MTL Christmas - Page 60

Mount Dora, Florida by Marti Pieper If you think Christmas in Mount Dora, Florida (just north of Orlando) involves palm trees, balmy temperatures and more sandals than snow boots, you’re right. But did you know a Mount Dora Christmas also includes rides on the old-fashioned Christmas Cannonball Express, two millionplus lights and a Christmas in the Park event with games, hot chocolate and sledding? But what Mount Dora resident Kris Haukoos, wife and mother of three, says her family likes best is the town’s annual Christmas Walk through the downtown area. “We love seeing the local entertainment, catching up with all the folks we see, the music at the Christmas tree and all the yummy treats,” she explains. “It’s a great evening enjoying our little home town.” The town’s seasonal blend of traditional and warm-weather activities means “Christmas in Mount Dora is special,” says Mayor Cathy Hoechst. “It’s an example of true families celebrating together.” Mount Dora would love to share the unique joys of a Florida Christmas with you and your family. Come visit soon! (www.mountdorachristmas.com) Known throughout Florida as a center fo