TALLAHASSEE – Holiday cheer and spirit are filling the air and the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging Floridians to step
into a Florida State Park and enjoy the festive magic and splendor of a holiday
light display. Featuring millions of bright lights draped across beautiful
landscapes, these state park exhibits are the perfect venue to celebrate the
“From intricate and dazzling to simple and elegant state park light displays
are a result of dedication and hard work from volunteers and employees sharing
their holiday spirit,” said DEP Florida State Parks Director Donald Forgione. “I
encourage everyone to take a break from the busy holiday schedule and to come
soak up the spirit with their family and friends.”
The following is a list by event date of state parks hosting light displays
in Florida during the holidays:
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park,
December 4-31, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Experience the ultimate high
voltage holiday of more than four million lights on display including the
majestic oak trees adorned with thousands of lights, an antebellum museum
dressed in full holiday splendor, Santa’s runway and more. Admission is $2 per
person and includes complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn. For more
information, call (386) 397-4331.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW
Three Rivers State Park, Sneads
December 10 and 17, 5:00
p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Three Rivers State Park invites visitors to a scenic drive
through the park to enjoy all the beautiful light displays. Admission is waived
for the event. For more information, call (850) 482-9006.
13TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF LIGHTS
Fort Cooper State Park, Inverness
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The park will be adorned with lights and luminaries for
visitor’s enjoyment, sponsored by the Citrus County Chronicle. Admission is the
donation of non-perishable foods or new un-wrapped toys to benefit the Citrus
United Basket. For more information, call (352) 726-0315.
LIGHTS ON THE BAY BOAT PARADE
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key
December 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Inspired by a forty-seven year
tradition, approximately fifty boats will sail out of the Key Biscayne Yacht
Club decked out in holiday lights and sail around Biscayne Bay. Food, beverages
and music will be available at the Boaters Grill. Admission is waived for this
event. For more information, call (305) 361-9171.
CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park,
December 18-24 and 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The park will be decked out
for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas decorations
during this multi-evening event sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs
Wildlife Park. Admission is $2 donation for adults and $1 for children. For more
information, call 352-628-5343.
SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW
Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
December 26 and
27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Walk through the wonderland of lights that decorate the
headsprings area of Rainbow Springs State Park for the last time of the holiday
season. Admission is $1 per person. For more information, call (352) 465-8555.
About Florida State Parks
Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, the
Florida State Park system has grown from eight to 160 parks in the last 75
years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of
Florida’s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National
Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park
Association as the nation’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the
nation’s best park service. For more information about Florida’s state parks,