Winter Festival Winners Announced
The 24th annual Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights event took place this past Saturday night. Competition among the approximately 100 parade entries was fierce yet again, but the difficult job of judging ‘best of’ parade entries has been completed, and following are the winners in various categories.
Nighttime Holiday Parade (sponsored by City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities)
BAND – Griffin Middle School Marching Band
CITY SERVICES – Tallahassee Fire Department featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus
CLUBS/MISCELLANEOUS – Chrome Divas of Tallahassee
CORPORATE – Gym Force
EQUESTRIAN – Wells Fargo
GOVERNMENT AGENCY – Leon County Animal Control Unit
NON-PROFIT – (tie) Springtime Tallahassee Antebellum Statehood; Springtime Tallahassee American Territorial
PERFORMING GROUP – Tallahassee Supersquads
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION – Divine Praise Dance Ministry
SCHOOLS – Scottsdale Academy (honorable mention to Creative Pre-School)
BEST IN PARADE – Springtime Tallahassee Belles & Gents
In addition to the parade winners, several other competitions took place as part of the Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, with winners listed below.
3-K Jingle Bell Run (sponsored by Capital Health Plan) winners:
Jacob Slupecki (male); 10:05
Kirsten Hagen (female); 12:32
Youth Ornament Tree Decorating Contest:
Walker-Ford Community Center (1st place)
School of Arts and Science (2nd place)
Hartsfield Elementary School (3rd place)
Gretchen Everhart School (Mayor’s Award)
Winter Festival Adult Photofest 2010 contest:
(Awards ceremony and reception was held on Nov. 18.)
Silence by Robert Hudson (1st place)
The Thick Air Is Murderous. I Would Breathe Water by Bill Humphries (2nd place)
Life is Fragile by Amy Higgins (3rd place)
Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by work title)
Bay Scallop by David Moynahan
Lily Magic by Diana Orrick Nature’s Playground by Robert Hudson
Volcano Arenal, Costa Rica by Inger Avant
Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition:
(Awards ceremony and reception was held on Dec. 3.)
Middle School 1st place – Victor Castano, Florida State University School
· Middle School 2nd place – Savanna McDonald, Deerlake
· Middle School 3rd place – Holly Davidson, Raa
· Middle School Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by last name) – Ben Dowling, Florida State University School; Christian Liliestrand, Montford; Brianna Mead, Montford
· High School 1st place – David Hendon, Maclay
· High School 2nd place – Katie McTigue, SAIL
· High School 3rd place – Kate Bassett, Florida State University School
· High School Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by last name) – Lilly Atwell, Lincoln; Sarah Patrick, Leon; Kayleigh Rabitille, Chiles
· Mayor’s Award (best of show) – William Jackson, Rickards
Sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and coordinated by the City’s “Best in America” Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department, the 24th annual Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights 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.
Updated 12-3 7:16pm
The capital city is getting into the holiday spirit this weekend.
Everyone has a favorite thing at Tallahassee's Winter Festival.
"Oh, good night. It's hard to say." Said, Tallahassee resident Ida Jean Sapp.
There's plenty to be in awe of once the festivities get underway.
Friday, work crews spent the day setting up the 24th annual event.
Sapp can't wait because she attends, "Year after year."
The usual crowd-pleasing elements are the lighting ceremony, the Jingle Bell Run, the Holiday Parade, vendors, arts and crafts, and so much more.
Sapp said, "The food is wonderful everywhere and it's just fun to walk around and see people and how they're reacting. Festive is the word. Oh, the parade is just great. All the jingle jangle, everybody just gets so excited."
An exciting new feature this year is the Candy Cane Lane, which is a stroll-through a holiday-themed forest complete with animation that ends up at Santa's Candy Cane Factory in McCarty Park on Park Avenue.
Organizers say people from across the country come every year to the festival which kicks off the holiday season and brings the community together.
Tallahassee resident Vena Roberts says she enjoys the festival. She said, "No matter whether we are Christians or Jewish or any other religion. We can all enjoy having the feeling of togetherness. The lights are just beautiful. They make our town special."
"Oh, yes, oh, good night, yes. it'll be fun." Sapp said,.
One of the big attractions that is sure to draw crowds, is Ice Skating.
The event returns at Kleman Plaza after an hiatus because of the economy. In 2006, it was held at Kleman, and in 2007 it was held at the fairgrounds.
See below for the complete rundown of festivities, times, and road closures.
[UPDATE] 12-3 9:15AM --
It's Winter Festival Time!
December 2, 2010
24th Annual Event Takes Place Saturday; Ice Skating Returns! - The weather certainly indicates it's almost winter! And the cool temperatures coincide with the imminent arrival of one of the city's favorite and most enduring events, the Winter Festival! The 24th annual holiday showcase, with its centerpiece event the Celebration of Lights, takes place this Saturday, Dec. 4, 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. The Winter Festival includes the usual crowd-pleasing elements of the lighting ceremony (6 p.m.), Jingle Bell Run (6:15 p.m.), Holiday Parade (7:15 p.m.) and lots more. The festival also features five stages of local live entertainment, a new 'Candy Cane Lane' exhibit, a children's activity area, food vendors, arts and crafts merchants and holiday illumination displays. This year's theme is "City Lights, Holiday Sights."
