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Ongoing Events

"The Phantom of the Opera"

When: Dec. 4 through Dec. 14 at various times

Where: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando

Cost: Starting at $38.75

The Buzz: The classic film takes the stage with critics raving it's "bigger and better than ever before." This production aims to boast many new, exciting special effects, including the show's legendary chandelier, lighting designs, staging and choreography.

Tastes From Around The Globe

When: Dec. 4 through Dec. 30

Where: Epcot at Walt Disney World

Cost:Starting at $67

The Buzz:The Holidays Around the World comes to Epcot, where the World Showcase countries reflect the seasonal traditions. Guests can taste different foods from around the globe as part of the new holiday food festival.

Holidays on Ice at Rosen Centre

When:Dec. 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31 at various times

Where:Rosen Centre Hotel

Cost: $25

The Buzz: Join the Rosen Centre for a fun-filled professional ice-skating show featuring a cast of skaters coming from across the country. The 45-minute set will feature holiday music and a lights show.

Marvel Universe LIVE!

When: Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at various times

Where:Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando

Cost: $40 to $120

The Buzz: Watch as Marvel superheroes and villains come to life with special effects, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida

When:Dec. 6 through Jan. 3 at various times

Where:Universal Studios Orlando

Cost: $92, adults; $86, children ages 3 to 9

The Buzz:A world-famous parade makes its way to Universal Studios for park guests. The parade will feature some of the most popular balloons and floats from the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Orlando Ballet: "The Nutcracker"

When:Dec. 19, 20 and 21 at various times

Where: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando

Cost: $53 and up

The Buzz:This classic ballet will be performed in full and is accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

"The Book of Mormon"

When: Dec. 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 4 at various times

Where:Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando

Cost: $39 and up

The Buzz: This Tony award-winning musical is from the creators of South Park. It contains explicit content.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Bodhi Time

When:Noon to 1 p.m.

Where:Counseling and Psychological Services

Cost: Free

The Buzz:Take a break and spend some time with Bodhi, UCF's registered therapy dog.

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – "Fred Claus"

When:7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando

Cost:Free

The Buzz:Fred Claus will be shown at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Get there early to get a good seat.

Friday, Dec. 5

Tree Lighting Celebration

When:5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando

Cost:Free

The Buzz:Kick off the holiday season at the city of Orlando's annual Tree Lighting Celebration. The tree is 72 feet tall. There will be music, the Food Truck Bazaar, gift vendors and the showing of the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Hot Topic Presents: Black Veil Brides with Falling In Reverse

When: 6 p.m.

Where: House of Blues, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Orlando

Cost: $35

The Buzz: Watch Black Veil Brides perform with Falling in Reverse.

Orlando Holiday Brew Fest

When: 6 p.m. to midnight

Where: Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando

Cost:$25 to $35

The Buzz:Enjoy this walk-around beer and food tasting.

Christmas in the Square

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where:230 E. First St., Sanford

Cost:Free

The Buzz:The city of Sanford is lighting up its historic downtown with live entertainment, visits from Santa, Christmas lights, face painters and more.

SNAP! MIAMI presents: A NEW SLANT

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.mm

Where: Snap! Orlando

Price:Free

The Buzz: Snap! Miami / Snap! Orlando presents a pop-up art show with Snap! Artist Andrew Soria during Art Basel Miami Week. Also featured is work by ArtCrazy.

Hunter Hayes at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville

Cost: $25 to $104

The Buzz:Watch country singer Hunter Hayes perform. His hits include "Wanted," "I Want Crazy" and "Invisible."

Saturday, Dec. 6

WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert

When: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Eola Bandshell

Cost: Free

The Buzz: This concert features the Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a collaboration between WKMG Local 6 and The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.

Winter Wonderland 2014

When:5 p.m.

Where: Winter Springs Town Center

Cost: Free

The Buzz:The holiday parade will make its way through the town center and then a 35-foot Christmas tree will be lit. There will be entertainment from local schools and performing-arts groups. There will also be a kid's zone filled with face painting, balloon artists, Christmas tree ornament paintings, the opportunity to take photos with Santa and more.

