WHAT: Kids these days, so impatient. We haven't evenfinalized our Thanksgiving plans, but UCF is already kicking off "Orlando's newest and most affordable holiday tradition." StartingNov. 20, Light Up UCF turns the outskirts of the UCF Arena into theNorth Pole whether you've broken out your jacket or not. Holidaylight shows are scheduled at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily, withice skating in front of the Arena from 5 p.m.-11 p.m.Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturdayand 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Outdoor Christmas movie screenings arealso scheduled on select evenings at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

WHEN: Events scheduled daily through Jan. 8.

WHERE: UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd. at University of Central Florida, Orlando.

COST: $12 skating passes, screenings and lightshows are free.

CALL: 407-823-6062.


Dec. 12: Holiday Sidewalk Sashay: Formerly known as the Orlando Christmas Parade, this annual parade is going green. As a scaled down version of previous years, the 35-foot diesel power floats will be replaced with golf carts, pedicabs and wagons in this 65-unit procession. The Sashay will feature marching bands, dance troops, celebrities and Santa. 3:30-5 p.m. Lake Eola Park, Orlando. Free.

Dec. 12: Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade: "Joy and Peace to the World": 2 p.m. Dec. 12; Brevard Ave. and N. Third St.,, Cocoa Beach; free; 321-783-2228.

Dec. 12: Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival Of Lights: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-3399.

Dec. 12: St. John's river christmas boat parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 12; Ed Stone Park, 2990 W. State Road 44, DeLand; free; 386-801-5685.

Through Jan. 7: Leu's Holiday House, Orlando. The beautifully restored late 19th century Leu House Museum is decked out for the holidays. Each of 11 rooms in the home has its own theme from Victorian to Art Deco fused with amazing dioramas. Designers from Seminole Community College Interior Design students and Ron's Miniature Shop and Museum dedicate their time and trimmings, turning the home into a holiday showcase. Admission $7 adults, $2 children K-12th grades. 407-246-2620.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Holidays Around the World, Lake Buena Vista. This Epcot tradition features storytellers, a daily character tree-lighting ceremony and a stunning display of snow-white lights. The moving Candlelight Processional, a favorite of all ages, includes celebrity guest narrators, accompanied by a massed choir and orchestra for a retelling of the Christmas story. 407-824-4321.

Through December: 11th Annual Now Snowing and Tree Lighting, Celebration: The annual event will kick off the month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 and will feature live music and a special visit from Santa Claus himself. During the month, there will be a nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., as well as strolling carolers and photos with Santa. There will be a special appearance by Ryan Cabrera on Dec. 5 and a special Radio Disney holiday concert on Dec. 19. Free. 407-566-4007.

Dec. 11-13: Singing Christmas Trees: tree display with orchestra and dance performance: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays (opening Dec. 4, through Dec. 13); First Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando; $8-$42; 888-461-9824.

Through Dec. 13: Festival of Trees, Apopka: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5, 3-4 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7-Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 13; Museum of the Apopkans, 122 E. Fifth St., Apopka. The event showcases decorated trees by local merchants and organizations up for bid in a silent auction. There are also wreaths, holiday vignettes and a plant boutique. This is a juried show and ribbons and certificates will be awarded on Dec. 13 after the auction ends. Proceeds will be distributed among several projects including scholarships and historic plaques for designated Apopka buildings. Free. 407-884-0391.

Dec. 14,21: Holiday Movie Nights: outdoor screenings: 7 p.m. Mondays (opening Dec. 7, through Dec. 21); Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs Drive, Altamonte Springs; free; 407-571-8863.

Dec. 11: A Visit From Father Christmas, Lake Mary: 7 p.m. Dec. 11; Lake Mary Historical Museum, 158 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary. Storyteller Joe Rosier will portray Father Christmas and tell stories of his many adventures bringing gifts and happiness to children around the world. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. $5 for adults, $2 for children 17 or younger. 407-585-1481.

Dec. 11-13: "Drive Thru Christmas Story," Kissimmee: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11-Dec. 13; Poinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee. View scenes complete with music, Scripture, and live animals and actors. Free. 407-870-9700.

