Annual "Elf Night" Celebration at Dorothy B. Oven Park

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida --

Take a trip into a spectacular winter wonderland, full of illuminating light displays, tasty holiday treats and visits by Santa and his North Pole helpers at the annual Elf Night event at Dorothy B. Oven Park. As they have for over a decade, crews from the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department transform the park grounds, gardens and buildings into a mesmerizing holiday display of more than 250,000 lights and decorations. The public is invited out to Elf Night from 5:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16.

The park’s horticultural unit begins planning and preparation for the event in early September. Working hard to set up the magnificent light displays and holiday decorations, the crews spend months creating a world of winter wonderment within the beautiful setting of the park.

“Elf Night is a wonderful family oriented event that gives citizens the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season at Dorothy B. Oven Park,” said Debbie Pullen, supervisor of the facility. “Our ability to showcase the beauty of the park within the context of the joyous holiday season makes the event unforgettable for all. It’s a perfect opportunity for families to take time out from their hectic schedules and enjoy a unique and magical holiday evening together.”

Earning Santa’s approval, Florida Surplus Lines Service Office is co-sponsoring Elf Night, aiding in the free of charge admission for the public. Along with the vivid light displays throughout the park, guests can meet winter wonderland guests including snowmen, gingerbread women and men, tin soldiers, Christmas elves and last, but certainly not least, Santa Claus himself! Bringing an added layer of holiday spirit to the park, Elf Night will provide visitors with traditional holiday treats straight out of Santa’s kitchen including hot cider, cocoa and cookies. Don’t forget to bring along camcorders and personal cameras to capture a holiday experience that is sure to create happy holiday memories for a lifetime!

Parking for the event will be available next to the park at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, with additional parking across the street at the Piedmont Park Alliance Church. With pedestrian safety in mind, the Tallahassee Police Department will be on scene to direct traffic and help visitors safely enter and exit the park.

While the event is free of charge, donations will be accepted for the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation Inc. If you can’t attend the Elf Night event, the lights will be on display at Dorothy B. Oven Park for your enjoyment through New Year’s Day. For more information on the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, please visit

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