Home for the Holidays (1)Yes, we say this every year, but seriously, it’s yet again hard to believe that 2016 has almost come to an end and we are publishing our annual Sanford Holiday Event Guide! As you may know, we will continuously add events to this guide as we learn about them so our suggestion to you is that you bookmark this page and refer back to it whenever you are looking for fun holiday events and things to do in Sanford!

Our top picks for the season are:

  • Holiday Tour of Homes (and afterwards the Hysterical Tour of Gnomes, a classic!)
  • Christmas in the Square
  • Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade
  • The Nutcracker
  • Alive After Five’s Holiday Fest


seminole-towne-center-christmasAnnual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Seminole Towne Center

Although the Ceremony date has passed you can still get in and see the Beautiful Tree that’s located at the Seminole Towne Center!

When: November 11th, 6pm-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 11 from 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. The event will begin at the mall’s Food Court. After a festive performance, our star guest will make his jolly grand entrance and head down to 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 juice (or milk) and enjoy other special activities and performances.

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

Admission: Free

retro-holiday-art-fairA Retro Holiday Happening and Art Affair opening Night!

Although opening night has passed you have until Dec. 31 to get in and see all the unique finds Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery  has to offer!

When: Saturday November 12th, 5PM-8PM

Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery 211 East First Street

What: Dive into an imaginative wonderland of one-of-a-kind art, gifts, and trees festooned with distinctive ornaments. Feel the retro flair as you walk and shop among the vignettes that harken back to the days of shirt-waist dresses and faux trees of sparkling aluminum. Small delights abound and the spirit is merry. Show runs through December 31, 2016.

Admission: Free

Seminole Towne Center Mall Sanford

Seminole Towne Center Mall Sanford


When: Sunday, November 20 and and Sunday, December 4

Where: Seminole Towne Center 200 Towne Center Circle Sanford, FL 32771

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, Sunday, November 20 and and Sunday, December 4. 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.

Pets may enter through the Food Court entrance or Dock #6, near Burlington. Traditional pets only please.

Admission: Cost of photo package, Photo prices will vary depending on selected print and pets will receive a special treat after each visit.


darlene-allenHoliday Trunk Show with Guest Artist Darlene Allen

When: Saturday November 26th, 10am-3pm

Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery 211 East First Street

What: Master Bearmaker Darlene Allen will showcase her new collection of exquisitely made bears and other furry friends. Using imported wool mohair, Allen fastidiously constructs articulated animals with lots of personality and dresses them for the holidays. Each one is an heirloom.

Admission: Free!

Info: jtfolkart.com

greeting-cardsGreeting Card Demo at Sanford Library

When: Saturday November 26th, 1pm-3pm

Where: Sanford Library, 150 N Palmetto Ave

What: Nancy Larkin will demonstrate using the batik method to make greeting cards at the next Sanford Seminole Art Association meeting.
The artist uses watercolors, hot wax, and rice paper to create her cards. A brief business meeting will be followed by refreshments and the demo
A native Floridian, Larkin was the charter president of the Central Florida Watercolor Society and remains active in the group. She teaches classes in watercolor painting, making greeting cards, and illustrated journaling.

Admission: Admission is free and open to the public.

Info: For details, visit SanfordSeminoleArt.com or call 407-951-5607


A Florida Christmas: 2016 Holiday Fundraiser

When: December 1 – December 3, 2016

Where: Sanford Museum 520 E 1st St.

What: Sanford Historical Society proud partner of the Sanford Museum cordially invites you to a Florida Christmas: 2016 Holiday Fundraiser. The Sale is December 1 – December 3, 2016 featuring wreaths, swags, and center pieces created and donated by local businesses and individuals. Please bring cash or check.

Admission: FREE

Info:  407-688-5198




Santa in the Seminole Town Center in Sanford

Santa in the Seminole Town Center in Sanford


When: December 1 – December 24, 2016

Where: Seminole Towne Center 200 Towne Center Circle Sanford, FL 32771

What: Sit with Santa, tell him what you want for Christmas and get your photo taken!

December 10: 10am – 8:30pm

December 11: 11am – 7pm

December 12-15: 10am – 8:30pm

December 16-17: 9am – 9pm

December 18: 10am – 7pm

December 19-23: 9am – 9pm

December 24: 8am – 6pm

Admission: Price: Cost for photos only

Info: (407) 323-1843

holiday-trunk-show-216Holiday Trunk Show with Guest Artist Melissa Menzer

When: Friday, December 2, 2016, 2-6pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am-4pm.

Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery 211 East First Street

What: Florida folk artist Melissa Menzer puts a witty spin on the holidays with her antique assemblages made from clay and rescued vintage treasures. Her dazzling elegant birds are adorned with jewelry from days gone by. Mink fur hats on red-cheeked Santas and lots of baubles and bling will put you in the holiday mood. Her acrylic paintings in vintage frames will showcase the odd characters that populate her imagination.

Admission: Free!

Info: jtfolkart.com

dangerous-theatreTheatre: The Perfect Gift (Recommended for ages 16+)

WhenDecember 2nd – 18th  Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm * Sundays @ 1pm Special / Performances:  Monday, December 5th @ 8pm Theatre Industry Night & Thursday, December 8th @ 8pm “Alive After 5”

Where: Dangerous Theatre Sanford (Previously the Princess Theatre location) 115 W. 1st St * Sanford, FL 32771

What: Dangerous Theatre announces its expansion from Denver to central Florida by taking over the Princess Theatre space in Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida. Now there will be Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, opened in 2007, and Dangerous Theatre Sanford, which will officially open in March 2017. The Sanford location will house TWO small theatre spaces that each seat roughly 50 people. Dangerous Theatre is owned by Winnie Wenglewick, who got her theatre start in Orlando in the 1990’s working for SAK Theatre and The Orlando Fringe Festival. Construction of the new venue will not start until January 2017. Wenglewick has secured permission to use the space prior to construction to preview the new location and will offer her annual holiday play The Perfect Gift in December.

The Perfect Gift
Written & Directed by Winnie Wenglewick
Featuring the talents of Winnie Wenglewick, Thomas C. Taffinder & Larry Stallings

Brief Description: Stacia hates the holidays and how they have become nothing more than a commercial excuse to find the perfect gift for everyone you know. On Christmas Eve she runs into Winter, a homeless friend she often shares lunch with. Together they reminisce about the holidays of their youth. Stacia accepts an invitation to go to Winter’s celebration under a bridge with another homeless friend. There she learns that sometimes all you need to do is listen with your heart, and maybe the holidays are not so bad after all.

Admission: Tickets $20.00 /$5.00 discount for students, seniors, military and anyone wearing a Fringe Button from any year. The ticket price includes holiday refreshments and treats.

Special Performance Prices: 12/5 $10 & 12/8 Pay-what-you-can performance. Donations collected at the end of the show.

Please note: Seating for this show will be very limited, less than 40 seats per show. It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets online or make a reservation by calling the Box Office at 407-358-6677. We only accept cash at the door. Credit/debit card purchases online only.

Christmas in the Square Sanford FLChristmas in the Square

When: December 2, 6pm-8pm

Where: Downtown Sanford – Magnolia Square Sanford, Florida 32771

What: Join the City of Sanford as we light up Historic Downtown Sanford!

Live Entertainment – Visit with Santa – Light up Sanford – Fun for the Whole Family

Admission: Free!

Info: For more information: 407.688.5120



SSCTell me a story

When: December 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m. & December 4 at 2 p.m.

Where: Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd

What: Will feature some of the most engaging and entertaining storytellers in Central Florida. This is a special holiday performance at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Admission: Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm; Friday 6 pm – 8:30 pm. Ticket prices: $10, $8 for seniors (60+) and students of other schools, and free to Seminole State College employees and currently enrolled Seminole State students. Seminole State College students must present either their current class schedule or paid registration slip for this term along with a photo ID in order to receive their complimentary ticket.

Info: For information/reservations, please call 407-708-2506. For your convenience, you may also purchase tickets online at www.seminolestate.edu/arts/


28th-annual-tour-of-homes2016 Holiday Tour of Homes

When: Saturday December 3rd, 11AM-4PM

Where: Downtown Sanford

What: Join us as we showcase Sanford’s historic charm this holiday season! Discover enchanting homes and graceful churches decorated with holiday cheer on this self-guided driving tour. Carolers and live music will fill the air as you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

The Sanford Historic Trust was formed in 1988 as a nonprofit organization which serves to evaluate, protect and preserve the architectural and historical heritage of the city through education and stewardship. The popular Holiday Tour of Homes is an annual fundraiser and showcases the city’s beautiful historic homes.

If you would like to get involved in the Sanford Historic Trust and help plan future events, please contact us at contact@sanfordhistorictrust.org.