Dec. 11-20: Ice Skating Rink, Orlando. This major attraction will be located in Lake Eola Park's southeast corner over water on the International Bridge. The synthetic ice rink, measuring 32 feet x 78 feet, will feature nightly snowfalls to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Will also include retail and food vendors, including the Farmers Market on Sundays. Ice skating will be offered daily 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 12 p.m.-10 p.m. weekends. Cost to skate is $7 per person with a $3 skate rental fee. Coupons for free skate rentals are available at select sponsor locations. 407-898-3130.

Dec. 12: Holiday Dinner For The Animals: to benefit Dogs Deserve Better: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Garden Cafe, 810 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando; $25 advance, $35 at the door; 407-968-2400.

Dec. 12: It's Snow Much Fun Day: snow playground and Santa visit: noon-8 p.m. Dec. 12; Winter Garden Village, 3251 Daniels Road, Winter Garden; free; 407-656-1658.

Dec. 12: Cocoa Beach Christmas Parade: "Joy and Peace to the World": 2 p.m. Dec. 12; Brevard Ave. and N. Third St.,, Cocoa Beach; free; 321-783-2228.

Dec. 12: Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival Of Lights: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; free; 407-599-3399.

Dec. 12: Festival Of Lights: laser show and decorative displays: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12; DeBary Hall Mansion, 210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary; free; 386-668-3840.

Dec. 12: St. John's river christmas boat parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 12; Ed Stone Park, 2990 W. State Road 44, DeLand; free; 386-801-5685.

Dec. 12: Santa's Winter Wonderland: holiday activities and film screenings: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road, Ocoee; free (non-perishable food donations requested); 407-905-3180.

Dec. 12: Holiday on the Drive, Orlando-College Park: 6-9 p.m. Look for Santa Claus in the Gazebo at Albert Park after his arrival by fire truck at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy the holiday season with activities all along Edgewater Drive including storefront decoration contest, season of giving food drive and Edgewater High Band and Choir performances.

Dec. 12: Afternoon with Santa, Apopka: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12; Magnolia Park, 2929 Binion Road, Apopka. The event is targeted for children ages 10 or younger, but all family members are welcome. Activities include holiday crafts, a visit with Santa, games and moonwalk. Bring a camera to take photos. $3 per child and free for adults. 407-886-4231.

Dec. 12: The Holiday Sidewalk Sashay, Orlando. The traditional Orlando Christmas Parade has a new name and a more whimsical look this year. The procession will feature many of the past parade participants -- like marching bands, celebrities and twirlers -- but has downsized the parade floats to decorated golf carts and pedal-powered pedicabs on the 10-foot-wide sidewalk. Swan Crossing signs will be posted along the half-mile route. The Sashay fun will take place 3:30-5 p.m., and folks unable to attend can watch it "live" via the Internet. 407-898-3130.

Dec. 12: Santa Salutes the Stars, Orlando. Since 1991, this Holiday TV Special has aired in homes across the country as an hour television show produced from the brick streets of Downtown Orlando. This year, the outdoor Lake Eola Amphitheater stage will sparkle in holiday lights during the nighttime show taping featuring celebrity singers and dancers from the world of entertainment. Santa and his merry gang of helpers will have a crowd of thousands dancing in their seats from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday night after the Sashay. 407-898-3130.

Dec. 12-13: Dickens At The Deland House: Victorian Christmas festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 13; Henry A. DeLand House Museum, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand; $10 advance, $12 at the door adults, $4 advance, $5 at the door children; 386-740-6813.

Dec. 12-13: A Classic Christmas, Winter Park. Come enjoy a great performance of all your holiday favorites, plus a sing-along with the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. 407-646-2182.

Dec. 13: Holiday Tea: to benefit Casa Feliz: 2 p.m. Dec. 13; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $25; 407-628-8200.

Dec. 13: Community Chanukah Celebration: with live music and games: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 13; Jungle Village, 8801 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral; free (reservations suggested); 321-777-2770.

Dec. 13: 2009 Holiday Tour of Homes, Ormond Beach. Get an up close and personal look at some of the homes and structures of the pioneers of Ormond Beach, originally called New Britain. Get an up close and personal look at some of the homes and structures of the pioneers of Ormond Beach, originally called New Britain. This delightful tour will introduce you to the area's history and charm. Continuous tours begin at 1 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Tickets $20. 386-677-7005.

Dec. 13: Holiday tea, Winter Park: 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 13; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Featuring a traditional "high tea" menu provided by Arthur's Catering, including fancy tea sandwiches, scones, pastries and fresh strawberries. Tantalizing Teas will provide two varieties of fresh-brewed tea. All will be served table-side on china and linen. Proceeds benefit Casa Feliz. $25. 407-628-8200, Ext. 1.

Dec. 19,20: Holiday music concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20; Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee. Featuring the Center Singers and the Big Band. $15. 407-846-6257, Ext. 0.

Dec. 19: Orlando Santarchy 2009: open meetup for Santa suit-wearing revelers: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; Pine Street Bar & Grill, 68 E. Pine Street, Orlando; free; 407-872-1947.

Dec. 19: Snow Fest: with ice skating and childrens activities: 2-6 p.m. Dec. 19; RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando; $13 ages 17 and younger, $7 adults; 407-916-2442.

Dec. 19: Christmas Tea: Victorian holiday tea and exhibition: 2 p.m. Dec. 19; DeBary Hall Mansion, 210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary; $35; 386-668-3840.

Dec. 20: Christmas jazz concert, Kissimmee: 6 p.m. Dec. 20; Poinciana Christian Church, 3181 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee. Free. 407-870-9700.

Dec. 24: Christmas open house, Winter Park: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24; Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. The public is invited for free tours of Louis Comfort Tiffany's century-old leaded glass windows and his celebrated 1893 chapel. During the holidays, the museum features the 1902 Tiffany window "Christmas Eve," in which a figure resembling Father Christmas holds the Christ Child. The window was designed by Thomas Nast Jr., the son of the famous Harper's Weekly political cartoonist, for his sister's home. Free. 407-645-5311.

Dec. 26-27: Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Featuring the Rockettes: 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Dec. 28; UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando; $49.50-$69.50; 407-823-6006.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve dinner party, Sanford: Dec. 31; All Souls Catholic Church Social Hall, 810 S. Oak Ave., Sanford. Dinner is at 8 p.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast at 12:15 a.m. $40 through Dec. 6, $50 thereafter. 407-349-5030.


Nov. 14-Jan. 3: ICE!: A frozen family experience hand-carved from nearly 2 million pounds of ice transformed into a frosty winter wonderland of interactive environments and larger-than-life, three-dimensional holiday scenes and sculptures, all hand-carved by a team of international artisans from Harbin, China. Open daily including holidays, hours vary. 407-586-4-ICE (423) for more information.


Through Jan. 3: The Polar Express Experience: SeaWorld Orlando has once again transformed its Wild Arctic attraction into a Christmas-themed simulator ride, the Polar Express Experience, based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg and the animated 2004 Warner Bros. movie. With the transformation SeaWorld reprograms the ride's video, audio and special effects to let visitors imagine they are riding the Polar Express train.

The park is debuting three all-new shows, which can be seen beginning Nov. 27:
-- Winter Wonderland on Ice will be a ice-skating show -- on real ice, I'm told -- at Bayside Stadium.
-- Clyde and Seamore's Countdown to Christmas will be a comic, seasonal version of the sea lions' daytime show.
-- A Sesame Street Christmas features Big Bird, Elmo and other Muppet characters.

Also returning on Nov. 27: "Shamu Christmas ... Miracles." All shows are included in regular theme-park admission. More information at


Barney's Christmas Show: Join Barney and his friends for a magical sing-along, clap-along show at A Day In The Park With Barney.

Macy's Holiday Parade: Every night at dusk - Head to the New York streets of Universal Studios for Macy's Holiday Parade! This seasonal favorite features authentic floats and balloons (including several brand new ones this year) direct from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. You'll also enjoy festive street performers and talented marching bands from around the country, and of course Santa Claus himself. Afterwards stay for a spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights.

