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Holiday Photos: Belleview Christmas Parade, Light Up Lake Lillian

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The annual Belleview Christmas Parade was Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2:00 PM. The day started cloudy but cleared for the parade preparations. It was evident, as the parade start time got closer, we were getting rained on, but the spirit of Christmas continued and the show went on, and what a show it was! The parade continued for a full hour (so did the rain) and included local school bands, MCSO, floats, cheerleaders, MCFR, twirlers, hot rods, motorcycles, horses and so much more. The final, and the most highly anticipated guest at the parade, Santa, rode high up on a City Of Belleview truck, along with his bride, Mrs. Clause.

Congratulations to the 2023 Belleview Christmas Parade Winners:

Best of Show Winner – Crystal Morales Horse Unit

Float winners – 1st place – A&L Tree Service, 2nd Place – Celebrate Recovery, 3rd Place – Belleview United Methodist Church

Marching winners- 1st Place – The Arts District, 2nd- Place Florida twirling Academy, 3rd Place- Pop Warner Cheerleaders

Motorized winners- 1st Place – High Geer/Good Ole Boyz, 2nd Place – Asphalt Misphits, 3rd Place – Billy Schwingel

Rain Didn’t Dampen Spirits At Christmas Parade

As crowds started to form at the annual Belleview Christmas Parade held last Sunday, it was evident that everyone would get rained on. Never the less, the spirit of Christmas continued and the show went on, and what a show it was. Above, the US Spyder Ryders of Ocala ride their three wheeled motorcycles through the rain shower, while parade spectators hold on to their umbrellas.

BHS And BMS Jingles All The Way

Belleview High School Band and Belleview Middle School celebrate the holiday season during the Annual Belleview Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 3, 2023.

Celebrate Recovery Every Day, Especially Christmas

Celebrate Recovery did just that on Saturday, December 3, 2023 at the Belleview Christmas. They also celebrated their 2nd place win in the float category, making it a joyous holiday season.

Lake Weir High School Band Dances In The Rain

No rain could take away from the Christmas spirit that Lake Weir High School Band had at the Annual Belleview Christmas Parade, smiles everywhere.

Santa Clause And The Mrs Are Coming To Town

The City Of Belleview helped Santa and Mrs Clause get to the parade on time with all the rain. There were a lot of excited faces when Santa came through the Belleview Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 3, 2023, little eyes were twinkling

 

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Making The Season Bright At Light Up Lake Lillian

The long standing Belleview tradition, Light Up Lake Lillian, brought the community together to celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Lake Lillian in Belleview. The fun started at 2:00 PM and continued until 7:00 PM, ending with a countdown to flip the switch and reveal the spectacular lights around the lake. The families and the children especially, enjoyed so many exciting activities, such as an array of Christmas themed Bounce Houses, cookie decorating and face painting. Christmas music was provided by D.J. Wolverine and families could shop from over 50 vendors for Christmas gifts, treats, sweets and grab dinner too, from one of the many food trucks.

The highlight of the day for us Floridians had to be snow and Santa! The snow had so many, that have never seen it, or just miss it, literally dancing.

Light Up Lake Lillian is powered by Gary Yeomans Ford of Ocala & Villages and sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, The Church On The Hill, Ellianos Coffee in Belleview and Citizens First Bank.

Snow For Christmas

Lianny Sanni is so excited to see snow, she can’t help but dance at Light Up Lake Lillian. Thanks to a group called Bikers Against Bullies, it snowed the entire event.

Aryanna Cruises Into Christmas At Lake Lillian

Bikers Against Bullies, we’re letting the kids sit on their bikes and revvvvv those engines. Here, 4 year old, Aryanna Brooks looks like she’s hooked on a Harley. The bikes were loud and the kids could not get enough.

Gary Yeomans Ford Wishes You A Merry Christmas

The team at Gary Youmans Ford, from left, Olivia Wade , Colleen Pedersen, Brian Yates, Jesse Conley, April Yeomans, Dorottya Kovacs, Viktor Toth, Maria Alverez and Patience Jackson wished everyone a very merry Christmas.

Explaining To Santa That They’ve Been Good

The City Of Belleview made sure Santa was at Light Up Lake Lillian in Belleview. Pictured with Santa and smiles, from left, is Autumn and her brother Christian LaRoss.

Christmas Shopping With Shepard’s Lighthouse

From left, Celly Rivera and Lynn McElwain with Shepard’s Lighthouse were one of over 50 venders available for Christmas shopping.

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