FRIDAY, Nov. 30
Concert: The city of Daytona Beach Shores Culture & Entertainment board will present a free concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the new Pavilion at the Shores Plaza. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and refreshments. They may also bring a musical instrument and join in with the band. The Sal Ronci Jazz Band will be performing.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: South Daytona will conduct a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. at South Daytona City Hall, 1672 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona. There will be a mayor's address, lighting of the tree, Santa, refreshments and entertainment. For more information, call (386) 322-3070.
Holiday Movie in Christmas Park: "Arthur Christmas" will play at dusk in Christmas Park on the corner of Canal and Live Oak streets, New Smyrna Beach. Bleacher seating will be available. However, lawn chairs are suggested. For more information, call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at (386) 424-2175.
A Rockefeller Christmas: Continuing a tradition begun by John D. Rockefeller, the most famous resident of the historic Casements home in Ormond Beach, the Casements Guild will open the building Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for A Rockefeller Christmas. The guild's annual three-day celebration of the holidays continues the tradition Rockefeller started early last century when he invited neighbors and other local residents to a lavish Christmas party every year at his winter home in Ormond Beach. Leading into a year-long centennial celebration of the Casements, A Rockefeller Christmas this year features three new events: an ice cream social on Nov. 30, with ice cream available for purchase; Wine and More, a party on Dec. 1 featuring wines, appetizers and music; and a holiday tea party on Dec. 2, which will include tea and traditional tea-party fare. Tickets for Wine and More and the holiday tea will be available for separate purchase, in advance only, and include general admission to the Casements. Call (386) 676-3216 for ticket information and to make reservations. The celebration inside the Casements will include a Christmas Tree Gallery; Gourmet Shoppe, Gift Shoppe and Craft Boutique; holiday music; and special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus. General admission to the event is $5 and available at the door, free for children under age 12. The popular horse-and-carriage rides also will be available outside the Casements for $3 per person, free for preschool-aged children. Musical events range from The Surfside Chorus on Friday, the Ormond Beach Chimers (children's group) on Saturday morning, The Sweet Adeline's Saturday afternoon and piano delights for Sunday. Special events require separate tickets but include general admission, and must be purchased in advance). Call (386) 676-3216 for ticket information and to make reservations.
City of Holly Hill annual Christmas Tree Lighting: This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, call (386) 248-9441 or visit hollyhillfl.org.
Christmas Bazaar: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host a Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at 1401 W. New York Ave., DeLand. For more information, call (386) 985-4933.
Downtown DeLand Merchant Holiday Open House: The shops and restaurants offer a great opportunity for holiday shopping with refreshments and discounts. The tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Santa will be available for picture taking in Pioneer Park at 6 p.m.
Book Signing: Local educator Gerald A. Honigman, recently returned from the conference of scholars in Washington, D. C., where his book about the Middle East "The Quest for Justice in the Middle East" was showcased. During the weekend of Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2, Mr. Honigman will be personalizing copies of his book inside the Sunshine Park Mall, near Duff's Buffet, at 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. in South Daytona. Come for great bargains at the mall and get a beautiful, personalized copy of Quest as a lasting gift for someone special for the holidays.
SATURDAY, Dec. 1
Craft Fair: La Costa Village will host its 23rd annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Big Tree Road, between Nova Road and Clyde Morris Boulevard. There will be many handmade items.
53rd Annual Christmas Parade: The city of Holly Hill Christmas parade will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call (386) 248-9441 or visit hollyhillfl.org.
Breakfast with Santa at Volusia Mall: Breakfast with Santa begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Volusia Mall Food Court. A free breakfast will be available for children 10 and younger. Santa will visit with each table as you enjoy breakfast from Chick-fil-A. Families may snap quick photos with their personal cameras, participants are invited to come down to Santa's Holiday Home at Volusia Mall for a longer visit and Special Photo Memory. Each child who visits Santa on set will receive a special gift. Registration is required by Nov. 27. For more information, visit volusiamall.net.
"Simply Streisand:" A Tribute To Barbra Streisand, starring Carla DelVillaggio and The Hello Gorgeous Band, will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center 399 N. U.S. 1. Reserved seating tickets are $25. General admission tickets are $20. For more information, call (386) 676-3375.