Jerrod Niemann

When:7 p.m.

Where:Orlando House of Blues, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Orlando

Cost:$37

The Buzz: Watch country singer Jerrod Niemann perform his hits such as "Drink To That All Night," "Lover, Lover" and "Only God Could Love You More."

13th Annual Santa Stumble Bar Crawl

When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Starts at Chillers and Big Belly and continues through other bars

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

The Buzz: The Santa Stumble is one way to get into the holiday spirit. This bar crawl goes through five different bars. Check in at Chillers to receive a "Stumble Tag."

Sunday, Dec. 7

The Big Orlando

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds

Cost: General admission: $39.50; VIP: $89.50

The Buzz:Orlando music festival fans, get excited. The first annual Big Orlando festival comes to the Fairgrounds. The festival will feature acts such as Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young the Giant, Dirty Heads, J Roddy, Big Data, Bear Hands, Twin Atlantic and Islander, among others. The event is sponsored by Monster Energy and presented by X107.3.

Chevelle

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Orlando House of Blues, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Drive, Orlando

Cost: $43.50

The Buzz: Watch Chevelle perform its hits such as "The Red," "Envy," and "Jars."

Demystifying the Law School Application Process

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:Blackstone Center, 4351 Technological Ave., Suite 3, Orlando

Cost: Free

The Buzz:This information seminar provides students with an insider's perspective on the law school application process. There will be a guest speaker, Wallace M. Rudolph, J.D., who is a retired law school dean, tenured professor, Admissions Committee Member and attorney. For more information call 407-306-7800.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Study Abroad Basics

When: Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Millican Hall

Cost:Free

The Buzz: Learn about study abroad options, how to apply and how to finance a study abroad trip.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Demystifying the Law School Application Process

When:7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:Blackstone Center, 4351 Technological Ave., Suite 3, Orlando

Cost:Free

The Buzz:This information seminar provides students with an insider's perspective on the law school application process. There will be a guest speaker, Wallace M. Rudolph, J.D., who is a retired law school dean, tenured professor, Admissions Committee Member and attorney. For more information call 407-306-7800.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Science Café: Big Impact of Tiny Metal Nanoparticle

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where:Physical Sciences Building

Cost: Free

The Buzz: Dr. Shengli Zou will discuss the big impact of tiny metal nanoparticles. Appetizers and drinks will be served at 6:30 p.m. and Zou will begin his talk at 7 p.m. RSVP at www.cos.ucf.edu/cafe.

Friday, Dec. 12

Casselberry Annual Tree Lighting

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Lake Concord Park

Cost:Free

The Buzz: This special Holiday Art & Music in the Park and The Food Truck Bazaar will have food, music and a tree lighting. There will be singing by Seminole State College of Florida's Seminole Sound, singing and dancing by the Maitland Academy of Performing Arts and Ballet South. Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the city's tree at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – "Elf"

When:7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando

Cost:Free

The Buzz: Elfwill be shown at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Get there early to get a good seat.

Usher: The UR Experience

When:7:30 p.m.

Where:Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando

Cost:$35 to $150

The Buzz: Watch Grammy-winning singer Usher perform. Some of his hits include "Confessions," "Burn" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love."

Brantley Gilbert: Throwdown By the Bay

When:8 p.m.

Where: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa

Cost: $42 to $183

The Buzz:Watch country singers Brantley Gilbert, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford and Parmalee perform. Gilbert's hits include "Bottoms Up," "Kick In in the Sticks" and "My Kind of Crazy."

A Very Body//Talk Christmas

When:10 p.m to 2 a.m.

Where:The Space, 1206 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Cost:$7

The Buzz:In honor of the holiday spirit, Body//Talk is putting on a Christmas party of the weirdest variety.

Saturday, Dec. 13

2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk

When:7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: 4982 New Broad St., Orlando

Cost: $30 for participants, free for spectators

The Buzz: This festive run/walk benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

8th Annual Candy Cane 5K Run

When: 8 a.m.

