LIGHT UP MOUNT DORA

Light Up Mount Dora is an annual celebration in this small town of 12,500 people in the hill and lake country about 33 miles northwest of downtown Orlando. 

Although small in population, this town has mastered the art of handling large crowds and is home to several large art festivals, craft shows and other events each year.

Parking is always available and walking to the event is easy in this compact little town on the shore of Lake Dora.

There is almost always something on the schedule in Mount Dora during the year, including the Annual Art Festival and the Annual Music Festival on different February weekends; the Annual Sailboat Regatta in April, the Annual Bicycle Festivaland the Annual Craft Fair on different October weekends and numerous other events in November and December.

One of the nicest of these annual events is the Annual Light Up Mount Dora, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A lighting ceremony takes place between 5 and 9pm each year in downtown Donnelly Park, with the lights actually being turned on at 630pm. About two million lights are strung among the beautiful trees in the park and Santa Claus always makes a visit.

Snow also always appears miraculously and the children are able to slide to their heart’s content. It’s a simple ceremony that has been a tradition in this small town since the early 1980s.

The Annual Christmas Walk is a holiday street party on the second Friday after Thanksgiving.  Sometimes this is in November, other times in early December. The streets are reserved for pedestrians and there is plenty of music, food and shopping.

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