Tallahassee to Twinkle at Winter Festival
Road Closures & Detours to Affect Traffic Near Downtown
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December 06, 2013
Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, is the 27th annual Winter Festival – a Celebration of Lights, Music and Arts! Taking place from 3-10 p.m. in downtown Tallahassee, the event is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the area. Visitors can enjoy a stroll through Candy Cane Lane, hands-on arts and crafts in the expanded children’s activity area on Kleman Plaza, five stages of live entertainment, delicious treats from food vendors and so much more!
At 6 p.m., the lighting ceremony will occur on the Parade Judge's Platform located on South Monroe Street at Bloxham Park.
Immediately after the lights go on at 6:15 p.m., thousands of runners decked out in festive attire will take off on the Capital Health Plan 3K Jingle Bell Run. The course takes runners around downtown and completes where it began at Park Avenue and Monroe Street.
If you want to run but haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Day-of-event registration will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Capital City Bank parking lot located at the corner of Monroe Street and Tennessee Street. The fee is $20 on race day.
At 7:15 p.m. when the final runners have crossed the finish line, the street will be flooded with holiday cheer as the City of Tallahassee Your Own Utilities Nighttime Holiday Parade marches down the road. The parade route runs along Monroe Street from Tennessee Street to Gaines Street.
The Winter Festival is coordinated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department (PRNA). For more information on the 2013 Winter Festival, please visit Talgov.com or call PRNA at 891-FUNN (3866).
Festival Street Closures and StarMetro Route Changes
The following downtown streets will be closed tomorrow as part of Winter Festival. Patrons attending the event are advised to arrive downtown as early as possible. Parking is available at the Kleman Plaza parking garage (Bronough St. entrance only; fee charged), as well as in on-street parking spots throughout downtown except for on streets closed for the event. Handicap parking is available in the eastbound lane of Park Ave. between Monroe St. and Calhoun St. (access via Calhoun St.) and along Adams St. between Park Ave. and Call St. (access via Tennessee St.).
- Adams St. between Call St. and Jefferson St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- College Ave. between Monroe St. and Bronough St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Duval St. between Pensacola St. and Call St., 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Monroe St. between Tennessee St. and Brevard St., 2:30-10 p.m.
- Monroe St. between Tennessee St. and Gaines St., 5:30-10 p.m.
- Madison St. between Railroad Ave. and Monroe St., 5:30-10 p.m.
- Gaines St. between Gadsden St. and Duval St., 6-7 p.m.
In addition, StarMetro Saturday routes will be affected by the road closures. The Rhythm route will not operate. Please call StarMetro at 891-5200 for route detour information. StarMetro route detours will begin when the Tallahassee Police Department starts shutting down the roads.
Ashley Edwards, Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs, 891-3853; or Lizzy Kelley, Department of Communications, 891-8533
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