Celebrate the Holidays in Winter Park this Weekend

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

WINTER PARK FLKick off the holidays at the 23rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park in downtown Winter Park.  Bring the entire family to this free event for an evening of holiday cheer as Park Avenue is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

Enjoy performances by:

  • St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Choir
  • New Warner Chapel
  • Colby Center for Dance and Performing Arts
  • Park Maitland “Singing Eagles” Glee Club
  • Orlando Harmony

The tree lighting will be broadcast live on WFTV – Channel 9 with anchor Bob Opsahl. Afterwards, families can enjoy refreshments provided by local businesses, plus face painting, caricatures and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Central Park


Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast

Presented by Fannie Hillman + Associates & Vanson Constructors

The Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast has become a holiday tradition.  Help us turn pancake batter into a stack of dough! Proceeds from the breakfast benefit six Winter Park area elementary schools to assist teachers with the purchase of necessary school supplies.

Come early, enjoy a delicious breakfast and get a great seat for the Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade.

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 7-10:30 a.m.
Place: Central Park stage

Cost: $6 Adults / $4 Children, includes pancakes, sausage and refreshments.

Order tickets in advance here or purchase at the event.


Winter Park “Ye Olde” Hometown Christmas Parade
Presented by Bright House Networks
Supported by Main Street Children’s Dentistry, Rollins College & Towncare Dental

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade.  The event has been held on the first Saturday in December for 60 years, making it the longest-running holiday parade in Central Florida.

In 2012, the parade will be under the direction of honorary grand marshal, U.S. Congressman John Mica, and will travel down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceed south to Comstock Avenue.  More than 100 units will participate including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus.

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