Admission: Tickets $25 per person. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Tickets are now available at select local locations where you can purchase tickets by cash or check:

Sanford Flower Shop – 209 E. Commercial St.
Sanford Museum – 520 E. First St.
Sanford Chamber of Commerce – 400 E. First St.

Info: contact@sanfordhistorictrust.org


img_25656th Annual Hysterical Tour of Gnomes Pub Invasion

When: December 3rd, 7pm

Where: Little Fish Huge Pond 401 S Sanford Ave

What: Costume Contest and other tomfoolery. Elves, Trolls, Dwarfs, and Smurfs are invited too, we don’t discriminate!

Meet up at little Fish Huge Pond at 7pm, the following locations are included in the Pub Invasion:

Rabbitfoot Record Store Cafe

Sanford Brewing Company

Peacock Lounge

Buster’s Bistro

The West End Trading Co.

Celery City Craft

The Breezeway

Wop’s Hops

Sanford Ave. Tavern,

1st Street Lounge

Ellen’s Wine Room

Admission: FOOD DRIVE: Please bring a non-perishable food for our local food banks. There will be a drop box at every stop. (BTW, Food Banks Toss Every Item That is Passed it’s Expiration Date)

Info: (407) 221-1499

nutcracker-2The Nutcracker presented by  Ballet Fedotov and the Russian Academy of Alafaya

When: December 3rd, 2PM & 7PM

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, s 32771, 201 Magnolia Ave

What: The talented dancers from Ballet Fedotov and the Russian Academy of Ballet Alafaya present this classic holiday story of a young girl named Clara who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against the Mouse King. Spectacular dancing, beautiful costumes, and the rich, melodic score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky bring this tradition to life and bring warmth to your holidays.

 Admission: VIP & VIP Seating $28.00, House $25.00, Balcony $23.00 Click here to purchase your tickets 

Sanford FL PlanetariumSSC’s planetarium presents: The Star of Bethlehem

When: Showing December 3rd,10th & 17th

Where: Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd, Location: Planetarium (B-117)

What: A favorite seasonal presentation of planetariums around the world, the Seminole State College Planetarium-produced version of “The Star of Bethlehem” has been praised by both secular and religious audiences alike for the last decade. “The Star of Bethlehem” looks into the issue of the Christmas star from a scientific standpoint, breaking down the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, the story of the Magi, and the astronomical events that may help to explain the Star. With cutting-edge research that is both scientifically and historically accurate, “The Star of Bethlehem” deftly explores the fine line between faith and science.

Most appropriate for ages nine and up.

Admission: Adults:$6, Seniors (55 and up):$4, Students (grades K-12):$4, Non-Seminole State College Students (with ID):$4, Preschoolers and Seminole State students, faculty and staff: Free!

Info:  Michael McConville – mcconvillem@seminolestate.edu

Sanford Jazz EnsambleSanford Jazz Ensemble: Christmas Concert

When: Sunday December 4th, 3PM

Where: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, s 32771, 201 Magnolia Ave

What: The Sanford Jazz Ensemble is a volunteer community orchestra made up of a diverse group of excellent musicians, dedicated to the preservation of the Big Band Jazz Tradition. The band’s extensive repertoire covers a wide range of material from the classic swing era to the contemporary jazz styles of today.

Admission: $15, Click here to purchase your tickets today 

Info: 407.321.8111


Holiday Band Concert

When: Monday Dec.5th, 7:30PM-9:30PM

Where: Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd

What: This event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7 pm.

Admission: Free

Info: 407.708.2040


SSCHoliday Matinee Concert

When: Tuesday Dec.6th, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Where: Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd

What: This event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 1:30 pm.

Admission: Free

Info: 407.708.2040

Nikolaus in SanfordNikolaus at Magnolia Square Market and Hollerbach’s

When: Tuesday December 6th – 5-9pm

Where: Magnolia Square Market and Hollerbach’s (205 E First Street)

What: St. Nikolaus Day is celebrated every year on the 6th of December. It is the day children find out whether they have been good or bad. Kids either get a toy from St. Nikolaus or a piece of coal. St Nikolaus will first be at Magnolia Square Market for pictures and to pass out gifts to the children. From there he will make his way to Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe to join in on Jimmy and Eckhard: Live Traditional German Music‘s Holiday Program. They will be performing traditional Christmas carols in both German and English.

