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Updated: 12/04/2013 08:00:03AM

Holiday season gets official kick off Saturday

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Snow is in the forecast Saturday in Frostproof, thanks to the good folks at the First United Methodist Church.

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True, the city’s holiday Nativity scene — complete with Baby Jesus still intact so far this year — went up on Scenic Highway several weeks ago.

But Frostproof’s “official” start of the holiday season comes Saturday with a long list of favorites which starts with the First United Methodist Church’s “Christmas Fest” and ending with the huge Christmas parade that will conclude with the colorful spectacle of Santa’s arrival.

And with Santa’s arrival, that must mean snow, because after all, it’s not Snowproof where we live.

The snow will come courtesy of Christmas Fest, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Despite temperatures that are expected to push 80 degrees on Saturday, the church is promising a pile of the white stuff, for as long as Mother Nature will allow.

The festival features a wide array of family fun, and is all free, although the church is encouraging those who attend to bring a canned good that will be donated to the Frostproof Care Center to help those less fortunate this December.

The church is located at 150 DeVane St. Also in the official “forecast” is bounce houses, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and a chance for children to complete their own Christmas craft.

Also returning is the popular chili cook-off, when some of Frostproof’s best cooks will whip up a pot of their best chili and participants can buy tastes of each and then vote for their favorites.

The Ramon this year is putting a little different spin on its holiday offerings, with a special performance from “The Nutcracker” featuring the professional Florida Dance Company and its trainees. Cost is just $10 a person, and the gala show will start at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ramon box office, or online at

And the day will conclude with Frostproof’s spectacular Chamber of Commerce sponsored Christmas parade, which steps off at 6:30 p.m. and will proceed down Scenic Highway north from East Orange and Third St. Prizes will be given in three categories including Mayor’s Choice, Best Theme and Best Over All.

Parade participants are asked to congregate in the staging area between 5 and 6 p.m. Judging will take place at 6:15 p.m.

This year’s theme, which coincides with the chamber’s recent beautification project along East and West Wall Street, is “Christmas Under the Palms.”

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