Clearwater, Florida (PressExposure) November 30, 2009 -- Winter Wonderland (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org), Downtown Clearwater Florida will be officially opened by the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) of the Church of Scientology on Friday December 4th at 6:30 p.m. As is tradition each year, this magical winter holiday village with snow, lights, and childrenâs laughter, which will celebrate its 17th year and runs for seventeen consecutive evenings, is opened with an official holiday light up by a member of the Clearwater City Council, the CCV, the Church of Scientology and will of course include, the much anticipated secret-surprise entrance by Santa Claus.
Each year, Winter Wonderland transforms a corner of Downtown Clearwater into a magical holiday winter village, complete with five Tudor style cottages, set amidst a backdrop of thousands and thousands of twinkling lights on nearly 100 freshly snowed-on large pine trees. Just after the grand opening ceremony and surprise entrance by Santa, an abundant list of festivities will begin with children sitting on Santa's knee and decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus.
There is a playground with swings and a fort to explore. Action abounds in the two bouncy houses and giant slide filled. Children are also invited to ride on ponies or pet baby animals in the petting zoo. The Tricky Dogs Show (circus style acts) will be the grand opening nightâs entertainment performed on the large and decorated stage. Last but not least, letâs not forget children and adults climbing aboard the famous âWinter Wonderland Expressâ trackless choo-choo train.
Admission is free, but a small fee is charged for some of the activities to offset Winter Wonderlandâs costs. CCV requests that visitors bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food to put in the sleigh to help make the holidays special for needy children. Cash donations are also welcome. This sparkly village is sure to put you in the holiday spirit, and is admired and appreciated by kids of all ages.
The holiday festivities will continue this year from Dec. 4 â Dec. 20th. Weekends from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Weeknights from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Winter Wonderland, as created by CCV, gets its inspiration from a quote by L Ron Hubbard: "On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth." For more information log on to [http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org/winterwonderland.html]