Sanford’s 2018 Holiday Event Guide and Things to Do!

Sanford’s 2018 Holiday Event Guide and Things to Do!


Check back often because we are adding new Sanford holiday events almost daily!!! 

Holiday Open House Sip & Shop at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery

When: Friday, November 9th @ 6pm-9pm

Where: Gallery on First 211 E. 1st street Sanford, FL 32771

What: Let’s get merry! Herald in the holiday season with the premier of Jeanine Taylor Folk Art’s 2018 holiday collection for a Friday evening Sip and Shop event featuring the jazzy musical stylings of Kid Dutch and his band.

Enjoy an evening of good friends, heartwarming drinks, and a live band playing jazz inspired holiday hits while getting the first look at JTFA’s unique holiday gifts. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list

2018 Holiday Collections:

We will be welcoming fresh additions to the popular Eric & Eloise Scandinavian line of home décor and ornaments.

More modern trappings include a gleaming rose gold tree of ornaments with a natural flair.

If you’re searching for a more classic take on winter, JTFA will be introducing our Songbirds in the Arbor collection featuring fanciful cardinals and a little mistletoe.

For those looking for a throwback this holiday season – look no further! Check out our showcase of paint by numbers seasonal accoutrement.

Old favorites that keep us coming back for more this holiday season include the crowd pleasing retro musical TV’s and hand painted ornaments from Uzbekistan.

Admission: This free event is open to the public from 6-9pm on Friday, Nov. 9th.

Info: (407) 323-2774

Make a Clay Ornament for FREE!

When: November 10th @ 11am-4pm & November 17th @ 11am-7pm

Where: The Albritton Art Gallery 104 East 1st Street

What: Don’t Forget that tomorrow is the first day of free ornament making! It starts at 11am runs until to 4pm at the Albritton Gallery-104 E. 1st St. This event is absolutely kid friendly and did I mention it’s FREE??? Hope to see you all there spreading joy for the season! — atThe Albritton Gallery.

Admission: Free

Info: (407) 878-0258

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival

When: November 16th, 5:30pm-8pm

Where: Seminole Towne Center 200 Towne Center Cir

What: Celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at the KidX annual holiday celebration. Kids can get festive with various crafts and activities, face painting, refreshments and more!

Join us for the KidX Club Santa Arrival Celebration, Friday, November 16 from 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the mall’s Center Court. KidX Club Members get to mingle with Santa and help Seminole Towne Center light the big Christmas Tree in Center Court. Members will then be able to enjoy cookies and milk (or juice), snow and other special activities and performances.

Santa photos & visits will begin at the conclusion of the event.

Admission: Free

Info:(407) 323-2262

Nights of Wonder Light Up

When: November 16th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Chick-fil-A Sanford 4590 W State Road 46

What: Join us for the Nights of Wonder Light Up. We are kicking off the Christmas season with fun for the whole family!

See us light up the featured and elaborate decorations, meet Santa, and even see real reindeer!

Admission: Free

Info: (407) 878-6385

Holiday Open House Extravaganza

When: November 17th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Gallery on First 211 E 1st St

What: Kick off the holiday season with Gallery on First’s Holiday Open House Extravaganza! The gallery will be buzzing with artists, collectors, and holiday cheer.

This free event kicks off at 6pm! Arrive at the gallery early to get the first glimpse of new artwork from the 12 different studio artists.

Enjoy delicious complimentary holiday spirits and seasonal snacks.

Admission: Free

Info:(407) 323-2774


When: November 18th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Seminole Towne Center 200 Towne Center Cir

What: What could be more memorable than a photo of Santa with your favorite family member, Fido or Fluffy? Seminole Towne Center invites all pet lovers out for a special photo opportunity on Sunday, November 18. Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa from 6 pm.- 8 p.m. at the Santa set located in the mall’s Center Court.

Photo prices will vary depending on selected print and pets will receive a special treat after each visit. Pets may enter through the Food Court entrance or Dock #6, near Burlington. Traditional pets only please.

Admission: Free to attend

Info:(407) 323-2262


When: November 30th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Magnolia Square, Downtown Sanford

What: Come out and join us as we begin our holiday festivities with our annual tree lighting. Enjoy live entertainment, face painters, balloon artists and a visit from Santa! It’s fun for the whole family!

