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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 4 years ago

Winter Park City Talk

Winter Park holiday events
by: Randy Knight Staff Writer

Park Avenue road closures

As the holiday season kicks off, Park Avenue will be closed on various dates/times for several community events. Please make note of the following road closures prior to traveling around downtown Winter Park on Dec. 3, 4 and 5.

• Thursday, Dec. 3

37th annual Christmas in the Park

Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Canton Avenue and Morse Boulevard, from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 4

Winter on the Avenue featuring the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Popcorn Flicks

Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Canton and Lyman avenues at 3 p.m. with New England Avenue remaining open to east/west traffic. The road closure will remain in effect throughout the evening and will reopen at the conclusion of the Christmas parade the following day.

• Saturday, Dec. 5

63rd annual “Ye Olde” Hometown Christmas Parade

Park Avenue will remain closed to through traffic from the prior evening’s events and will reopen at the conclusion of the Christmas parade. Park Avenue will also be closed to through traffic between Webster and Comstock avenues from 6 a.m. to noon. Side streets will be closed at the Park Avenue intersections along the parade route beginning at 6 a.m.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued support of Winter Park’s community events. The city of Winter Park wishes everyone a very safe and happy holiday season.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

The city is preparing to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the city on the evenings of Monday, Dec. 7, through Thursday, Dec. 10, and Monday, Dec. 14. Young and young-at-heart will have the chance to mingle with Old St. Nick himself as he rides his sleigh through Winter Park neighborhoods. “On Dasher, on Dancer and Donner and Blitzen!” Santa and Mrs. Claus will make stops in local neighborhoods according to the following schedule*:

Monday, 12/7

• Shady Park @ 6:30 p.m.

• Israel Simpson Court @ 6:45 p.m.

• Winter Park Country Club @ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/8

• Lake Knowles, east side @ 6:30 p.m.

• Phelps Park @ 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 12/9

• Brookshire Elementary @ 6:15 p.m.

• Lakemont Fire Station 62 @7:15 p.m.

• Genius and Mizell avenues @ 8 p.m.

Thursday, 12/10

• Orwin Manor Park @ 6 p.m.

• Briarwood Drive @ 6:45 p.m.

• Harland Park on Blueridge Road @ 7:30p.m.

• Chelton Circle @ 8 p.m.

Monday, 12/14

• DePugh Nursing Center @ 6:30 p.m.

• Margaret Square @ 7:30 p.m.

Times are approximate and subject to change.

In addition to welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season, the city of Winter Park has many holiday events planned for all ages to enjoy. Gather with friends, family and loved ones to experience Winter Park’s holiday traditions.

2016 election schedule

Qualifying begins Monday, Dec. 14, at noon and ends Friday, Dec. 18, at noon

 Primary election (if necessary) will be Tuesday, Feb. 9

 General election will be Tuesday, March 15

For more municipal election information visit, call 407-599-3277 or email [email protected].

Applicants needed for Civil Service Board

Public safety is one of the key factors that residents and guests of Winter Park admire, respect and expect from their city. Public safety is governed by the Civil Service Code. If you are interested in assisting with the adoption and/or amendments to the Civil Service Code and enforcement of the provisions of the code, please consider submitting an application to serve on this board. Interested parties can apply by Wednesday, Dec. 9, by visiting > Government > Boards.

CoffeeTalk with Fire Chief Jim White

This year marks the 10th anniversary of CoffeeTalk where the community can talk one-on-one with city leaders. On Thursday, Dec. 10, citizens can join Fire Chief White for CoffeeTalk at 8 a.m., at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Let’s enjoy a cup of conversation about our award winning fire-rescue team and great coffee provided by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. For more information, please call 407-599-3428.

Holiday travel plans?

If you are going on vacation, residents can call the Winter Park Police Department non-emergency line at 407-644-1313 to notify them of their plans. An officer will routinely check on your home while you are away.

Staying “in the know”

Today’s technology makes it so much easier to keep up-to-date with city business. Not only can you visit, the city’s most comprehensive resource, to gather information, you can also subscribe to citEnews to receive information in your email inbox.

If you have a specific area of interest, you can subscribe to a newsletter of your choice as it relates to community events, board and public meetings, City Commission agendas and minutes, emergency alerts, and much more. To sign up for topics of interest, please visit

Now showing: ‘Inside the City’ Episode II

Featured on, and the city’s YouTube and Vimeo channels, is the second episode of “Inside the City” focusing on the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA is devoted to enhancing the quality of life in Winter Park by making improvements within the CRA district. Watch this educational video to learn about the type of projects the CRA implements as well as how it is funded.

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