Tallahassee, FL - Thousands packed downtown Tallahassee to celebrate the City's 26th Winter Festival.
"(I like the ) Candy canes, funnel cake and the bounce house," says Ja'Lin Brown who attended the festival
Thousands of others lined Monroe Street to watch the parade.
"I can't wait until it starts," says one parade goer.
Lofty Pursuits was one of the roughly thirty vendors at the festival along with the dozens of shops that line downtown.
Many of those businesses and vendors say they see the festival as a chance to reach more customers.
"The exposure that we get here really helps our Christmas sales. People come in and they see the toys and they see the candy and what's unique to Tallahassee," says Gregory Cohen, the owner of Lofty Pursuits.
But others say no matter what brought you to the parade, the important thing is to just have fun.
The City of Tallahassee estimates the festival brought about 100,000 people to the area.
Tallahassee, FL - City workers are transforming downtown Tallahassee into a winter wonderland. They've been working around the clock the past few days getting ready for Saturday's Winter Festival.
Workers were out Friday putting up the finishing touches.
The 26th annual Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights is from 3-10 p.m. in downtown Tallahassee tomorrow, Saturday, 12-01.
The event is expected to draw more than 100,000 people.
Visitors can enjoy a stroll through Candy Cane Lane, the children's activity area, live entertainment, food vendors and much more.
Recreation Supervisor Mario Palmentieri says even putting it all together was fun. "We kind of work on it all year round. So, it's a lot of fun for us. We have a great time decorating and doing all the things, all the planning for the event and just have a great time for the people that come out."
The Lighting Ceremony is at 6pm. The 3K Jingle Bell Run starts at 6:15, and the Holiday Parade begins at 7:15, marching along Monroe Street from Tennessee Street to Gaines.
Look for the WCTV team in the parade.
For more information on the route, road closures, and schedules, please see below.
City of Tallahassee Release: Winter Festival Lights Up Tallahassee Tomorrow!
Tomorrow is the 26th annual Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights! Taking place from 3-10 p.m. in downtown Tallahassee, the event is expected to draw over 100,000 people to the area. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through Candy Cane Lane, hands-on arts and crafts in the children’s activity area, 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., the thousands of runners decked out in their 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! Head to Mellow Mushroom, 1641 W. Pensacola Street (near FSU stadium), before 6 p.m. today and fill out the registration form. Only cash or check is accepted. For those who pre-registered either online (which is no longer available) or by mail, race packets are also ready for pick up at Mellow Mushroom.
Day-of-event registration will begin on tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Capital City Bank parking lot located at the corner of Monroe Street and Tennessee Street.
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 and Celebration of Lights are coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA). For more information on the 2012 Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit Talgov.com or call PRNA at 891-FUNN (3866).
Festival Street Closures and StarMetro Route Detours
The following downtown streets will be closed Saturday as part of the Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights. 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 on-street parking throughout downtown except for 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. – 11 p.m.
· College Ave. between Monroe St. and Bronough St., 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
· Park Ave. between Monroe St. and Bronough St., 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (access to DoubleTree Hotel available via Monroe St. to eastbound lane of Park Ave., which will have two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes)
· Monroe St. between Brevard St. and Tennessee St., 2:30-11 p.m.
· Monroe St. between Tennessee St. and Gaines St., 6:15-11 p.m.
· Tennessee St. at Monroe St., 6:15-11 p.m.
· Apalachee Parkway at Franklin Blvd., 6:15-11 p.m.
· Duval St. in downtown core, 7 a.m.
In addition, many StarMetro Saturday routes will be affected by the road closures. A full list of affected routes and their changes is available at Talgov.com/StarMetro. StarMetro route detours will begin when the Tallahassee Police Department starts shutting down the roads.
Tallahassee Police Department Release
Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Police Department has released a list of road closures for Tallahassee WinterFest. A map of the WinterFest route is also attached.
1) Adams St. will be closed from Call St. to Jefferson St. from 7am-11pm for Winter Festival set-up.
2) College Ave. will be closed from Monroe St. to Bronough St from 7am-10pm for Winter Festival set-up.
3) Park Ave. will be closed from Monroe St. to Bronough St. from 7am-10pm for Winter Festival set-up. (Access to the Double Tree Hotel can be made off of Monroe St. onto Park Ave. which will be set up for two-way traffic in the east bound lanes.)
4) Monroe St. will be closed from Brevard St. to Tennessee St. from 2:30pm-11pm for Parade Staging
5) Monroe St. will be closed from Tennessee St. to Gaines St. from 6:15pm-11pm for the Jingle Bell Run and Parade.
6) Tennessee St. will be closed at Monroe St. from 6:15pm-11pm for the Jingle Bell Run and Parade.
7) Apalachee Pkwy. will be closed at Franklin Blvd. from 6:15pm-11pm for the Jingle Bell Run and Parade.
Parade Staging begins at 2:30pm on Monroe St. from Tennessee St. North to Brevard St.
The Parade Route is Monroe St. from Tennessee St. to Gaines St. then east to disembark.
Tallahassee, FL - Holiday music and the sound of power tools. The two noises together could only mean one thing in Tallahasse this time of year.
"We are setting up for Winter Festival," said Lizzy Kelley with the City of Tallahassee.
That festival is Saturday but right now these temporary elves are working hard to make the magic of the season happen, starting with Candy Cane Lane.
"It was a huge hit last year, a lot of families strolled through to see how Santa makes his candy canes, it's a good time for everyone," said Kelley.
She says hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to Tallahassee to enjoy the festivities.
For a list of festivities go to http://www.talgov.com/parks/parks-winter.aspx