By Kathy L Collins

To the delight of many, Center Place of Brandon is getting ready for the holiday season a little early this year. The annual Santa’s Holiday Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon.

Cost is $10 per ticket. Tickets are advance sale only and none will be available at the door. Space is limited so get your tickets now.

Moms, Dads, Grandparents and children five and up are welcome to attend this festive event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come get into the holiday spirit and complete a number of holiday themed projects, which include cookie decorating, wishing spool, candy cane mice, gingerbread house frame and pine cone reindeer. You can also create a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ornament, make a Stampin’ Up project, enter an elf coloring contest and write a letter to Santa.

In addition, each child is provided with a bag lunch courtesy of Tammy and Paul Holmberg of Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village.

Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Place said, “This is one of my favorite events at Center Place. Through the years this event has grown from being a lunch with Santa event to a larger event, which includes hands-on projects. The kids make holiday items to take home and share with their families or use as gifts.”

Dawn Galia, Executive Director for Center Place added, “I have fun every year planning this event. Trying to decide what crafty projects they will make is definitely part of the fun. The children are all smiles.” Galia added, “This is a really festive event. Everyone who attends has a great time. It starts the holiday spirit rolling in the Brandon community.”

Center Place is non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts through workshops, classes, live children’s theatre and events like Santa’s Holiday Workshop. For more information on Center Place, please visit or call 685-8888.


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