Park Shines Bright Like A Diamond

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City of Tallahassee Release: Park Shines Bright Like A Diamond
Annual Elf Night Event Returns Dec. 20 at Dorothy B. Oven Park

Tallahassee, FL - 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. Preparing for the holiday season, they have spared no effort in decorating the grounds.

The public is cordially invited to view the spectacular scene during the 13th annual Elf Night, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20.

The horticultural crew has been most creative this year. They created an “Oven Park Express” train heading to Santa’s Depot at the gazebo, a walkthrough lighted icicle tunnel and a Candy Cane House.

Although many hours were spent creating and setting up the light display, the crew began the project in September. This allowed them to work the task into their routine duties and saved the City the potential cost of overtime or extra crews.

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. One night each holiday season, however, the third Thursday in December specifically, the park is open to the public to enjoy the display. It’s a perfect opportunity for families to take time out from their hectic schedules and enjoy a unique and magical holiday evening together.

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 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 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.

While the event is free, donations will be accepted for the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation Inc. For more information, please visit

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