Essence Cokely, Staff Writer – Grinchmas was held Friday, November 30 at the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Crystal River. Families and friends gathered at this event to get into the Christmas spirit to enjoy games, food, and fun with their loved ones. Downtown Crystal River was transformed into Whoville and the streets were filled with Grinchmas-themed characters.
Many Lecanto High School [LHS] students attended this wonderful event; sophomore Katelyn Vrabel felt that the festival was a night to remember.
“There was fake snow and characters everywhere! I even bought some shirts,” said Vrabel.
LHS students saw this as a way to bring the community together and to spread joy and love during the holiday season.
“I thought how the young children ran around and played with each other and the characters was so beautiful. Nowadays, people do not take time to really spend time with loved ones since life can be so fast-paced,” said Leroy Hart, junior.
Students thought Grinchmas was more enjoyable because of the many arts and crafts, shopping, and food vendors that were available.
“I ate so much! the food was great and I also bought a lot of items and things I will gift to my friends and family,” said Kayla Dawes, senior.
Several students believe that this event was especially fun for younger children. There was a lot of different activities and games to participate in.
“At first I did not want to go because I thought it would be some boring thing my parents were dragging me to go to because my younger siblings wanted to go, but it turned out to be a great time,” said freshman, Jacky Ruiz.
Grinchmas was an amazing community event that had something for people of all ages. It is also served as a chance for LHS students to spend time with loved ones.