Mt. Dora ULTIMATE Holiday Event Guide 2016

The Mount Dora holiday season, can be described as stepping into a Hallmark Holiday Movie or The Gilmore Girls. There is magic as you stroll through over 2 million lights in Donnelley Park. Explore the many store windows decorated in their holiday best and stores bustling with shoppers. Then there is the Mt Dora Marina with another several hundred lights sparkling on Lake Dora’s water.  In Sunset Park, you can also catch the rock’in Christmas tree light show,

around-mount-dora-2 There are so many incredible events and activities that happen throughout December, for you to experience the Mt. Dora holiday magic.  I have pulled together an ULTIMATE guide to help you plan your holiday activities in Mt. Dora. To make it convenient, just CLICK on the event title for more information about each event,

December On-Going Family Activities

Long & Scott Corn Maze Open weekends till December 11th – More information CLICK HERE

Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm November 19 – December 22, 2016 Open Weekends and Select Days – See their Calendar. Great time for the whole family.

img_9094Rusty Anchor Christmas Lights on the Lake Tours throughout December 2016 -Departs dock twice nightly. Hot cider and cookies. $25 for the 1 hour tour and $35 for the 1.5 hour tour per person ($15 for kids) and Reservations are required. Book Online NOW!

Cannonball Christmas Express weekends in December –  Enjoy a refreshing beverage & cookies on the station platform while waiting to board the Cannonball Christmas Express. Once on board the century old train, you will enjoy singing, storytelling and a chance to meet Santa.

Holiday Festivities

November 25th 29th Annual Light Up Eustis | 5:30PM | Ferran Park

35th-annual-light-up-mount-dora-2November 26th 35th Annual Mt. Dora Light Up | 5:30PM | Donnelley Park – Join us for the lighting in Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with over to 2 million sparkling lights! Don’t miss this spectacular show with traditional Christmas Songs, dancers, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

35th-annual-light-up-mount-dora4December 2nd 24th Annual Merchant Walk | 6PM – 9PM |Downtown Mt. Dora – Make dinner plans and choose from several of the downtown restaurants.  Then enjoy this family-friendly holiday street party, complete with live music, Santa & two reindeer, Ana & Elsa, fireworks, shopping and millions of holiday lights.

December 1st-3rd, 5th-9th Sydonie Mansion Holiday Tour – Don’t miss the Sneak Peak Holiday Tour opportunity to see the adaptive restoration of the Sydonie Mansion once referred to as “the most significant residence in Florida”  Amy and Clark Frogley, owners and care takers of Sydonie Mansion, have been working tirelessly to restore the mansion back to it’s glory.  They are opening the doors of their amazing residence for  8 days in December for guest to experience the Mansion decorated for the holiday season.

December 2nd-4th Holiday Flea @ Renningers | 8AM-5PM

December 3rd 56th Annual Christmas Parade | 10:00AM – The community parade will travel along Donnelly through downtown Mt.Dora. Everyone is invited to bring can good day for us to collect the day of the parade while they watch. All good goes to Lake Care Pantry.

December 3rd Christmas on the Caligari with Pianist Jeffrey Chodil |Museum of Modernism 6:30PM – Modernism Museum Mount Dora welcomes classical pianist Jeffrey Chodil for a very special “Christmas on the Caligari” concert. christmas-boat-paradeDecember 3rd 24th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade | 7PM – Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse Grantham Park (across from Gilbert Park) on Tremain Street and Liberty Street. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originally. Sponsored by Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina

December 3rd Broadway – Music on Tour | 7PM  – BROADWAY  MUSIC ON TOUR Directed By Don Butler. A marvelous musical tribute with selections from 10 of  Broadway’s biggest hit shows!

December 9th Holiday Art Splash | 6pm-8pm  – The monthly Art Stroll is expanding by inviting artists onto its sidewalks one evening a month for Art Splash.   The Streets of downtown Mt. Dora becomes a vibrant venue for emerging and professional artists, as well as performers.  Art Splash,  organized by Mount Dora Center for the Arts for the second Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.   Visitors are encouraged to come downtown to enjoy the creative energy of the evening.

December 9th Family Movie Nights

happy-feet-2-dvd-coverMount Dora in Donnelly Park | Happy Feet 2 | 6:30pm

Eustis in Ferran Park | The Grinch | 7Pm

sledding-event-2016December 10th  Children’s Christmas in the Park with SNOW!  Join us in Donnelly Park for Children’s Christmas in the Park with SNOW and have a chance to go snow sledding in Mount Dora, Florida.

December 15, 2016 Food Truck in Sunset Park | 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

english bulldog - one dressed up as santa the other as rudolphDecember 16th  Yappy Hour | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm On the 3rd Friday each month Pilget’s Pantry and The Wine Den team together to sponsor a Yappy Hour – Where you and man’s best friend are invited to enjoy great entertainment, wine and beer specials from The Wine Den.

johnny_dee_xmas-676x230December 17th Christmas Sock Hop with Johnny Dee & The Starlights | 7PM

December 17th & 18th Stanley Pond Farms Holiday Adventure | 10AM-5Pm

December 18th 5th Annual Mount Dora Half Marathon – The gentle rolling hills of Mount Dora give this course a uniqueness of its own. From the start to finish, you’’ll remember the Mount Dora Half Marathon as the event you will not want to miss.

December 19th & 20th The Nutcracker Suite by the Mount Dora School of Ballet –  Imagine a peaceful stroll through the streets of downtown Mount Dora, passing thousands of twinkling lights on your way to enjoy the most iconic Christmas Ballet ever, “The Nutcracker”. This classical ballet is the perfect addition to your family’s Holiday plans and is sure to make 2016 a year to remember! The magic of “The Nutcracker Suite” will be expertly choreographed by the talented Artistic Director, Kathryn Wheeler, and the Mount Dora School of Ballet Staff.

Wine Strolls & Tasting

Maggie’s Attic Wine Tasting|December 3rd & 17th

The Wine Den |December 3rd

There are so many more events happening (book signings, art classes etc) so check out our December Calendar for the full scoop.

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* Around Mount Dora has not been compensated for any of the shout-outs in this posting, Just like you, I want to know what is happening in my community and want to be able to find it ALL in one place, no matter who is sponsoring the event.  This takes a lot of time to pull together and some think I am crazy for wasting my time. I love Mt. Dora.  By discovering and sharing, I feel it builds a stronger community.  Enjoy this Christmas season!


2 thoughts on “Mt. Dora ULTIMATE Holiday Event Guide 2016”

  1. You should add that on dec 19 and 20, at mt Dora community building the mt Dora school of ballet will be performing the nutcracker. They put on a fabulous show!

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