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Upcoming Events in DTO

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Downtown Orlando hosts more than 1,200 events a year. Here are some upcoming events. 

Deck the Downtown  

Various locations in downtown 

For the entire month of December, the storefronts of downtown Orlando will be “decked out” in festive lights and window decorations in celebration of the holiday season. Residents and visitors are invited to take a stroll down the streets of downtown, free of charge, and enjoy the creativity and holiday spirit. 

Businesses will be competing for cash prizes as they showcase their one of a kind window paintings, festive lighting, and traditional as well as contemporary holiday decor! For more information, click here. 

Holiday Movies in the Park – The Polar Express 

Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park  

Experience the sights and sounds of the season when visiting Downtown for the Holidays. Throughout the entire month of December, downtown Orlando is offering free holiday movies for all to enjoy! Grab a blanket and join the Downtown Development Board and MIX 105.1 on December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park to enjoy a free showing of the holiday movie The Polar Express. 

Orlando Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Orlando Ballet presents the cherished holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Let your imagination fly as you join Clara on a spectacular journey through waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice and dancing confectionary with the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy! With Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score filling the Walt Disney Theater, and a magical glittering Christmas tree on stage, this beloved production is a seasonal delight, not to be missed! Performance dates include December 7–9 & 13–16, 2018. To purchase tickets, click here.

Inaugural Rotary Club of Orlando Christmas Parade 2018 

Starts at Orange Avenue and Robinson Street  

Attend The Inaugural Rotary Club of Orlando Downtown Christmas Parade on December 8 at 4:00 pm.  Christmas is about hope, family, unity, faith, and love. The Rotary Club of Orlando is all about service to community. Their projects have enhanced the local community since 1920. And now, they want to extend that service to include their first annual Christmas Parade. Please join them by participating in the parade, volunteering to help, or becoming a co-sponsor. No matter how big or small, your part in this parade will be memorable and give you a real sense of accomplishment and service to your community. Proceeds to benefit Toys for Tots. For more information, click here. 

Jingle Jam 

The Orchid Garden 

Attend the free, one-of-a-kind Christmas party and concert on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at The Orchid Garden. The concert will feature Thompson Square, Brown and Gray, and many more. For more information, click here. 

Experience the sights and sounds of the season when visiting downtown for the holidays! Downtown Orlando is offering free holiday events during the month of December for all to enjoy. For more information, visit 

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