Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
01:32 pm
18 September 2018

The twinkle of the season


What a wonderful way to celebrate the joy of Christmas with family and friends—strolling among hundreds of twinkling lights on decorated trees, enjoying yuletide carols sung by community choirs, feasting on Christmas cookies and cocoa, and oohing and ahhing as the parades pass—on the streets and the water. Don’t miss even one special event with Style’s guide for lighting parties and holiday parades throughout our shining communities.


Saturday, Dec. 3, 7–8:30 p.m.

Light up Clermont

East Ridge High School Band Symphony/ Waterfront Park Pavilion

Friday, Dec. 4, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Family Food Trucks
Downtown at Montrose and 7th Street
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Music on Stage, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus


Friday, Nov. 25, 5 – 9 p.m.

Light Up Eustis Community Choir

Fruitland Park

Friday, Dec. 9, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Hometown Christmas

506 W. Berckman Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on site along with bounce houses, free food, a DJ, chorus, dance performances, and much more!

Nov. 1- Dec 28

Light Up Fruitland Park Contest

Make your home the best dressed of the season! Put out your prettiest display of Christmas lighting, and you may win the grand prize! Registration deadline is Nov 28. Judging takes place Dec 2-7. For details, contact Fruitland Park Recreation at 352-360-6734.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Annual Christmas Parade 4 p.m.

Light Up Groveland and Christmas Stroll 6 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 9, 5 – 8 p.m.

Howey Christmas Festival

100 S. Lakeshore Blvd. in Griffin Park
Lighted Boat Parade, food, crafts, games.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reindeer Dash 5K

Food, crafts, games, entertainment, street parade


Nov. 5 – Dec. 10, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Leesburg Christmas House

ViaPort Florida Mall. An array of 50,000+ items handmade by more than 100 holiday crafters—dolls, toys, quilts, baked good, ornaments, jewelry.

Friday, Nov. 25, 6 – 9 p.m.

49th Annual Leesburg Christmas Stroll Down Main Street

Enjoy an evening of live performances in Towne Square, the lighting of the Magical Musical Christmas Tree, jugglers, a Brass Jass Band, carolers, and visit with Santa for a picture. There will be hay rides, Uncle Donald’s Farm Petting Zoo, swings and spinners, arcade-style games, and more!

Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 – 9 p.m.

Historic Downtown Parade

Visitors will enjoy dazzling Christmas lights, local groups performing, festive food, rides, and games for kids. Parade starts at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

Christmas On The Water!

6 p.m. Light Up Ceremony
6:30 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade
Venetian Gardens, 201 E. Dixie Ave.
Presented by the City of Leesburg and the Leesburg Boat Club, this events features food vendors and a night of sparkling lights and decorated boats.

Mount Dora

Saturday, Nov. 26

35th Annual Light Up Mount Dora

4:30 p.m. Pre-show Presentation
5:30 p.m. Lighting of Donnelly Park
Come and see more than 2 million sparkling lights in a show with Christmas songs, dancers, and more!

Friday, Dec. 2, 6 – 9 p.m.

24th Annual Mount Dora Christmas Walk

Free admission to a family friendly street party in downtown Mount Dora featuring live music, dancing, shopping, and Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.

56th Annual Christmas Parade

For details contact the Mount Dora Lions Club at 352-449-8443 or Terry Askins at 352-551-0133.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Parade begins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point, across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue, Downtown Mount Dora.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m – 4 p.m.

39th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

Tour several Mount Dora homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. This is a self-driving tour around Deer Island to the various homes. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information and tickets, call 352.729.6394 or visit

Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 – 9 p.m.

Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow

Visit Donnelly Park for a chance to go snow sledding. For details contact Mount Dora Parks and Recreation.


Saturday, Dec. 3 – 5-p.m.

Christmas Parade Main Street Celebration

Wooton Park

The Villages

Monday, Nov. 28- 4 – 9 p.m.

Scooter the DJ, Tree Lighting Festival

Spanish Springs Town Square


Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.

The Cracker Christmas Parade and Dog Jog

The Arts & Crafts Festival in Cadwell Park follows the parade.


Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.

White Christmas


Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 p.m.

Wildwood Area Historical Society Christmas Parade