Admission: FREE

Info: For Reservations call the Willow Tree at (407)-321-2204 – M-F 11am-4pm

polar-expressFamily Movie Night at Sanford Library, Polar Express

When: Tuesday, December 6th – 6-7:30pm

Where: Sanford Library, 150 N Palmetto Avenue, Sanford FL

What: Family Movie Night: Bring a blanket and some snacks and come watch “The Polar Express”.
Free. No registration required.

Admission: FREE

Info: (407) 665-1620

SSCHoliday Choir Concert

When: Tuesday Dec.6th, 7:30PM-9:00PM

Where: Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd, Location: G118

What: Seminole States choirs under the direction of Dianna Campbell, will present an array of holiday music including Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” and a traditional sing-along of carols. This event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7 pm.

Admission: Free

Info: Center for Fine and Performing Arts Cultural Information Line, 407.708.2040

img_3294Wrapped for the Holidays: DIY Ribbon Crafts

When: Wednesday, December 7th – 2-3pm

Where: Sanford Library, 150 N Palmetto Avenue, Sanford FL

What: Let’s use ribbon to create holiday decorations.

Admission: FREE.

Info: For Adults. Registration required. Call: 407-665-1620




Christmas Charity Party at Otters

When: Wednesday, December 7th-6pm

Where: Otters on River 4380 Carraway Pl

What: Join us for the Giving Christmas Florida Tour Featuring Jared Blake from the Voice and Big Vinny from Trailer Choir / The Biggest Loser. We will be raffling off a autograph guitar and curies for 2 to the Bahamas!! Proceeds will be donated to 3 local charities (Pet Rescue by Judy, Veterans Rescue, and Paralyzed Veterans of America). Don’t forget your raffle tickets day of even!! Come out to help support your local charities and enjoy the Giving Christmas Tour.

Admission: FREE.

Info: (407) 636-6300

2014-12-15-12-54-10Alive After 5: Sanford’s Holiday Fest

When: Thursday Dec.8th, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Where: Downtown Sanford 1st street

What: Alive After 5 celebrates the holidays on Thursday, December 8, with it’s Holiday Fest street party beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The event will feature a Christmas Golf Cart Parade Orlando Children’s Choir performing your favorite holidays tunes. Do your holiday shopping, as well as eating, drinking, and of course, being merry.

Alive After 5 is Central Florida’s largest and longest-running street fair. Always the second Thursday of every month (No August), it features live music, local artists, food, ice cold beers, and more in the beautiful historic downtown Sanford. It is a great opportunity to showcase your business. Depending on the weather, we average 2,000-3,000 people per event, with some events averaging 4,000-7,500+.

Admission: No tickets. It’s free to enter!

Info: 407-302-2586 or info@sanfordwelcomecenter.com – Please visit The Historic Sanford Welcome Center’s website at www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com. If you’d like to participate in the cart-decorating contest for the parade or to be a vendor, please email aliveafter5sanford@gmail.com.

clydesdalesWrapped for the Holidays: DIY Ribbon Crafts

When: Wednesday, December 7th – 2-3pm

Where: Sanford Library, 150 N Palmetto Avenue, Sanford FL

What: Let’s use ribbon to create holiday decorations.

Admission: FREE.

Info: For Adults. Registration required. Call: 407-665-1620

breakfast with santaBreakfast (or Brunch) with Santa at Central Florida Zoo!

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Brunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3755 NW HWY 17-92

What: Reservations are required. Join us this holiday season and enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa at the Zoo! There will be lots of fun holiday cheer and activities for the whole family. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and enjoy up-close animal encounters.
Everyone will get to enjoy making a special animal enrichment and join the Zoo Keepers to watch as the animals receive their special holiday gifts.


Admission: $10-$27|Register for Breakfast Here…https://www.centralfloridazoo.us/product.php?cid=164|Register for Brunch Here…https://www.centralfloridazoo.us/product.php?cid=165

Info: 407.323.4450


Horstmeyer Winter Resell it day with an appearance from Santa!!

When: Saturday, December 10th – 9am-1pm

Where: Horstmeyer

What: Don’t miss the opportunity to buy & sell gently used horse equipment, apparel, tack, barn supplies, gifts & much more at yard sale prices! Santa will be making his appearance through the store at 11am!

Admission: FREE to attend.

Info: 407.322.1235

Museum of Seminole county HistoryST. LUCIA FESTIVAL

When: Dec.10th, 1pm-4pm

Where: Seminole County History Museum 300 BUSH BLVD

What: Celebrate Swedish Heritage in Seminole County with the traditional St. Lucia Festival at the Museum of Seminole County History from 1-4pm. Featuring Swedish songs and carols, a procession, and desserts! Free and open to the public.  December 10th from 1pm-4pm.

