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Clearwater Community Volunteers present the 20th annual Winter Wonderland holiday celebration Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 on the northwest corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in the downtown area. The display is open Thursday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.
CLEARWATER - For 20 years, Clearwater Community Volunteers have hosted the annual Winter Wonderland holiday celebration on the northwest corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in the downtown area. This year's grand opening is Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

This family fun holiday display remains open the three weekends thereafter Thursday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m., through Dec. 23. Admission is free.

Each weekend Winter Wonderland boasts a sparking holiday display with tens of thousands of lights covering 100 trees, plus charmingly decorated alpine cottages in the village. Volunteers from all over Pinellas county join together to give back to the community, as well as help people in need, while celebrating the holiday season.

Activities include:

• Photos with Santa
• Cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus
• Petting zoo with pony rides
• Train rides
• Bouncy house, giant slide, playground
• Stage entertainment
• Hot Chocolate Shop

As part of the 20th celebration, the Clearwater Community Volunteers are offering photos with Santa and pets are welcome to attend on Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Photos with pets will cost $2 each.

Due to the inspiration from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Love and Help Children” precept, Winter Wonderland not only provides entertainment to the community, but serves as a charity fundraiser to help brighten the holidays for the needy. The Clearwater Community Volunteers will be accepting food to be given to the Homeless Emergency Project, and toys to families with kids in the Nourish to Flourish program founded by Public Defender Bob Dillinger. Dillinger's “Nourish to Flourish” (www.b­ethdi­lling­er.or­g/abo­ut_bd­f.htm­l) program provides food to unfortunate children who don’t have food except during school-time by sending a tray of food home with them on the weekends. Each tray costs approximately $4 and for only about $200 a year, one child will be fed every weekend during the school year.

For more information, visit clear­water­commu­nityv­olunt­eers.­org.

Clearwater Community Volunteers is a non-profit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and was founded by parishioners of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. CCV has raised more than $100,000 over the past 16 years for charities such as Nourish to Flourish, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Home Inc., the oldest orphanage in Tampa.
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