Whether you’re building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, or just dreaming about your next home improvement, the Hernando County Home & Garden Show is the place to be. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is bringing the 2nd Annual Home & Garden Show to Hernando County on February 29 from 10… Read More
Live mermaids and live music will provide your send-off as you explore the Florida Mermaid Trail in Brooksville. We’re also holding a Best Mermaid Contest for both people and animals at 10:15 am. Don’t miss it! What is The Florida Mermaid Trail? The Florida Mermaid Trail includes two routes (1.1… Read More
Experience the thrill of the golden age of aviation with a flight in the fully restored Ford Tri-Motor airplane. This was the first all-metal multi-engine commercial airliner and it is coming to the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport on March 5-8, 2020 for your opportunity to schedule a flight. A one-of-a-kind… Read More
You know spring is just around the corner when the 33rd Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival comes to town! Get ready to come out to one of Citrus County’s prettiest parks on March 7th and 8th for fun (and strawberries), food (and strawberries), entertainment (and strawberries), Princess Pageants and Pie-Eating… Read More
Most people who know him would say Bengt is a logistically impaired ditz, but his comedy is described as intelligent, surprisingly universal considering the content matter and profoundly funny. Bengt Washburn is bringing his hilarious comedy show to The Valerie Theatre in Inverness, Florida, on March 7 for two shows:… Read More
The 36th Annual Art in the Park will be held at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville, FL, Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10 am-5 pm. The juried festival offers more than 130 fine art and craft exhibitors plus 2 days of live stage entertainment, featuring… Read More
Blues Bash at the Ranch came about after the success of Camping with the Blues, held at Sertoma Youth Ranch in October each year. Greg Herndon and Paul Benjamin felt another blues festival would be the perfect addition to the ranch and would be held in the spring each year. Read More
The City of Inverness announces the sixth annual Inverness Big Bass Classic to be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Wallace Brooks Park. This event has become very popular with locals and professionals throughout the southeast for its high stakes hourly weigh-ins. Anglers compete for the hourly $1,000 payout and… Read More
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Celebration of Lights in the Wildlife Park
December 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until December 26, 2019
One of Citrus County’s favorite holiday traditions, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park host the 29th Annual Celebration of Lights, featuring Sebastian Hawes’ Spectacular Synchronized Light and Sound Show along with nightly entertainment. The event begins on Thursday, Dec. 19 and runs nightly through Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, and again on Thursday, Dec. 26. The park will open at 5:30 pm on these evenings and remain open until 9 pm. The Celebration of Lights will be closed on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 25.
The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park appreciate the event sponsorships of Citrus Kia of Crystal River, Cody’s Roadhouse of Crystal River, The Royal Dalton House of Homosassa, Kane’s Ace Hardware of Homosassa, RGA Media Systems of Hernando, Lowes of Inverness and Walmart of Homosassa.
The Celebration of Lights will feature the visual and audio talents of Sebastian Hawes through a unique synchronized light and sound extravaganza, turning the park’s Garden of the Springs into a spectacle of dancing light after dark. Nils Anderson and Sue Buchheister will emcee the event, presenting nightly entertainment and special guest appearances. Glittering holiday lights, ornate decorations, and festive music will set the perfect atmosphere for creating a lasting holiday family memory. The Wildside Café will offer a selection of refreshments and the park’s Friends group will be selling popcorn in the Garden of the Springs.
A variety of energetic entertainment will be featured nightly in the Garden of the Springs:
- Thursday, Dec. 19: The Celebration kicks off with Stan Prinston of the Flamingos. Entertainment is sponsored by Citrus Kia of Crystal River.
- Friday, Dec. 20: Country variety with Martin George. Santa arrives to visit with the children. Entertainment is sponsored by Cody’s Roadhouse of Crystal River.
- Saturday, Dec. 21: Music from the ’50s and ’60s plus Doo Wop by Chicago native Bill Castner. Santa arrives to visit with the children. Entertainment sponsored by The Royal Dalton House.
- Sunday, Dec 22: Music provided by “Little Miss Dynamite” Karen Kallin. Entertainment sponsored by Kane’s Ace Hardware of Homosassa.
- Monday, Dec 23: Music of the Janis Joplin era with JoJo Jones. Sponsored by RGA Media Systems of Hernando.
- Tuesday, Dec. 24: The Nature Coast Church will present a non-denominational candlelight service in the Garden of the Springs. Followed by music of the holidays by TrinityAnn Martinez. Entertainment sponsored by Lowes of Inverness.
- Thursday, Dec 26: Join us for an After Christmas party with Host Nils Anderson and Sue Buchheister featuring entertainment by Billy “Elvis” Lindsey. Entertainment sponsored by Walmart of Homosassa.
A donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 through 12 is suggested. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free. For our visitors’ convenience, transportation will be provided via tram from the Visitor Center parking lot on U.S. 19 to the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive. For more information, contact the park office at 352-628-5343, Monday through Friday.
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