Christmas Day!

 

Many Canadians have a day off work on December 25 and many spend the day with close relatives or friends. It is customary to exchange gifts, enjoy a special festive meal and, perhaps, attend a special church service.

In some Canadian families and in the United States, a mythical figure called Santa Claus brings gifts. He travels on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, enters homes via the chimney and leaves presents and candy in Christmas stockings or in a pile under the Christmas tree. In other families, individual members exchange carefully selected gifts. Popular gifts are toys, games and candy for children and clothes, music, alcohol and practical or luxury items for adults. Canadians may open their presents on Christmas Eve after a special church service or during the morning or after lunch on Christmas Day.

The original meaning of Christmas is a special church service, or mass, to celebrate the birth of Christ. The story of the Nativity, or the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, are particularly important in religious celebrations of Christmas. However, many traditions that are around today have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and tree, symbolizing everlasting light and life.

 

Date :
December 25, 2019

Sip, Shop, Stroll

  Experience the charm of Park Avenue on this uniquely Winter Park wine walk. Spend the evening visiting your favorite Park Avenue area shops and restaurants. Discover new merchants, check out the latest fashions, gift ideas and seasonal menu items and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres along the way. Our
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21st Annual Pancake Breakfast

  Before and during the parade, Leadership Winter Park hosts its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from 7:00-10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $5 and include pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, juice and fabulous toppings! Event proceeds benefit adult and youth leadership development programs. In addition, a portion of proceeds will benefit A
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Explore Winter Park Florida

Winter Park is located near one of America's most explored places yet its culture and beauty are often missed by busy travelers. Winter Park is nestled among the Winter Park chain of lakes. These lakes are popular for boating, fishing, kayaking, and water sports. Winter Park is a city of culture and heritage, renowned for several of its annual festivals. This year round destination is a treasure trove of history, culture, fine dining, shopping and natural beauty. Its attractions feature three fine art museums, a historical museum, the winter park scenic boat tour, the Park Avenue, Hannibal Time Square and Shopping Districts.

Winter Park features nine sites on the National Register of Historic Places including Knowles Memorial Chapel, Central Park, The Farmer's Market, and Hannibal Square. If you have never been to Winter Park or you are a returning visitor and would like to find out about places to stay, stores to shop at and things to do, visit our Business Directory.