Grinchmas: Join in the fun at Islands of Adventure as Seuss Landing is once again transformed into the wintry wonderland of Grinchmas featuring our incredibly popular live musical performance of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." This hilarious and heart-warming live show stars The Grinch himself and features music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, along with a whole town full of singing and dancing Whos. Then stroll around the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot and take in the whimsical Wholiday decorations.

Blues Brothers Christmas Show: Add some rock and roll to your Christmas with the Blues Brothers! Catch them live, performing holiday favorites like "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" and "Blue Christmas" with snow on Delancey Street at the end of each show.

Dec. 5: Manheim Steamroller: Kick off the holiday season with the unmistakable sound of Mannheim Steamroller. On Saturday, December 5th, catch Mannheim Steamroller as they perform at Universal Studios. It's all part of the one-of-a-kind holiday festivities your family can experience at Universal Orlando Resort. Also in concert at Universal Studios this holiday season is Chris Isaak on Dec. 12, 2009 and Natalie Cole on Dec. 19, 2009 on the new Music Plaza.

Dec. 5-Jan. 1: Meet The Grinch at Universal Island of Adventure: Get an autograph, shake his hand, or have your photo taken with the mean, green one himself for a one-of-a-kind holiday memento! Dec. 5, 2009 to Jan. 1,2010. Breakfast with the Grinch & Friends! For an extra-special holiday treat, reserve your spot at a character breakfast at Confisco Grille® in Islands of Adventure. Plus! You'll get early access to Cat in the Hat. Call 407-224-4012 for reservations.

New Year's Eve celebration at Universal Studios: A confetti blast is one of the New Year's Eve events at Universal CityWalk, also featuring live performances by The Temptations (with hits "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg") and the Four Tops ("Baby, I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself [Sugar Pie Honey Bunch]"). The evening includes entertainment within CityWalk's Rising Star, Red Coconut Club and Pat O'Brien's and a street party -- plus a bottomless "gourmet buffet." Midnight activities include a champage toast, party favors and confetti bursts. Cost is $119.99 per person through Dec. 27. On Dec. 28, the price goes up to $129.99. Universal's annual passholders may buy in advance for $99. (The passholder cost as of Dec. 28 has not been determined, the passholder hotline just told me.)


Nov. 10-Dec. 18: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Join us on select nights for our merriest party ever, as the joys of Christmas meet the fantasy of Magic Kingdom® Park in this spectacular celebration complete with stage shows, fireworks, a special parade and more.

Nov. 10-Jan. 4: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights-Hollywood Studios: Discover a dazzling display of pure Disney delight presented by SYLVANIA! Immerse yourself in the joy of the holidays as you're surrounded by millions of blinking, twinkling lights performing in synchronized motion to memorable holiday music.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Holidays Around The World-Epcot: Experience the joy and magic of the holidays through the celebrations, customs and characters of different countries and diverse cultures from around the world.

Nov. 27-Jan. 3: Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade-Animal Kingdom: Jump and jive to the beat of this jammin' jungle parade that blends the spirit of the season with all the adventure of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Dec. 31: Atlantic Dance Hall New Year's Eve at Disney's Boardwalk: Move and groove into the New Year dancing and dining to the latest sounds in an atmosphere of timeless elegance.


"Come to the Manger:" The Holy Land Experience plans to put on a play, "Come to the Manger," for the Christmas season.


Holiday Lights Zipline Safari. Available Friday and Saturday evenings from Dec. 4 to Dec. 19. As always, the zipline is 55 feet off the ground and moves at speeds up to 25 mph. The Holiday Lights version adds dancing light displays synched with holiday music on several of the lines, each with different themes. Each high-up platform pole will be decorated to resemble a Christmas tree. At times, zipliners will swing through arches of colorful light and what Forever Florida calls "Florida snow." As in the Moonlight Safaris, guests can expect to spot nocturnal animals and see real stars in the skies over the Osceola County eco-attraction. Tickets for the Holiday LIghts Zipline Safari are $65 for Florida residents and $85 for non-residents. Guest must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 275 pounds. You should allow four hours for visits, including check-in, transport and safari-ing. Advance reservations are required. Call 866-854-3837. More info at


Museum Of Arts And Sciences: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach; $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors, $6.95 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and under; 386-255-0285. "Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865-1965" (through May 17), "Festival of Lights" designer tree displays (through Dec. 6).

