Following the ceremony, the Christmas Reflections light show will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. The light show schedule repeats nightly until New Year’s Eve.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — More than 6 million Christmas lights will be turned on ceremoniously Friday, Nov. 29, at 4:45 p.m. at the entrance of the Christmas Reflections light show at 3 Circle Drive in historic DeFuniak Springs.
Mayor Bob Campbell and event coordinator Ben Nelson will be hosting the opening ceremony. Following the ceremony, the Christmas Reflections light show will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. The light show schedule repeats nightly until New Year’s Eve.
City officials and citizen groups selected “Holiday Movies” as this year’s theme and have invested $97,000 to enhance visitors’ holiday experience in both the historic downtown business district and adjacent Chipley Park, once the centerpiece of a gated campus/resort opened in 1885 for the annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly.
PHOTOS: Christmas Reflections in 2015
“This is the first year our community has truly rallied around a theme for Christmas Reflections,” said City Manager Mell Smigielski in a press release from the city. “Families are going to enjoy seeing the new ‘Polar Express’ decorations and exhibit at our Victorian era train depot along with the many other major upgrades in holiday displays throughout the historic grounds.”
The city has invested $37,000 in new holiday displays for Chipley Park which embraces a perfectly round, spring-fed lake. Main Street DeFuniak Springs has invested an additional $60,000 for a large Christmas tree on Baldwin Avenue complimented with numerous smaller lighted trees, garland for the historic shops and thousands more Christmas lights to compliment the adjacent Chipley Park grounds.
“We are excited to welcome visitors to our community from throughout the country during this special time of the year,” said Smigielski. “Those who have been here before will be ‘wowed’ by what we’ve added.”
Entry fee is $3 per person with ages 6 and under free. Season passes available for $35. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the gate at 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. Season passes also available at City Hall, 71 U.S. Highway 90 W., DeFuniak Springs. Additional information at www.defuniaksprings.net/Visitors or by calling City Hall at (850) 892-8500.