Disney's Festival of the Masters (disneyworld.com/artfestival; 407-824-4321; 1780 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, 32830) is one of the most prestigious art shows in the Southeast and, going into its 33rd year, its staying power is clear. In order to be invited, artists must have earned a first place in a juried show in the previous three years. Scheduled in early November, the event attracts up to 200 exhibitors to Downtown Disney West Side. It showcases fine arts such as painting, sculpture and photography, but you don't have to be a refined art lover to enjoy the fun. It also offers live music and performances by Cirque du Soleil players, a 6,000-square-foot sidewalk canvas for chalk artists, a folk art display at the House of Blues and, for the kids, a learn-to-draw-a-Disney-character class and special dance parties. Admission is free.
The PGA Tour has grown quite fond of Central Florida and the annual Children's Miracle Network Classic (www.childrensmiraclenetworkclassic.com; 407-938-4653; on Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830) is one of the headline events. Tentatively scheduled for Nov. 6-9, the tournament is played at Disney's Palm and Magnolia courses. The four competitive rounds are televised by the Golf Channel. The tournament's purse is $4.6 million. Tickets range from $10 for practice rounds to $30 per day live play. There's also a $50 ticket for all seven days. Parking is $10 per day.
Dads and lads get a chance to bond while honing their golf skills at the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge (www.delwebfatherson.com; 407-787-4653; 1400 Masters Blvd., ChampionsGate, 33896), which is held annually in late November-early December at ChampionsGate Golf Resort. The first two days of the event are a pro-am tourney with the father/son competition following. In 2007, Larry Nelson and his son Josh beat Bob and Kevin Tway. Other regulars include Tom and David Kite, Hale and Steve Irwin and Lee and Daniel Trevino. NBC broadcasts the final rounds of the event. Tickets are $20 per day or $50 for a four-day pass. Parking is $5 per day.
For our money, Holidays Around the World at Epcot (www.disneyworld.com; 407-824-4321; 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, 32830), sometimes called the Candlelight Processional, is Orlando's most inspiring celebration of the season. The show, staged nightly from late November through December, uses an orchestra, 400-member choir, and celebrities to tell the story of Christmas. Edward James Olmos, Gary Sinese and Rita Moreno are among the perennials in a cast that includes some 15 stars. There are three, 40-minute shows nightly. The event, now in its 38th year, is included in Epcot's regular admission, $71 for adults and $60 for children 3-9.