Athens Theatre: The Athens Theatre will show "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 11:30 p.m. at 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. Tickets at the door are $12. For more information, call (386) 736-1500 or visit www.athensdeland.com.
Christmas Luau: American Legion Post 267 Christmas Luau: This event will be at 156 New Britain Ave., Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 672-7678.
Parade: The DeLand Jaycees will host its Christmas parade at 2 p.m. For more information, visit MainStreetDeland.org.
Tree Lighting Ceremony & Community Choir: The city of Port Orange will conduct its tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater, 2001 City Center Circle. Get into the holiday spirit with a fun and enjoyable evening of seasonal music. The Tree Lighting and Community Choir ceremony begins at 6 p.m., and features choir members from different churches throughout the community singing all the holiday classics. This event kicks off Port Orange's Holiday celebrations. Mayor Allen Green and City Council members will be on hand to light the official Port Orange Christmas Tree, which also turns on the lights in the live oaks around City Center. The lights in the trees will stay illuminated each night during the holiday season. Jolly Ole Saint Nick will attend the ceremony to hear what the kids want under the tree. For information on the ceremony, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (386) 506-5851.
Italian Club's Christmas Dinner Dance: The Italian American Club of Ormond Beach will host its Christmas Dinner Dance at 6:30 p.m. at the Indigo Country Club, 312 Indigo Drive, Daytona Beach. A cash bar will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. There is a choice of roast pork, fish or chicken marsala. The cost is $25. Music will be furnished by Sal Ronci. For information or tickets, call Kathy (386) 334-0593.
Annual Christmas Parade: New Smyrna Beach's annual Christmas Parade will "do the LOOP" by land. With the theme "Tropical Christmas," the parade steps off at 4 p.m. and travels the NSB Waterfront Loop from Flagler Avenue, down the North Causeway and ends on historic Canal Street. For more information, call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at (386) 424-2175.
Holiday Boat Parade: New Smyrna Beach's annual Holiday Boat Parade will "do the LOOP" by water at dusk. By 6:15 p.m., boats are expected to enter the LOOP at the South Causeway Bridge and travel the Intracoastal Waterway to the North Causeway Bridge. The lighted boats can be viewed from many venues around the LOOP.
IMAGES Tour of Homes: This event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. A New Smyrna Beach tradition for more than 30 years. For more information, call (386) 423-4733 or visit imagesartfestival.org.
Health Fair: The Daytona Beach Vegetarian Society will be set up at the health fair from 2 to 6 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park in Midtown in Daytona Beach. Participants may stop by to sample vegan food, get some vegetarian information, ask questions, and learn a vegetarian diet. For more information, visit www.daytonaveg.com.
SUNDAY, Dec. 2
Holiday Tea: A holiday tea party inside the Casements dining room will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. The tea will be the star at this party, accompanied by sandwiches, scones and other delicacies traditionally served at a proper tea party. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes general admission to the building, must be purchased in advance, and are limited to two seatings. For more information, tickets and reservations to special events, call (386) 676-3216. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
The 35th Annual Port Orange Christmas Parade: Now in its 35th year, the parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. A favorite for all ages, the parade is packed full of creative floats, bands, and holiday cheer that brings out a large crowd so locate you space on the parade route early. Starting at Nova Road, the parade route runs east on Dunlawton Avenue. Port Orange Government TV will air the parade on tape delay on Bright House cable channel 199. DVD copies of the parade can be purchased by calling (386) 506-5522.
Artists Workshop Holiday Exhibits: The Oak Hill City Hall gallery and The Edgewater Library gallery will feature exhibits by the Artists Workshop from Dec. 2-Jan. 31. For more information, call (386) 428-1225.
Fun Walk: The Happy Wanderers will host a free 5K or 10K walk at 1 p.m. at the DeLand Library, 130 E. Howry Blvd. The cost is $3. For more information, call (386) 760-3872, (386) 676-9863 or visit happywanderersfl.org.
Ballet in Cinema Series with the Bolshoi Ballet: Cinematique will show "The Pharaoh's Daughter" at 2 p.m. 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. A young English Lord traveling through Egypt takes shelter in a pyramid with local characters. After a round of opium, the new friends begin to have fantastic dreams about the Pharaoh's daughter rising from her tomb and enchanting them. Tickets are $13 to $15. For more information, call (386) 252-3118.
Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Festival of Trees: Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Museum of Arts & Sciences from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Children can tell Santa Claus their Christmas wishes or write him a letter. All letters will be forwarded to the North Pole. There will be refreshments for the children and Holiday movies. The whole family can stroll through the Festival of Trees area and select a Christmas tree for their home or office. All fully-decorated designer trees will be on display and up for silent auction through Sunday, Dec. 2. On Dec. 2, the Guild will announce the silent auction winners for each of the 22 Christmas Trees. The Festival of Trees is open to the public with the price of admission to the Museum through Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information call (386) 255-0285.
MONDAY, DEC. 3
Daytona State College Yuletide Feast: Daytona Beach campus, Goddard Performance Hall, 6:30 p.m. Dec 3-6, (386) 226-1927 or www.daytonastate.edu
TUESDAY, DEC. 7
Improv & Indie: Live comedy show with Random Acts of Insanity Improv Troupe, followed by the Indie movie "Liberal Arts" will be performed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (386) 252-3118.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5
Falcon Veterans Club hosts POW-MIA display, presentation: The plight of soldiers missing in action will be the topic of a display and presentation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Daytona State College's Daytona Beach Campus. The presentation will focus on the POW-MIA issue, 12:30-1 p.m. in the Lenholt Student Center. The display will feature artifacts of the Vietnam War and show-quality motorcycles owned by members of the Rolling Thunder veteran's organization. Rolling Thunder is an all-volunteer national organization that provides a variety of services to needy veterans, active duty soldiers and their families. The event is open to the public and there is no charge. For more information, call (386) 506-4808.
Music for Prayer and Meditation: The instrumentalists of Music for Prayer and Meditation and the Port Orange Ministerial Association, invite you to a half hour of beautiful music each Wednesday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 751 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange. The half-hour is an opportunity to experience an oasis of silent prayer and meditation accompanied by comforting sounds of the musicians. Dan Weimer will perform on Dec. 5.
Fun Walk: The Happy Wanderers will host a free 5K fun walk at 6 p.m. at the Sunshine Park Mall, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. South Daytona. For more information, call (386) 760-3872, (386) 676-9863 or visit happywanderersfl.org.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
Girls Getaway Weekend in the LOOP: Two of the LOOP's historic districts are teaming on a "Girls Getaway Weekend" Dec. 6-9 in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. Activities include art, wine and holiday food demonstrations, a gingerbread house demonstration, a spa demo, a Sunday brunch, and a bed and breakfast tour with restaurant tasting. Historic Canal Street and Flagler Avenue businesses also will offer special shopping experiences. This event is part of the Christmas on Canal Street holiday event series. For more information, visit www.christmasoncanalstreet.com.
Third Annual Fur Ball Gala & Silent Auction: This event will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Ocean Center. For more information, call (386) 274-4703, Ext. 328 or visit halifaxhumanesociety.org.
Daytona Playhouse: "Alone Together Again" by Lawrence Roman will be performed from Dec. 7-16 at 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $5 for 18 and younger. The Butlers have finally emptied their nest all set to enjoy retirement when the doorbell rings ... their parents descend, suitcase in hand. For more information, call (386) 255-2431 or visit daytonaplayhouse.org.
Light Up Flagler: Light Up Flagler Avenue will carry the holiday spirit to the beachside from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in New Smyrna Beach. Merchants on the seaside street will illuminate their businesses and vie for prizes in the annual decorating contest. Live carolers will sing their way to and from the beach. For more information, visit nsbwaterfrontloop.com/events.
Movies on the Halifax: "Beethoven's Christmas Adventure" will be shown at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Riverside Park, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 676-3216.
Toys for Tots Luncheon: Halifax River Yacht Club will host its Toys for Tots Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 331 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 255-7859
Christmas program and candlelight reception: Unity Church of Daytona Beach will host its Christmas program and candlelight reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 908 Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 253-4201.
Movies Under the Stars: The film "Home Alone" will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Port Orange City Center Amphitheater, 1999 City Center Circle.
Poinsettia Festival: UCP/WORC will host a community Poinsettia Festival to celebrate the winter holidays. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Holly Hill Market, 101 Second St., Holly Hill. The Poinsettia Festival will provide family entertainment, fresh locally grown poinsettias and hand-made holiday ornaments for purchase, food and more. The festival will benefit UCP/WORC which provides services to youth and adults with disabilities. For more information, visit www.ucpworc.org or call (386) 523-1398.
