It’s Winter Festival Time!

By: Press Release Email
By: Press Release Email


It’s the holiday season in Tallahassee, and that signals the imminent arrival of one of the city’s favorite and most enduring events, the Winter Festival! The 23rd annual holiday showcase, with its centerpiece event of the Celebration of Lights, takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19, between 3 and 10 p.m. The Celebration of Lights is free to the public.

As always, 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, Holiday Parade 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 Celebration of Lights are sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department.

Songs of the Season – featuring Claus on Kleman!

New to the Winter Festival this year will be a special Friday evening event from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 include various children’s activities such as crafts, bounce houses, holiday coloring sheets, food vendors and more! This event is also free to the public.

As a reminder, applications for the 2009 Jingle Bell Run remain available online at, 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.

Other events under the Winter Festival umbrella include:
Through Jan. 7 – Youth Fine Arts Competition Exhibit, weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., City Hall art gallery (second floor)
Through Jan. 15 – Adult PhotoFest Juried Fine Arts Photography Exhibit, ArtPort at Tallahassee Regional Airport
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Youth Ornament Tree Decorating Contest, judging at 4 p.m.; display Saturday, Dec. 19, 3-10 p.m., McCarty Park (Park Ave. between Adams and Duval streets
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Elf Night event at Dorothy B. Oven Park, 3205 Thomasville Rd. 5:30-9 p.m.
For more information on the 2009 Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit the City’s website, or call Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs at 891-3866.

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  • by mom Location: tallyfl on Dec 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Where are all of the pictures from the parade? I want to see all of them, we were in it and missed it and cannot find them anywhere!
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Dec 20, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    I went to the "Christams" Festival last night & was very disappointed in the "Christmas" Parade. It was just a bunch of vehicles w/trailers with Christmas lights on them, not many floats Christmas action figureans. Very disappointing. Probably the last one I'll attend. Guess I'll have to watch the Macy's Christmas Day Parade to see a real one.
  • by We are ignored Location: Fla on Dec 20, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Your poll shows 98.5% of folks think the government should NOT rename the Christmas festivities. Yet, they still do. Just another example of how a tiny minority of fruitcakes rules this country.
  • by WCTV on Dec 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    The city of Tallahassee calls the festival The Winter Festival. WCTV is reporting the actual name of the festival. If the city of Tallahassee changes it to the Christmas Festival, we will report it as such.
  • by Captain Crunch on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Is wctv referring to "Christ"mas? I can use this word, I don't have to kiss everybody's a**. Shame on wctv for not manning up.
  • by y Location: tally on Dec 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Anonymous: Can you not read????????????
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    can someone give me details on when the CHRISTMAS activities are going to take place and where?
  • by Fred Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Is this what used to be the Christmas Parade? Ooops, sorry, I forgot I can't use that word.
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