The weather is just starting to cool off in Florida, but that doesn't mean you can't get into the holiday spirit. There are quite a few wonderful local events happening near you starting this weekend. So get your holiday cheer on and check out the list below of the top 10 happenings in Longwood, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs and surrounding areas.


1. Breakfast with Santa at the Central Florida Zoo | December 12th

Here's your chance to have breakfast with Santa at the Central Florida Zoo. There will be a breakfast and a brunch session with Santa at the Zoo. Enjoy lots of fun and holiday cheer for the whole family. Experience close up animal encounters with the Zoo Keepers and watch the animals receive their special holiday gifts. Reservations are required so make sure you book yours in advance by clicking here.

Location: Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 Sanford, FL

2. Light Up UCF | Now through January 3rd

Back by popular demand for its eighth season, Light Up UCF has something for everyone. This year there is an 8,000 square foot ice skating rink, rides and other holiday attractions. Plus, like last year, it will be SNOWING every evening. Ride the Ferris Wheel, slide down the Artic Glide Ice Slide and more! There will be several free events including the Holiday Film Festival show on a giant two-story screen and a Holiday Light Show. Tickets are available at the CFE Arena box office and online.

3. Snowfest at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den | Saturday, December 19th

Get your Florida fill of Ice Skating, Snow Slides, REAL Snow, Bounce Houses, Train Rides and more! The RDV Sportsplex will be having its annual winter SNOWFEST on December 19th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. There are great activities for the whole family and discounts for group rates. Click here for more info.

Location: RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810

4. Wekiva Boat Parade at Wekiva Island | December 19th

Celebrate Christmas the Florida way with a holiday Boat Parade at Wekiva Island. You can sit back and watch or enter the boat parade. There is a grand price and runner up prizes for participants. Motor Boats, Canoes, Kayaks and Paddleboards are welcome to enter for a $25 fee. You can also hang out and just enjoy the show but bringing a chair is recommended as this event that is gaining a lot of excitement. Follow the facebook event page here for more details.

Location: 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longowood, FL 32779

5. Sanford's Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade | December 12th

Get in the holiday spirit with a Parade! Join the City of Sanford for a fun-filled night in Historic Downtown Sanford. This is a free event and perfect for the whole family. There will be lots of lights, parade floats, Santa and more! This event will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You can view more details on the event calendar by clicking here.

Location: Downtown Sanford, Sanford, Florida 32771

6. Holiday Movie in Longwood | December 11th

Who doesn't love a good holiday movie? Gather up the family and come out to the Longwood Community Building and cozy up to watch Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." The movie will be shown on a giant projection screen this Friday at 7:00 pm. This is a free event with refreshments available for purchase. For more information visit the events Facebook page by clicking here.

Location: Longwood Community Building, 200 West Warren Avenue, Longwood, Florida 32750

7. Reindeer Run (or Walk) | December 12th

Get moving this month with a Holiday fun run (or walk). On December 12th you can join the Reindeer Run, Presented by Florida Hospital Children. Run or walk this fun route though SeaWorld with the sounds of holiday bells and winter decor. You can register and get more information by clicking here.

Location: SeaWorld, 7007 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

8. Sweetwater Wekiva Farmers Market | December 13th

Shop small and support small businesses this holiday season at your local community market. The Sweetwater Wekiva Farmers Market will be open from 9am to 2pm Sunday. They have a wonderful selection of handmade soaps, local honey, cupcakes and more! Check out photos and more details on their facebook page by clicking here.

Location: 1000 Wekiva Springs Road, Longwood FL

9. Baby DJ Toy Drop | Now though December 22nd

Help fill the boxes for Baby DJ and XL 1067. Bring your new unwrapped toys, gift cards and items for all ages including teen boys and girls. You can drop them off at our own RE/MAX Central Realty office or contact one of our team members to come pick up the gifts from you. Follow this event on the Todd Schroth Real Estate Team Facebook page by clicking here.

Location: RE/MAX Central Realty, 160 N Westmonte Drive, Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. M-F, from 9-5.

10. Santa and Mrs. Claus Lake Mary Neighborhood Parade | December 12th

Don't miss your chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus riding though the neighborhood. This has become an annual event in Lake Mary. Santa's tour will be riding though many neighborhoods waving, passing out candy and making stops along the way. The tour will begin at 8:30 am and continue until 5:00 pm. You can view the whole neighborhood parade route on the City of Lake Mary website by clicking here.