Admission: Free

Info: 407-665-2489

Sanford FL Parade of Lights DowntownSanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

When: Dec.10th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Downtown Sanford 1st street

What:Join the City of Sanford for a fun-filled family night out in Historic Downtown Sanford!

Lights, floats, Santa and lots more! Also, the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are going to be in this years Sanford’s Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade!

Admission: Free

Info: 407.688.5120


West End Bar Sanford FL

 Ho Down 2 feat. 12 Stones & more at West End Trading Co.

When: Dec.10th,7pm-1am

Where: West End Trading Co. 202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771

What: WJRR & BUDWEISER Presents…
Holiday Ho Down #2
12 Stones
American Party Machine
Mr. Bella
and more!

With your Hosts/DJs: Skratch N Sniff

Admission: $12 advance (http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1388998)
$15 DOS
+$3 at door for under 21

Info: (407) 322-7475


Santa at Celery City

When: December 17th, 3pm-7pm

Where: Celery City 114 S Palmetto Ave

What:  Hey families! Want a no hassle FREE visit with Sanford Santa? He will be on the Celery City Craft patio from 3-7pm. Bring your cameras and take your pics for FREE! Come out and enjoy food, drinks and live music! See you Saturday December 17th!!! #sanfordingFood Trucks will be in the area 5pm-8pm.

Admission: Free!

Info: (407) 915-5541



Plant Night – Make a terrarium to take home for the holiday!

When: Dec.18th, 1pm-3pm

Where: Sanford Brewing Company 400 S. Sanford Ave.

What: Come join us to make a Christmas themed terrarium to gift or as a decoration. We’ll be building this as a group, much like Paint Nite. Have a bite, enjoy a beverage, craft beer, wine, mead or handmade soda and take home a little holiday cheer.




Just follow along while our design Instructor guides you step-by-step through the featured project in about 1.5 – 2 hours. If you’re feeling creative, change the design to suit your whim. This wood terrarium will look great in any part of your home. You’ll also learn how easily and effortlessly succulent plants can take your home decor to the next level. So don’t miss out on a fun night of having a few drinks while you make something awesome for yourself or someone else.

We provide all the planting supplies: a solid container, soil, plants, rocks, decorative elements, smock, music, and a good time. So come out and have an evening of relaxation, fun and gardening! Gather your family and friends and create your very own mini garden.

*Keep in mind that some of the decorations and plants might be a bit different due to availability, but your garden will still look fabulous!!!

**Please note, food and drinks are available for purchase from the venue and NOT included in the ticket price. Outside food and drink are not allowed – NO BYOB. This events is for adults.

Admission: $45, ******USE CODE “PLANTORLANDO45” FOR 45% OFF YOUR PLANTNITE TICKETS AT CHECKOUT. Purchase your tickets today…


Info: (407) 732-6419



Big Bang Bazaar Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 17th, 2016 11am-5pm

Where: Sanford Civic Center 401 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771

What: Big Bang Bazaar will feature a curated selection of over 100 local Indie artists and crafters! Shoppers will find a wide variety of goods, all handmade by local artisans! Products such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, original art, art prints, housewares and much more will be available for purchase!

Info: For more information about this event, please visit bigbangbazaar.net website

Admission:  Admission and parking are free to all guests!

illuminated boats

Sanford’s Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade

When: Dec.17th, 6pm

Where: Downtown Sanford along Lake Monroe

Viewing locations: North side of Marina Island, St. Johns River Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Veterans Memorial Park, Wolfy’s Bar & Grill, and along the Riverwalk in Sanford from Park Ave to 17-92.

What: Sanford’s Illuminated Boat Parade and Waterfront Christmas concert is an event for the whole family. Come down to Sanford’s Riverwalk and watch or join the lighted parade of sailboats and powerboats in celebration of the holiday season. With 30 plus boats decorated for the holiday season and participating in the parade it will be a spectacular display not to be missed. Light displays, vendors and music make up an evening of holiday fun…. Viewing locations: North side of Marina Island, St. Johns River Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Veterans Memorial Park, Wolfy’s Bar & Grill, and along the Riverwalk in Sanford from Park Ave to 17-92.