As a reminder, applications for the 2010 Jingle Bell Run remain available online at Talgov.com and at a number of locations throughout Tallahassee (details online).
Tallahassee on Ice Returns to Kleman Plaza!
In tandem with the Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, outdoor ice skating returns to downtown's Kleman Plaza. Tallahassee on Ice features public skating sessions starting this Saturday, from 3-10 p.m. Ice skating sessions will continue daily through Jan. 3 (closed on Christmas Day). An hour-long skating session including skate rental costs only $6. The ice surface is actually a synthetic compound, but the look and feel is extremely close to the real thing. The rink actually has a smoother surface without the constant maintenance real ice skating surfaces do. For more information, including times of operation and rental/party details, please call the ice rink number at 545-4865 or visit Talgov.com.
Other events under the Winter Festival umbrella include:
Through Jan. 7 -- Adult PhotoFest Juried Fine Arts Photography Exhibit, ArtPort at Tallahassee Regional Airport
Through Jan. 11 -- Youth Fine Arts Competition Exhibit, weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., City Hall art gallery
Thursday, Dec. 16 -- Elf Night event at Dorothy B. Oven Park, 3205 Thomasville Rd. 5:30-9 p.m.
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 (PRNA). For more information on the 2010 Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit Talgov.com or call PRNA at 891-3866.
[UPDATE] 12-1 10:00AM --
The following roads will be closed for the Winter Fest Parade and Festival on Saturday, Dec. 4.
1) W. College Ave between S. Adams St. and S. Duval St. from Friday 12/3/10 5pm until Saturday 12/4/10 11pm (Festival)
2) E. College Ave between S. Monroe St. and S. Adams St. Saturday 12/4/10 7am-11pm (Festival)
3) S. Adams St. between E. Call St. and E. Jefferson St. Saturday 12/4/10 7a-11p (Festival)
4) E. Park Ave. between S. Monroe St. and S. Duval St. Saturday 12/4/10 7a-11p (Festival)
5) S. Duval St. between W. Pensacola St. and W. Call St. Saturday 12/4/10 7a-11p (Festival)
6) N. Monroe St. between E. Brevard St. and E. Tennessee St. Saturday 12/4/10 3pm-9pm (Parade Staging Area)
7) N. Monroe St. between E. Tennessee St. and E. Gaines St. Saturday 12/4/10 7pm-10pm (Parade Route)
8) E. Gaines St. between S. Monroe St. and S. Meridian Rd. Saturday 12/4/10 7pm-10pm (Parade Route)
Kleman Plaza will be open for parking during these events with the primary ingress and egress being S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, Florida --
Even though we’re still a week away from Thanksgiving, the imminent arrival of one of the city’s favorite and most enduring events is right around the corner. The 24th annual Winter Festival holiday showcase, with its centerpiece event of the Celebration of Lights, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, between 3 and 10 p.m.
The area’s largest and most popular nighttime event will transform downtown Tallahassee into a holiday wonderland, with the usual crowd-pleasing elements of the lighting ceremony, Jingle Bell Run, Holiday Parade and lots more. This year’s theme is “City Lights, Holiday Sights.” The festival also includes five stages of local live entertainment, a special activity area for the kids, 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.
An exciting new feature this year is the addition of ‘Candy Cane Lane,’ a stroll-through holiday-themed forest complete with animation that ends up at ‘Santa’s Candy Cane Factory.’ Located in McCarty Park on Park Avenue, Candy Cane Lane will also feature holiday ‘photo op’ cutouts located inside the Festival area.
And good news for those of you who enjoy ‘skating around.’ Tallahassee on Ice is being reintroduced this year at Kleman Plaza. Opening day on Saturday, December 4 coincides with the Winter Festival. Details will be announced soon.
As a reminder, applications for the 2010 Jingle Bell Run are now available. The run is always one of the highlights of the Winter Festival, with thousands of runners, joggers and walkers festively adorned in holiday attire while their shoes jingle with the sounds of the season. At a little less than two miles, it’s hardly a marathon, so entire families often join together for the 6:15 p.m. start. Jingle Bell Run registration forms are now available:
online at Talgov.com/parks
at Sandal Beat, 415 All Saints St., #111
at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, 1641 W. Pensacola St.
at the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs complex, 912 Myers Park Dr.
and, at various businesses throughout Tallahassee (visit Talgov.com/parks for locations)
The first 2,200 participants registered are guaranteed to receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, Santa’s cap and jingle bells for their running/walking shoes. For more information on the 2010 Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit Talgov.com/parks or call Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs at 891-3866.