CITY OF TALLAHASSEE NEWS RELEASE:
Thanksgiving has already come and gone, and 'tis the season in Tallahassee - meaning that it's time for one of Tallahassee's favorite and most enduring events, the 23rd annual Winter Festival! While the festival has traditionally been held the first weekend of December, this year's event has been expanded to a two-day holiday extravaganza on Dec. 18 and 19.
To help ensure the event's success, a team of volunteers always provides logistical support to City staff. Additional volunteers are needed for all aspects of the 2009 Winter Festival, and citizens interested in being an active part of this year's event are urged to contact the Winter Festival office by phone at 891-3887.
Songs of the Season - featuring Claus on Kleman!
New to the Winter Festival this year will be a special Friday evening event on Dec. 18 at Kleman Plaza. The "Songs of the Season - featuring Claus on Kleman" event will feature choirs, choral and instrumental groups performing seasonal musical selections. In addition, Santa Claus will be on site for photo opportunities and visits with children throughout the event, so parents will want to bring cameras/camcorders! The Kleman Plaza event will take place between 6 and 9 p.m. and will include various children's activities such as crafts, bounce houses, holiday coloring sheets, food vendors and more! This event is free to the public.
Celebration of Lights
The following evening, on Saturday, Dec. 19, the area's largest nighttime event will transform downtown Tallahassee into a holiday wonderland, with the crowd-pleasing elements of the lighting ceremony, Jingle Bell Run sponsored by Capital Health Plan, Holiday Parade sponsored by City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities and lots more. This year's theme is "Magic on Monroe Street."
The festival also includes five stages of local live entertainment, a children's activity area, food vendors, arts and crafts merchants and holiday illumination displays. The Winter Festival and its centerpiece event, the Celebration of Lights, are sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and coordinated by the City's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department.
As a reminder, applications for the 2009 Jingle Bell Run are available online at Talgov.com, at the Sandal Beat kiosk on the lower level of Governor's Square and at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department annex at 912 Myers Park Drive.
For more information on the 2009 Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit the City's Talgov.com website, or call Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs at 891-3866.