TALLAHASSEE - The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Alfred B.
Maclay Gardens State Park will host the 22nd Annual Camellia Christmas this
evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. complete with caroling, live music, hot
cider, a silent auction and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tonight’s free event is one of
the final signature events celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Florida State
“There is no better way to welcome the holiday season in Tallahassee than
with Camellia Christmas,” said DEP Florida State Parks Director Donald Forgione.
“Maclay Gardens’ natural beauty and southern charm make Christmas caroling and
shopping an extra special experience for this time of year.”
Camellia Christmas has a long history of kicking off the holiday season in
Tallahassee. This free event offers an opportunity for guests to get acquainted
with the gardens and view the decorated Maclay House before it opens for the
blooming season in January.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a candlelit stroll through
the gardens accompanied by holiday music performed by local artists. There will
be several performers including the Indian Head Wind Quintet, The Master’s Men
and Thirteen Guys Reverb A Cappella.
The event will also include a silent auction where participants can bid on
holiday finery for the home or gifting. Items such as holiday wreaths and retail
gift certificates have been donated by local merchants, artists and florists.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc.,
the park’s citizen support organization.
Park entrance fees will be waived for participants. Hot apple cider and
holiday cookies will be served. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance
late in the evening.
About Florida State Parks
Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida
State Parks has grown from eight to 160 parks over 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
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