Now that we’ve all emerged safely on the other side of our turkey comas and the madness that is Black Friday shopping, the holidays are in full swing here in Central Florida. In Mount Dora, we have a holiday calendar packed with activities.
Tonight kicks off the 33rd Annual Light Up Mount Dora, a much-loved event that transforms downtown Mount Dora into a winter wonderland, with over 2 million lights! Festivities start at 5:30 this afternoon, with the official “lighting up” happening at about 6:30. And if you do come, keep in mind that today is also Small Business Saturday. Why not come early and find that perfect Christmas gift at one of Mount Dora’s many shops? The downtown area recently completed a massive streetscape project, so the whole town looks better than ever.
Not to mention the massive singing Christmas tree near the corner of Fourth & Alexander, near Sunset Park, which really has to be seen to be believed.
The lights of course stay up through the holiday season, so if you’re not able to make it tonight, take a look at the calendar of events and come experience the holidays in Mount Dora for yourself! It’s well worth the short drive from Orlando. Some of our favorite events include:
- The Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. on Lake Dora. Best places to view this parade are on Grantham Point (by the lighthouse) and Evans Park. This also gives you a great excuse to stroll down to the marina and see the amazing light show!
- The Mount Dora Christmas Walk, Friday, December 4, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m.
- The 56th Annual Mount Dora Christmas parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
- Christmas in the Park with Snow on Saturday, December 12, 2015. This gives you the chance to go sledding (yes, SLEDDING!) down the big hill in Donnelly Park. This is a popular event with both kids and adults every year.
The holidays in Florida are unique: we don’t make a lot of snowmen, and it’s usually too warm outside for hot chocolate. Whether you string lights on your palm trees and lawn flamingos, or crank up the AC so you can wear your favorite ugly sweater, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year!
(All photos courtesy of Morgan H. Lee, www.realfloridaphoto.com)