Snowstorm to Hit Islamorada on December 6
The Islamorada Chamber of Commerce is promising snow for the 9th Annual Holiday Festival, set for December 6, 2013, 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 Joe Roth III. "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, made from 20 tons of the real thing, is sure to be the hit of the evening, delighting mitten-clad children and some of their more playful parents too. Snow is far from the only thing promised at Holiday Festival, however. Children from On Your Toes Dance Studio will get things going at 6 p.m. with a holiday-themed performance. The studio will return for an encore later in the evening. But not until after the annual Islamorada Holiday Parade at 7 p.m., this year boasting the theme, "A Visit to the North Pole." State Rep. Holly Raschein will lead the parade as grand marshal. She'll be followed by floats, antique cars, the Coral Shores Marching Band and finally, Santa himself.
Holiday 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, 45 local artists have created 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. And the bazaar also features jewelry, crafts and a bake sale.
New to Holiday Festival 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 an assortment of entertainment will be offered throughout the evening. In the Santa Paws competition, dogs will duke it out for the best holiday outfit. Children under eight will get their turn on stage, and a chance to meet Mrs. Claus, in the Mister Gingerbread Man and Miss Sugarplum Fairy contest. Participants, dressed in their holiday finest, will be called on stage to make a holiday 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. Islamorada Mayor Ted Blackburn, who will be one of the Holiday Festival parade participants, said he can't wait for Dec. 6 to arrive. "It brings the community together and promotes the holiday spirit," he said.
Featuring music, art, dance and delicious food and drink, Holiday Festival will tempt all of your senses while snow and holiday songs fill the air. The Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for the parade. If you would like more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact the Chamber at 305-664-4503.