The Ultimate Guide to the Holidays in Horizon West

The holidays have arrived and here in Horizon West we have so much to celebrate. As our community continues to grow and thrive, residents can now  find the perfect gift, engage in a variety of festive events and activities and share the joy and love of the season through a mulititude of giving back opportunties. This indespensible guide is the ultimate resource for enjoying the holidays right here in Horizon West.

Gifts for the Holidays

Littler Women: A Modern Retelling

 A middle grade novel by Horizon West resident Laura Schaefer. Available for sale on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at locally owned independent bookstores. For ages 8 - 12, this wholesome read is perfect for the whole family. The March sisters encounter new friends, challenges, school dances, and more in this fresh, modern retelling of the perennial classic, Little Women. This sweet, contemporary take on part one of the beloved novel Little Women is the perfect introduction for young readers to the March family. With a craft project or recipe at the end of every chapter, Littler Women is sure to become a cherished favorite.


Southern Chicks This'n'That

Gift Ideas: Personalized Gifts and Ready-to-Purchase Home Decor Items. Customized Christmas sacks, holiday pillows, hand-painted signs, ornaments and more. Also offering come-to-you painting parties for private events or fundraisers. Visit the website or Facebook to shop. Local pickup and limited delivery available.


Stacy Lynn Creative
Gift Ideas: Custom Designed and Ready-to-Purchase Handmade Knit Products. Hats, headbands, shawls, scarves and more for all ages in bright colors and fun, vibrant designs. Ready-made products can be viewed and purchased online, but custom orders are also available (~10 days production time). Free Horizon West delivery or pickup available upon request via phone, Facebook, Instagram or Etsy shop. 765-412-3963.


Escentials Bath Body & Home

Gift Ideas: Natural Handcrafted Candles, Bath & Body items. Escentials Bath, Body & Home has been producing carefully crafted, hand-poured, high-fragrance soy candles since 2004. Infuse your environment with light and fragrance. With over 50 rotating fragrances, you are sure to find something for every room and every occasion. Natural handcrafted bath & body items that nourish your skin also available. Visit the website or Facebook to shop. Local pickup and delivery available.


Jaadoo Products

Gift Ideas: Natural Odor Eliminator & Home Products. Jaadoo is a versatile, powerful Odor Eliminator that comes in liquid and powdered forms, and removes the odor while leaving a refreshing scent. Made with all-natural ingredients and essential oils, Jaadoo Products eliminate odors, sanitize spaces, calm minds and energize spirits. Visit the website to shop.


DF Jewelry Designs

Gift Ideas: Sterling Silver Handcrafted Jewelry. Handmade silver jewelry including earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings and more. No two pieces will be the same because they are all handcrafted. Local Horizon West delivery and additional styles are available. Inquire and shop online and on Facebook.


Sorority Stamping
Gift Ideas: Officially Licensed Sorority Stamps and Products. A perfect gift for your crafty sorority sister! Sorority Stamping is a rubber stamp arts and crafts company specializing in Greek-approved sorority stamps. Products are created locally in Horizon West and available for purchase at


Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

Village of Bridgewater: 13524 Summerport Village Pkwy, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 877-3000,

Lakeside Village: 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Rd #116, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 614-3477

Gift Ideas: Pet Toys and Accessories & Gift Cards. Woof Gang Bakery is a leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet-related supplies, and pet grooming, with more than 80 locations across the U.S., two of which are in Horizon West. As well as carrying dog and cat food products, Woof Gang Bakery also carries unique, fashionable doggie items, a variety of fun, fuzzy and tough toys, as well as fashionable accessories, collars and leads, and a wide range of doggie spa products.


B Amazing Music
Gift Ideas: Musical Instrument or Vocal Lessons. B Amazing offers a fresh and innovative approach to music lessons. Professional instructors come to you for lessons in the relaxed atmosphere of your own home. Lessons are available for ages 4 through adult. Dedicated instructors are fully screened and certified, with multiple years of experience in music instruction. They are truly experts in the instruments they teach, and with a positive, nurturing attitude, they motivate and inspire students to reach their goals. Call for a 30-minute free trial lesson and let the music begin! 321-317-9641.


Windermere Elite Mobile Detailing

Gift Ideas: Car Wash or Detailing Gift Certificates. Give the gift of a clean vehicle with gift certificates redeemable all year. Windermere Elite Mobile Detailing will come to your home or office and restore your vehicle to pristine condition. Mobile detailing packages range from basic ‘Wash and Vac’ to full interior and exterior detailing. Ask about Holiday Specials. Contact Alan by phone or text for more information at 407-399-6611 or visit Instagram.


