LAKE COUNTY, Fla., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventh consecutive year, the annual "Lights of Lake" Festival will provide a sparkling setting for the holiday celebrations of Lake County, Fla., residents and visitors. From buildings to trees, business districts to waterfront parks -- Lake County will be adorned with millions of lights beginning Nov. 28. Eight of the county's towns will participate in the festival, which runs from the end of November through New Year's Day. "Lights of Lake is always a popular event, but we're expecting record turnouts for the festival lighting ceremonies and holiday displays, due to this year's absence of Disney's Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights and the Cypress Gardens holiday light display," said Festival Coordinator Carman Cullen. The official celebration will begin on Nov. 28 with lighting ceremonies in Eustis and the Town Square in Leesburg, followed by a ceremony at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg on Nov. 29. Mount Dora will "light up" on Nov. 30; followed by Clermont on Dec. 5, Tavares on Dec. 6, Lady Lake on Dec. 12, Groveland on Dec. 13, and Fruitland Park on Dec. 16. The festival's special events are unique to each town in Lake County, offering seasonal treats such as holiday music concerts, vibrant storefront decorations, parades, petting zoos and even man-made snow to spread holiday cheer. Lake cruise and tour companies such as Captain Ralph Tours (866-269-6584) offer Holiday Light Cruises for visitors to see the spectacle from the water. Resorts such as Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort and Lakeside Inn offer holiday packages, including meals and holiday light tours. A jazz quartet led by popular local singer Lisa Perry will play following the Light-Up ceremonies in Leesburg's Venetian Gardens, Donnelly Park in Mount Dora and Downtown Clermont. A special "Jazz on the Square" event in Tavares also has been scheduled for Dec. 18. Perry and the jazz band will play a variety of holiday favorites and popular jazz songs. In addition to getting residents in the holiday spirit, Lights of Lake has a positive economic impact on Lake County. An estimated 75,000 local residents and visitors attended the ceremonies at last year's kickoff events. Lake County will host many events in addition to the following Lights of Lake festival and holiday activities. For more information about holiday and other special events, visit www.lakecountyfl.com. NOVEMBER * Light Up Leesburg - Nov. 28. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More than 100,000 lights will illuminate the restored Leesburg Town Square. Live entertainment, man-made snow, hayrides, petting zoo, Dickens carolers, strolling jazz band, kids' train, photos with Santa, pony rides and festive foods and holiday shopping. For more information, call (352) 365-0053 or visit www.leesburgpartnership.com. * Light Up Eustis - Nov. 28. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit Downtown Ferran Park to experience five stages of entertainment, food, thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas Carols around the Christmas tree, kids games, and holiday shopping. For more information, call (352) 357-8555 or click on www.eustismainstreet.org. * Lights of Lake Venetian Gardens - Nov. 29. Drive or walk through Lake County's largest holiday display featuring more than 500,000 lights and illuminated displays, open nightly through New Year's Day. For more information, call (352) 365-0053 or click on www.leesburgpartnership.com. * 28th Annual Cracker Christmas, Umatilla - Nov. 29. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The festival begins with a "Dog Jog," followed by the Christmas parade at 9:30 a.m. The event includes "Kiddie Land," live entertainment by the Skip McCall Band, and arts and crafts vendors. For more information, call (352) 669-3511 or click on www.umatillachamber.org. * Light Up Mount Dora - Nov. 30. 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Mount Dora kicks off the holiday season with a "Winter Wonderland" in Donnelly Park. For more information, call the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce at (352) 383-2165 or visit www.mountdora.com. * 14th Annual Lakeridge Winery Holiday Open House - Nov. 14 - 16. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, tours, wine tasting and food. For more information, call (352) 394-8627 or visit www.lakeridgewinery.com. DECEMBER * Light Up Clermont - Dec. 5. Visitors to Clermont's downtown event will enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony, concert, craft show and parade. For more information, call (352) 394-4191. * Light Up Tavares - Dec. 6. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Santa's Workshop Parade and thousands of beautiful lights will create a fun holiday spirit in Downtown Tavares' Wooton Park. The event features a carriage rides, visits with Santa, food and live entertainment. For more information, call (352) 742-6319 or visit www.tavares.org. * Main Street Lights of Lake Parade - Dec. 6. 6 p.m. Enjoy a fun, family parade event featuring marching bands and lighted floats. Presented by the Leesburg Partnership and the City of Leesburg. For more information, call (352) 365-0053 or click on www.leesburgpartnership.com. * Mount Dora Lighted Boat Parade - Dec. 6. 9 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season by watching beautiful illuminated boats parade across Lake Dora in a festive holiday atmosphere. For more information, call the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce at (352) 383-2165 or visit www.mountdora.com. * Light Up Lady Lake - Dec. 12. Spectators will see Lady Lake's Christmas parade, light display and an arts and crafts show. For more information, call (800) 798-1071. * Light Up Groveland - Dec. 13. In addition to Groveland's Lights of Lake display, see the Christmas parade and an arts and crafts show. For more information, call (800) 798-1071. * Fruitland Park Hometown Christmas - Dec. 16. 7 p.m. Fruitland Park's holiday event includes Christmas carols, a bonfire, food concession and entertainment by Fruitland Park Elementary School. For more information, call (352) 360-6733 or click on www.fruitlandpark.org. * Jazz on the Square - Dec. 18. 6 p.m. Popular local singer Lisa Perry and her jazz quartet will play a variety of holiday favorites and popular jazz songs in downtown Tavares on Main Street. Enjoy the band's repertoire of songs from the 30s and 40s - and Perry's sound, which is reminiscent of the late Billie Holiday. For more information, call (352) 742-6319 or visit www.tavares.org. * Uncle Donald's Farm Living Nativity - Dec. 20 - 21. From 7 - 9 p.m. Uncle Donald's Farm will host a family holiday event in Lady Lake featuring a living nativity scene with live animals. For more information, call (352) 753-2882 or email UncleDonFarm@aol.com. For more information about holiday event or visiting Lake County, call the Lake County Department of Economic Development & Tourism at (800) 798-1071 or visit www.lakecountyfl.com.
SOURCE Lake County Department of Economic Development & Tourism