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DEC. 2

Southern Winds Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Theatre (Building G) on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday matinee on Dec. 4 begins at 2 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season at Seminole State College of Florida with one of the planetarium’s most popular shows: "The Star of Bethlehem." It will be presented on two consecutive weekends: Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Candlelight Tour of Homes is Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting at the Sanford Welcome Center, 230 E. 1st St., Sanford. The Day Tour of Homes is Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Brass Band of Central Florida plays a delightful program of holiday favorites at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Admission is free. It’s at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo. Call 407-365-3408 or visit www.stlukes-oviedo.org.

DEC. 3

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Winter Springs' holiday parade and tree lighting comes to the Town Center on Dec. 3.

Winter Springs’ Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting event at 6:30 p.m. It's all free, and it's all at the Winter Springs Town Center. For more information, call 407-327-1800.

International Holiday Festival presented by AFS Central Florida is Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Experience holiday traditions, food, music and games from around the globe with our hosted students. It’s at 4725 E. Lake Drive, Winter Springs (Willow Creek Church). For more information, call 407-977-0286.

Frontier Civitan Club’s Tour of Homes is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tour festive holiday home designs in local neighborhoods, including Winter Springs, Baldwin Park and Winter Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Visit www.frontiercivitanclub.org or call 407-359-8941.

Spend a wild night at the Central Florida Zoo with a special overnight camping adventure at the Rainforest Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 3. It’s $17 per person. Campers must be 5 years or older. Call 407-323-4450, extension 123.

DEC. 4

Pet lovers can have their companion animal’s photo taken with Santa at the Seminole Towne Center Santa set located in the mall’s Center Court during the Claus & Paws Pet Photos event from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. All pets will receive a special treat after each visit with Santa. Call 407-323-2262, visit www.simon.com or become a fan on Facebook.

The Applause Sunday recital series continues Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. Seminole State professor and tenor David Whitehead will perform “Reflections of Christ.” It’s free and takes place on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in the Fine Arts Concert Hall. Visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts or call 407-708-2040.

DEC. 6

The Fine Arts Department at Seminole State College of Florida Encore! Series presents Holiday Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. It’s free and takes place on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in the Fine Arts Concert Hall (Building G). Visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts, or call 407-708-2040.

DEC. 8

Come join Sanford's downtown merchants for a jolly good time on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for a Holiday Extravaganza and sidewalk sale. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food item, or food for pet shelters. It’s free. Call 407-320-8180.

There will be no Alive After 5 in downtown Sanford for the month of December. Join them back on Jan. 12 for the Alive After 5 Chili-Cook-Off!

DEC. 9

On Friday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday Dec. 11, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will again be presenting “From Everywhere to Bethlehem,” an outdoor walk-thru of the Christmas story. Tours run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. It’s free. Call 407-365-3408 or visit www.stlukes-oviedo.org.

DEC. 10

Local Scandinavians and history buffs help to bring the area’s Swedish heritage and traditions to life with the annual St. Lucia Festival’s Christmas celebration from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Museum of Seminole County History.

Breakfast (or brunch) with Santa is 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Central Florida Zoo. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and enjoy up-close animal encounters. Call 407-323-4450, extension 123, for seating times, reservations and pricing.

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The Oviedo Mall will be inundated with snow on Dec. 10.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, it will snow in Oviedo! Come sled and play in 60 tons of snow, shipped in straight from the North Pole to the Oviedo Mall. For more information, call 407-971-5575.

DEC. 13

Healthy Holiday Baking: Learn how to bake healthy holiday treats. Start a new family tradition! The class is 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Seminole County Extension, 250 West County Home Road, Sanford. Cost is $10. Pre-registered/pre-paid required.

Call 407-665-5560.

Enjoy the Sounds of Holiday Music at a festive Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. The Heathrow Women’s Club will host Holiday Music “First Take,” one of the many choruses from Seminole High School, at the Heathrow Country Club. Register online at www.heathrowwomensclub.com by Thursday, Dec. 8. Cost is $21.

DEC. 17

Strolling carolers will be at the Oviedo Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

DEC. 18

Ballet South and The School of Performing Arts, a student dance company based in the Maitland/Fern Park area, will be presenting a benefit performance of “Clara's Nutcracker Dream” on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Ticket prices are $15 and may be purchased at the door only. Call 321-282-2508 or at papinj@trinityprep.org.

Holiday Caricatures is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the food court at the Oviedo Mall. It’s free.

