Winter Nights, Holiday Lights
Thousands of lights illuminate Tallahassee’s signature live oaks, parades, celebrations, concerts, art shows and even a Jingle Bell Run mark holiday traditions in Florida’s Capital City.
Dorothy B. Oven Holiday Lights Display
November 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Celebrate the season with an evening stroll or drive through Dorothy B. Oven Park. Enjoy more than 250,000 twinkling lights, holiday music and cheer. Maximize the experience by walking the grounds and bring a camera. Parking is available throughout the park. FREE.
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts “Enchanted” Showcase
November 26-December 31, 2015
125 N. Gadsden Street www.Lemoyne.org
LeMoyne’s art gallery is transformed into a enchanted winter wonderland offering a one of a kind shopping experience. Each room has a different theme and is filled with ornaments and gifts created by local artisans. FREE.
Annual Camellia Christmas - Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
December 4, 2015
3540 Thomasville Road www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens
Experience the camellias in full bloom while taking a candle-lit walk through the gardens. Also enjoy live holiday music performed by local musicians, cookies and the much anticipated arrival of Santa!
Winter Festival – A Celebration of Lights
December 5, 2015
Downtown Tallahassee www.talgov.com
This community event celebrates the season through the lighting of the trees in the Chain of Parks, live entertainment, an array of seasonal food and the annual Jingle Bell Run. FREE.
December 5 - 6, 2015
North Florida Fairgrounds 411 Paul Russell Road www.marketdays.org
Two full days of shopping ensue when over 300 juried artists and craftsmen take over the North Florida Fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit the Tallahassee Museum.
Downtown Chain of Parks
December 6, 2015 – January 1, 2016
Park Avenue, Downtown Tallahassee www.talgov.com
The Winter Festival's Lighting Ceremony on December 6 illuminates thousands of lights in the downtown Chain of Parks along Park Avenue. The lights remain lit through the new year and create the perfect setting for an evening stroll or dinner at nearby restaurants. FREE
Winter Solstice Celebration
December 12 - 13, 2015
Mission San Luis 2100 W. Tennessee Street www.missionsanluis.org
The event celebrates the “sun standing” in the southernmost position in the sky through drum circle rituals and narratives by Native American storytellers. The Tallahassee Astronomy Society concludes the evening by offering views of the winter heavens through high-powered telescopes. Admission: adults $5, seniors $3 and children ages 6-17 $2.
“Just One More– A Holiday Art Show”
December 12 - 13, 2015
Park Avenue, Downtown Market www.tallahasseedowntown.com
Local artisans come out for the last Downtown Market of the year with holiday goods.
Hernando De Soto State Archeological Site
1001 De Soto Park Drive www.flheritage.com/archaeology/soto/
Experience the site of the first North American Christmas celebration at the Hernando de Soto Winter Encampment, located at the
Governor Martin House. Archaeological evidence confirms the De Soto expedition camped here during its first winter in North America
(1539-1540). Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. FREE.
North Monroe and Thomasville Road, just north of Downtown.
The Midtown District features a mix of fun, funky and fabulous shops, restaurants and bars. Those looking for clothing, accessories and more, visit Cole Couture and Divas and Devils. For the cowboy (or girl) on your list, take a trip to Way Out West. No matter what your style, there is a store to fit your needs in Midtown.
The Market District
Thomasville Road, north of I-10
Filled with specialty shops, boutiques and local eateries, the Market District offers a wide variety of options. For the man in your life, head to Nic’s Toggery, a 60-year-old specialty men’s stores. Buying housewares? Visit Bedfellows, Chrysalis, Coton Colors and My Favorite Things. Clothing boutiques include Spriggs, Narcissus and its offshoot, Pink Narcissus, which carries a complete line of Lilly Pulitzer.
Governor's Square Mall
1500 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee
For shoppers with lots on their lists, Governor’s Square Mall may be the best place for you. Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenny and Sears serve as the anchors. The mall also offers a variety of specialty stores including Pandora, White House Black Market, Sephora, and Coach. Looking to capture a picture of your little one with Santa? Photos opportunities available in the Dillard’s’ wing.