All Holiday Events


2018 Mount Dora Heroes Foundation Paw Parade 

Saturday, November 24 - 9 a.m.

The Paw Parade starts at the corner of Sunset Park and Alexander Street, featuring all the plentiful pooches in a fun parade. Nominate your cuddly canine at the Mount Dora Canine Contest for your chance to have your pooch chosen to be Mayor!  After the parade, the official Blessing of the Pets will take place at Sunset Park. 


Light Up Mount Dora 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pre-show starts at 4:30 p.m. with the switch to all the lights being turned on at 6:30 p.m.  Live entertainment at Donnelly Park including singing, dancing and ending with a countdown to turn on all the lights.  There will even be a visit from Santa!  Make your way to Sunset Park on 4th for the big tree lighting after the City Lights are turned on.

Tip-A-Cop to Benefit Shop With A Cop

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come out to the Chili's on 441 to support our Shop With a Cop Program to provide Christmas to kids in need.  All tips will go to the program and you can be served by one of our Public Safety Officers!

Annual Mount Dora Christmas Walk 

Friday, November 30, 2018 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free admission to a family friendly street party in downtown Mount Dora featuring live music, dancing, shopping and Santa.  Stroll the streets to enjoy the lights, vendors, live reindeer, and a chance to meet Santa in front of the Sunset Park Tree.

Annual Christmas Parade 

Saturday, December 1, 2018  – 10 a.m.

Christmas parade in the streets of downtown Mount Dora at 10:00 a.m.  It's a fun, festive parade down Donnelly Street through downtown Mount Dora featuring clubs, groups, bands, Public Safety and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus being pulled in their sled!

Want to add your group into the parade?  Please use our Christmas Parade Application

25th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.

Parade begins on Lake Dora, at the Lighthouse on Grantham Point, across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue, Downtown Mount Dora. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originality.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Community Building, 520 N. Baker Street. 

Saturday performance at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday performance at 2 p.m.

Mount Dora School of Ballet performing The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition to the music of classical composer Tchaikovsky.  Two performances over the weekend.  Purchase tickets at

Christmas Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd

Tour Mount Dora homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. Come see historic homes decorated with a personal touch to celebrate the holiday season.  This is a self-driving tour to the various homes. Cost is $20 online. Sat. 11 am - 4 pm and Sun. 11 am - 4 pm. For information and tickets, visit the Women’s Committee of Fine Arts of Mount Dora.  Tickets available at

Santa Tour with Mount Dora Public Safety – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

December 4, 5 and 6 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mount Dora Police and Fire tour neighborhoods in the city using golf carts, PD vehicles, the Bearcat and a Firetruck, towing Santa in a Sleigh to meet kids, give out candy, stuffed animals and dog treats.  The tour starts downtown the first night with Santa stopping at Donnelly Park for a meet and greet.  It’s a tradition that grew from 1 day to 3!

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at W.T. Bland Public Library

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for a tree-mendous time singing holiday favorites with the Triangle Elementary children's choir. Enjoy cookies and punch out in the Butterfly Garden, while being serenaded by the Mount Dora Dulcimer Society and our Ukulele Band. Kids can get creative at our ornament making workshop and make Christmas cards with the PAWS Therapy dogs. Watch Santa & Mrs. Claus light the Christmas tree. Meet Margaret and H.A. Rey's storybook character, Curious George.

Gingerbread Man Cookie Decorating at W.T. Bland Public Library

Friday, December 7, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All ages are invited to decorate a giant gingerbread man cookie in our Children's Program Room. Recommended $4.00 donation to cover cost of materials. Just bring your creativity! All ages welcome. Pre-purchased ticket required. Tickets available beginning Friday, November 16, 2018. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please pay in person or call the library with credit card. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Christmas in a Cruiser

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Help Mount Dora Police Officers stuff a police cruiser to provide local families in need with gifts this Holiday Season!  Officers and volunteers will be at the Target on Hwy 441 in Mount Dora collecting unwrapped toy donations for kids ages 1-18.

 Shop With a Cop at Target 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 8 a.m. to Noon

The Mount Dora Police Department and Target of Mount Dora presents our annual "Shop with a Cop" event. Police Officers from the MDPD will take 30 pre-selected students from our three local schools to Target in Mount Dora. The students will get a one-on-one shopping experience with a Police Officer. Students will receive a $100 gift card that they could use to buy clothing, shoes, or toys. The students and their families will also receive a Christmas Basket donated by Lake Cares Food Pantry. "Shop with a Cop" is a program supported by the generosity of Mount Dora local citizens and businesses.
For information regarding this event contact Officer Ivy Severance at 352-735-7130 or email at

Holiday Plants at W.T. Bland Public Library

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.

Poinsettias, Christmas cacti and amaryllis are beautiful but not the only holiday plants around - learn about these traditional holiday plants and some other colorful options to brighten your holidays. Topics: choosing the right plant, keeping plants healthy during the holiday season and Florida-friendly landscaping techniques to grow these diverse plants after the holidays. Learn about additional resources available at UF/IFAS Extension. Class is taught by a UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County Master Gardener. No registration required. All attendees receive door prize tickets for door prizes of holiday plants! Sponsored by the Mount Dora Library Association.

Blackwater Creek Bluegrass Band Holiday Concert at W.T. Bland Public Library

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.

Free holiday music entertainment for adults; all seats on a first come, first served basis. The band brings together bluegrass, Americana and folk styling with hot picking on banjo, bass, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. All seats first come, first served. No registration is required for this free program. Sponsored by the Mount Dora Library Association.

Children's Christmas in the Park with Snow 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 -  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Donnelly Park, enjoy our ice that is brought in for the kids to enjoy.  All kinds of events, vendors, bounce houses and sledding down the hill at the park.  This is a free event.  This is a family-friendly community oriented event for our residents and visitors.

MDPD Northeast Community Christmas Party

 Saturday, December 15, 2018  9 a.m. - Noon

Come Celebrate & have fun at the MDPD Annual Northeast Community Christmas Party at the Martin Luther King Center located on 803 Florida Ave.  There will be an obstacle course game, bounce house, music, and food.  Come meet Santa Claus!

Jolly Holiday Concert with the 8-Piece J3 Vocal Show

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 7 p.m. - Mount Dora Community Building

Fun for the entire family with no two shows being the same.  This is a sing-along show playing the holiday hits we all grew up with! J3 performs songs like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Little Drummer Boy, Christmas in Dixie and many more hits!  Tickets can be purchased at   All seats are reserved upon purchase.

Holiday Concert at the Mount Dora Community Building

Thursday, December 13, 2018 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lake Concert Band under the direction of John Landers free holiday concert.  This is a donation based concert with all proceeds being donated to the Lake Cares Pantry.  Make Donations at the door.


Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas

Saturday, December 15, 2018  Shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The new Christmas sequel will feature the 5 ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip and just let their hair down during the craziest of times: THE HOLIDAYS! This musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season, from the LONG visits with in-laws to the overcrowded malls. TWAS GIRLS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will feature the touching and hilarious writing by Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide, with classic Christmas songs and contemporary Hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.  Purchase tickets at

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Monday, December 31, 2018 - 9 p.m.

Say goodbye to 2018 with this free event!  Food, drinks and live music at Sunset Park and 4th Avenue Docks featuring live entertainment, food and fireworks at Midnight!