Indigo Spa & Wellness Center

13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd, Windermere, FL 34786 407-347-0505

Gift Ideas: Gift Certificates for Massage, Facial, Mani/Pedi or Other Spa Services. Indigo Spa and Wellness Center is dedicated to providing superior services customized and perfected to your needs and desires. More than a full-service spa, salon and wellness center, their goal is to help you develop a healthier lifestyle. Step through the doors into tranquility and find your body beautified, spirit renewed, and consciousness awakened. Visit


V's Barbershop 

7848 Winter Garden Vineland Rd #108, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 614-0330

Gift Ideas: Gift Cards for Hairstyling, Hot Lather Straight-Razor Shave, Shoe Shine. At V’s Barbershop, a haircut is ritual, a nostalgic experience harkening back to a simpler day when men gathered at the corner barbershop to discuss everything from business, to sports, to current events. V’s barbers provide both traditional short haircuts, as well as contemporary and trendy styles. Every haircut includes a hot lather neck shave and ends with a relaxing shoulder massage. Complete packages are available for everything from haircuts, to shaves, to facials and massages—even cigars for special occasions! Visit


Club Pilates

13848 Tilden Rd., Ste. 130, Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 890-5344

Gift Ideas: Group Class Memberships (4-Pack, 8-Pack, Unlimited or Pre-Paid Annual Membership). Born in San Diego in 2005, Club Pilates has expanded across the nation, bringing Pilates to hundreds of thousands of people. Pure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.



33 & Melt:  13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd #1000, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 614-3843

33 & Melt is a purveyor of a fun and unique dining experience offering gourmet grilled cheese, craft beer, select wine and more. Come in and enjoy Happy Hour from 4-6:30pm & great Windermere Brunch the 2nd Sunday of each month. Purchase a gift card in person or online.


My French Cafe:  7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 347-8945

My French Cafe offers Artisanal French pastries, baked goods, macarons, crepes, quiches and more. Products are manufactured in the traditional French way using only fresh and natural ingredients. All items are made with genuine products and handcrafted by a French chef.


Bella Tuscany Ristorante Italiano:  13424 Summerport Village Pkwy, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 656-2355

Visit this family-owned neighborhood Italian restaurant. Daily changing features, extensive menu, full bar, patio, Happy Hour, and live music.


Giving Back During the Holidays

Donate to Toys for Tots

The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Learn more at

Several collection locations are available in Horizon West:

·         ScribbleSpace (13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd #1080, Windermere, FL 34786) through December 17

·         33 & Melt (13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd #1000, Windermere, FL 34786) through December 17

·         Summerport POA Clubhouse (14501 Bluebird Park Rd, Windermere, FL 34786) through December 8

·         Windermere High School Main Office (5523 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, FL 34786) through December 18


Donate to the Baby DJ Toy Drive

The Baby DJ program began over 25 years ago when its founder “Johnny Magic” was inspired to provide assistance to families of economic disadvantage in the Central Florida area. In the years since, Baby DJ has worked in collaboration with local churches and nonprofits organizations to fulfill this mission. Baby DJ volunteers have spent countless hours collecting and distributing resources to assist families in need. Learn more at Two collection locations are available in Horizon West:

·         MyFamily Orthodontics (7848 Winter Garden Vineland Road Suite 100 - Windermere 34786) through December 3

·         Hair Cuttery (Cornerstone at Summerport 13500 Summerport Village Pkwy - Windermere 34786) through December 15


Adopt a Fire Station Events with Citrus Church  

Citrus Church has planned four fun and different ways to support Station 35 this season. All are welcomed to participate and contribute. Each has its own Facebook event page, which can be found at

·         Dec. 4 - Bring your Best Chili

·         Dec. 16 - Caroling and Cookies

·         Dec. 23 - Stocking Stuffers for the Station


Assemble a Gift Bag for The Greyson Project

Take part in the heartwarming mission of one family and their army of volunteers, including Horizon West resident Lindsey Kirkland. Lindsey knows firsthand what it's like to spend the holidays in the hospital, and she's using her superpowers to help spread joy and sparkle in local children's hospitals such as Nemours Children's Hospital. The Greyson Project is collecting donations of decorations for children’s hospital rooms. Learn more by visiting today.


Purchase One of Santa's Old-Fashioned Christmas Trees

Windermere High School: 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, FL 34786

Purchase your tree at Santa's Old-Fashioned Christmas Trees next to Windermere High School to benefit the Windermere Wolverine Chorus. Trees range in price from $55-$250. Every tree is watered daily and wearing a Santa Hat! Visit


Buy Gift Cards from Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Purchase gift cards for Honey Baked Ham to support Windermere High School Legacy Fund. Gift cards are available for purchase in denominations of $10, $25, $50 or $100. Buy for yourself to use at upcoming holiday parties or give as a gift. Perfect for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Potlucks, Easter and more. The Legacy Fund was created to help students reach their full potential, by being the vehicle to provide funds for academic, athletic, and art programs for Windermere High School. 20% of every purchase supports this group. Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser


The First Annual Festival of Trees at The Sheridan of Windermere

This all-day gathering is for neighbors, friends and professionals to tour the displayed trees donated by local businesses, individuals and friends and will be available for bid in our all-day silent auction. All funds raised through this event are directly donated to Matthew’s Hope Ministry - a local homeless outreach ministry. 

