Celebration Holiday Home Tour

The Celebration Foundation’s Holiday Home Tour will showcase 10 fabulously decorated homes in Celebration, Florida, the town that Disney built.

Guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays with this self-guided home tour on December 2 (3-9 p.m.) & December 3 (1-5 p.m.) in the town of Celebration. The tour that attracts visitors from all over the map has welcomed thousands of visitors in its 19 years of service.

The Home Tour is a perfect way to experience Celebration and all its homes have to offer! It’s also a great way to see Celebration’s New Urbanism home designs and to get decorating ideas for your own home this season.

In addition to this year’s Holiday Home Tour, the Celebration Foundation welcomes you to enjoy the expanded Winter Wonderland of extravagantly decorated themed trees and tablescapes which will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 each and are available in advance online (www.thecelebrationfoundation.org) or on the days of the tour at the Winter Wonderland location (851 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, Florida 34747).

*Please note that this is a self-guided tour that takes approximately 2 hours. Guests can drive to each home. Not all homes are handicap accessible. The Winter Wonderland is handicap accessible.

For more information, please contact the Celebration Foundation at 407-566-1234.

We are so excited for this year’s tour, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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My father was a self-taught mandolin player. He was one of the best string instrument players in our town. He could not read music, but if he heard a tune a few times, he could play it. When he was younger, he was a member of a small country music band. They would play at local dances and on a few occasions would play for the local radio station. He often told us how he had auditioned and earned a position in a band that featured Patsy Cline as their lead singer. He told the family that after he was hired he never went back. Dad was a very religious man. He stated that there was a lot of drinking and cursing the day of his audition and he did not want to be around that type of environment.

Occasionally, Dad would get out his mandolin and play for the family. We three children: Trisha, Monte and I, George Jr., would often sing along. Songs such as the Tennessee Waltz, Harbor Lights and around Christmas time, the well-known rendition of Silver Bells. “Silver Bells, Silver Bells, its Christmas time in the city” would ring throughout the house. One of Dad’s favorite hymns was “The Old Rugged Cross”. We learned the words to the hymn when we were very young, and would sing it with Dad when he would play and sing. Another song that was often shared in our house was a song that accompanied the Walt Disney series: Davey Crockett. Dad only had to hear the song twice before he learned it well enough to play it. “Davey, Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” was a favorite song for the family. He knew we enjoyed the song and the program and would often get out the mandolin after the program was over. I could never get over how he could play the songs so well after only hearing them a few times. I loved to sing, but I never learned how to play the mandolin. This is something I regret to this day.

Dad loved to play the mandolin for his family he knew we enjoyed singing, and hearing him play. He was like that. If he could give pleasure to others, he would, especially his family. He was always there, sacrificing his time and efforts to see that his family had enough in their life. I had to mature into a man and have children of my own before I realized how much he had sacrificed.

Now Snowing Nightly in Celebration, Fl

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! … Well, almost! Celebration will soon be kicking off its annual Now Snowing Nightly event in Town Center.

The 19th annual, monthlong Winter Wonderland Spectacular will begin with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Featuring live music and a special visit from Santa Claus, this event is a perfect way for families to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Now Snowing Nightly will take place November 25 through January 1. Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event features a nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Other activities include an ice skating rink (open daily from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.), Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photo opportunities with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides and the Celebration Express train.

The annual Countdown to Christmas Concert will take place on December 16, presented by Radio Disney.

Admission to the events and parking are FREE and open to the public. Prices of special activities vary.