The Holiday Season is a highlight is Florida’s Natural North Florida region. Small towns are well lit, with holiday parades and festivals. Several our State Parks are lit with holiday decorations and private venues hold holiday special events. Here are a few for your consideration:
The 8th Annual Christmas Train at Kirby Family Farm
Hosted by Volunteers, the entire event helps the development and programs Kirby Family Farm offers at-risk and special needs children who need a friend, or a farm, to help them through life’s challenges. The children and teens have worked hard helping prepare and setup this wonderful family holiday experience.
It’s all held on-site at Kirby Family Farm in Williston, FL, which is located just outside of Ocala and Gainesville, Florida, approximately twenty minutes from Interstate 75.
Celebrate Christmas in Downtown Madison
Light-Up Madison 2019, December 7
In Madison, experience an annual small-town Christmas celebration hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Madison. Come and enjoy food and craft booths, a Christmas dance program by Becky’s Dance Steps Studio, a lighted Christmas parade, and lighted displays all over Four Freedoms Park!
Suwannee Festival of Lights at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak
Suwannee Lights, at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, begins on November 30 and ends on December 30. The park is located just north of Live Oak, in Suwannee County, on the Suwannee River, at 3076 95th Drive. Suwannee Lights offers miles of beautiful, spectacular light displays which can be seen from your own car, or wagon ride offered by the Spirit of the Suwannee.
2019 Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, December 4 – 24, 2019 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, will illuminate the park with holiday lights once again! We will continue the rebuilding by constantly working to evolve the Festival, keeping it fresh and enjoyable for all. On select nights we are still the well-loved family tradition of the classic Festival of Holiday Magic Nights! Featuring free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, craft activities, snow flurries, train display, Gift Shop, music in the Tower and of course Santa! During the week we have Silent Nights; a great opportunity for enjoying the lights at your leisure. Silent nights are perfect for photo opportunities. Silent nights do not have the same features at Holiday Magic Nights. (Credit: Festival of Lights website)
Christmas In The Quarry, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, Williston, FL
Nestled in the woods of Levy County, near Williston, you’ll be impressed by the hidden beauty of Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens. The owners of this property have gone to great expense and effort to create a nature park worthy of a visit at any time of year. This year, they will hold a Holiday Light Show on two weekends during the holiday season. Dates are December 14, 15, 21 and 22.