Silver Springs – Festival of Lights

A few years ago now we were lucky enough to be in Florida for Thanksgiving which we spent in Ocala.  As well as the beautiful state park there is also a little traditional ‘theme’ park called Silver Springs.  We found that we were there on the first day of their Christmas ‘Festival of Lights’.   I’m not sure that I would have enjoyed our day at the park as much if we had not been there when the lights were on.

This year they are starting a bit later from 14th to 24th December and then 26th to 31st.   Beginning from 3pm (parking is free from 3pm too) they are on until 8pm.  The cost is $12.99 plus tax for all ages.    Santa arrives every evening by River Sleigh (until Christmas Eve) and apparently new for this year you can experience ‘real’ snow as you ride the Snow Toboggan Express (21st to 31st December)

It is an old-fashioned Christmas – with Miss Molly telling Holiday stories and Dickens Carolers performing.  We loved the Lighted Boat Parade the best and this is back again this year – on selected dates.

The evening is rounded off by fireworks at weekends and on Christmas and New Years Eve.

Go to to find out more.


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