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Holiday Events in Mount Dora

All You Need to Know About the Holidays in Mount Dora 2023

All You Need to Know About the Holidays in Mount Dora 2023

The holiday season in Mount Dora is unlike any other, filled with a variety of events that capture the spirit and joy of this special time of year. From the twinkling lights of the downtown area to festive parades and markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some of the must-attend holiday events in Mount Dora that will make your season merry and bright.

Light Up Mount Dora

One of the most anticipated events of the year, Light Up Mount Dora sets the holiday mood with its grand lighting ceremony at Elizabeth Evans Park. Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the park and downtown area, creating a magical atmosphere that lasts through January. The event also features live music, food vendors, and activities for kids.

Mount Dora Christmas Parade

Nothing says “holiday spirit” quite like a Christmas parade, and Mount Dora’s annual event is a local favorite. Floats adorned with festive decorations, marching bands playing holiday tunes, and a special appearance by Santa Claus himself make this parade a must-see. The route winds through the heart of downtown, offering plenty of spots to catch the action.

Mount Dora Holiday Boat Parade

For a unique Floridian twist on holiday celebrations, don’t miss the Mount Dora Holiday Boat Parade. Local boat owners deck out their vessels with lights and decorations, then sail across Lake Dora in a dazzling display. The best viewing spots are along the lakefront and at the lighthouse.

Christmas in the Park with Snow

Yes, you read that right—snow in Florida! This special event transforms Donnelly Park into a winter wonderland, complete with a snow play area for kids. Enjoy hot cocoa, live performances, and the chance to build a snowman, right here in Mount Dora.

Mount Dora Village Market: Holiday Edition

The Mount Dora Village Market gets a holiday makeover, offering seasonal treats, artisanal gifts, and festive decorations. It’s the perfect place to find unique holiday gifts while supporting local vendors.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in the New Year with style at Mount Dora’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The event features live music, food trucks, and a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Dora as the clock strikes midnight.


Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, Mount Dora offers a plethora of events to make your holiday season unforgettable. From the magical lights of Light Up Mount Dora to the festive fun of the Christmas parade and markets, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate in this charming town.

So put on your holiday sweater, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and come experience the magic of the holiday season in Mount Dora!

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Special Holiday Events

Although the holidays are the busiest season of the year, it’s a great time to create traditions and make memories.  We are so fortunate to have a lively community with so many opportunities to do just that.  Grab your calendar and take a look at the list below.  

community christmas events

Festivals on the Farm

So Christmas in Florida isn’t exactly magical, but we do have other perks.  One of which is the perfect winter temperatures for outdoor festivals.  Get out and enjoy the fresh air this season!

Christmas Lights Installation

Who doesn’t love a beautifully lit home this time of the year?  Although decorating outdoors can be fun, it can also be a bit stressful if you’re not one for heights or are a bit short on time.   To solve this problem, we have scoured the internet for the most highly recommended service provider who offer this service!  **Please note that we have not personally used these services and are not held liable.

Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

Lightshow Displays

One of my favorite memories made each Christmas is driving around with hot chocolate looking at Christmas lights.  We have some amazing displays around town.  Use this list as a guide to find the area’s best displays.

The HoLedet Show

15635 Turkey Farm Rd. Minneola
More Info Here

Lake Christmas Lights

Lake Christmas Lights Facebook Group is a community of locals who share neighborhoods and homes with great light displays!
Join the Group Here

Collier Family Lightshow

13201 Grand Terrace Dr.
Grand Island, FL 32735
Details Here

Tour of Homes Around Town

Although we don’t guarantee these homes are lit up, they have put on a good show in recent years.  

Link to Map and Directions
Arundel Way, Sorrento
Shetland Trail, Sorrento
Wolfbranch Lane, Sorrento
Tangerine Reserve Ct. Mount Dora
Mount Dora Marina
13201 Grand Terrace Dr, Grand Island
Downtown Eustis
Lake Pointe Mobile Home Park
Lake Idamere Blvd., Tavares

Volunteer opportunities

Misfit Spay and Neuter Clinic

Purchase items needed by the clinic. Here’s their Amazon Wishlist

Purchase candles for gifts and support pets in need.  More Information Here

Lake Cares Food Pantry
More Info Here
2001 W Old US Hwy 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Reach out for information about donations and volunteer opportunities.
ERA Grizzard Toys for Tots

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