Stephen Foster Festival of Lights & Craft Village

I don't have words for the stunning beauty and elegance of the intricately lit trees. The dark areas are where hanging Spanish moss obscures the light.

We went to the Festival of Lights at Stephen Foster Memorial State Park in White Springs, Florida this evening.

I’ve seen a lot of Christmas light displays, but the emphasis on the stunning forms of the huge old Live Oak trees with countless intricately woven lights is beyond my ability to describe.

Craft Village is a series of small buildings where live demonstrations of different crafts are presented.  During the Festival, these buildings are decorated to the hilt for Christmas.  We wandered through the shops, watching the demonstrations and admiring the quality, hand crafted merchandise offered for sale.

Palm tree

Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and marshmallows with skewers for toasting were available to everyone.  Amazing, since admission was only $2.00 per person!

There was also a music program which we missed because we weren’t sure where it was supposed to be.  But we greatly enjoyed the sound of Christmas carols pealing from the bells in the carillon tower.

I was told that the Festival will run every night through January 1, except December 25 and 26.  So if you are in the area, don’t miss this wonderful, unique presentation!



The blacksmith shop was the only one that was not staffed.

Tree and bell tower

The free popcorn station

The aromatherapy shop

A craft village shop

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  1. ann

     /  December 11, 2011

    The event was an incredible display of many huge oaks and palms – “sculptures” which were covered from top to bottom in various miniature colored lights. It was art museum quality!

    It was not until we had left that I realized that there had been not the slightest remembrance of the Christ child. The reason for the season is Jesus.


  2. Like your new header photo. I agree with Ann, The real reason for the season is getting less exposure each year. Also love what you have done inside your Casita. The wife is wanting a remodel on ours.
    Merry Christmas and happy traveling………jc


    • Hi, Jerry. I was hoping to get a really special photo of the Casita but haven’t parked it in the right place yet. So this one will do until I get one I really like.

      It is so sad to see Christ disappear from Christmas. The wonder of the season seems to have disappeared for me, too, except in occasional bursts.

      When we were at Veteran’s Memorial State Park, I noticed that the Boy Scout Memorial listed Honor, Duty & Country as their motto. It used to be God, Honor, Duty and Country.

      Thanks for the compliments on the Casita decor. I still have a way to go on it, but much of it will have to wait until spring now. 🙂


  3. Nice new header picture.
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of the lights and the little village.


  4. Wish I was in the area!! That sounds great and the quilts are even more gorgeous than the lights 🙂


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