, so I’ll be focusing on smaller, local, and sometimes peculiar affairs that won’t be showing up on just any ole’ regular Google search. A lot of these events I’ll be attending myself, so I hope to see you there! So without further ado, here are 11 holiday events in the Orlando area to help you feel extra festive!
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017
1031 Camphor Lane, Deland, Florida
Built in 1886, the Stetson Mansion is a unique residence that is open year round for tours, but is especially spectacular around Christmas. There is a different theme every year, with this year being the 200th anniversary of the song Silent Night. Enjoy a guided tour through the first and second floors of the home as lively holiday music plays in the background. For more information visit stetsonmansion.com.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Rollins College German Club
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, Florida
Now in its 4th year, the Rollins College German Club is putting on its ever popular Christmas Market. Christmas Markets are a popular tradition in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and even though it would be best to actually be there in person, Rollins College recreates the best one in Florida. There will be more than 30 vendors for your enjoyment, including popular German food, photos with Santa and Krampus, traditional German games and more! The Rollins College German Club extends the invitation of their German Christmas Market to any members of the community who wish to learn about and experience traditional German culture.
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Downtown Winter Park, Florida
The first Thursday of December every year brings the beginning of the Holiday season in Winter Park, where the Morse Museum lights up windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir, which is a 150 voice choir and one of America’s premier oratorio ensembles. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit on the lawn and enjoy the lights and music.
Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake
3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando
This is the very first year for Orlando’s renaissance festival, complete with a historical reenactment village, merchants, crafts, and astounding performances. Come out for a spectacularly medieval time!
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
1301 Atlanta Avenue, Orlando
If you like Christmas shopping, art, and beer, you’re going to love the Orlando Brewing Christmas Market and Art show. There will be plenty of Christmas vendors available, a photo booth with donations benefiting Rescuing Animals in Need (R.A.I.N. Organization,) and delicious sandwiches provided by a local food truck.
Monday, December 5th, 2016
The Hammered Lamb
1235 N Orange Avenue, Orlando
If you tire of the traditional Christmas game, come out to The Hammered Lamb on December 5th for some not-so-traditional fun. Krampus is the anti-Santa, who comes once a year to punish naughty children around Christmas. This festive Krampusnacht will feature plenty of vendors, prizes, drink specials, and more.
Orlando Improv Comedy Club
9101 International Drive Suite, Pointe Orlando, Orlando
If you’ve ever seen one of Comedy Central Roasts, you know exactly how outrageous and offensive they are. But if adult humor is your thing, the Roast of Santa is the perfect festive show for you. Scheduled to appear is The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, Rudolph, and more!
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Sanford Civic Center
401 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford
I went to the last Big Bang Bazaar in August and it was huge and full of off-kilter gifts for every member of my family. The one in December should be nothing if not more fun, as Christmas season always brings out the best art in the locals of Orlando. And as always admission is free and so is parking!
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
480 S Ronald Reagan Blvd, Longwood
Can anything get much better than beer, cookies, a Holiday pop-up shop, and Christmas music? Did I mention ugly Christmas sweaters? And in addition, Hourglass brewery is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location, so you can bring cheer to a child in need this Christmas as well. Hope to see you there!
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E Winter Park Rd, Orlando
One of Orlando’s most popular craft shows/bazaars, the Grandma Party features some of Orlando’s favorite local artisans and craft makers, as well as live music and plenty of food and drinks to help wrap up 2016.
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
1300 S Orlando Ave, Maitland
Join Enzian theater as they celebrate Christmas the right way, with the Grinch! Bring your family along for a screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and come early for special holiday treats and fun activities; including a letter writing kit for your child to write the perfect letter to Santa, a special menu featuring cookies and hot cocoa, and Santa will even swing by the theater to pick up all the letters. He’ll also be available for purchasable photos after the movie!
From all of us here at Amber Diagnostics,
we hope you have a jolly holiday season, and a joyous new year!