A fun outdoor music festival for you and your furry friend(s), the annual illuminated Christmas Parade and a “last minute” music festival – or would you rather learn about Sanford’s history at the annual Swedish Festival? Part of the weekend fun is also a closer look at the stars and a classic holiday play. And did I mention the annual breakfast with you know who? As every weekend, lots to choose from in Sanford, fun for young and old and for every budget! Don’t miss the fun and enjoy the weekend of December 12 through 14.

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planetarium sanfordThe Star of Bethlehem

When: Dec 12 & Dec 13 – Time 7-8pm and 8:30-9:30pm

Where: Seminole State College of Florida ©, Planetarium (B-117), 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

What: A favorite seasonal presentation of planetariums around the world, the Seminole State College Planetarium-produced version of “Star of Bethlehem” has been praised by both secular and religious audiences alike for the last decade. “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.

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!

More Info: Most appropriate for ages nine and up. Contact Michael McConville – 407.708.2421

A Christmas Carol

When: Dec 12, 13, 14 – Friday/Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 2pm

Where: THE PRINCESS THEATER, 115 W 1st St., Sanford, FL

What: A Christmas Carol, Presented by Spotlight Theatre of Central Florida: On Christmas Eve, four ghosts teach Scrooge, an elderly miser, that love and friendship are much more important than amassing a fortune. The first ghost is that of Marley, his former business partner, who warns him about the suffering awaiting him if he does not change. The three other ghosts reveal to Scrooge scenes from his past, present and future. After witnessing these scenes, Scrooge is a changed man.

Admission: Adult $15/Student $10

Group Rate $1 off per ticket for groups of 20 or more

More Info: To purchase tickets please call 407-542-4526, visit http://www.spotlightcfl.org/tickets.html, or email info@Spotlightcfl.org


Jeanine Taylor Folk ArtHoliday Trunk Show

When: Sat Dec 13, 10am-1pm

Where: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art, 211 E 1st St, Sanford, FL, United States

What: Join us for this annual kick-off to the holiday season. The gallery will be transformed into an enchanted seasonal wonderland, brimming with holiday decor, ornaments, edibles, and fresh art to delight your spirit. Shoppers look forward look forward to the Saturday Trunk Shows from favorite artists.

Give your tastebuds a treat and meet Wendy Read of Sunchowder Emporia, maker of award winning preserves, pickles, and seasonal spreads. Wendy will share recipe ideas and samples of her favorite holiday food items.

Admission: Free

More infohttp://www.jtfolkart.com/schedule-of-events/

Breakfast with SantaSanford Zoo FlBreakfast (or Brunch) with Santa

When: December 13 – 9-10:30am (Breakfast) and 11am-12:30pm (Brunch)

Where: Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3755 U.S. 17, Sanford, FL 32771

What: 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:  Zoo Pass Holders: $22.00 adults, $17.00 children (3-12 years), $10 per 2 year old Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family.

Non-Pass Holders: $27.00 adults, $22.00 children (3-12 years), $12 per 2 year old Children under 2 are free, but must be registered to attend. Limit two free children per family. Admission to the Zoo is included for non-pass holders.

More Info: Registration will be available online at www.centralfloridazoo.org beginning September 1 or contact 407.323.4450 ext. 123 or education@centralfloridazoo.org for more information.

Pet a Palooza in Sanford FL

Picture taken from Sunny 105.9 Web Site

Picture taken from Sunny 105.9 Web Site

Fourth Annual Pet-A-Palooza

When: Saturday, Dec 13 – 11am-5pm

Where: Seminole State College – Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773

What: Bring your furry friend to Seminole State College in Sanford on December 13th for Pet-a-Palooza Driven by Mastro Subaru of Orlando! You can enjoy a full day of live music and outdoor fun with your pet! Special activities include a free pet photo with Santa Claus courtesy of MetroPCS, the Banfield Take Me Home Zone, Pawfection agility course and more! Plus live music all day starring American Authors, X Factor champs Alex & Sierra and star of ABC’s hit show Nashville Jonathan Jackson + Enation.

Admission: $10/person, kids (ages 3-11) $5

More info: http://1059sunnyfm.cbslocal.com/category/pet-a-palooza/

27th Annual St. Lucia Swedish Christmas Festival

When: Saturday, December 13, 1-4 pm

Where: Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Bush Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

What: : Swedish food, booths, music, entertainment and exhibit on Sanford’s Swedish descendants. Dessert served and meals available at the SweDISH Food truck.

Admission: Donations requested at the door.

More Info: Phone: (407) 665-2489

Procrastipalooza Music Festival Sanford FLProcrastipalooza!

When: Saturday, Dec 13 – 1-5pm

Where: 325 Rand Yard Rd, Sanford, FL 32771

What: A Last Minute Music Festival featuring Tiger Rider, Clownfish and more.

Admission: $5 donation includes all you can eat food. All proceeds go to the Picnic Project

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/734443639982704/

Sanford FL Christmas Parade on First Street

Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

When: December 13, 2014 – 6-8pm

Where: First Street, Downtown Sanford

What: Santa visits Historic Sanford again in a parade of a thousand lights.

Admission: Free

More Info: Contact (407) 688-5120 for more information.