Once again, on Tuesday, Dec. 24, the streets of Matlacha will, again, come aglow with the lighting of 1,500 luminaries. The 28-year tradition covering Island Avenue, Matlacha Avenue, May Street and this year, will include most businesses on main street. This Christmas Eve event is greeted by all neighbors, friends and visitors as they walk or drive to see the luminaries and the decorated homes.
Many residents will have their radios tuned to 106.3 for Christmas music to enjoy as you greet each other on the streets.
Santa's elves, who are all folks from throughout Matlacha, make this tradition possible by gathering at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at the empty lot on the corner of Velma Street and Island Avenue to fill the luminary bags with sand and candles. Bring a small garden shovel and a stool, if needed.
Santa sleighs help to deliver the1,500 luminaries around the island's streets. The elves will light the luminaries at dusk, turn their radio to FM 106.3 and please, are requested to clean up the bags on Christmas Day. Thank you!
This Christmas Eve celebration is a huge success with the help of all that have contributed with filling and delivering the luminaries and for their money donations that keep this holiday a special event. Also a special thank you to John and Cheryl Honc for their donation of sand.
This is a neighborhood effort and people come from all over to see the luminaries and to hear the Christmas music. It's an exciting, long lasting 28-year tradition that enhances the Christmas Spirit in Matlacha.
For more information, call Billie Young at 814-404-0378 or Kathy Broderick at 239-282-9556.