Downtown Orlando Celebrates With Special Star!

Downtown Orlando Celebrates a Holiday Tradition with Jack Kazanzas Christmas Star

It’s up and shining over downtown Orlando’s Orange Avenue!

Video with resident of Jim Barrett:


The tradition of raising the 600-pound golden star started in the 1950s when two competing department stores, Ivey’s on the east and Dickson & Ives on the west of Orange Avenue, joined together in 1955 to hang the Christmas star between the two. In 1984, after the department stores had closed, Jack Kazanzas, a lifelong resident of Orlando, led a campaign to raise funds to replace the original Christmas Star that had fallen into disrepair.


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