The last night of Hanukkah was a time of celebration and prayer Thursday, as both Temple Shalom of Central Florida and Chabad Lubavitch of Ocala, The Villages and Tri County marked the end of the eight-night Jewish festival of lights in the community.
Hanukkah is traditionally a time of celebration in the Jewish community, but Rabbi Zev Sonnenstein admitted that it can be harder this year given the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and concerns over anti-semitism across the globe.
The city of Wildwood recently kicked off the holiday season with a mashup of sorts. Winterfest, which has taken place as a standalone event for about 15 years, merged with the Light Up Wildwood Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 to create a weekend spectacular.
The Villages Recreation and Parks Department is helping community residents sail into the season with a series of holiday-themed cruises on Lake Sumter throughout December.
Everyone is preparing for the Christmas season, including the Town of Lady Lake, which invited students from the Villages Elementary of Lady Lake to decorate the Town Hall Christmas tree on Nov. 30.
One by one, the bicycles were moved from Lila Vilain’s backyard, in the Village of Charlotte, to the front of her home back on Nov. 28. More than 100 bikes of all shapes and sizes were lined up as if they were ready for a trip. And, in fact, they were.