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Major changes to Winter Wonderland in St. Augustine

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Updated: 11/14/2013 10:47 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The holidays will look a little different at the St. Augustine Amphitheater this year.

The event will now be called "A December to Remember" and the amphitheater's General Manager Ryan Murphy said two major attractions will be noticeably missing.

"Some big changes which are getting rid of the ice rink and the ice slide this year. There is a lot that went into it, it's very expensive," said Murphy.

According to Murphy, in the past, it costs $200,000 to $300,000 to transform this amphitheater into a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink and slide.

The changes this year will save sponsors a lot of money and save workers from having to maintain a huge ice rink in the hot Florida sun.

"We're going down from $200,000 to $300,000 to about $30,000 to cover costs," said Murphy.

Despite the changes, Murphy said there will still be plenty to do. Organizers are incorporating more community-related events like a chili cook-off and drive-in movie theater. They'll feature a nightly snow fall, visits from Santa Claus, the elf village and train rides at no charge.

The event begins on Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 22.

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