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Christmas Celebration of Lights at the Wildlife Park 12/17-24 and 26

By Susan Strawbridge Posted on December 8, 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, along with the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, will host its annual Christmas Celebration of Lights, a nine-evening event, from Saturday, Dec. 17 through Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, and again on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. The park will open at 5:30 p.m. on these evenings and remain open until 9 p.m.

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park appreciate the event sponsorships of the Citrus County Chronicle, Maus Nissan of Crystal River, Lowe’s of Inverness, TAD Homes by Advanced Aluminum, Citrus 95.3 FM, Classic Hits 96.7 FM, and WWJB 1450AM.

The Celebration of Lights will feature an all new synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs by Sebastian Hawes. Joe Dube will host and present special appearances by our nightly entertainment. Holiday lights, decorations, music and refreshments will create the perfect setting for this holiday wonderland. The Wildside Café will be offering a selection of refreshments. The Friends will also be selling popcorn in the Garden of the Springs.

Celebration of Lights at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is an annual holiday event. For 2016, there will be a synchronized lights how to music. All funds benefit the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park organization. Image courtesy of Joe Dube.

A variety of entertainment will be provided nightly in the Garden of the Springs, as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 17: The Celebration kicks off with the festivities of a Cajun Christmas with Cajun Dave sponsored by Maus Nissan of Crystal River
  • Sunday, Dec. 18: The Park welcomes back the popular Hearts to Hands Deaf choir and singer Trinity Ann sponsored by Lowes of Inverness
  • Monday, Dec. 19: Enjoy the music of Stan Prinston of the Flamingos. This evening’s entertainment is sponsored by TAD Homes by Advanced Aluminum.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20: Music of the Janis Joplin era by JoJo Jones. Santa arrives to visit with the children. This evening’s entertainment sponsored Maus Nissan of Crystal River.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21: Martin George performs music from the 50’s & 60s. Sponsored by Maus Nissan of Crystal River.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22: Country Christmas favorites performed by Nashville’s Angie Bain. Lowes of Inverness is sponsoring this evening’s entertainment.
  • Friday, Dec. 23: Alex Calderone and Sophie Noelle perform with Santa. Tonight’s entertainment sponsored by Walmart of Homosassa.
  • Saturday, Dec. 24: The Nature Coast Community Church will present a non-denominational candlelight service in the Garden of the Springs sponsored by TAD Homes by Advanced Aluminum.
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Join us for an After-Christmas party with host Joe Dube featuring entertainment by Billy “Elvis” Lindsey. The evening’s entertainment is sponsored by TAD Homes by Advanced Aluminum.

The Celebration of Lights will be closed on the evening of Sunday, December 25, 2016.

A donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 through 12 is suggested. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. For our visitors’ convenience, transportation will be provided by tram from the Visitor Center parking lot on U.S. 19 to the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. For more information, call the park office at (352) 628-5343, Mondays through Fridays.

The event will take place:

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 17 – 24, and Dec. 26, 2016

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa, Florida

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