Enjoy A Taste of the Season Downtown
Winter Festival Takes Place Saturday; Ice Skating Returns!
December 02, 2013
Most things in Tallahassee have changed since 1987, but one tradition remains in amplified glory to ring in the holiday season. This Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 10 p.m., Winter Festival - a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts will celebrate 27 years of providing the Capital City with one of its most endearing events. The annual holiday extravaganza transforms downtown into a sparkling winter wonderland.
The Winter Festival is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and free to the public.
"Tallahassee is a charming place during the holidays. We celebrate the season in style, from the festive lights in our downtown parks to the cozy vignettes that dot windows on an evening walk," said Mayor John Marks. "Winter Festival kicks off the holiday season and is part of that charm. More importantly, it's our opportunity to thank citizens for being part of this wonderful community. It's truly a family-friendly event, so I'd like to invite citizens of all ages to join us downtown this Saturday night!"
The 27th anniversary Winter Festival includes the usual crowd-pleasing elements of the lighting ceremony (6 p.m.), Jingle Bell Run (6:15 p.m.), Nighttime Holiday Parade (7:15 p.m.) and lots more. The festival also features five stages of local live entertainment, a Candy Cane Lane exhibit with special live candy making demonstrations by Lofty Pursuits, an expanded children's activity area on Kleman Plaza, food vendors, arts and crafts merchants and holiday illumination displays. This year's theme is "A Taste of the Season."
As a reminder, you can still sign up for the Jingle Bell Run for a $15 registration fee at the following locations/times:
- Tuesday, Dec. 3, at The Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, 1641 West Pensacola Street, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Skate World, 2563 Capital Circle NE, from 6-9 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 5, at The Red Elephant, 2910 Kerry Forrest Parkway, from 6-9 p.m.
After Thursday, registration will resume at the Capital City Bank parking lot located at Monroe and Tennessee streets on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3-6 p.m. The fee will be $20 on race day.
Tallahassee on Ice Returns to Kleman Plaza!
In tandem with the Winter Festival, outdoor ice skating returns to downtown's Kleman Plaza. Tallahassee on Ice features public skating sessions starting this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3-10 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-8 p.m. Ice skating sessions will continue, weather permitting, until Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. For a complete list of dates and times, please visit http://www.talgov.com/parks/parks-winter.aspx. 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 has a smoother surface without the constant maintenance of a real ice skating surface.
For more information, including times of operation and rental/party details, please call the special ice rink line during operating hours at 408-7700 or the main office at 891-3879 during regular office hours (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit Talgov.com.
Other holiday events hosted by the City of Tallahassee include:
- Now through January 20, 2014 - PhotoFest Juried Fine Arts Photography Exhibit, ArtPort at Tallahassee Regional Airport
- Now through January 6, 2014 - Youth Fine Arts Competition Exhibit, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall art gallery
- Friday, Dec. 13 - Soul Santa at LeVerne Payne Community Center, 450 West Fourth Avenue, 2-6 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 14 - Soul Santa at Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 19 - Elf Night event at Dorothy B. Oven Park, 3205 Thomasville Road, 5:30-9 p.m.
Winter Festival - a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts 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).
Jan Bubsey, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, 891-3860; or Lizzy Kelley, Department of Communications, 891-8533