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Wildlife Park plans 28th Annual Celebration of Lights

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on November 28, 2018

Lights, decorations, music, and more create perfect holiday wonderland

The 28th Annual Celebration of Lights, featuring Sebastian Hawes’ Spectacular Synchronized Light and Sound Show along with nightly entertainment, is one of Citrus County’s favorite holiday traditions, hosted by Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. The event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and runs nightly through Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and again on Wednesday, 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 A-Rock Electric, Citrus County Chronicle, Crystal Motor Car Company, The Royal Dalton House, Cody’s Roadhouse of Crystal River, Kane’s Ace Hardware, Walmart of Homosassa, Lowes of Inverness, Citrus 95.3 FM, Classic Hits 96.7 FM, and WWJB 1450AM.

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. Images courtesy of Joe Dube.

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.

Nightly Entertainment Schedule

A variety of energetic entertainment will be featured nightly in the Garden of the Springs:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 19: The Celebration kicks off with Stan Prinston of the Flamingos. Entertainment is sponsored by A- Rock Electric of Floral City.
  • Thursday, Dec. 20: Music of the Janis Joplin era by JoJo Jones. Santa arrives to visit with the children. Entertainment is sponsored by Crystal Motor Car Co. of Homosassa.
  • Friday, Dec. 21: Music from the 50’s and 60’s plus Doo Wop by Chicago native Bill Castner. Santa arrives to visit with the children. Entertainment sponsored by the Royal Dalton House.
  • Saturday, Dec 22: Music provided by Martin George performing a variety of your country favorites. Entertainment sponsored by Cody’s Roadhouse of Crystal River.
  • Sunday, Dec 23: Celebrate a Cajun Christmas with Cajun Dave. Sponsored by Kane’s Ace Hardware of Homosassa.
  • Monday, 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. Entertainment sponsored by Walmart of Homosassa and Lowes of Inverness.
  • Wednesday, 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 A-Rock Electric of Floral City.
The event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and runs nightly through Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, and again on Wednesday, 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. Images courtesy of Joe Dube.

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. These donations help with park maintenance, animal care and park improvements.

For more information, contact the park office at 352-628-5343, Monday through Friday.

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