Admission: Free Admission

RAZ Imports 2015 – Peppermint Toy Tree

The Elf’n Christmas Tree Show

When: Saturday, December 1st @ 10am-8pm

Where: Magnolia Square, Downtown Sanford

What: The Elf’n Christmas Tree Show The Historic Sanford Welcome Center is looking to add more holiday cheer to our building for all of the folks that come in during the holidays. So, in conjunction with the Sanford Art Walk, we are sponsoring two different festive contests. First is a Christmas Tree decorating contest. With this you can bring in and decorate a tree just for fun or to bring attention to your business, cause or charity. The trees will be voted on by the attendees of the December 15th Sanford Art Walk and a $50 prize for best tree will be awarded. We are also sponsoring an Elf on a Shelf contest. Come check out the Welcome Center space and decide where your elf might lurk to keep an eye on all the kids. The elves will also be voted on by the attendees of the December 15th Sanford Art Walk and a $25 prize for most creative elf will be awarded. We need both trees and elves to be in place by November 30th and they can be taken down between December 26 and January 6. If you are interested, please contact the Welcome Center for further details.

Admission: Free Admission

Info: 407-302-2586

Phantasmagoria’s “Victorian Christmas Celebration”


December 1st @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm & 8:00 pm – 9:30pm
December 2nd @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where: Higgins House Victorian Bed and Breakfast – 420 S Oak Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

What: Phantasmagoria is proud to present their “Victorian Christmas Celebration” at the Higgins House Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate the holidays early on December 1st and 2nd, as Phantasmagoria joins with the gorgeous Higgins House Victorian Bed and Breakfast for an old fashioned “Victorian Christmas Celebration”
Relish in holiday splendor with music, Holiday Stories and Poetry, Dance, Music, Fire Performance and MORE while enjoying Victorian treats and delights along with Victorian drinks to warm a chilled heart.
(Suggested age 9 and up but good for all ages)
Make it a full day of CHRISTMAS as December 1st is also the 30th annual Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes! Visit Higgins for our celebration either before or after your tour!


TICKETS: Preorder Online $20.00 General / $30.00 VIP (includes drink tickets for alcoholic beverages, souvenir and Photo Op with the cast)
Walk Up: $25.00 General / $35.00 VIP
(407) 324-9238
Tickets Online at:

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page! 

30th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

When: Saturday, December 1st @ 3pm-9pm

Where: Historic Downtown Sanford


The holidays are fast approaching, and the Sanford Historic Trust is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its annual Holiday Tour of Homes. In honor of this milestone, the Tour of Homes Committee plans to feature several homes that have been on the tour in the past while also adding a few new homes to the lineup. This year’s tour will pay tribute to the pioneers who came to Sanford decades ago and began restoring the city’s historic homes and reinvigorating the community.
Join us as we showcase Sanford’s historic charm this holiday season. The self-guided walking tour, which serves as one of the first events on the area’s annual holiday calendar, features a mix of local businesses and private homes along Oak Avenue and Park Avenue that are decorated for the holiday season. Some residences will showcase their interiors while others will offer live entertainment and light refreshments from their front porches or backyard gardens.
These beautiful homes are sure to inspire your holiday decor and get you into a festive mood. While walking from house to house, you will be reminded of celebrations of years past, as holiday music, performed by local musicians, fills the streets of Historic Sanford. As the sun sets, luminaries will guide you along as you sip hot cocoa or apple cider. But this tour is not only about celebrating the past. In addition to visiting several historic neighborhood homes, you will have the opportunity to visit new, hip downtown businesses and make memories at several photo stops along the way.
Check our Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes Facebook page for Tour updates.
You can start the tour at any tour stop, but must check in first to get wrist bands and a tour guidebook at one of the following locations:
Downtown: Historic Sanford Welcome Center
230 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771
Neighborhood: All Souls Catholic Church
800 S. Oak Avenue, Sanford FL 32771
Online tickets can be purchase through the link below.
General Information:
Ticket Cost is $30 per person.
This event is a fundraiser for the Sanford Historic Trust.
Well-supervised children are allowed at the full ticket price. Children under 1 are free.
No strollers allowed in the homes.
No high heels (best advice is to wear comfy walking shoes anyway!)
No pets
No refunds – this is a rain or shine event!