Walk Though Bethlehem: CrossRoads Baptist Church will host Walk Through Bethlehem six nights in 2012: Dec. 7- 9 and 14-16. Walk Through Bethlehem is an outdoor drama event that is offered free to the community during the Christmas season. The Walk Through Bethlehem set is a 22,000-square-foot city that takes more than three months to construct. The city includes several streets, 23 shops, 400 costumed characters, hundreds of volunteers, and over 100 live animals, including two camels. There is no charge and donations are not accepted. CrossRoads Baptist Church is at 1851 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach. For more information, visit www.crbaptist.com
DeLand Tour of Homes Preview: A Candlelight Preview Tour will be conducted Friday, Dec.7. The wine and cheese party will began at 6 p.m. in the DeLand House Museum and feature an intimate, escorted preview of the restored homes. This special event is limited to 30 people and tickets are $30 per person. For reservations, call the DeLand House at (386) 740-6813.
Santa on a Toys for Tots Train: Santa Claus will drive a Florida East Coast Railroad train to a stop in the NSB Waterfront LOOP at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the railroad tracks at Canal Street and U.S. 1. The big guy and Mrs. Claus will provide toys to the local Toys for Tots program and greet local children and families. Children attending the stop also may donate to the Toys for Tots drive. For more information, call (386) 423-2184.
Ormond Beach City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting and Choral Festival: Holiday entertainment at City Hall prior to the Ormond Christmas Parade. www.ormondbeachmainstreet.com
22nd annual Home for the Holidays Nighttime Parade: The City of Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services proudly presents the 22nd annual Home for the Holidays Nighttime Parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade route begins on Division Avenue and U.S. 1, goes north to Granada Boulevard turns east on Granada to Beach Street, turns south on Beach in front of City Hall. For more information, call (386) 676-3241.
Ponce Inlet Christmas Parade: This event will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information, call (386) 236-2152 or (386) 760-5448.
Parade: A Christmas parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, featuring area bands, churches, elected officials, community organizations with floats, marching units and cars. In addition, the Daytona Beach Community Band, which consists of alumni band members from Bethune-Cookman University, will march in the parade. The staging area for the parade will be behind Daytona Mall. The parade route will continue down Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, across Nova Road, and end at Charles Street and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.
DeLand Tour of Homes: The 2012 tour will be from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. Featured this year are: The home of Stetson University President Dr. Wendy Libby; Six restored homes in the Southeast Historic District in DeLand; The restored Bethel AME Church; The DeLand House Museum and Conrad Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are good both days. The tour begins at the DeLand House Museum and transportation will be provided. For reservations, call the DeLand House at 740-6813.
Sixth annual Holiday Tour of Homes: The Ormond Beach Historical Society will host its sixth annual Holiday Tour of Homes featuring the homes of Oceanside from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Featured will be The Doldrums, Elliott Home, Woodard Home, Chanfrau Home, Rice Home and Anderson-Price Memorial Building. Tickets are $25 general admission or $22 for historical society members. For more information, call (386) 677-7005 or visit www.Ormond History.org
Nutcracker Ballet: The Civic Ballet of Volusia County returns with its enchanting performance of The Nutcracker Ballet at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Peabody Auditorium, 600 S. Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach. Spectacular sets, lavish costumes and dazzling dance bring Tchaikovsky's musical grand vision to life. Nearly 70 Volusia County children will perform on stage, dancing the various roles of Snowflakes, Candy Canes, Angels, Mice and Party Guests. Continue the holiday celebration with "The Sugar Plum Tea," a lavish, fully set tea party perfectly tailored for children, immediately following the Nutcracker Ballet performance. Children will enjoy refreshments, delight in delicate decorations and meet with costumed cast members. The Tea Party is a specialty ticketed event intended for children and cannot be sold as a separate ticket. Tea tickets must be purchased at The Peabody box office in person.
A Holiday Light Tour: Do the LOOP on a holiday light tour from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 15 and 22 in New Smyrna Beach. Beginning in the Canal Street Historic District, tours will circle the LOOP to take in the lighted displays in the area's downtown business districts. Tours are free, but seating is limited. For reservations or more information, call (386) 424-2175.
