Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Have you visited the Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Folk State Park?  For just a short car trip, totaling about an hour to an hour and a half, you can be transported to a magical winter wonderland, named a Top 20 Event in the Southeastern US.  Learn more as you read below, and if you’ve been, comment below to let us know more from your experience.  We can’t wait to visit ourselves!


Festival of Lights


December 6th – January 3rd (Closed Christmas Night)
Open daily until 9pm


Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive (about 1.5 hours from Tally)
White Springs, FL 32096



-State park holiday celebration features more than five million lights-

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the annual Festival of Lights, displaying more than five million lights throughout the park, December 6, 2013 through January 3, 2014.

The park will be open each evening until 9:00 p.m., except Christmas Night, December 25 we will be closed.

On Christmas Eve, December 24 we will be a drive through only.

Named a Top 20 Event in the southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. Unique holiday light displays include majestic oak trees decorated with thousands of lights, an antebellum Museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, Santa’s runway and much more. The park’s centerpiece is the 200 foot tall Carillon Tower, which illuminates the night sky as holiday music rings from its bells.

Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop will be open everyday from noon until 9:00 p.m. Complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn are served nightly as the Craft Square comes alive with craft demonstrations, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and holiday singing for everyone.

Visitors can experience a “flurry” of fun in our winter wonderland which includes Santa!  Weather reports predict a chance of snow flurries every evening on the hour and giant snow families have been spotted in the area!

The entrance fee for this event is $3.00 per person. The Festival of Lights is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, and made possible by the generous support of numerous local individuals and businesses.

Participation Requirements

Fees: $3.00 per person.

Contact: For more information, cal 386-397-4331.


Located on U.S. 41 in White Springs. From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Milepost Exit 439 – Old Exit 84), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Milepost Exit 301 – Old Exit 43), travel 9 miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.


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  1. Unfortunately, I have to say this event was a big let down. It may because I have been to Christmas light events in Florida and South Carolina which allowed you to drive 1 (FL) to 3 (SC) miles through the park with lights all along the way; in the SC event, they had a gift shop area similar to this one about 1/2 through the tour. This was what my family was expecting as there was nothing in the advertisements that indicated this was a walking only experience and that one must park as soon as you get into the park. It was only after waiting in traffic for over an hour just to get in and then another 30 minutes making the short loop did we realize this was it.

    1. Wow Scott,

      Sorry you and your family didn’t have the experience you were after. Thank you for sharing the feedback for others to benefit from. Happy Holidays!