A December To Remember Holiday Fun

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The holidays began with a “toot and a holler” when A “December To Remember” opened at the St Augustine Amphitheatre. Sponsored by Community First Credit Union and Friends Of The St Augustine Amphitheatre, this holiday event has been welcoming families from far and wide for many years.

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Dottie Kettman our friendly Santa railroad crossing guard

Families filled the venue to watch their first Christmas movie of the season. Although the weather was brisk, the little ones snuggled down in their seats to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the classic holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

The Santa Train Depot had a line of excited kids just waiting to take a ride through the magical forest. The train chugged along the forest of twinkling lights as Frosty and pals, Santa and his reindeer and other fun creatures graced the roadway. Just as planned, the snow started falling on the tiny, cartoon village and the excitement could be felt throughout the amphitheater.

Dottie Kettman a FOSAA volunteer was there making sure the kids were safe along the railroad. “I love to see the kids faces light up and the parents too, when they find out everything is free.” she said. “The kids are having such a good time.”

“A December to Remember” is one of the many events put on for the children in the community, with funds raised by the Friends of the St Augustine Amphitheater and Community First. “We hold the guitar auction every year to help raise funds.” said Kettman. Along with this holiday event, the FOSAA also hold a summer camp as well as the Children’s Art Festival.

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St Augustine High Drama Students Perform

Students from the St Augustine High School Drama Department were there to share their talents with the little ones. Mike Beaman, the drama teacher at St Augustine High School was there with the students. “This is a great way for the students to learn to perform for an audience.” said Beaman. The students did more than just read the stories for the audience, they also acted out the characters, bringing smiles to every face in the crowd. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Stellaluna” and “Ferdinand The Bull” were a few of the stories the drama students read.

“A December To Remember” will continue throughout the month of December. Free concerts from world renowned acts, fun holiday movies, a tiny holiday village and of course Santa will be available for the whole family to enjoy. It most certainly will be…A December To Remember!