Edgewater Christmas Parade: The city of Edgewater will conduct this annual event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Edgewater. For more information, visit www.cityofedgewater.org.
Christmas Concert: Coronado Community United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The church's Chancel Choir will present the cantata, "The Word Became Flesh," under the direction of Anita Wimbish, director of Music Ministries. Coronado Community United Methodist Church is at 201 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach. A free-will offering will be taken to support the ministries of Coronado Church. For more information, call (386) 428-6252, Ext. 19.
Holiday Wine Walk: Kick off the holiday season with a stroll down Beach Street. Do some holiday shopping at the Riverfront Shops while tasting more than 20 different wines, ports, champagnes and holiday treats from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The event begins at Cinematique of Daytona or Rhokkoh's Frozen Yogurt, where attendees will receive their Holiday Wine Walk Passport and beverage tickets. Also featured will be musical performers and an opportunity to register for three holiday gifts. In addition, the first 100 Passported attendees will receive a free gift and coupons to participating merchants. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors for their annual Adopt-A-Child Back Pack Program. Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://holidaywinewalk.eventbrite.com or by visiting Cinematique of Daytona (386-252-3118), 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Must be 21 to participate.
Holiday Parade and WinterFest: Daytona Beach Shores will host a Winterfest from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, on Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores. For more information, call (386) 763-5364.
Angel tea and bazaar: This event will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Community United Methodist Church, 616 Harvey Ave., Daytona Beach. There will be handmade gifts, crafts and gift baskets, white elephant sale, coffee, tea, finger sandwiches and cookies. All proceeds go to Children's Charities: HOSPICE-BeginAgain Children's Grief Center, Coalition for the Homeless Children-Star Shelter. Project W.A.R.M (Women Asssisting Recovering Mothers), Women's Abuse Shelter-Children and the Children's Advocacy Center. For more information, call (386) 846 2830.
Concert: The Bel Canto Singers is celebrating its 41st year of presenting classic choral music. All are invited to join the group as they present "The Messiah" for the second performance of the 2012-2013 season. Under the direction of Norris Williams, Bel Canto Singers will present the Christmas portion of The Messiah featuring Stetson University soloists Jaclyn Nelson, Soprano; Chelsey Geeting, Alto; Brian Rodriquez, Bass; Sean O'Malley, Tenor and chamber orchestra. The concert is open to the public and will be presented Sunday, Dec. 9, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. There is a $10 per person donation request. For more information, visit belcantodaytona.org or call (386) 566-6390.
Christmas Cantata: The 2012 Christmas Cantata, "Jesus, Light of the World" will be at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 1035 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. Free-will offering. For more information, call (386) 677-4076.
Neighborhood Holiday Festival: Be sure to join us for an afternoon of Christmas Caroling and Cheer in the lobby from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 9, at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Area church choirs and soloists from the Daytona State College Choir will provide the entertainment along with light refreshments -- all in the midst of lovely holiday décor! Free admission. For additional information, visit www.DaytonaState.edu/TheArts or call (386) 226-1927.
Fun Walk: The Happy Wanderers will host a free 5K fun walk at 6 p.m. at the Halifax Marina, Basin Street, Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 760-3872, (386) 676-9863 or visit happywanderersfl.org.
Movies Under the Stars: The film "Beethoven's Christmas Adventure" will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Port Orange City Center Amphitheater, 1999 City Center Circle.
Step Show: Greek sororities and fraternities from local colleges and universities as well as local high school students will perform in a step show from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 15, at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. Local vendors will provide a variety of cultural food and merchandise for purchase.
Winter Holiday Party (Special Populations): A fun-filled holiday event with dinner, dancing, games and crafts for people with special needs will be from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 14, at Nova Community Center & Park / Special Populations Division, 440 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Sponsored by the Department of Leisure Services Special Populations Division. Admission is $5. For more information, call (386) 676-3252.
Yuletide Festival at Lilian Place: This event will be from 1-8 p.m. Dec. 15, at 111 Silver Beach Ave., Daytona Beach. There will be holiday tours, caroling, music, punch and cookies, meet historic characters, and join the Wine down on the River as the Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax goes by.
Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Seabreeze Bridge. Suggested Viewing Areas: Ballough Road Fishing Pier; Main Street Bridge; Manatee Island; News Journal Center; City Island Library; Halifax Rowing Association; Memorial Bridge; Convention & Visitor Bureau; Halifax Harbor Marina. For more information, visit daytonachristmasboatparade.com
A Holiday Light Tour: Do the LOOP on a holiday light tour from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec 15 and 22 in New Smyrna Beach. Beginning in the Canal Street Historic District, tours will circle the LOOP to take in the lighted displays in the area's downtown business districts. Tours are free, but seating is limited. For reservations or more information, call (386) 424-2175.
Pancake Breakfast with Santa: This event will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Tomoka United Methodist Church, 1000 Old Tomoka Road, Ormond Beach. Children will be served pancakes, visit craft stations, make gifts, hear the Christmas story, receive a goody bag and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. The event is free, but the church will be collecting canned meats for Halifax Urban Ministries. For more information, call (386) 672-6722.
Ugly Sweater Contest: LuLu's Oceanside Grill will host an Ugly Sweater Contest at 8 p.m., Dec. 15, 30 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 673-2641 or visit lulusoceansidegrill.com.
Worship service: Christmas Music Worship Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 620 S. Grandview Ave., Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 253-4581.
Sunday Cinema: "Joyeux Noel" will be shown at 2 p.m. Dec. 16, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. In French with English subtitles. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
"Drive Thru Bethlehem:" The Drive-in Christian Church will host this event from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19-21, 3140 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores. For more information, call (386) 767-8761 or driveinchurch.net.
Memorable Thursday Movies: "Christmas Carol," will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle. This 1938 film retells Charles Dickens' story about a miser who is finally filled with the true spirit of Christmas. Reginald Owen and Kathleen Lockhart star. Unrated, 69 minutes: For more information, call (386) 322-5152.
"Miracle on 34th Street -- Classic Christmas Radio Production," Daytona Playhouse will perform Miracle on 34th Street -- Classic Christmas Radio Production," Dec. 21-23. For more information, call (386) 255-2431 or daytonaplayhouse.org.
Movie in the Park goes Seaside: "A Christmas Story," will be shown at dusk, Dec. 21, at the eastern end of Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, call (386) 424-2175.
Big Band America Holiday Concert: Big Band America will perform favorites from Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey plus special jazz arrangements of beloved Christmas carols from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach. Cost is $15. For more information, visit www.ormondbeach.org
Pancake Breakfast with Santa: Church of the Holy Child in Ormond Beach will host breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m.- noon, at 1225 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 676-0793 or (386) 672-6173.
Gospel Extravaganza: Light Up Midtown holiday events culminate a month of special activities with a Christmas in Songs Gospel Extravaganza from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. This musical showcase hosts local church choirs and other talented vocalists.
Cinematique: The film "The Nutcracker" will be shown at 2 p.m. Dec. 23, at 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. A new version for December 2012, it's the Tchaikovsky Ballet in two acts. A magician with secrets, an enchanted gift, a guiding angel and a visit through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. This now-classic Royal Ballet production creates the world of the 19th-century onstage, with a Christmas tree that magically grows and toy soldiers that come to life. Starring Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae. For more information, visit www.cinematique.org
Candlelight Service: Unity Church of Daytona Beach will conduct a candlelight service at 6 p.m., Dec. 24. at 908 Ridgewood Ave., For more information, call (386) 253-4201.
New Year's Eve Party/Fireworks: Flagler Avenue will host its annual New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31. Ring in 2013 with fireworks at 9 p.m.. Parties will welcome the New Year in 10 venues along the avenue. For more information, visit partyonflagler.com
New Year's Eve Party: LuLu's Oceanside Grill will hold a New Year's Eve party at 9 p.m., Dec. 31, at 30 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. For more information, call (386) 673-2641 or visit lulusoceansidegrill.com.
New Year's Eve on Main Street: Holidays at Daytona Beach concludes with New Year's Eve on Main Street on Dec. 31, one of Central Florida's largest New Year's Eve celebrations. In its seventh year, this free street festival presented by the Main Street Merchants Association features four stages, street entertainers, family-friendly games and rides, a ball drop and fireworks at midnight.
World Peace Service: Unity Church of Daytona Beach will conduct a World Peace Service at 6 p.m., Dec. 31, at 908 Ridgewood Ave. For more information, call (386) 253-4201.
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