Clearwater, FL, December 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Clearwater, Fl’s 18th annual Winter Wonderland (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org) Holiday Festival, and Toy and Food drive opened Friday, Dec. 3rd where 857 people attended the grand opening featuring the official holiday light-up by community leaders and a surprise visit from Santa. The magical evening launched nineteen consecutive evenings of sparkling festivities to spread the holiday spirit and is free to all who attend. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology’s Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV), Winter Wonderland is a holiday charity fund raiser helping to bring Christmas to children and families who might otherwise do without.
This holiday winter village is complete with four Tudor style cottages, set amidst a backdrop of thousands and thousands of twinkling lights on 100 freshly snowed-on large pine trees.
The Vice Mayor John Doran, City Councilman Paul Gibson, Dennis Boise Treasurer of the Downtown Development Board, Pat Harney Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology, and Pam Ryan Anderson Chairperson of the Clearwater Community Volunteers Development Board were on hand to help Santa turn on the lights to the Winter village.
Open weeknights 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and weekends from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, the holiday celebration has something for everyone; from visits with Santa, cookies with Mrs. Claus, a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses, a playground with swings and a fort to explore, and a giant slide to rides on the “Winter Wonderland Express” a trackless choo-choo train. Free nightly entertainment includes live stage performances by a variety of local entertainers, magicians and even the Tricky Dog Show (a circus style act).
Admission is free to all. Visitors are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to help make the holidays special for needy children. A small fee is charged for some of the attractions. Benefiting Charities include: The City of Clearwater Little League, the Kimberly Home, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida Suncoast Region, the Community Learning Center, the Children's Home, Inc. and the Homeless Emergency Project.
Clearwater, FL’s Winter Wonderland (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org)
is charitable holiday fund raiser sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers and the Church of Scientology who get their inspiration from a quote by L Ron Hubbard "On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth" CCV was founded in 1994 by parishioners of the Church of Scientology with the purpose of helping to create a better community for all citizens of the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County. CCV has raised money, food and toys for family and children's charities such as the, The City of Clearwater Little League, the Kimberly Home, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida Suncoast Region, the Community Learning Center, the Children's Home, Inc. and Everybody's Tabernacle Homeless Emergency Project. For more information visit: http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.