15 Holiday Happenings

With so much going on during the holidays, you might be missing out on some pretty neat happenings. I’ve compiled a list of my not-to-be-missed choices:

[Light Up UCF] – 50 Nights of Music, Lights & Ice – Thru Jan. 3

[St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights”] – During “Nights of Lights,” St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Thru Jan. 31

[ICE! “Twas the Night Before Christmas”] – Gaylord Palms, Orlando. Thru Jan. 3
[Central Florida Community Arts Presents: Christmas in Toyland] – Northland Church. Dec. 10

[The Nutcracker] – The Peabody Auditorium, Daytona. Dec. 12

[Trans-Siberian Orchestra] – Amway Center, Orlando. One of my favorite rock-opera bands, Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the live debut of the band’s newest holiday tradition. Dec. 12

[Mix 105.1’s All I Want For Christmas Show, starring Third Eye Blind] – House of Blues, Orlando. Dec. 13

[Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show] – The rockin line up includes Rob Thomas, Rachel Platten & Third Eye Blind! Ruth Eckerd Hall, Dec. 14

[Ugly Sweater Party] – $10 all you can drink holiday cheer! Southern Nights, Orlando. Dec. 10

[SantaCon] – Graffiti Junktion – Orlando – A SantaCon is celebrated all over the country and is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa that go as a group from Restaurant and Bars celebrating the Holiday Season with some tasty Libations! There will be prizes for: Best Mr. and Mrs. Santa, Sexy Santa, Best Overall Santa. This could get interesting. Dec. 12

[The Singing Christmas Trees] – First Baptist, Orlando – From its beginning over three decades ago, The Trees have become one of Central Florida’s most loved and spectacular traditions. Featuring a huge choir, full orchestra, worshipful dance, powerful drama and a beautiful display of 250,000 lights, The Singing Christmas is an exciting presentation of Christmas classics and the pageantry of our two 40-foot-tall Christmas Trees. Thru Dec. 20

[A Very Beary Christmas] – Parliament House, Orlando – Sponsored by Bears in the City, the event returns to PH for the fifth year. They’ll be offering a night of live entertainment, a holiday vendor fair, raffles, Bearaoke, and a visit for the jolly old St. Nick himself! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to local children in need this holiday season and get a free raffle ticket! Raffle tickets sold will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida! Dec. 12

[8th Annual BROADWAY CHRISTMAS Benefiting The Trevor Project] – Southern Nights – Over 50 of Central Florida’s top entertainers will be joining hands to bring the community together to raise funds for The Trevor Project. Broadway Christmas will be filled with comedy, raffles and great music from many of your Broadway favorites! Dec. 17

[How the Diva Stole Christmas] – Sun on the Beach, Kissimme – The Diamond Divas present this divalicious drag rendition of the holiday classic. Dec. 18

[Wanzie’s Orange Blossom Trail “Living Nativity” Christmas Spectacular] – The Footlight Theater, Orlando – From the mind that brought you Ladies of Eola Heights and Wanzie’s Glittering Star-Studded A Christmas Carol, Wanzie offers up high-camp, variety-show style numbers and an unedited take on the first Christmas. This unconstrained depiction combines politics, religion and a modern-day twist on the Nativity story. Thru Dec. 21 Click here for info. & tickets.