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Wildlife Park Plans Celebration of Lights

By Kate Spratt Posted on November 23, 2019

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

Wildlife Park Plans Celebration of Lights

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 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.
  • 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.