Winter Springs holds annual holiday parade

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Winter Springs holds annual holiday parade

Santa waves to parade spectators on the street.

Santa waves to parade spectators on the street.

Photo by Sara-James Ranta

Santa waves to parade spectators on the street.

Photo by Sara-James Ranta

Photo by Sara-James Ranta

Santa waves to parade spectators on the street.

Sara-James Ranta, Layout/Design Manager

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This story was originally published in the third issue of The Bear Truth (December 16, 2019).

On Saturday, December 7, the city of Winter Springs showcased it’s annual holiday parade and tree lighting. This is one of the city’s longest running traditions with it being the 38th year for holding a parade and 15th year for a tree lighting ceremony. The event is held in the Winter Springs Towne Center and starts with the parade at 4:30 p.m. and goes through till 9 p.m. 

There’s plenty of activities to enjoy, such as taking advantage of all of the local restaurants and businesses located in the Towne Center. Sponsors for the event included Remax Town & Country, News 6, Look Local Magazine, Palm Tree Tech Center, and Budget Tree Service. In addition, tents are set up along the main, closed street which features all companies who participated in the “Winter Wonderland,” entertainment by the local youth, and even a chance to meet Santa! 

Themed parade floats and performers included old cars, a nativity scene, Indian Trails Middle School’s JRTOC and cheerleaders, Budget Tree trucks, Winter Springs High School’s state champion cross country team, their Band of Gold, and their ASL group, Action Church, and Integrity Dance Center. The parade ended with Santa, although instead of being escorted by his trusty reindeer, he was waving to all of the observers from the backseat of a local fire truck. 

This was a prominent opportunity to be involved with the community as the true, kindhearted nature of our city really emerged. Local newscasters from News 6 were also present to celebrate the tree lighting such as News 6’s Erik Von Ancken. As the candy is thrown off the floats and the lights around the christmas tree illuminate, this celebratory event marks the beginning of the holiday season for our delighted citizens.