By Kathy L. Collins

Start your holiday season by attending one of the festive, holiday themed activities at Center Place in Brandon this December. Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center Place said, “All of our holiday events make you feel warm and fuzzy!”

The first event is the 2nd Annual Holiday Tea set for Sunday, December 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ladies, this is your chance to don your best hat and most festive outfit and enjoy an elegant afternoon tea complete with Sugar Plum Fairy Scones, Holiday Tea and tea sandwiches. Special holiday entertainment will be provided by the Flexible Four Barbershop Quartet.

Tickets are $35 per person, or you can be a table hostess for a table of eight for $250. Galia said, “What a beautiful event for the ladies in our community.” Each table will be set with a different holiday theme.

Next, on Wednesday, December 5 you can bring the entire family to the 28th Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. The festivities and entertainment by talented area youth begins at 7 p.m. Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Place said, “Through the years, my favorite holiday event has always been the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Clayton Lake for our community. This tradition kicks off the holiday season for Brandon.” You won’t want to miss this event or the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Clause!

On Thursday, December 6 you can get some holiday shopping at Pat’s Corner Holiday Open House from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can take advantage of a storewide 25% off discount and know that you are supporting children’s programming at Center Place.

Finally, on Friday, December 14 children and adults alike will revel in a fun and joyous ride around the world with Santa’s Holiday Revue presented by Stages Productions. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for non-members and $6 for members.

Center Place will close on December 22 and reopen on January 2, 2013 at 9 a.m. When they reopen, tickets for the ever popular Wild Dame Night will go on sale.

For more information, please visit or call 685-8888.

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