Orlando This Weekend: December 17-19, 2010

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.

December 17:

December 18:

  • Michael Andrew Holiday Spectacular at The Plaza Theatre – $25-$50
  • Candlelight Processional w/Guest Narrator Thomas Gibson at Epcot – Free with Park Admission
  • Christmas in the Park concert (4:30pm/6:30pm) at Lake Eola Amphitheater (downtown) – Free
  • Dubtribe Sound System at The Social – $15-$20
  • Hand to Hand (Farewell Show) at Back Booth – $8
  • Heroine with Tiffany from Monsters of the Morning at Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
  • Maryellen Hooper at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $17
  • Local Author Festival (12pm) at Orlando Public Library Downtown Branch – Free
  • Santa’s Farewell Festival (11am) at SODO Shopping Center – Free
  • Xmas Bash with Showdown at The Barn in Sanford – $5

December 19:

  • Candlelight Processional w/Guest Narrator Trace Adkins at Epcot – Free with Park Admission
  • Grandma Party Bazaar Craft, Music and Food Shopping Event (10am)at Stardust Video & Coffee – Free
  • Maryellen Hooper at Orlando Improv at Pointe Orlando – $15
  • Michael Kramer / Greg Parnell at The Plaza Theatre – $20
  • Swamp Cabbage Xmas Party at Back Booth – $8

No 2010 Christmas Parade for Orlando?

The bad news is that word has reached us that the Orlando Christmas Parade has been cancelled for 2010.

Organizers cite financial issues and current economic times for their decision, but hope that the parade will return in 2011.

However, they’re not about to send Santa packing just yet. In place of the parade, they will be holding a holiday event called Santa’s Farewell Festival.

On December 18th, grab the family and head over to the SODO Shopping Center (at the intersection of S. Orange Ave and Grant St, just south of downtown).

From 11pm to 5pm everyone gets to meet Santa, participate incrafts and cookie decorating, and take part in the Holiday Pet Costume Contest.

There will also be live entertainment, and a radio broadcast from Magic 107.7FM’s Leslye Gale and John Forsythe.

The event is free to attend and even parking is free.

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