Fort Christmas Museum, replica of 1837 fort built during Second Seminole War: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; County Road 420, 2 miles north of State Road 50, Christmas; free; 407-568-4149.

Harry P. Leu gardens, trails and botanical collections, butterfly garden, with "Leu House Holiday" home tours (through Jan. 7): 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando; $7 adults, $2 grades K-12 (free 9 a.m.-noon Mondays); 407-246-2620.

Bok Tower Gardens, with carillon tower, Education and Visitor Center, also "Interiors of Florida" exhibit (through Dec. 3), "Christmas at Pinewood" holiday home tours (through Jan. 3): 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 3 miles north of Lake Wales at County Road 17A and Tower Boulevard; $10 adults, $3 children ages 5-12; 863-676-1408.

Silver Springs, glass-bottom boats, animal shows, jungle cruise, Big Gator Lagoon, Kids Ahoy Playland, Lighthouse Ride, Fort King River Cruise: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday (with "Festival of Lights" from dusk-8:30 p.m. today-Saturday); 1 mile east of Ocala on State Road 40; $34.99 plus tax general, $30.99 plus tax seniors, $24.99 plus tax ages 3-10, free age 2 and younger; 352-236-2121.

Florida Rail Adventures, railway tours and themed shows, with "Polar Express" rides (through December): 51 W. Magnolia Ave., Eustis; admission varies; 352-589-4300 or

Dec. 4-13: Singing Christmas Trees: tree display with orchestra and dance performance: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays (opening Dec. 4, through Dec. 13); First Baptist Church, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando; $8-$42; 888-461-9824.

Dec. 12-13: Bach Festival Choir And Orchestra: "A Classic Christmas": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13; Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $20-$50; 407-646-2182.

Dec. 12: Brass Band Of Central Florida: "Spirit of the Holidays": 2 p.m. Dec. 12; Paul P. Williams Auditorium, 9501 U.S. Highway 441 Lake Sumter Community College, Leesburg; $20; 352-365-3506.

Dec. 12: Merry Tuba Christmas: 1 p.m. Dec. 12; Central Park Stage, Park Avenue, Winter Park; free; 407-599-3399.

Dec. 13: Beautiful Music Holiday Flute Choir: noon Dec. 13; Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; free (donations accepted); 407-628-8200.

Dec. 13: Maitland Symphony Orchestra: "Holiday Surprises": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, 341 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland; free; 407-644-3455.

Dec. 17: Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra: "The Glorious Sounds of Christmas": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; St. Patrick Church, 6803 Old Highway 441, Mount Dora; $42; 352-589-1500.

Dec. 17-20: Holiday Duet: Ocala Civic Theatre actors perform seasonal tunes: 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20; Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. at Central Florida Community College, Ocala; $18 (includes museum admission); 352-236-2274.

Dec. 18-19: Michael Andrew's A Swingin' Christmas: 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 4 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19; Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando; $40-$55; 407-228-1220.

Dec. 9-13: A Joyful Christmas: holiday concert featuring Romina Arena: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-12, 6 p.m. Dec. 13; Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando; $35-$55; 407-228-1220.

Dec. 11: Mannheim Steamroller: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach; $45-$65; 386-671-3461.

Dec. 12: Xl'ent Xmas 2009: featuring Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship and others: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista; $35 advance, $38 day of show; 407-934-2583.

Dec. 18: Xl'ent Xmas 2009: featuring The Fray, Kris Allen, Leona Lewis and others: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista; $75 advance, $78 day of show; 407-934-2583.

Dec. 19-20: A Melon Patch Family Christmas: Christmas concert featuring Billie Thatcher: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20; Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg; $15 adults, $7 students; 352-787-3013.

Dec. 26-27: Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Featuring the Rockettes: 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Dec. 28; UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando; $49.50-$69.50; 407-823-6006.