ONGOING

Oviedo Mall’s Photos with Santa run through Dec. 24 with special pet nights on Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 and school spirits nights for UCF and Seminole State College on Monday, Dec. 5. It’s located in the west court near Dillard's.

Through Dec. 11, Support Toys for Tots while finding the most unique gifts at a silent auction fundraiser, open to the public, located in Oviedo Mall next to Ann Taylor Loft.

Light Up UCF features an outdoor skating rink, holiday movies, music and a world-class holiday light show. The event runs through Sunday, Jan. 1. Enjoy music, ice-skating and carnival-style rides. Entry is free, with skating and ride prices varying. Call 407-823-6006 for more details or visit lightupucf.com.

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DEC. 3

“Create a Backyard Habitat” is 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Ed Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva. The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program is having a two-hour class on the pros and cons of attracting backyard wildlife. It’s free, but pre-registration is required. Call 407-349-0959 for more information or to register!

DEC. 5

Oviedo hosts a meet and greet with new City Manager Kathryn Breazeale from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at City Hall, 400 Alexandria Blvd., Oviedo.

DEC. 6

Oviedo chiropractor Dr. Eric Janowitz will present a free lecture from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, on fibromyalgia at the Oviedo Public Library, 310 N. Division St., Oviedo. Please call 407-505-4320 to register for this free one-hour workshop.

The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting regarding two proposed projects that will impact motorists and pedestrians in the Oviedo area. The meeting is being held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Seminole County Public Library – East Branch, 310 N. Division St., Oviedo, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be two narrated presentations at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Plans call for repaving, safety and sidewalk improvements on State Road 419/State Road 434. The projects will be constructed together in 2014. View information at www.cflroads.com.

DEC. 8

Temple Shir Shalom Sisterhood is hosting a "Stop and Shop" on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the EpiCenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church. Local vendors and home-based businesses will have tables displaying their wares, selling items and taking orders for the holidays. UCUMC is located at 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo on the north side of McCulloch Road across from UCF. For more information, please contact Susan Holstein at 407-310-4595.

DEC. 11

The Sundew Gardens "Intro to Sundew Gardening" Organic Gardening Workshop is Sunday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. for $20. It’s our way to show you the garden, how we grow the crops, improve the soil, control the pests and harvest the bounty. In addition to walking and talking, we will offer hands-on projects to create an in-depth experience. Our hike to the compost pile and chicken coop brings all the gardening systems into focus. Please RSVP to sundewgardens@gmail.com to let us know you are interested in attending. Hope to see you in the garden!

U-Pick and U-Pickle Workshop is Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. starting at $10. Learn the secrets of no-cook, brine pickles: you them as dill pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled peppers. You will discover there is no better source of daily supplements than found in common vegetables, sea salt and water transformed into pickles. You will be amazed how easy it has become to make traditional brine pickles. This workshop, featuring Bill Hettig, will start with harvesting our own fresh vegetables, and lead all the way through to a finished food product: pickles.

DEC. 14

The grand opening of Seminole County Music Together hosted by Central Florida Women's Chamber is 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Arthur Murray - Ballroom Dance Studio, 1271 State Road 436, Casselberry. Come join us for business networking, a holiday music circle for families, dedication ceremony, light refreshments and our ribbon-cutting ceremony.

ONGOING

The Winter Springs Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit WinterSpringsFarmersMarket.com for more information.

The Oviedo Farmers Market is the first Saturday of every month (Dec. 3, Jan. 7) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Lawton House, 200 W. Broadway St. Visit OviedoHS.com for more information.

Oviedo Mall and Food Truck Crazy present food truck events on the second Sunday of the month in the parking lot between Chamberlin's and the north entrance from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dates include Dec. 11.

TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar is Sunday, Dec. 11, at Oviedo Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1155 Vidina Place, Oviedo. Visit TheDailyCity.com for more information.

Orlando Bipolar Support, a support group is for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, meets Tuesday evenings in Casselberry and Thursday evenings in Orlando. Support people are welcome also. Please contact 407-230-1046 or OrlandoBipolar@gmail.com.

The R.E.A.D. Book Club is for kids in fourth through eighth grades who enjoy reading and want to learn the fundamentals of literature. Meetings are weekly and cover one book a month. The club is led by a teacher with 30 years of experience. For more information, contact Cathy McLarnon at 407-342-0483 or sundance31@bellsouth.net.

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