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Holiday Celebrations at Boys Town Central Florida

Santa in a firetruck

​​Boys Town Central Florida hosts two large events in honor of the holidays. Every year, the annual Tree Light Ceremony takes place. Music, community recognition awards, speeches by Family Home youth, tours of homes and the shelter and a guest appearance by Santa to light the tree are some of the activities going on throughout the celebration. The shelter decorates in a different holiday theme every year and this year, the theme was "Whoville", from the Grinch. A local theatre company partnered with Boys Town Central Florida to work with the children weekly on writing assignments on who their Whoville character is.

This year also marked the 10th Anniversary of Boys Town Central Florida's Candy Cane 5k. Boys Town Central Florida holds this run yearly to raise money for their programs while creating a fun event for the whole family. The run brings in over 500 runners every year and includes many fun contests and prizes that runners are eligible to win. A costume contest kicks off the run motivating attendees to dress up in their most festive Christmas gear. There is also a Kid Fun Run for children and a Kids Zone complete with crafts, face painting, bounce house, music and even a visit to Santa. Every runner receives a medal and the top three male and female runners from each age category are given a prize in addition to their medal.​