Crowds Gather For 14th Annual Elf Night [GALLERY]

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Gina Pitisci
December 20, 2013

Last night was the 14th Annual Elf Night in Tallahassee.

The festivities at Dorothy B. Oven Park started at 5:30 pm and finished around 9 pm. There were cookies, hot chocolate and over 250,000 twinkling holiday lights for everyone to enjoy.

Santa and Mrs. Claus even made a pit stop at Elf Night to visit with kids before heading back up to the north pole.

The lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park have been available for viewing since Thanksgiving Night and will stay up until the January 1.

You can drive through for free every night!

News Release: City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL - They’re used to much colder temperatures, but soon, Tallahassee will offer a warm welcome to some North Pole visitors – Soul Santa and a gaggle of elves.

This weekend, Soul Santa will park his sleigh right here in the Capital City. He will visit LeVerne Payne Community Center, 450 West Fourth Avenue, on Friday, Dec. 13, from 2-6 p.m. The following day, Saturday, Dec. 14, he will visit Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Soul Santa is never one to forget his flair, so crowds will want to watch as he makes his grand entrance at both locations. He will arrive at 4 p.m. at LeVerne Payne and at 11 a.m. at Walker-Ford.

His true mission, though, is to bring extra cheer to Tallahassee children, and each child (up to age 10 at Walker-Ford and age 12 at LeVerne Payne) will receive a present. A parent should accompany children to get registered for a gift upon arrival.

There will also be entertainment and food to keep the parties going. A DJ will pump up the beat at LeVerne Payne, and local performers will serenade the crowd at Walker-Ford. Both events are free and open to the public.

The North Pole sleigh will stay grounded in Tallahassee for a few more days after Soul Santa’s visit. The elves have their own appearance booked later in the week at Dorothy B. Oven Park for the 14th annual Elf Night. With more than 250,000 lights twinkling against the night sky, the park has been transformed into a winter wonderland! Visitors are invited to stroll the grounds on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Elf Night is co-sponsored by Morgan Stanley 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 to record all the smiles and wonderment on their children’s faces because we've heard Santa might 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 next Thursday night. Drivers who typically use Thomasville Road and who are not attending Elf Night may want to consider using an alternate route as there are normally delays and heavy traffic along the road during the event.

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