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Friday, February 26, 2021

Christmas arrives in Mount Dora with full lineup of events

The city of Mount Dora has scheduled a full lineup of Christmas-related events starting this week.

The Santa Tour with Mount Dora Public Safety is planned for 5-9pm Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6-7. Members of the police and fire departments will tour neighborhoods in golf carts, police vehicles, the Bearcat, and a firetruck, towing Santa Claus in a sleigh to meet kids, and hand out candy, stuffed animals, and dog treats, a news release states.

At 7:30pm Wednesday, “Carol of the King” will be presented at the Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. Spirited Irish dancers will perform to classic Christmas songs. Tickets cost $15-$35. Go to for information.

The public is cordially invited for a spot of tea at the Victorian Christmas Tea from 1:30-3pm Friday, Dec. 8, at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. Guests are encouraged to wear their most elegant Victorian fineries to celebrate a Victorian Christmas and learn about Queen Victoria’s influence on how we celebrate Christmas. Refreshments of the period will be served.

Snow will fall in Florida when the city stages the Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Donnelly Park, 530 N. Donnelly St. Kids can go snow sledding at the free event. For more information, contact Mount Dora Parks and Recreation at 352.735-7183 or visit

The Mount Dora Police Department’s annual Northeast Community Christmas Party is scheduled from 9am-noon Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 803 Florida Ave. The event will include an obstacle course game, bounce house, music, and food. Come meet Santa Claus! He’s everywhere!

The Lake Concert Band, under the direction of John Landers, will perform a free holiday concert from 7-9pm Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go to the Lake Cares pantry, which provides food and other necessities to people in need in Lake County. See for more information.

The Mount Dora Police Department and Target present the annual Shop with a Cop event from 8am-noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at the store, 17450 U.S. Highway 441. Officers will take 30 pre-selected students from three local schools, and the students will get a one-on-one shopping experience with an officer. Students will receive a $100 gift card that they can use to buy clothing, shoes, or toys. The students and their families also will receive a Christmas basket donated by Lake Cares Food Pantry. Shop with a Cop is supported by the generosity of Mount Dora residents and businesses. For more information, contact Officer Ivy Severance at 352.735.7130 or

Gingerbread house decorating is planned from 10:30am-4:30pm Saturday, Dec. 16, at W.T. Bland Public Library. A pre-purchased ticket is required, and tickets are available at the circulation desk for a recommended $6 donation to cover the cost of materials. Just bring your creativity! All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Mount Dora School of Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition to the music of classical composer Tchaikovsky, at 7pm Saturday, Dec. 16, and 2pm Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Community Building.

The city’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, starting at 9pm Dec. 31 at Sunset Park and 4th Avenue docks, will feature live entertainment, food, and fireworks at midnight. The event is free to the public.