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Celebration of Lights Dec. 1 to 23

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 1, 2017

Once again “Celebration of Lights” will shine at The Concourse in Shady Hills from Dec. 1st through Dec. 23rd much to the delight of children and families in the Tampa Bay area.

Organized by the Celebration of Lights committee that include Gary Joiner Property Appraiser, Amanda Hart with Blackjack Media Group, Rob Mahler with Pasco County Parks and Recreation and Dave Parris’ wife Carol, this event returns in early December with ample opportunity for weekly and weekend viewing.

It will be a drive through only excursion at The Concourse and Safety Town (11919 Alric Pottberg Rd., off of SR 52) at only  $10 per car, open week nights from 6 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 6 to 10 p.m. For details visit the website at

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Celebration of Lights was conceived by Dave Parris, the founder of this annual event. Dave had a vision for Tampa Bay’s premiere holiday attraction, where young families made memories and one day would bring their own grandchildren. This would be Dave’s legacy.

In 2012 Dave was diagnosed with cancer and was told he had three to six months to live and that moment his purpose in life transformed. His wife, Carol, said that “Dave’s mindset completely changed.  He was intent on making the most of each day and focused on doing something that would make an impact.” Celebration of Lights became Dave’s mission.

Dave passed away in 2014 more than two years after his diagnosis with his goal still to be unveiled. So his daughter, Kara, assumed the role as executive director of the project that also included Dave’s granddaughter, Mitella, as an elf.

Proceeds from the Celebration of Lights will benefit local organizations based on attendance.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Amanda Hart at 727-859-6540 or [email protected] .