Through Dec. 20: Dear Santa: Orlando Repertory production of the Norm Foster play: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (through Dec. 20); Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 Princeton St., Orlando; $11-$17; 407-896-7365 ext. 1.

Nov, 27-Dec. 21: A Christmas Carol: Theatre Downtown production of the play based on the Chrles Dickens tale: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Monday Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. Sundays (opening Nov. 27, through Dec. 21); Theatre Downtown, 2113 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; $18 adults, $15 students and seniors; 407-841-0083.

Nov. 29-Dec. 13: Jesus Christ, It's Christmas: Wanzie Presents/Excellent Adventure production of the Tim Evanicki cabaret: 6 p.m. Sundays (opening Nov. 29, through Dec. 13); Footlight Theater, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail Parliament House, Orlando; $10;

Nov. 28-Dec. 13: A Tuna Christmas: Bay Street Players production of the Jaston Williams/Joe Sears/Ed Howard comedy: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesday Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 (through Dec. 13); State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis; $19 Friday-Sunday, $16 Wednesday-Thursday; 352-357-7777.

Dec. 3-13: We Need A Little Christmas: Breakthrough Theatre production of the holiday musical revue: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays (opening Dec. 3, through Dec. 13); Breakthrough Theatre, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students; 407-920-4034.

Dec. 3-19: Holiday Showcase: music and dance performances from local arts groups: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays (opening Dec. 3, through Dec. 19); Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando; free; 407-996-9939.

Dec. 4-13: Coming Home For The Holidays: Henegar Center production of the holiday musical revue: 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 12 and 13; Ruth Henegar Center of the Arts, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne; $22 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students and military; 321-723-8698.

Dec. 5-20: Haul Out The Holidays: Winter Park Playhouse production of the holiday variety show: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays (opening Dec. 5, through Dec. 20); Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Ave., Winter Park; $32 adults, $30 seniors, $24 matinees, $22 students; 407-645-0145.

Dec. 5-26: Wanzie's Glittering All-Star A Christmas Carol: Wanzie Presents production of the original holiday comedy musical: 8 p.m. Saturdays and Monday Dec. 14 (opening Dec. 5, through Dec. 26); Footlight Theater, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail Parliament House, Orlando; $12 general, $10 industry night Dec. 14;

Dec. 7-Jan. 3: The Little Drummer Boy: puppetry performance of the classic Christmas tale: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (opening Dec. 7, through Jan. 3); Pinocchio's Marionette Theater, 451 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; $5; 407-834-8757.

Dec. 10-13: A Tuna Christmas: Southern Winds Theatre production of the Jaston Williams/Joe Sears/Ed Howard comedy: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13; Seminole State College of Florida, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors; 407-708-2040.

Dec. 11-12: Frosty's First Adventure: Winter Springs Performing Arts production of the holiday revue: 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12; Winter Springs Performing Arts, 1425 Tuskawilla Road # 145, Winter Springs; $5 plus new toy donation; 407-359-5309.

Dec. 11-20: The Nutcracker: Orlando Ballet production of the holiday ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 17-18, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; $20-$75; 407-426-1739.

Dec. 11-Jan. 3: Sleigh: PB&J Theatre Factory production of the original holiday play: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and Monday Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Sundays (opening Dec. 11, through Jan. 3, no shows Dec. 25 and Jan. 1); Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; $22 adults, $18 seniors and students Friday-Saturday, $18 general admission Sunday; 407-877-4736.

Dec. 12: A Dickens Tale: holiday production based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: 2 p.m. Dec. 12; Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford; $7; 407-321-8111.

Dec. 12-13: American Carols: Ballet South production of the holiday ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 3 p.m. Dec. 13; Trinity Preparatory Theater, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park; $15; 407-831-1770.

Dec. 13-14: Amahl & The Night Visitors: College Park Baptist Church production of the Gian-Carlo Menotti opera: 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14; College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando; free; 407-843-0140.

Dec. 16-20: Dickens By Candlelight: staged reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: 8 p.m. Dec. 16-20 (with caroling at 7:30 p.m.); Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando; $25 adults, $15 students and seniors (refreshments included); 407-328-9005.

