WUFT News

Light Up Ocala kicks off holidays Saturday in Marion County

By on November 16th, 2012

While Thanksgiving is still a week away, many area cities are ready to kick off the rest of the holiday season.

The City of Ocala will be hosting its 29th Annual Light Up Ocala celebration this Saturday, with the event starting at 4 p.m. and official lighting at 7:30.

Crews have been hard at work for several months preparing for the event.

Stan Creel, special events supervisor for the Ocala Recreation & Parks department, says that it can take three weeks to set up all the lights, with crews working all day.

The city puts up more than 150,000 lights in the city’s downtown, and the main attraction is a 40-foot lit Christmas tree.

He says there will be much more to the night than just holiday lights, citing live music performances, childrens’ events and a Punch and Judy show.

The event is the city’s official kickoff for the holidays.

“This is 29 years, I’m barely that old,” Creel said. “It’s the coolest thing to think that there are people that have grown up with this thing. Twenty-nine years ago this city was much smaller and the development from then to now is amazing.”

Creel says there are 50,000 residents in Ocala, and he expect nearly half of them to come to the event.

For more information, visit http://www.ocalafl.org/lightup/.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Kavouklis_GraceMarketplace_008

Grace Marketplace Set To Close Pavilion and Chapel

Grace Marketplace, a “one-stop” shelter for the homeless, is discontinuing two of its staple services Oct. 1. The marketplace will no longer offer shelter under its outdoor pavilion, and will also close the chapel on site.


Construction continues on the TowneSuites at the corner of Newberry Rd. and Tower Rd

Five New Hotels May Spell Trouble for Gainesville Hotels

Five new hotels will open in Gainesville over the next few years: the Hotel Indigo, the Hyatt, the Element, a Home2 Suites and a TownePlace Suites.


Champions Park Brings New Name and New Expectations

Champions Park, formerly known as Nations Park, hopes to increase tourism after replacing the management director of the park and updating the contract to include new requirements.


StatGNV, a database recently launched by the city of Gainesville, aims to provide more data and statistics to the general public. The program was developed by Socrata Inc., a cloud software company.

Gainesville Provides Information to Public Through New Database

Gainesville took another step towards increasing government transparency through the soft launch of statGNV. The new database aims to provide more data and statistics to the general public.


Community members take part in a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Sept. 11.

Candlelight Vigil Brings Awareness to Discrimination After 9/11

Student organizations at the University of Florida organized a candlelight vigil in honor of Sept. 11 and the victims of the attacks thirteen years ago. These students shared their own stories of the backlash that followed the attacks.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments