Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Museum at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs is combining the old with the new for a unique Christmas experience.
The park celebrates and preserves Florida's unique folk culture and also plays tribute to Stephen Foster's legacy as one of the greatest American composers. A beloved figure of the antebellum era, he penned such Civil War era favorites as "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home" and, of course, "Suwannee River." The latter tune is now the State Song of Florida.

Here is the latest information on this year's Christmas event from the state park service:
Carillon Tower

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is hosting its annual Festival of Lights, displaying more than four million lights throughout the park, continuing through December 31st each evening until 9 p.m. (closed Christmas Night, December 25th).

Visitors can enjoy the holiday sights and sounds as they drive through the park to see unique holiday light displays, including the majestic oak trees adorned with thousands of lights, the antebellum museum dressed in full holiday splendor and a gingerbread village at the Gift Shop and Craft Square. The centerpiece of the park's light display is the Carillon Tower, which illuminates the light sky standing more than 200 feet tallk, dressed from head to toe in lights as holiday music rings from its bells.

The Stephen Foster Museum will be open extended ohours until 8:30 p.m. nightly. Cousin THelma Boltin's Gift Shop will be open everyday until 9 p.m. where complimentary refreshments are served and the Craft Square comes alive with a bonfire and marshmallow roast for everyone. Wolverine Concessions will also feature delivious treats including favorites such as hot chili, hand made potato chips and their world famous fried Oreos!


Liv e holiday music will be performed at the Stephen Foster Museum nightly from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Visitor admires piano once played by Stephen Foster


Santa will visit the park every evening through December 24th and will make appearances throughout the entire park during the festival.


Visitors can experience the festival via horse drawn wagon and carriage rides. Two large beautiful Percheron Horses will pull a large wagon on a one mile ride around the main park drive each evening. Take a leeisurely 20 minute ride through the park and sing carols while viewing the millions of lights on display!


Park entrance fees for this event will be $2.00 per person. The Festival of Lights is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, the Town of White Springs and its special events committee and made possible by the generous support of numerous local individuals and businesses in the Suwannee Valley Region and has been recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Tips for Visiting the 2011 Festival of Lights (PDF - 0.11KB)

Directions:
Located on U.S. 41 in White Springs. From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Milepost Exit 439 - Old Exit 84), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Milepost Exit 301 - Old Exit 43), travel 9 miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.

Physical Address
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida 32096

Please click here to learn more about the park: www.exploresouthernhistory.com/stephenfoster.

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