Winter Festival Winners Announced

By: James Buechele, City of Tallahassee Email
By: James Buechele, City of Tallahassee Email

News Release: City of Tallahassee

The 27th annual Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts event took place this past Saturday night, dazzling the crowd of 85,000 spectators. Competition among the approximately 80 parade entries was fierce yet again, but the difficult job of judging “Best of” parade entries has been completed.

Here are the winners in various categories:

Nighttime Holiday Parade (sponsored by City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities)


  • BEST IN PARADE – City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities

  • BAND – Deerlake Middle School

  • CITY SERVICES – Tallahassee Parks & Recreation

  • CLUBS – Tallahassee Parrothead Club

  • CORPORATE FLOAT – Bass Pro Shops

  • CORPORATE VEHICLE – Creative Child Learning Center

  • NON-PROFIT FLOAT – Springtime Tallahassee – American Territorial Krewe

  • NON-PROFIT VEHICLE – Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

  • EQUESTRIAN – Conner Carriages

  • GOVERNMENT AGENCY – Supervisor of Elections

  • PERFORMING GROUP – Dance Tallahassee

  • RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION – Rockstar Ravens Community Cheer Squad

  • SCHOOLS – Scottsdale Academy

  • MISCELLANEOUS – Tallahassee Hog Chapter

  • SANTA’S HONORABLE MENTION – Springtime Tallahassee – Spanish Krewe

In addition to the parade winners, several other competitions took place as part of the Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts.

Winners are listed below:

3-K Jingle Bell Run (sponsored by Capital Health Plan) winners:


  • Connor Q. Hollander (male); 8:34

  • Lindsay Taylor (female); 11:14

Youth Ornament Tree Decorating Contest:


  • Kate Sullivan Elementary School (1st place)

  • Walker-Ford Community Center (2nd place)

  • Sue McCollum Community Center (3rd place)

  • Gold Book Pre-School (Honorable Mention)

Winter Festival Youth Fine Art Competition:
(Awards ceremony and reception was held on Friday, Dec. 6.)


  • Middle School 1st place – Alissa Carroll, Florida State University School

  • Middle School 2nd place – Sean Macalacad, Cobb Middle School

  • Middle School 3rd place – Tyler Woods, Gretchen Everhart School

  • Middle School Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by last name) – Alexis Bolte, Montford Middle School; Kathryn Goodman, Cobb Middle School; Becca Kim, Deerlake Middle School

  • High School 1st place – Phil Linden, Leon High School

  • High School 2nd place – Carina Krehl, Florida State University School

  • High School 3rd place – Shelby McCrackin, Florida State University School

  • High School Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by last name) – Dillon Berry, Gretchen Everhart School; Jennifer Gibson, Florida State University School; Seana Heiman, Chiles High School

  • Mayor’s Award (best of show) – Hunter Hanstein, Florida State University School

Photofest 2013:


  • Russell Grace for Enduring Oaks (1st place)

  • Bill Humphries for Breakfast Combo (2nd place)

  • Mike Olivella for The Firefighter (3rd place)

  • Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by last name) - Kira Derryberry for Lucy, Dennis Howard for Pastels, Roger Raepple for Washington Monument, Scott Steppan for Tate Monolith

Sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, the 27th annual Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts continued its tradition of welcoming the winter holiday season to the Capital City. For more information on the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, please visit Talgov.com/parks, like the department on Facebook or follow @COTparks on Twitter.


Story by: James Buechele
12-6-13

It takes a lot to make North Florida look more like the North Pole.

"A lot of times it's months in planning in preparation for this, said Mario Palmentieri, events coordinator for Tallahassee.

Sidewalks become 'Candy Cane Lane' with Christmas trees, treats and reindeer games. Saturday will be the place for Winter Fest. It's a tradition thousands of area residents look forward to every year.

"With everyone's help, we can make it happen."

This year kids can send actual letters to Santa Claus. All they have to do is fill a letter out and then come up to the new post office, drop the letter in, and someone will be on the other side of the post office to make sure it gets to St. Nick.

If you already sent that letter to St. Nick, you can always check out the parade starting at 7 p.m.

For a list of more events, keep reading below.


News Release: City of Tallahassee

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, is the 27th annual Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts! Taking place from 3-10 p.m. in downtown Tallahassee, the event is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the area. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through Candy Cane Lane, hands-on arts and crafts in the expanded children’s activity area on Kleman Plaza, five stages of live entertainment, delicious treats from food vendors and so much more!

At 6 p.m., the lighting ceremony will occur on the Parade Judge's Platform located on South Monroe Street at Bloxham Park.

Immediately after the lights go on at 6:15 p.m., thousands of runners decked out in festive attire will take off on the Capital Health Plan 3K Jingle Bell Run. The course takes runners around downtown and completes where it began at Park Avenue and Monroe Street.

If you want to run but haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Day-of-event registration will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Capital City Bank parking lot located at the corner of Monroe Street and Tennessee Street. The fee is $20 on race day.

At 7:15 p.m. when the final runners have crossed the finish line, the street will be flooded with holiday cheer as the City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities Nighttime Holiday Parade marches down the road. The parade route runs along Monroe Street from Tennessee Street to Gaines Street.

The Winter Festival is coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA). For more information on the 2013 Winter Festival, please visit Talgov.com or call PRNA at 891-FUNN (3866).

Festival Street Closures and StarMetro Route Changes

The following downtown streets will be closed tomorrow as part of Winter Festival. Patrons attending the event are advised to arrive downtown as early as possible. Parking is available at the Kleman Plaza parking garage (Bronough St. entrance only; fee charged), as well as in on-street parking spots throughout downtown except for on streets closed for the event. Handicap parking is available in the eastbound lane of Park Ave. between Monroe St. and Calhoun St. (access via Calhoun St.) and along Adams St. between Park Ave. and Call St. (access via Tennessee St.).


  • Adams St. between Call St. and Jefferson St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • College Ave. between Monroe St. and Bronough St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Duval St. between Pensacola St. and Call St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Monroe St. between Tennessee St. and Brevard St., 2:30-10 p.m.

  • Monroe St. between Tennessee St. and Gaines St., 5:30-10 p.m.

  • Madison St. between Railroad Ave. and Monroe St., 5:30-10 p.m.

  • Gaines St. between Gadsden St. and Duval St., 6-7 p.m.


In addition, StarMetro Saturday routes will be affected by the road closures. The Rhythm route will not operate. Please call StarMetro at 891-5200 for route detour information. StarMetro route detours will begin when the Tallahassee Police Department starts shutting down the roads.


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