The Ponte Vedra Community Association has come up with a creative way to bring in the holiday season with COVID-safety in mind.
For years, PVCA has held a tree-lighting event on the driving range of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. This annual event is fondly etched into the memories of neighborhood families who remember greeting Santa by the tree as little ones, throwing the football in the dark with friends and sharing hot chocolate and holiday cheer. Annually, it has always been a loved time to mingle with neighbors and collect toys for our local Fire Station 10.
Due to the pandemic, PVCA strategized on new ways to celebrate the holiday while still building a sense of community, finally deciding on a COVID-cautious neighborhood parade and luminary event throughout the streets of Old Ponte Vedra. And the good news is the toy drive will still be front and center, with one of the parade floats set up for toy collection.
Scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2020, the COVID-cautious event will commence at 4:30pm and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Spa parking lot.
The parade will head north down Ponte Vedra Boulevard, left onto San Juan, looping onto Pablo Road, and then moving over to Solana Road before heading back to the spa parking lot. Here’s a link to the parade route.
Santa will be in tow and unwrapped toys will be collected along the route for Fire Station 10 in the back of Santa’s “sleigh.” The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has also offered to pull the holiday tree through the neighborhood, and other festive floats will be in line.
The PVCA is also providing complimentary luminary kits to all its members to light up the streets. The hope is that the community will lean in and place their luminaries out while safely gathering along the parade route to see Santa, the tree, donate a toy, and enjoy neighbors at a distance.
The Ponte Vedra Community Association is a community organization charged with building a sense of community and preserving the quality of life in Ponte Vedra Beach. The organization’s events are held in Old Ponte Vedra, but membership is open to any interested parties. PVCA’s traditional flagship events are the December tree lighting, a Valentine’s Day sweetheart dance held at the PVIC, and an annual meeting/dinner held in May.
Members who join by November 30th will receive a luminary kit to be distributed prior to the December 6 parade. To join, visit the PVCA website: https://www.pontevedraca.org/