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Holiday Happenings in Lake County Florida

Things to do in Lake County Florida before Christmas.  Holiday happenings in Lake County Florida.

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. Driving around, I'm spotting more and more Christmas lights - beautiful! Need to get into the holiday spirit? Here's a list of holiday happenings for you in Lake County and nearby!

Upcoming Lake County Holiday Festivities:

Monday, December 2, 2019:

  • It's Cyber Monday! Here's a link to all of the Cyber Monday sales on Amazon. If you're looking for a great Gift Idea, they have recommendations for everyone on your list. My most wished for item this year was an Instant Pot and it's on the way!

Thursday, December 5, 2019:

  • Santa's Pajama Night at the Lake Square Mall from 4:00 - 8:00 pm - wear your favorite pajamas for a night with Santa & a special holiday story time, pre-register online.

Friday, December 6, 2019:

  • Tonight is the Christmas Walk in Downtown Mount Dora from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Several of the roads will close for this family friendly free event with a holiday street party, live music, Santa, and shopping. There's even snow sledding in Donnelly Park!

  • Light Up Clermont from 5:30 - 9:00 pm - tree lighting, live music, Santa photos, food trucks, kids zone

  • Light Up Astatula from 6:00 - 9:00 pm - tree lighting, free food, gift basket drawing, Christmas story, carols, Santa photos, cake walk

Holiday happenings Lake County Florida Christmas things to do

Saturday, December 7, 2019:

Sunday, December 8, 2019:

  • Tonight is Light Up Venetian Gardens in Leesburg beginning at 5:00 pm. There will be a holiday season display that you can walk through, food trucks, hay rides, and bounce houses. Entertainment begins at 5:30 pm and the light up ceremony begins at 6:00 pm. The lighted boat parade begins at 6:15 pm.

Thursday, December 12, 2019:

  • The Ugly Sweater Party is happening at the Lake Square Mall from 6:00 - 8:00 pm - festive music, pre-register online.

Friday, December 13, 2019:

  • Groveland is hosting Rockin Around the Christmas Tree (part one) this evening from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. There will be crafts, food vendors, Santa photos, a candy cane hunt for children aged 2-12 (bring flashlights!), a movie in the park, and the tree lighting ceremony.

  • Fruitland Park is having their Hometown Christmas Celebration from 5:30 - 9:00 pm. There will be entertainment, free activities for the kids including bounce houses, a DJ, food trucks, vendors, and a Santa & Mrs. Claus visit who will arrive by fire truck! There will be a double feature movie on the lawn: A Christmas Story & Christmas Vacation.

  • Light Up Lady Lake from 6:15 - 10:00 pm - holiday greetings from the mayor, chorus performance, Santa photos, food for purchase

Holiday events Lake County Florida

Saturday, December 14, 2019:

  • Cracker Christmas Parade & Festival in Umatilla from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - dog jog, parade, arts & crafts, food, children's activities

  • Groveland is hosting Rockin Around the Christmas Tree (part two) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be a Christmas parade and a Christmas festival in the park with food trucks, music, rock climbing, bounce houses, kids zone, mega video truck, face painting, and more.

  • Today is the 1st Annual Gingerbread House Bake Off from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the Lake Square Mall. Entry fee is $15 and there are two categories (Snowflake Category, ages 5-12, prizes of $75, $50, and $25; and Candy Land Category, ages 13 and up, prizes of $100, $75, and $50). The winning Gingerbread Houses will remain on display throughout the holiday season. You must register online by 12/2/19.

  • Kids 10 and under can enjoy Milk & Cookies with Santa at the Lake Square Mall at 5:00 pm (verify the time - other places say 10:00 am) - tickets are available for this free event online.

  • Minneola's Moonlight Christmas Parade & Santa's Activity Workshop from 5:30 - 9:30 pm - parade, children's activities

Holiday events in Lake County, Florida to enjoy

Wednesday, December 18, 2019:

Saturday, December 21, 2019:

  • It's Elf Story Time from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Lake Square Mall. This is a free event for children aged 12 and under. There will be fun crafts, classic stories, and snacks.

Additional Chances for Holiday Fun:

Lake County holiday events including ice skating in Eustis

Now through Sunday, January 5, 2020:

  • Here's something you don't expect in Florida - it's Eustis on Ice! General admission is $10 per person and includes unlimited skating for the day and skate rental. They have a Sip n' Skate Pass option for $90 that includes 10 skate passes with skate rentals plus 10 drinks. You can use any number of your skate passes each day (meaning you can use them for a large group in one day or spread them out). Hours are usually 3-9 pm on Monday-Thursday, 3-10 pm on Friday, 10 am - 10 pm on Saturday, and 1-7 pm on Sunday. Guests will enjoy skating on real ice! Coin operated small lockers are available for $0.50 while skating.

More Fun Options in Lake County (non-holiday focused, just general fun):

Holiday events in Lake County Leesburg Mount Dora Eustis Tavares Clermont Astatula Montverde Groveland Lady Lake Fruitland Park Umatilla Mascotte Minneola

Our blog is updated each Monday through Friday at Posts on Mondays and Wednesdays give ideas for things to do in Lake County Florida. Posts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are items of interest for renters and landlords alike.

Hope you found something fun to do in this post! If you know of a holiday event that I missed, please let me know so I can add it. If you think others may like this post, I'd really appreciate you sharing it with them.

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