Where:Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs

Cost:$30 until Dec. 6; $35 from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12; $35 day of race

The Buzz: Race through this family-friendly 5K that benefits the Boys Town of Central Florida. At the end, participants will be greeted by Santa, hot chocolate and candy canes.

Tap 'N' Run 4K

When:4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:Wall Street and Court Street, Downtown Orlando

Cost:$40 to $55

The Buzz: This 4K beer run has participants dress in costumes and they are dispensed three 5-ounce samples of beer throughout the race. At the end, runners will received a full beer.

Sanford's Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 230 E. First St., Sanford

Cost: Free

The Buzz: Santa is visiting Sanford in this parade of a thousand lights on illuminated floats.

Usher: The UR Experience

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where:American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $53 to $175

The Buzz:Watch Grammy-winning singer Usher perform. Some of his hits include "Confessions," "Burn" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love."

UCF Men's Basketball vs. FAU

When:8 p.m.

Where:CFE Arena

Cost: Free with student ID

The Buzz:Watch as the Knights take on the FAU Owls.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Live Debut of The Christmas Attic

When:3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where:Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando

Cost:$30 to $69.50

The Buzz:The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing its rock opera for the first time on its Winter Tour 2014.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sterling's Acoustic Club Two-Year Anniversary

When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where:Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., Orlando

Cost: $5

The Buzz:Enjoy a full night of acoustic music from talented singer-songwriters.

Friday, Dec. 19

The Ho Ho Ho Holiday Show

Where:The Beacham

When: 6 p.m.

Cost:$25 to $45

The Buzz: Ring in the holidays with a concert show presented by 101.9 AMP Radio and Foundation, headlined by Tinashe and with performances from Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha and Bea Miller.

Foundation Presents: There For Tomorrow

Where:The Social

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 to $17

The Buzz:Formed in 2003, the band combines alternative rock/post-hardcore music with adrenaline-filled lyrics. Announced in November, the Orlando natives There For Tomorrow will play their last two shows ever as a band.

Chris Brown at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

When:8 p.m.

Where:Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville

Cost:$50 to $164

The Buzz: Watch singer Chris Brown perform. Brown's hits include "Loyal," "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Forever."

Saturday, Dec. 20

The Russian Academy of Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

When:7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Where:Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford

Cost:$21 to $28

The Buzz: Ballet Fedotov and the Russian Academy of Ballet Alafaya present the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.

Foundation Presents: There For Tomorrow

Where: The Social

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 to $17

The Buzz:Formed in 2003, the band combines alternative rock/post-hardcore music with adrenaline-filled lyrics.

Monday, Dec. 22

UCF Men's Basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana

When: 7 p.m.

Where: CFE Arena

Cost:Free with student ID

The Buzz: Watch as the Knights take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Friday, Dec. 26

Holiday Movie at Lake Eola Park – "A Christmas Story"

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando

Cost: Free

The Buzz: A Christmas Story will be shown at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park. Get there early to get a good seat.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Florida Citrus Parade

When: 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Downtown Orlando on Orange and Rosalind Avenues

Cost:Free for curbside seating, $43 for grandstand seating

The Buzz:There will be signature floats made of citrus fruit, along with high-school marching bands, participating bowl-game college marching bands and other performances.

New Year's Eve

UCF Men's Basketball vs. Tulsa

When:Noon

Where: CFE Arena

Cost: Free with student ID

The Buzz: Watch as the Knights take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

New Year's Day

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

When: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where:Orlando Citrus Bowl, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando

Cost: $45 and up

The Buzz: This game will feature the Big Ten and SEC following assignments to the bowls.

Friday, Jan. 2

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets

When:7 p.m.

Where:Amway Center

Fee: Starting at $29.30

The Buzz: The Orlando Magic will go clash with the New York Brooklyn Nets.

Sunday, Jan. 4

Howie Mandel

When:7 p.m.

Where:Hard Rock Live Orlando, 6500 Universal Blvd., Orlando

Cost: $40 to $55

The Buzz: Watch Howie Mandel's stand-up comedy. This show contains mature content.

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