Area offers holiday decoration, entertainment options

This story was originally published in the third edition of The Lion’s Tale (December 9, 2020).

This chaotic and unexpected year has nearly come to an end: December has arrived. December is the time to be jolly and feel the holiday cheer, even though this year there may be some alterations to usual Christmas plans. Though large gatherings, like Christmas parties, may be prohibited, there are still other fun options to enjoy the season, with social distancing of course. Choices will be limited, but with the right attitude it’ll feel like just another Christmas. 

Here in Oviedo, there’s a few things families can do to get in the spirit. Christmas trees, which light up living rooms and provide a home for presents on Christmas morning, are a great place to start. Some lucky shoppers were able to buy a tree from Oviedo High School’s tent before they quickly sold out, but those who were not still have numerous options to buy a tree from, such as Razzani’s. 

There are also activities for the little ones and their families. Riverside Park and the Oviedo Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility are offering phone calls with Santa Claus. Those interested in this will have to pay a two dollar fee at either of these locations by December 13; Santa will then call on December 15 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. 

This isn’t the only Christmas fun Oviedo has to offer. Bingo is a fun game of chance for any age group with the chance of winning prizes. Center Lake Park is hosting their Holiday Bingo on December 18. Due to the pandemic, participants will have to pre-register and there will be limited amounts of space in order to practice social distancing. 

During this past year, the coronavirus has caused economic difficulty for many people, as some have seen reduced hours or lost their jobs entirely. For those looking to give back to those who aren’t as privileged, check out the Complex Seven Toy Drive and Holiday Party. This drive will take place on December 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details on how to give back to the community and participate in this drive, visit the Painted Oaks Academy website. 

While there are many places and events for people looking to go out and enjoy this time of year, those who prefer to stay home also have many options. Some traditional Christmas activities one can do at home include the following: decorating cookies, building gingerbread houses, painting ornaments, putting up decorations, or even creating fun gifts for friends and family. 

As the year comes to a close, it’s important to try and leave it with the best attitude. Cherish the times with friends and family this holiday season, reflect on the good things that happened this year and have a merry Christmas and happy New Year.