Admin - Winter Park Christmas Parade

12/06/2014 9:00 am
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Christmas Parade
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the annual Winter Park "Ye Olde Hometown" Christmas Parade.  The event has been held on the first Saturday in December for more than 60 years, making it the longest-running holiday parade in Central Florida. 

Each year the parade travels down Park Avenue, starting at Cole Avenue and proceeding south to Comstock Avenue.  More than 100 units participate including marching bands, local police and fire departments, scouting groups, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus. 

When & Where
62nd annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00 a.m.

Park Avenue, downtown Winter Park, Florida

Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from 7:00-10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.  Proceeds benefit Winter Park area elementary schools. Learn more about the Pancake Breakfast here.

Please note, public restrooms are available at Winter Park Welcome Center and Shoppes on Park (near Paris Bistro), in addition to near Central Park Stage.

Letters to Santa
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Public Library and Winter Park/Maitland Observer will be sponsoring the Letters to Santa Contest again this year.This competition is open to children 13 years of age and younger with residence in the Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Baldwin Park or Goldenrod area. 

Contestants will be asked to write a letter to Santa explaining how they plan to spread holiday cheer this season beginning with “The gift I most want to give is…” 

Contest entries are to be no longer than 300 words and are due by November 28, 2014. Entries should be submitted along with the author’s name, age, phone number and mailing address by email to editor@observernewspapers.com, or physical mail, Letters to Santa c/o Winter Park-Maitland Observer, 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835.

This year’s winning letter will be published in the Winter Park/Maitland Observer and the recognized winner will ride in the Christmas Parade (Dec. 6). Four tickets to the 16th Annual Winter Park Pancake Breakfast (Dec. 6) and four tickets to the Winter in the Park ice skating rink (valid through Jan. 11, 2015) will also be included. Winners will also receive a holiday book and movie package from the Winter Park Public Library.

 

Deadline for parade entries is Friday, October 10, 2014. Please note, due to the logistics of our parade, we do not accept applications from political organizations or candidates. We also ask that no political collateral, messaging or signage be present in the parade.

 

For additional information, sponsorship and other inquiries, contact Ashley Ringler at 407-644-8281 or aringler@winterpark.org