Festival of Trees Tour 10:30am – 4:00pm - Tour the Festival of Trees throughout the day, enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday and begin your silent auction bidding on the tree that captures your holiday spirit. We will have ongoing entertainment & lite bites to enjoy between meals that will sure to put you in the holiday mood.

Celebration 5:30pm – 7: 30pm - The day of festivities will conclude with a celebration to include a visit from a special jolly friend from the North Pole. Bring the children to enjoy cookies and milk and share their holiday wishes with our guest dressed in a red suit! Visit the Facebook event page for details.

Celebrating the Holidays * Events Calendar


Dec 2, 1:00 to 4:00 PM - Walmart will be showcasing food and tableware to show customers how to save time and money during the holiday party season. Includes food samples, Santa, and Santa's helpers. Visit Walmart’s Facebook page for details.


Dec. 2 at 6:00 PM - Come celebrate Christmas with the ladies of Life Church. Bring a $10 gift, your favorite Christmas treat, and a friend. Visit the Facebook event page for details.                          


Dec. 3, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Play with real snow (bring your mittens), take photos with a reindeer character, enjoy Christmas carolers, candy cane crafts, festive music, snacks, refreshments and more. 10482 Atwater Bay Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34786. Call 877-641-8877 or visit the Facebook event page for details.


Dec. 3, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  - Come to the Summerlake Clubhouse and get some of your holiday shopping done early. Vendors include: Phipany, LuLaRoe, ColorStreet Nails, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Mobile Detailing, Rodan & Fields, homemade crafts and more. Visit the Facebook event page for details.


Dec. 3, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Come Wearing your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweaters! We will be watching Elf the Movie, enjoying some Hot Coco and singing merrily along. You won't want to miss it. Visit the Facebook event page for details.


Dec. 3, 1:00 - 5:00 PM - Shop unique handcrafted treasures, candles, jewelry and more. 14213 Pleach St Winter Garden FL 34786


Dec. 6, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Don't spend cuddle season alone! Join us for a casual yet fun event with happy hour pricing and ice breaker/match maker games sure to get the conversations started. Even if you're good with your single status (and if you are, let us in on your secret), this is an opportunity to meet someone great! Ages 30 and over. Visit the Facebook event page for details


Dec. 7-10 - Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.


Dec. 8, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Join us as we celebrate the Holiday Season with a great movie (Elf), Food Trucks and Holiday Bazaar! 12005 Silverlake Park Dr, Windermere, FL 34786


Dec. 8, 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM - The magic of Christmas never ends, find the greatest gifts in the halls decked with boughs of holly. Support local small business with your friends and family and participate in the Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle while enjoying tasty Hors d'oeuvres. The proceeds from vendor registration, silent auction and 50/50 raffle will benefit local families in need this Christmas season. Visit the Facebook event page for details.


Dec. 9, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Children will enjoy a special jingle surprise, cookies and hot cocoa, a holiday scavenger hunt and ornament decorating on this afternoon of holiday fun. Local businesses are asked to donate a small item or gift card to be placed on the tree. All proceeds will benefit Matthew's Hope, a homeless outreach ministry in Winter Garden. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

If your Horizon West business would like to donate to our Community Christmas Tree, please contact


Dec. 16, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Get in the holiday spirit and flaunt those ugly Christmas sweaters (thanks, Grandma!) you have been too embarrassed to wear in public. Join us for some holiday cheer!! Drink Specials and Door Prizes! Visit the Facebook event page for details.


Dec 16, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Walmart will showcase Hot Holiday Gifts for the season. Santa and his helpers will be there! Visit Walmart’s Facebook page for details.


Dec. 19 at 7:00 PM - Enjoy a winter concert featuring the WHS Choral Ensembles with special guest artist, harpist Catherine Way. Admission is $8. Visit Facebook page for details.



Horizon West Community Contributors: Leah Emmanouilidis and Laura Schaefer

Leah Emmanouilidis is a Horizon West Resident (since 2012) and a Consultant in Social Media, Marketing, and more. To connect with her online - find her on LinkedIn at:

Laura Schaefer is an Orlando-based executive ghostwriter. She is also the author of several novels, most recently Littler Women: A Modern Retelling (Simon & Schuster, September 2017). In addition to her books, Laura has written features for many publications and websites including, and Learn more by visiting or finding her on Twitter @teashopgirl.





Home for the Holidays!

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