Admission: Free for spectators & $25 for boaters

Info: 407.330.0633 – http://www.usailflorida.com/html/xmas_parade.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/169697840143242/


Sanford Art Walk-Holiday Extravaganza

When: Saturday December 17th, 6pm-9pm

Where: Historic Sanford Welcome Center 230 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771

What: On the third Saturday of each month, multiple venues in Sanford’s downtown historic district host the Sanford Art Walk, showcasing local talent along with opportunities to meet visiting artists. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9pm. Visit www.sanfordartwalk.com for a venue map.

The Historic Sanford Welcome Center invites you to the Sanford Art Walk, a juried art show in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, and a walking tour of the art venues located in historic downtown Sanford. The event takes place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the third Saturday of each month. The event at the Welcome Center will include live music and lots of ART!

The event will feature two awards:
“Best in Show”
This award is chosen by a panel of two or three judges prior to the event, and is awarded a $100 prize.

“People’s Choice”
This award is chosen by attendees at the event, via a secret ballot, to be awarded a $50 prize.

The juried exhibit will hang in the Welcome Center for the month following the event, until setup for the next month’s event begins. During the hanging, the artwork may be sold through the Welcome Center. A 10% commission is charged if the work is sold during the evening of the event, and a 35% commission is charged for sales during the hanging after the event.

Visit downtown Sanford for a pedestrian friendly shopping corridor enhanced by live music venues, upscale bars and award winning restaurants, all just blocks from the scenic RiverWalk promenade along the St. Johns River.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 13, 2016
This month’s Holiday Extravaganza theme is open to all interpretations. Let’s get in the Holiday Spirit with some cool artwork!

Admission: FREE.

Info: Click Here to Visit this Events Website


An Evening of Musical Memories with Ron Seggi
Some of your Favorite Christmas Songs

When: Dec.17th, 6pm

Where: Wayne Densch

What: “An Evening of Musical Memories” is two concerts in one show.  The first half of the concert is a trip down memory lane, with the music of Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Lee Greenwood, Frank Sinatra and more.

The second half of the concert is a Christmas Show, featuring the sounds of the season with the Holiday songs we all grew up with and have enjoyed for the years.
Nowhere this year will you be treated to this kind of wonderful family show.
“Two Concerts In One Show” makes for a perfect evening of musical memories.

Admission: $15/$20/$25

Info: 407-321-8111

st. andrews chapel

Christmas Concert and Gala at St. Andrew’s Chapel

When: Dec.18th, 5pm

Where: Saint Andrews Chapel 5525 Wayside Dr.

What: The annual Saint Andrew’s Christmas concert, “A North American Christmas” will feature favorite carols as well as less familiar works written and arranged by composers from North America and performed by Saint Andrew’s Chancel, Chamber, and Youth Choirs and Sinfonia. Doors open at 4:15 pm and childcare will be provided for children ages 2 and under. There is no charge for this event and no need to sign up.

The gala will follow the concert at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Please sign up below if you would like to help with refreshments by bringing a savory appetizer or homemade cookies.

Click here to sign up

Admission: Free!

Info: (407) 328-1139


Christmas Eve Service with Snow and Cookies to follow

When: Dec.24th, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

Where: Seminole Community Church

What: Christmas can be a crazy, busy season. There are cards to mail, cookies to bake, gifts to purchase and wrap, parties to attend, people to see, places to go. It’s enough to exhaust us all before the day even arrives. This year, in the midst of wrapping your gifts and holiday preparations, take the time to reflect on the meaning of the season.
Join us Christmas Eve at Seminole Community Church as we look back at that first Christmas and discover how to find peace in the middle of our chaotic pace of life.
Welcome Video
Four identical services* include: traditional Christmas carols, an original drama and candlelight recessional. After each service, enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate while it SNOWS! That’s right! SNOW in Florida…a weather phenomenon experienced every Christmas Eve at Seminole Church.
This year we are going to DOUBLE THE SNOW! We will have FOUR snow machines creating a winter wonderland in the parking lot after each service. Bring your kids and experience “Selfies in the Snow.” Merry Christmas!

Admission: Free

Info: (407) 324-0199

christmas-day-route46Route 46 Christmas Dinner

When: December 25th, 11am-3pm

Where: Route 46 Entertainment District 4316 W State Rd. 46

What: Christmas Dinner Buffet at Route 46
Sunday, 12/25/16
Seating in Monroe’s and The Saloon
Reservations Recommended

Smokehouse Open
Sunday, 12/25/16
Serving Smoked Christmas Sampler

Place To Go Orders for Turkey, Ham, Sides & Dessert by 12/21 for pick up 12/25.

Info:(407) 268-4646 or events@route-46.com