The season of gift-giving is among us, and several family-friendly activities in Lake County are capturing the holiday energy! Though the weather is getting colder, here are various spots to hit up that’ll warm your spirit!
1. Winterland Adventures, Leesburg
This indoor ice skating rink is tucked in Lake Square Mall, fully equipped with a party room and catering area for private events. They offer public skating sessions, alongside memberships for those who fall in love with gliding on the ice!
2. Mount Dora Half Marathon
If the cold weather is taking a toll on you, warm up by running a half marathon or 5K with Mount Dora Half Marathon! Conquer the rolling hills of Lake County on Saturday, December 21 to Sunday, December 22. A portion of race proceeds help support Mount Dora High School FFA & Run 4 a Cause Foundation!
3. Wine & Chocolate Festival, Clermont
Lakeridge Winery is hosting a festival filled with wine and chocolate bites from Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15. Local Chocolatiers will be providing delicious bites that pair perfectly with Lakeridge’s drinks. Enjoy live music by incredible bands, alongside a wine & cheese bar.
4. Holiday Mansion Tour, Howey-In-The-Hills
Take a historic tour of William J. Howey’s prized mansion as it’s decked out in rustic holiday decorations! Tours are generally offered Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and last an hour.
5. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, Eustis
If you’re looking for a fresh Christmas tree to bring the holiday vibes into your home, Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm is the optimal spot to visit with the family. Pay a visit on Wednesday mornings for a fair selection of trees up to 10 feet tall. Tickets are offered online as a courtesy to guests to avoid longer lines and to guarantee entry on a chosen date and time.
6. The Polar Express Train Ride – Orlando
Enjoy the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express not just by reading the book, but experiencing it firsthand. Trains depart from Fountain Park in Downtown Eustis and brings The Polar Express to life with an immersive train ride that emulates the classic book.
7. Eustis on Ice
Immersed in holiday lights and decor, this outdoor ice rink allows visitors to glide into the holiday spirit! The rink is open daily until January 5, and is welcoming to people of all ages.
8. Santa’s Twilight 5K, Clermont
Get your body moving this holiday season by embarking on a 5K run! You’ll be rewarded with a finisher medal and shirt upon finish, while serving the whole family a health-conscious activity.
9. Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Groveland
Lake Catherine Blueberry Farm is hosting Santa’s Enchanted Forest, which includes a hayride and a walking trail decorated with beautiful lights, alongside classic Christmas music and a scavenger hunt!