January 10, 2014
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Happy Holidays cake featured at the “Celebrate the Season” event at Longwood (Fla.) City Hall.​

Throughout December, Winn-Dixie stores in Central Florida welcomed the holiday season with Christmas cheer. On Dec. 6, store No. 2233 in Longwood, Fla. supported the City of Longwood’s annual “Celebrate the Season” event at Longwood City Hall. It included free crafts for the kids, tree lighting, an appearance from Santa, his elves and various performances. Winn-Dixie gave away food, including a special holiday cake from the bakery.

Winn-Dixie also participated in “Light up UCF,” an annual event that takes place from November through January in Knights Plaza on the campus of University of Central Florida where an outdoor ice rink is constructed and hosts events nightly to celebrate the holiday season. The event also features a high tech light show, consisting of more than 75,000 lights that dance around the plaza to holiday music while families and individuals skate. Winn-Dixie staffed a tent for two nights during the event.

Store No. 2367 in Micco, Fla. celebrated the holiday season by participating in the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program. The store welcomed the community to participate in the event by dropping off the toys at the store during December. The Marines also made special appearances at the store throughout the month to thank customers for their support.

“The Toys for Tots program is very special to our community and we are grateful to be able to participate in the program,” said Winn-Dixie Service Area Manager Maryann Faulkner. “The Holiday season is about giving, and it’s a wonderful feeling that we are able to support wonderful organizations throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season.”

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Reserve Marines collect toys donated to the Toys for Tots program.

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