Last updated on November 20, 2021
Jack Kazanzas Star Installation in Downtown Orlando
On Sunday, November 21, an Orlando holiday tradition will occur with the raising of the Jack Kazanzas Star 50 feet over the Intersection of Orange Avenue and Pine Street.
The more than 50 year 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. In 2010, the city rewired the star which is now made up of more than 4,000 LED lights.
The Star has come to symbolize the start of the holiday season in downtown Orlando.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
7 a.m. – Road closure of Orange Avenue from Central Boulevard to Pine Street
7:30 a.m. – Work on the star will begin
8 – 9:30 a.m. – Raising of the star to take place
12 p.m. – Orange Avenue fully reopened
Intersection of Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard
Samantha HolstenPublic Information Officer