Admission: $30

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page

Shopping day for little ones

When: December 8th & December 15th @ 10am-5pm

Where: Rustic and Pipe Decor 109 W. 1st Street

What: Shopping day for your little ones…
They can secretly pick out presents for their loved ones while having cookies and juice.
You can relax, have a hot beverage and shop for your friends and family while we help them with their selections.
Gifts begin as low as $3.00 and will be in a gift bag with tag.

Admission: Free to attend.

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page!

St. Lucia Festival

When: December 8th @ 1pm-4pm

Where: Museum of Seminole County History 300 Eslinger Way

What: Our yearly tribute to Seminole County’s Swedish heritage, a traditional Christmas procession and tasty dessert-tasting!

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page!


When: December 8th @ 6pm

Where: Historic Downtown Sanford on 1st Street

What: Come out and enjoy the evening as we light up downtown Sanford with our annual illuminated Christmas Parade! It’s fun for the whole family!

Admission: Free


Talent Town’s Winter Showcase

When: Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm

Where: 519 S. Park Ave.

What: Come join us Thursday, December 13th, for “A Classic Children’s Christmas”. Talent Town’s dancers are excited to present an updated version of “The Nutcracker”. And we will treat you to an adorable presentation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” performed by our littlest actors, the Superstar Kids….along with plenty of fun for the whole family. Who doesn’t love a Christmas cookie??!?! Everyone has been working hard in preparation for this wonderful evening. (Open to the public.)

Admission: Tickets go on sale November 26th. $5 per person. Children under 2 free.

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page!

Holiday Lighted Bike Ride! 2018

When: Friday, December 14th @ 6:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Meet at the corner of 6th and Myrtle Avenue. For GPS reference use 301 West 7th Street, which is Venue 1902 Preservation Hall.

What: Christmas is upon us once again and you know what that means….lights! So get some lights on your bikes and meet us on December 14th at Touhy Park, we will start riding at 6:30.

You can get really cool and easy install lights at Pedal Driven at 210 North Park Ave. And, breaking news, Matt Steward at Pedal Driven will take over coordinating the ride next year!

Come have some fun!

Admission: Free!

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page

2nd Annual Sanford Jingle Jam

When: December 15th @ 4-10pm

Where: Historic Downtown Sanford

What: Wayne Densch Inc. Presents – JINGLE JAM 2018 in Historic Downtown Sanford FL on December 15th from 4-10pm.

Come Celebrate the holidays with us at this FREE to the Public Holiday Event covering several streets in Historic Downtown Sanford (The Famous L – Celery City to West End and up Sanford Ave)!

Festivities include LIVE MUSIC on 3 Stages, Holiday Vendors, Carnival Games, A Magic Show, Pictures with Santa, 15+ Gourmet Food Trucks, LIVE Wrestling Acts & much more!

This is a Family and Pet-friendly event! Honeypot will be performing, along with plenty of others. Full music and entertainment Lineup TBA!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: AutoNation of Sanford: Acura, Ford, Honda, and Mercedes! The proceeds raised from carnival games, sponsorships and vendor station fees are going to benefit multiple Local Seminole County charities selected by the Ladies 327 Supper Club!

For VENDOR INFO please contact

Admission: Free

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page

Phantasmagoria’s A Christmas Carol

When: December 22nd @ 2pm & 7:30pm

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 201-203 South Magnolia Avenue

What: Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season as Phantasmagoria returns with its own unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” This critically acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe will bring its signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling to the stage of the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center as one of the most famous Ghost Stories of all times comes alive! A true tale of the Past, Present and Future – with the glory of redemption! Dickens’ wonderful tableau will come to life with Phantasmagoria’s own unique aesthetic and performance style in a brand new adaptation of the classic work. Last year’s performances sold fast so get your tickets now! A show good for all ages!

Admission: $20/$22/$25

Info: Click Here for Event Facebook Page

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About The Author


Hi, my name is Claudia! I live, work and play in Sanford, FL. To top it all off, I am also totally in love with Sanford! My husband Jose and I are Realtors in Sanford, FL and help people realize their dreams of home ownership. We have two sons, Nicolas (2011) and Lukas (2013). I am originally from Germany, moved here in 2004. In 2008 I started I love everything that says creativity. Design is my passion, no matter if Graphic, Web or Fashion Design - and I am also into photography :) I'm also very social and love to hang out with my family and friends, be it for a kids play date or a fun night out ;)

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