Lake and Sumter counties have plenty of holiday-inspired events to keep you and yours busy all month long. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s slated for December.
Light Up Clermont
Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra performs the “Nutcracker Suite” on Thursday at the Waterfront Park Pavilion. Friday, there will be food trucks, carriage rides, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and the annual lighting ceremony on Montrose Street. Sunday will feature a craft show, parade and live entertainment.
WHEN: Dec. 4 at 7p.m.; Dec. 5 at 6:15p.m.; and Dec. 6 at 9a.m.
WHERE: Historic downtown Clermont
54th annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade
Celebrate Christmas on the lake and bring canned goods to be donated to Lake Cares Food Pantry.
WHEN: Dec. 6 at 11a.m.
WHERE: Donnelly Street, downtown Mount Dora
Main Street Christmas Parade Festival
Enjoy an evening of holiday entertainment and fun for the whole family in historic downtown Leesburg with performances by local groups, dazzling Christmas light displays, festive food, carnival rides and games for kids. The Lighted Holiday Parade starts at 7p.m.
WHEN: Dec. 6 at 3p.m.
WHERE: Main Street, downtown Leesburg
Wildwood proudly hosts its first WinterFest in the City Hall courtyard. Parade begins at 3p.m. followed by Christmas parade trophy presentation, tree lighting, a chance drawing for a pre-decorated artificial Christmas tree, caroling, food vendors, history, train rides, photos with Santa and much more.
WHEN: Dec. 6 at 3p.m.
WHERE: Wildwood City Hall
Tavares Christmas Celebration & Parade
Parade begins at 5p.m. Kids activities, entertainment and food vendors from 4 to 9:30p.m. See Santa arrive by seaplane with a fireworks display.
WHEN: Dec. 6 at 4p.m.
WHERE: Wooton Park, downtown Tavares
Entertainment will be provided by local organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also make a special appearance, greeting children and handing out treats. Vendors will be available for food and games.
WHEN: Dec. 9 at 6:30p.m.
WHERE: Fruitland Park City Hall
39th annual Cracker Christmas Parade & Festival
Umatilla’s hometown Christmas celebration begins with the Dog Jog and Parade at 9:30a.m. and continues throughout the day with a festival in Cadwell Park with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities and much more.
WHEN: Dec. 12 from 9a.m. to 3p.m.
WHERE: Cadwell Park, 3 Cassady St., Umatilla
Howey Christmas Festival
Events include a pie-judging contest, crafts for purchase, food and beverages, live entertainment and the Christmas parade, which will include decorated golf carts and classic cars.
WHEN: Dec. 12 at 5:30p.m. and Dec. 13 at 8a.m.
WHERE: Howey-in-the-Hills City Hall