This weekend is starting to look a lot like Christmas in Lake County, with lots of festivities and events planned. Light Up Eustis, Light Up Mount Dora and the Leesburg Christmas Walk take place this weekend, along with local holiday markets.
Here’s the catch:
Light up Eustis
Eustis will kick off the festivities with Light Up Eustis on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in Ferran Park. The event includes live entertainment, a snow slide, simulated snowfall in the park, free photos with Santa, vendors, carolers and more.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m
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Light up Mount Dora
The City of Mount Dora will hold its annual Light Up Mount Dora event at the new downtown Elizabeth Evans Park location on Saturday from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
The event will feature live music, fireworks and Jolly ‘Ol St. Nick.
Leesburg Christmas Stroll
Did you hear there’s snow in Leesburg? The Christmas Walk is back, with lights, live shows, a giant magical dancing Christmas tree and Santa Claus. Come stroll the Towne Square on Saturday from noon to 8pm and browse the downtown shops and local vendors.
Christmas festival and market with Santa Claus
Sunsational Farms in Umatilla is hosting a special Christmas market and festival with Santa on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With over 90 vendors, free photos with Santa and an ice slide, there’s something for the whole family.
Entry is free. Tickets available for carnival games, bee train, ice slide and bounce houses.
Olde World Christmas Market
Leesburg will host an Olde World Christmas Market downtown on Saturday.
Fourth annual holiday at the Farm
Santa Claus is coming to Lil’ Bit of Life Farm on Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for his fourth annual Holiday on the Farm. Their friendly animals will also be available for photo ops, pony rides and more.
Admission is $10 per person.
Leesburg Christmas House
The Leesburg Partnership Christmas House is about to close on December 10th. Located at 209 Second St. in Leesburg, the home is filled with unique handmade crafts and holiday items from local artisans.
They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm
Stop by the Leesburg Library Garden on Palmetto Street on Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm and create a holiday ornament inspired by traditions from around the world. Learn about Christmas in different cultures and take home a beloved piece of art.
Forest of enchanted trees
The Enchanted Tree Forest returns to Victory Pointe in Clermont. There are 50 trees available to view that have been decorated by local organizations. They will be on display until January 8.
Downtown Classic Cruiser Car Show
The Fourth Saturday of the Eustis Car Show is scheduled for Saturday from 4-7pm downtown. Enjoy the great shops, restaurants, music and cars.
Royal Highlands Community Craft Fair
Enjoy crafts handmade by Royal Highlands residents Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at 21505 Royal St. George Lane in Leesburg. Donations will also be collected for the South Lake Animal League and Leesburg Elementary.
“Five Golden Rings: A Greeting Card Channel Holiday Musical”
The Sonnentag IceHouse Theater continues with the premiere of the musical comedy “Five Golden Rings: A Greeting Card Channel Holiday Musical” opening Friday and playing four weeks through December 11th. There are no performances scheduled on November 24th and 25th or any Saturday evenings. sample
The production is a parody of the Greeting Card Channel’s holiday movies and is set a few days before Christmas, when a business executive is snowed in at a bed and breakfast in Vermont. She begins to fall in love with the owner of the business, which happens to be the business she was ordered to buy and demolish, which makes her question her values and ideals.
The cast includes Sabrina Yager as Holly McVay, the big city executive; John Gracey plays Lance Manager, the hotelier; David Coalter and Kirk Simpson split the role of the fiance, Bradley Richman; Kristen Brock plays the role of the girl about town Trish, as well as a local resident in the ensemble; Brooklyn Yates plays Grace, the innkeeper’s 9-year-old daughter; and Brian Allan Chambers plays Nick, the innkeeper.
Other characters include Jim Otwell, Georgia Orser, Will Orser, Lilian Berner and Natalie Renick.
The show is directed by IceHouse Managing Artistic Director Darlin Barry with musical direction by Robert Cohen, scenic design by Buddy Fales, lighting design by Philip Lupo and costume design by Darlin Barry.