Every year Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Mount Dora neighborhoods with a few of their local friends. This year, Santa will tour neighborhoods on three evenings: December 4, 5 and 6.
Santa covers a lot of ground touring the city, so he relies on the help of Mount Dora's Police and Fire Departments. The sound of loud sirens fill the evening air as Santa and his festive motorcade travel throughout the city.
Mrs. Claus reports Santa loves Christmas in Mount Dora, so his 2018 tour schedule covers a lot of the city. As a result, his arrival times can be unpredictable, but his elves assured Mount Dora Buzz that it's always worth any wait that might occur.
Santa will depart the police headquarters every night at 5:30 p.m. Below is the planned tour schedule, but please note times are subject to change due to traffic and unforeseen delays.
DECEMBER 4: 5:30 – 6:00: Normandy Drive, Overlook Drive, Dogwood Mountain, Old Eustis Road 6:00 – 6:20: Downtown area, Donnelly Park 6:20 – 7:20: Hammock Oaks, Lake Center Drive, Spring Harbor 7:20 – 9:00: TJ Maxx, Walmart, Target (stopping @ Target)
DECEMBER 5 5:30 – 6:00: 1300 block of Tremain Street, Grant Avenue, Wardell Street, Pine Avenue, Grandview Street between Pine Avenue and 11th Avenue 6:00 – 6:20: Downtown area, Donnelly Park 6:20 – 7:45: Unser Street & 9th Avenue (east), Highland Street, 5th Avenue, Lake Franklin, 1st Avenue, Simpson Street (south Liberty Avenue), Cobble Hill, Dorsett Drive, Mountclair Court, Claire Morris, Rossiter Street, Camp Avenue 7:45 –9:00: Chautauqua, Johns Avenue, South Grandview Street, South Clayton Street, 3rd Avenue, Donnelly Park
DECEMBER 6 5:40: Bristol Lakes 6:00 – 6:20: Country Club of Mount Dora (Clubhouse) 6:45 – 8:00: Lancaster at Loch Leven, Loch Leven 8:00–9:00: Summerview, Veranda Apartments, Summerbrooke
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‘Tis the season for creative holiday cocktails, and downtown Mount Dora bars don’t disappoint. Anyone looking to satisfy inner holiday flavor cravings or merely wishing to escape the holiday shopping madness need to sip no further than these top downtown offerings:
CANDY CANE MARTINI
This crisp vodka martini at The Olive Branch has the right mix of cool Peppermint Schnapps and Absolute Vanilla vodka topped with a crushed candy cane rim.
CRANBERRY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
This simple, yet sophisticated, classic holiday cocktail is served up at Cody’s on 4th from breakfast, brunch or lunch. It’s a wonderful way to start the day.
Perfect for chocolate lovers, this decadent Christmas classic is available at most downtown bars in a variety of tasty variations with or without Creme de Menthe. Just ask the bartender to whip one up.
A Latin favorite served at Las Palmas, this rich rum Egg Nog cocktail is frothy and rimmed with toasted coconut. It’s delicious for after dinner or any time.
This craft cocktail at Pisces Rising is a decadent mix of Meletti Chocolate Liqueur, Redemption Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Disaronno, and a pinch a salt. Garnished with a White Chocolate Swirl in the glass.
There is nothing “bah-humbug” about this colorful cocktail. The bartenders at The Olive Branch mix Midori melon liqueur with the perfect amount of simple syrup and lemon juice.
Light and colorful, this festive holiday cocktail at Las Palmas combines bubbles and flavor by mixing melon liqueur and champagne. It’s perfect to toast the New Year or just the end of a long work day.
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