Elf Night at Tallahassee's Dorothy B. Oven Park

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

Tallahassee, Florida - December 12, 2011 -

Can you imagine setting up a holiday display with over 250,000 lights? City staff at Dorothy B. Oven Park can! Crews from the City's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department have yet again transformed the already beautiful park, house and gardens into a dazzling winter wonderland. The public is cordially invited to view the spectacular scene during the 12th annual Elf Night, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Although the park’s horticultural unit spent many hours creating and setting up the light display, they began the project in September so that they could work the task in with their routine duties without having to cost the City any overtime or have to call in extra crews. The decorations adorn the park grounds, gardens and buildings and visitors are welcome to stroll through the park at their own leisurely pace.

“Opening up the facility to the public allows the City to thank the Tallahassee community for their support of Dorothy B. Oven Park,” said Mayor John Marks. “As one of the City's signature events, Elf Night is a perfect opportunity for families to take time out from their hectic schedules and enjoy a unique and magical holiday evening together.” Mayor Marks added that the park's stunning appearance throughout the holidays is a testament to the hard work and community spirit exhibited by the dedicated employees with Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs.

Dorothy B. Oven Park, located at 3205 Thomasville Road, is a popular locale during the holiday season for parties and other events because of its inherent charm. But one night each holiday season on the third Thursday in December, the park is open to the public to enjoy the display. Debbie Pullen, supervisor of the facility, has been present for all prior Elf Night events and even though this year's event is her final one prior to retiring in 2012, the event still holds magic for her. "For me, it's always about seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who attends Elf Night, no matter what their age."

Elf Night is co-sponsored by Florida Surplus Lines Service Office, and is free to the public. In addition to viewing the decorated house and grounds, citizens can enjoy hot cider, cocoa and cookies. Parents will want to bring cameras and camcorders to record all the smiles and wonderment on their children’s faces … and we're hopeful Santa will stop by for a visit!

For safety reasons vehicles will not be allowed to drive through Dorothy B. Oven Park during the event. Public parking will be available next to the park at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, as well as at the Piedmont Park Alliance Church across the street. Motorists along Thomasville Road are urged to drive with caution in the vicinity of the park on Thursday night.

While the event is free, donations will be accepted for the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc. If you can’t attend Elf Night, the lights will be on display for your enjoyment through New Year's Day. For more information please visit Talgov.com/parks.


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  • by Sharon Location: Tallahassee on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    WOW Jim did you really go off about elves? Seriously when you were a kid elves were included in Chistmas, they are Santa helpers! And as far as not using the C word, what the hell do you think Christmas is about? It's for us to celebrate Christ's birthday. Get use to to buddy cause it ain't gonna change! Just remember Jim you will have your day with him and then you can explain your reasoning for bashing the holiday that honors him! I think people like you are useless.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Have to agree with Krystal on this. If you don't agree with what the park is doing, don't go!!! Having a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie and seeing the beautiful lights may be the only CHRISTmas some people have this year. And, for those who don't like the park's festivities, feel free to attend CHRISTmas services at any of the area churches! You just might be blessed! Merry CHRISTMAS and God bless us, everyone!
  • by Krystal Location: Tallahassee on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Everyone has opinions. Some people like elves and holiday stereotypes. If you don't agree with what the park is doing this year, don't go to it. MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANUKKAH!
  • by Jim on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    I think that short people should be offended at the city promoting "elves". That is stereotypical. I'm tired of dwarfs being made fun of and trivialized. I am offended. Let's keep elves out of the C-word holiday. (p.s. don't use the n-word, f-word, c-word, and I've got 50 other words not to use so that people don't get offended). ...FORGOT THE OTHER F WORD, (f of speech)...(freedom of speech).
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    all those things like lights, elves, reindeer are associated with ******mas. Is my city taxes paying for this? I didn't want to say Christmas because some Scrooge will be offended and may sue somebody.
  • by Beachgirl Location: Tally on Dec 13, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    It is fun for the kids. Why does unhappy opinionated people have to be so negative? Just be happy n positive for a day. You might actually enjoy it!!
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      by Sarah on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to Beachgirl
      I agree.......DON'T WORRY-BE HAPPY! Life is to short to fret the small stuff.....
  • by Attendee on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    ELF NIGHT and the lights in the park are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Keep up the work guys, rest assured I will be there everynight for a walk through.
  • by IMHO on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    Get a life people. THis is a time of year when we should all be celebrating, love, peace and understanding and carrying it through out our lives. This bickering and fighting is so very sad.
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      by ROTFELDM on Dec 13, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to IMHO
      Oh shut up.
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        by Sammy the Elf on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to ROTFELDM
        Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the rock this morning......I'll pray for you ROTFELDM... Just remember God loves EVERYONE!!!!!!
  • by Not Derp on Dec 12, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    Derp, if bothers you all so much, you are welcome to attend "Christmas" services at the church next door to the park.
  • by Grinch on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    Elves are associated with the C-word holiday. So why is the city having a C-word holiday event on city property?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to Grinch
      if you're talking about Christmas, there are no elves in the Bible as far as I know(if there show me), and since Christmas is a christian holiday representing the day in which Jesus was born, you can rest assured that there were no elves present. Also note that there was no Santa, reindeer, elves, grinches, or whos. Go ahead and attend elf night it couldn't possibly have any religious background.
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        by Not Shortsighted on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to
        People like you that put something down without even knowing all the facts make this world a hard place to live. Everyone celebrates this time of year differently, and we are FREE to do so. Also, there is a full Nativity Scene set up, and it is done very well. So Christ is includied in the light show. Great job this Dorothy B Oven Park, we had a blast.
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