Downtown Orlando Christmas Star Celebrates the Past and the Future

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Jack Kazanzas graduated from Orlando High School (now Howard Middle School) in 1949 and lived his entire life in the city of Orlando when a Christmas star was erected between the two big department stores of the time in Downtown Orlando by Ivey’s and Dickson & Ives in 1955.

Downtown Orlando Christmas Star

Several years after the department stores had closed down and the star was no longer a fixture during the holidays, Kazanzas led a fundraising effort to get a new and improved star placed back at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard. After several years of no star rising in downtown, a new one debuted in 2005 with many updates and improvements.

There are not a lot of Christmas decorations in this part of Downtown Orlando so the star stands alone and bright. Below is a video of the star being raised in 2010 in honor of Kazanzas and a second video of a car ride down Orange avenue during the Christmas season where the star can be found and cherished by future generations.

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Downtown Orlando Star

Downtown Orlando Car Ride During Christmas

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