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Night of Lights in Fort Cooper State Park Dec. 8-10

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on November 27, 2017

The magic and mystery of the holiday season will be experienced by visitors who enter Fort Cooper State Park during the annual Nights of Lights, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Cooper.

This year’s Nights of Lights will be held on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The trails, trees, pavilion and social hall will be decked out in holiday decorations. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will welcome children each night in the Rec hall.

Visitors can roast marshmallows Friday and Saturday nights and make their own s’mores at a bonfire supervised by volunteers from the Friends of Fort Cooper. Refreshments will be served all three nights in the park pavilion and holiday music will be broadcast along the trails.

Jeanne Messersmith, of the Friends of Fort Cooper State Park, welcomes visitors to roast marshmallows at the Night of Lights special event.

In lieu of an entrance fee, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness or pet food for the Citrus County Animal services.

Last year, over 3,500 people attended this popular event and provided over 3,800 pounds of groceries, 60 toy donations and over 600 pounds of pet food. The Friends of Fort Cooper, the Citizen Support Organization for the State Park, hope to surpass these numbers this year. For further information, call 352-726-0315.

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