The Festival of Lights will run through Dec. 24 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

WHITE SPRINGS — White Springs will be all aglow Friday night.

The town’s annual Christmas parade is set to run through town, starting at 6 p.m.

Taking part in the parade will be Santa Claus himself. Children and their parents then can also catch a glimpse and talk with Santa following the parade at the Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

The Festival of Lights, which has been held for roughly 25 years, opened Wednesday and will run throughout the month until Dec. 24, remaining open each evening until 9 p.m.

On Friday, admission to the Festival of Lights is one unwrapped toy for a boy or girl. After that, admission is $3 on “Holiday Magic Nights” or $2 on “Silent Nights.”

During the fully festive “Holiday Magic Nights,” there will be free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, snow flurries, train display, the Gift Shop with crafters and vendors for shopping, and of course, Santa.

Silent Nights will be on select weeknights and is part of the park’s effort to create a more intimate and peaceful experience for visitors. Load up the family and come enjoy the beautiful light displays at your leisure. The park encourages visitors to park and walk through the lights, spend time with their family, take photos and make memories!

It is recommended that visitors arrive early, especially during the “Holiday Magic Nights”, and that you allow at least one hour to fully experience the entire festival.

The North Pole Café is open every night of the festival and serves up great dinner vittles and delicious sweet treats. Between the Gift Shop and the craft vendors, visitors can do just about all of your holiday shopping at the park as well!

The “Holiday Magic Nights” are scheduled to be Friday through Sunday as well as Dec. 13-23. The “Silent Nights” are today as well as Dec. 9-12 and Christmas Eve.

The Festival of Lights has been voted a Top 20 event in the Southeast for a number of years.

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