Orlando City'€™s Kingston and UCF'€™s Knightro stop by to help at the Orange County Toy Drive Warehouse.

Orlando City’s Kingston and UCF’s Knightro stop by to help at the Orange County Toy Drive Warehouse.


Season’s Greetings!

December has arrived on the heels of what I hope was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday for everyone. It is hard to believe 2022 is almost behind us, as it was a year filled with many civic accomplishments but also its share of challenges. In particular, two late-season hurricanes caused misfortune for many local residents, so as we remember the things we are grateful for this holiday season, it is important to remember and be generous to those who have been less fortunate.

With that in mind, the Orange County Mayor’s Annual Toy Drive is celebrating 12 years of giving back to the community, and I am incredibly encouraged with your early response to this year’s initiative. The Toy Drive helps provide children and families in the County with much needed extra support to help make their holidays happy and bright. There is still time for you to help either with an online donation until Tuesday, December 6, or by dropping off toys in-person until Monday, December 12. Learn more at 2022 Toy Drive.

Our community calendar is filled with celebrations this month, with events such as the City of Orlando Tree Lighting (Dec. 2), Winter Park Christmas Parade (Dec. 3), Winter Garden Christmas Parade (Dec. 3), Holiday Pops at the Apopka Amphitheater (Dec. 10), and Chanukah Grand Community Festival (Dec. 18). Read below for more details.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and may 2023 bring us all joy and good fortune.


Jerry L. Demings - Orange County Mayor


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City of Orlando Tree Lighting

December 2, 2022

The City of Orlando invites residents and visitors to ring in the holiday season and help countdown to the lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree at Lake Eola Park’s Washington Plaza.

Winter Park Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 70th annual Winter Park Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade. The event, held each December for more than 65 years, is the oldest continuous holiday parade in Central Florida.

Winter Garden Christmas Parade

December 3, 2022

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head to your favorite spot for this annual holiday event. This Winter Garden holiday tradition will delight spectators and bring in holiday cheer! Don't forget to look for the Big Guy himself at the end of the parade!

Free Movie in the Park: Sing 2

December 9 and 10, 2022

Bring out your blankets and snacks for this month’s Free Movie in the Park! Shows will be located at Meadow Woods Community Park on December 9 and at Magnolia Park on December 10.

Holiday Pops at the Apopka Amphitheater

December 10, 2022

Join the Orlando Philharmonic at the Annual Holiday Pops concert at The Apopka Amphitheater. Enjoy the sounds of the season with familiar favorites to delight the entire family. This event is free and open to the general public.

Chanukah Grand Community Festival

December 18, 2022

Join Chabad of South Orlando for its Chanukah Festival on the first night of Chanukah. The community event will feature live music, a bmx stunt show, holiday crafts and the menorah lighting.


The Orange County Mayor’s Holiday Toy Drive is celebrating 12 years of giving back to the community. With families recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Ian, this year’s toy drive is more important than ever. Help make the holiday season merry and bright for those in need by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy in person or by shopping virtually in our online store. All donations benefit Orange County youth and family agencies.

Online Donation Deadline: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

In-Person Donation Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2022


2022 Oath of Office Ceremony - Tuesday December 6 2022 - 9 a.m. - Orange County Convention Center

The 2022 Oath of Office Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 9 a.m. to swear in Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings; Commissioner Christine Moore, District Two; Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, District Four; and Commissioner-elect Michael “Mike” Scott, District Six.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Orange TV and on the Orange County social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

What: 2022 Oath of Office Ceremony

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 9 a.m.

Where: Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse Room N320


Facebook: Did you know Orange County’s recycling carts are made locally? Watch how they come to life from the factory floor to your driveway.

Twitter: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs featured the work of Chris Robb’s GRIDS series through the Arts in the Chamber program.

Instagram: The Orange County Board of Commissioners surprised students from across the county with the opportunity to experience the Broadway hit, Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!

Check out these social media highlights, connect with Orange County Government and follow Mayor Demings on Facebook and Twitter.
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