The winter holiday season is usually full of holiday events in Central Florida celebrating Christmas and more, and the 2022 holiday season has so many options.
To save you the trouble of finding them all, I’ve picked out the best holiday events and attractions, and listed them with details on how to enjoy them.
From ongoing events to limited time events, here are my picks for holiday events to enjoy this season:
The Orlando Ballet documentary, Sur Les Pointes, has been chosen to screen as part of the Cannes Short Film Festival this weekend starting September 13.
Enjoy a Christmas classic with the family, when Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center December 17 through 20, 2015.
Filled with thrills and merriment, Orlando Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is a Central Florida holiday tradition. They will be joined by the sounds of a 57-piece orchestra, provided by the Orlando Philharmonic, and led by Dr. John V. Sinclair, artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
Orlando Ballet returns to Winter Garden to present Sleeping Beauty at the Garden Theatre the weekend of November 14-15, 2015.
This abbreviated version of the production has been adapted into a one-hour performance in which a wicked fairy casts a spell on the Princess Aurora, who falls into a deep sleep and can only be awakened by the kiss of her prince.
Reason #1436 why I love living in Orlando: Creative City Project, which returns to bring downtown Orlando alive with free art and music Saturday, October 17.
For one night, Orange Ave will be filled with art being brought to life before your very eyes and ears. There will be marching bands and orchestras. There will be aerial acrobatics and dancing. There will be visual artists creating as you watch.
On November 1, Downtown Orlando will come to life with performances and interactive art installations spread across the public spaces of our city center during Creative City Project 2014.
Best of all, it’s completely FREE to attend.
Among the performances you can catch:
- Immerse yourself in the music of Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra.
- Discover a collaboration between La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and Fiction.
- Encounter Orlando Ballet like never before.
- Interact with projection installations by new media artists from around the country including Orlando’s Nathan Selikoff.
- Explore CityArts Factory and The Gallery at Avalon Island all night.
- Hear the music of The Mud Flappers and dozens of other contemporary and classical musicians.
- Enjoy the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
- Brand new dance performances by Coby Project, Voci Dance and others.
All performance spaces are within walking distance, and there will be street performers along the way, too.
Here is a map showing where all of the events will be happening, along with a schedule of performers. For more information, visit the Creative City Project Facebook page.
Ballet fans will want to experience Orlando Ballet Uncorked! at The Abbey on September 24.
This series, in the more intimate setting, includes a night of ballet, with wine, and allows insight into the artistic process and motivations of Orlando Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Hill.
The performance is followed by a question and answer session with Hill and the dancers.
Tickets are $30 and are available online or by calling 407-426-1739.
Closing out the 2012-2013 season, Orlando Ballet presents Carmina Burana at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center from April 12-14, 2013.
In this production, they will be collaborating with the 150 member chorus of the Bach Festival Society, and adding a new choreographed interpretation of the piece. There will also be a live orchestra.
Showtimes are April 12 and 13 at 8pm, and April 14 at 2pm.
Tickets are priced from $20-$90, and are available online and at the box office.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit OrlandoBallet.org.