Christmas Tree Retirement Celebration

October 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Central Park, Park Avenue
W Park Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Ally Stricker

For nearly three decades, Winter Park residents and visitors have celebrated the annual tree lighting ceremony beneath the warm glow of our stately, 30-foot, southern red cedar tree in Central Park.


After 29 years of dedicated service, the  time has come to celebrate the retirement of our aging cedar, which former WFTV anchor Bob Opsahl donated to Winter Park in the late eighties. 2017 marks the start of a new tradition, where a new animated, digital tree will fill the southern half of Central Park with festive holiday music and dancing lights, offering a new glow for all to enjoy during the holiday nights.


Before the tree’s official retirement, the City of Winter Park and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce would like to honor our cherished landmark with a ceremonious farewell it deserves. So please join us at noon on Saturday, October 21, in Central Park to be part of a proper goodbye to our beloved holiday tree. Light refreshments will be served and a few memories will be shared, including those from Opsahl, who has been part of the lighting ceremony since 1988.

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