Next Holiday Festival is to be on Friday, December 5, 2014
Snowstorm to Hit Islamorada on December 5
The Islamorada Chamber of Commerce is guaranteeing snow for the 10th Annual Holiday Festival, set for December 5, from 4–10 p.m., at Founders Park.
"Gather up the kids and come out to the park for this community holiday event," Chamber of Commerce President Kara Lundgren said. "It's going to be lots of fun."
Throughout the evening, Islamorada's 35-foot high official holiday tree will be blowing magical snow through its branches. Meanwhile, the wildly popular Holiday Festival Snow Mountain will be bigger than ever, with 30 tons of the cold white stuff that is sure to delight mitten-clad children and some of their more playful parents too.
Snow is far from the only thing promised at Holiday Festival. At 7 p.m., the Holiday Parade will kick off, this year boasting the theme, "Holiday Movies." Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau will lead the parade as grand marshal. He'll be followed by floats, antique cars, the Coral Shores Marching Band and finally, Santa himself.
The festival also offers the unique Holiday Gift Bazaar, perfect for getting the shopping season started right. A popular feature of the bazaar is the silent auction of hand crafted ornaments. In preparation, 50 local artists are already creating original holiday treasures starting from a blank ceramic mold. The finished pieces will be on display throughout the evening. The silent auction is scheduled to end at 9 p.m. The bazaar also features jewelry, crafts and a bake sale.
Returning to the Holiday Festival for a second go-round this year is Santa's Sweet Shoppe, featuring a delectable selection of gourmet desserts and coffee. A wide variety of more savory food will also be on offer at the festival.
While you're eating, don't forget to turn your attention to the Founders Park stage, where entertainment will be on going throughout the evening. Local dancers will perform excerpts from "The Nutcracker." In the Santa Paws competition, dogs will duke it out for the best holiday outfit. Children under eight will get their turn on stage in the Mister Gingerbread Man and Miss Sugarplum Fairy contest. Participants, dressed in their holiday finest, will be called on stage to make a wish to Mrs. Claus. Each child will receive a gift. In addition, one lucky boy will be crowned Mister Gingerbread Man while one lucky girl will be crowned Miss Sugarplum Fairy.
The Chamber of Commerce is seeking more entrants for the parade. For information, or if you would like to volunteer at Holiday Festival, call 305-664-4503 or stop by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at the entrance to Founders Park, mile marker 87, bayside.