"Elves" Work Overtime to Raise Iconic Archways to Clearwater's 27th Annual Winter Wonderland
Volunteers assemble the iconic archways to the 27th annual Winter Wonderland holiday food and toy drive to spread holiday cheer. Winter Wonderland is set to open on December 7th with a sneak peek Friday on December 6th.
By: Clearwater Community Volunteers Center
"While construction booms in the park, planning and décor transpire in the CCV Center." said Michael Soltero, Manager of the CCV center. "Right now, the menu for our food truck is being created, thousands of lights are being used to decorate the Florida palms around the Osceola Courtyard and 'Wreath Central' is cranking out custom made Christmas wreaths to bring Winter Wonderland to life."
In the next couple weeks 87 pine trees from Wisconsin will be put in place on the lawn of the courtyard to be strung with lights before the village finally comes together with signage, children's playground and even a snow machine.
Started in 1992 by Church of Scientology parishioners Winter Wonderland has helped feed and bring Christmas joy to over 150,000 families and children in the greater Tampa Bay area.
Each year Santa makes his grand entrance in a different dramatic way – he once rappelled down the side of the Church of Scientology's Osceola Religious Retreat – to formally open Winter Wonderland. Grand opening this year is set for December 7th, with a "sneak peak Friday" on December 6th where families can see Santa's Elves at work.
Winter Wonderland is free to attend, but guests are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to ensure that those in need have a happy holiday season.
With the opening of Winter Wonderland imminent, volunteers are still needed. To volunteer for the Clearwater Community Volunteers, interested persons can visit www.ccvfl.org/
About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:
The Clearwater Community Volunteers have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their new center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater.