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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
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Spotlight: Lake Nona Holiday Fest, Orlando Ballet, and Winter Park Boat Parade


Lake Nona Town Center, home of autonomous vehicles and an outdoor food hall will transform into a true winter wonderland with one of Central Florida’s only outdoor, open-air skating rinks surrounded by Christmas trees, twinkly lights, snow flurries, a mailbox for letters to Santa, hot cocoa and dipped waffles, strolling carolers, and more during “Oh What Fun,” tonight until 10, Saturday 11 to 10 and Sunday 11 to 9. Orlando Ballet presents the beloved Holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, not the Balanchine version FYI. Ahem. As the lights dim and the music soars, let the magical world of Clara’s dreams take you on a journey through sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing sweets! Will the Nutcracker triumph over the mischievous Mouse …
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“The Nutcracker” image courtesy of Orlando Ballet
Spotlight

Spotlight: Orlando Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”


The Orlando Ballet’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” is an annual holiday tradition for the organization. And the tradition is expanding, says the ballet, to reflect both growing ticket sales and the diverse makeup of the Central Florida community.
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Image: Shakespeare in Love, Orlando Shakes FB Page.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Film Fest, Shakespeare, Ballet, Folk Fest and Sample Dishes from Food Trucks


A festival devoted to short films screening 80 shorts over four days is coming your way this weekend called the Love your shorts festival at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Go to loveyourshorts.com. Young William Shakespeare’s life is changed after meeting a woman who inspires him to write one of his greatest plays in the stage adaptation of the film “Shakespeare in Love” playing all weekend at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Go to orlandoshakes.org. And speaking of Shakespeare, Orlando Ballet is doing “Romeo and Juliet” set to Prokofiev’s rich score all weekend. For details google Orlando Ballet. Indie Folk Fest is back this year with live music, crafts, art and food Saturday noon to 5 at Mennello …
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Image: Leslie Carrara-Rudolph with Abby Cadabby, wikipedia.org
Spotlight

Ballet, Wine, Puppets and Art Fest


A ballet program with choreography by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharpe all set to music by Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Sinatra is coming up Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 from Orlando Ballet. For tickets go to orlandoballet.org. Enjoy a day full of wine tasting and seafood sampling at the Wine and Seafood Festival at Lakeridge Winery all day Saturday and Sunday. For info go to lakeridgewinery.com. World Puppetry Day is Sunday and it’s being celebrated locally in Maitland! Experience a day of hand-on family activities, performances and special guest Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, best known for performing Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street. The puppetry funnetry takes place Sunday at 11am at Lake Lily Park. Didn’t get your …
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