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Lighting of the Punta Gorda Christmas tree

You can count on it — just like clockwork, year after year, a snowstorm hits downtown Punta Gorda. Perhaps it’s suspicious that it always occurs after the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. It never seems to bother the thousands of holiday revelers who turn downtown into a Dickensian spectacle, singing and listening to holiday tunes. Perhaps it’s because — despite the brief, specifically located blizzard — the temperature never goes down a single degree.

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