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Pancake Breakfast

16th Annual Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast

The Leadership Winter Park Pancake Breakfast has become a holiday tradition.  Come early, enjoy a delicious breakfast and get a great seat for the “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade (parade begins at 9 a.m.).

Help us turn pancake batter into a stack of dough! Invest in the future of our community by supporting the Winter Park Improvement Foundation in its efforts to develop adult and youth leaders through Leadership Winter Park programs. Participants cultivate essential leadership skills, examine community issues and aid local non-profit agencies in projects that leave a lasting impact on Winter Park.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will go directly to the Winter Park Improvement Foundation.

Leadership Winter Park will also collect school supply items at the event to benefit local elementary schools.

When & Where
Saturday, December 6, 2014
7 – 10:30 a.m.

Central Park Stage
Corner of Garfield and Park Avenue

Leadership Winter Park offers several unique sponsorship opportunities for organizations interested in supporting the breakfast.  Download information on available packages or contact Megan Lanier at

$6 – Adults
$4 – Children


Christmas Parade

Winter Park "Ye Olde" Hometown Christmas ParadeThe 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 more than 60 years, making it the longest-running holiday parade in Central Florida.

Each year the parade travels down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceeding south to Comstock Avenue.  More than 100 units participate including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus.

When & Where
62nd annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Park Avenue, downtown Winter Park, Florida

Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from 7:00-10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.  Proceeds benefit Winter Park area elementary schools. Learn more about the Pancake Breakfast here.

Please note, public restrooms are available at Winter Park Welcome Center and Shoppes on Park (near Paris Bistro), in addition to near Central Park Stage.

Letters to Santa
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Public Library and Winter Park/Maitland Observer will be sponsoring the Letters to Santa Contest again this year.This competition is open to children 13 years of age and younger with residence in the Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park or Goldenrod area.

Contestants will be asked to write a letter to Santa explaining how they plan to spread holiday cheer this season beginning with “The gift I most want to give is…”

Contest entries are to be no longer than 300 words and are due by November 28, 2014. Entries should be submitted along with the author’s name, age, phone number and mailing address by email, or physical mail, Letters to Santa c/o Winter Park-Maitland Observer, 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835.

This year’s winning letter will be published in the Winter Park/Maitland Observer and the recognized winner will ride in the Christmas Parade (Dec. 6). Four tickets to the 16th Annual Winter Park Pancake Breakfast (Dec. 6) and four tickets to the Winter in the Park ice skating rink (valid through Jan. 11, 2015) will also be included. Winners will also receive a holiday book and movie package from the Winter Park Public Library.


Deadline for parade entries is Friday, October 10, 2014. Please note, due to the logistics of our parade, we do not accept applications from political organizations or candidates. We also ask that no political collateral, messaging or signage be present in the parade.


For additional information, sponsorship and other inquiries, contact Ashley Fraebel at 407-644-8281

Leadership Winter Park Holiday Luncheon

spicesJoin Leadership Winter Park alumni and members of Class XXV for a holiday luncheon featuring Dave Krepcho, President/CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, as a keynote speaker.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

Holiday Tree Lighting

ID-1001305The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce invites you to kick off the holidays at the 25th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Central Park in downtown Winter Park on Friday December 5th.  Bring the entire family to this free event for an evening of holiday cheer as Park Avenue is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

Kick off the evening with performances by local children’s choirs. The tree lighting will be broadcast live on WFTV – Channel 9 with anchor Bob Opsahl.  Afterwards families can enjoy refreshments and activities provided by local businesses, plus visits with Santa.

The Tree Lighting event is also a collection site for the local Toys for Tots campaign. In partnership with WFTV 9 Family Connection, attendees are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event and help spread holiday cheer to children throughout Central Florida this holiday season. Details on Toys for Tots can be found at Other highlights for the evening include the City of Winter Park’s “Popcorn Flicks,” which will screen the holiday hit movie “Jingle All the Way” free of charge beginning at 7 p.m. near the Central Park stage.

Winter Park Christmas Parade

ID-100115842The 2014 Winter Park Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 6, at 9am along the streets of Park Avenue in Downtown Winter Park. The parade features over 100 parade units including marching bands, police and fire departments, and Disney World and Sea World floats. After the parade, go ice skating in the West Meadow in Central Park in the outdoor skating rink.

Pancake Breakfast
Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from7:00-10:30 a.m.

Tickets for the breakfast are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (407) 644-8281. Proceeds benefit Winter Park area elementary schools. The parade is free.

Baldwin Park and Downtown Orlando Christmas Parades
Other parades to check out during the Holiday season include the Orlando Christmas Parade in Downtown Orlando that you can find out about here and the Christmas Parade in Baldwin Park that you can find out about here.

Click Here to read our official guide of the best holiday events going on in Winter Park and Baldwin Park during the Christmas season and click here for great Christmas events and things to do all around the Orlando area including the attractions.