Dec. 17-20: The Nutcracker: Central Floirda Ballet presents the abridged, narrated children's version of the holiday ballet: 11 a.m. Dec. 17 (narrated children's version), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20; Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando; $16-$80; 407-849-9948.

Dec. 17-20: The Child: Last Wave production of the Gary Richardson/Danny Hamilton Christmas musical: 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando; $35; 407-228-1220.

Dec. 17-20: A Tuna Christmas: Circle Theatre Company production of the Jaston Williams/Joe Sears/Ed Howard comedy: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 Princeton St., Orlando; $12-$15; 407-947-8465.

Dec. 17-20; The Eight: Reindeer Monologues: Breakthrough Theatre production of the Jeff Goode comedy: 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 18-19, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20; Breakthrough Theatre, 421 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students; 407-920-4034.

Dec. 18-20: A Christmas Carol: Southern Winds Theatre presents a one-man version of the Christmas play featuring David A. McElroy: 7 p.m. Dec. 18; University Unitarian Universalist Society, 11648 McCulloch Road, Orlando; $10 adults, $8 students; 407-737-4018; also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20; Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando; $15 adults, $10 students; 407-623-3393.

Dec. 19: A Christmas Carol: touring production of the Charles Dickens classic: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; $20-$28 adults, $10 age 12 and younger; 321-242-2219.

Dec. 19: The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet of Orlando production of the holiday ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; Lake Eola Amphitheater, 1 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando; free; 407-443-5045.

Dec. 26-27: Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Featuring the Rockettes: 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Dec. 28; UCF Arena, Building 50 N. Gemini Blvd., Orlando; $49.50-$69.50; 407-823-6006.

Nov. 21-Jan. 31: Nights of Lights Festival and Celebration, St. Augustine. This inspiring display of more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings throughout the city's historic district is based on a custom by the town's original Spanish colonists, who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. Among special events and activities awaiting visitors: nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, special Saturday night antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, Florida ice skating, luminaries in the town plaza, holiday concerts, even a Christmas parade. Other new aspects include a 100-foot-long Ice Slide (the first outdoor ice slide for warm climates) as well as an outdoor ice skating ring, sleigh rides that run nightly through an enchanted winter forest and downtown. There's also an Elf Village (free admission), a S'mores Fire Pit, and more. Nights of Lights, 902-825-1004; other activities 904-471-1965.

Dec. 12: Candlelight Tours of Fort Foster, Tampa. Historic Fort Foster brings Christmas on the Florida Frontier to life. Guests follow a lantern-lit experience through the Fort, where they encounter living history scenarios. Soldiers far from home sing carols in the Barracks. The Officers entertain ladies from Ft. Brooke/Tampa at a fine dinner in the Officers' Mess, while fiddle music and song enliven the program. Friendly Natives gather just outside the Fort's walls, exchanging gifts of furs, feathers, hides and Native crafts for goods from traders and the military; the exchange is followed by Native drumming and dance. After the living history presentation, guests enjoy hot spiced cider and holiday cookies, while interpreters mingle and interact. Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park. 813-987 6771.

Dec. 12: Holiday Art and Craft Festival, Inverness. Holiday craft show in downtown Inverness featuring handmade arts and crafts, so those in town for the parade can do a little holiday shopping. Includes a visit from Santa and a free photo on Courthouse Square. Free admission. 352-637-6498.

Dec. 13: Plantation Christmas Open House, Ellenton. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Florida Division; the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance; and Florida Park Service proudly announce the Plantation Christmas Open House at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. Gamble Mansion and the Patten House will be lavishly decorated in the Christmas spirit, providing a special look at a 19th century Christmas. The Ladies of the UDC will be wearing costumes reminiscent of the 1840-1870 era, and the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will be dressed in military uniforms reenacting a Confederate encampment. There will be music, crafts and fun for everyone. 941-723-4536.

Dec. 18-24: Christmas Celebration of Lights, Homosassa. Enjoy Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park decked out for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas decorations. A variety of entertainment is scheduled and refreshments will be available. Requested donation of $2 adults, $1 children. 352-628-5343.