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Shops at Wiregrass brightens the holiday nights with 'Symphony in Lights'

WESLEY CHAPEL — The Shops at Wiregrass brings back its Symphony of Lights this holiday season, with a special focus on veterans when it kicks off on Nov. 11.

The annual light display, timed to music and offering four nightly shows in the center's courtyard, draws viewers from around Tampa Bay and runs through Dec. 31. The original show starts at 6 and 8 p.m. and features the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The shows at 7 and 9 p.m., added last year, feature a medley of traditional holiday songs including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The retail outlet will add special lighting on the tree between shows in honor of veterans for Veterans Day. There also will be patriotic fireworks and VIP seating for Veterans who RSVP prior to

Morning host Mason Dixon from WRBQ-FM 104.7 (Q105) also will appear at the Nov. 11 event to kick off his partnership with the Shops at Wiregrass. He'll meet guests and collect donations for local area families in need.

Signarama, the Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish sponsor this year, will have a giant gift box in the Macy's courtyard to collect toys and gifts throughout the holiday season. Guests may also purchase gift cards at the Guest Services desk to donate.

The shops also will sell a coupon book for $5 throughout the holiday season with all proceeds to benefit Mason Dixon's Christmas Wish fund to help local area families.

Dixon's fund helps families in the Tampa Bay area that have fallen on hard times due to job loss, an illness, lack of child support or other mishaps. He says it's generally, these families have fallen through the cracks of public assistance and just need a helping hand.

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