DeFuniak Christmas lights

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  1. TreeFrog

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    Yup, friends, they are now up and lit. We did a couple of laps on the way home from our Thanksgiving trip today about 6:00. Thoroughly enjoyable, for sure!
     
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    The Tour of Lights around Lake DeFuniak is a "Must not miss event." They are always wonderful. Does anyone have the time schedule or cost for the light tour? May go up this Saturday, Dec. 6. I've missed any mention in the newspapers. Will have to check around for details.
     
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    Finally caught up on a weeks worth of papers. Here's what the ad said in the special Hometown Christmas section of the DeFuniak Springs Herald 11-27-08.

    Christmas Reflections, DeFuniak Springs, Florida (R)
    Come & Celebrate The Season of Lights
    Take a riding tour around Lake DeFuniak and enjoy the beauty of more than 5 million lights and the charm of the decorated seasonal characters.

    November 28 thru December 31
    Each Evening 5 pm to 9 pm
    $3.00 per person, children 6 and under free
    Season Passes $35 each
    For more information call Howard Rinker at 850-892-5334
    or visit web site at www.christmasreflections.com
     
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    Is the website working for you? Email if it does not so I can get up with Howard and let him know.
     
  5. DuneLaker

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    No. Tried link and typing in. Hope you can help them, WRobert.
     
  6. InletBchDweller

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    THis will be the first year in a long time that I will not be able to see this. :( If anyone reading this has not make the trek to DFS please do, it is beautiful...
     
  7. jusbeachin

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    Does anyone know where in Defuniak this is? The website is "under construction" so it doesn't say anymore than the newspaper clipping. Coming from Niceville.
     
  8. scooterbug44

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    It's all around the lake - they have the incoming streets blocked off w/ sawhorses all the way around, it starts by the library.

    My faves were the flamingos, the jumping dolphins, and dinosaurs!
     
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    In the past we were able to walk around the lake - no charge. If weather is nice that's a good way to see them. Here's flamingos and dolphins. Dinosaurs must be newer?

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  10. DuneLaker

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    If you are coming from Niceville on Hwy 20 -- You travel East. Go to Light at Freeport and 331 (new part) and head north to DeFuniak Springs (travel time from Freeport to DeFuniak about 20 minutes). Continue on 331 North past I-10 underpass. Watch your speed here, it is 45 mph in town (often State Trooper and City Police). Continue on four lane 331 road through DeFuniak. You will go past WalMart, Winn Dixie, about 3 miles until you get to light at 331 and Live Oak (slight hill). There will be a Tom Thumb gas station on your left. You turn right on Live Oak (there is a light). Go through 4 way stop at Baptist Church. Continue on Live Oak until you get to Circle Drive. Lights are around historic Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. You might need to turn right one street to pick up start of tour. They have volunteers that will take your $3 per person. Open about 5 - 9 p.m. My Mom gets a pass for $35 and can go as often as she likes with a carload. We still give a donation though.
     
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    How long does it take to get there from Sowal?
     
  12. DuneLaker

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    From SoWal to DeFuniak Springs is about 45 minutes if you drive the speed limit. (That's less time than it often takes to get from one end of SoWal to the other!) Go early during the week if you can and take in some of the other unique shops in the downtown area like The Little Big Store (you will truly step back in time) just one block north of the Christmas light display around Circle Drive. Shops tend to close early so get there before 5 p.m. Shop, then go by one of the local dining establishments. A late lunch during the week might also work out for you. A few restaurants are within very close walking distance. Bogie's has a cool bar. Next door and within the same indoor corridor, check out the historic DeFuniak Hotel while you are there. You may want to spend the night there and check out the Christmas ghosts!! If you aren't up to lunch or dinner, try a cup of coffee and a most yummy dessert. Murray's will give you an authentic experience. Prices are quite reasonable and will be a pleasant surprise. Then, at 5 p.m. the light display opens and you can drive around until 9 p.m. Not sure if trolley is available, but might be. There is a horse and carriage available to take you around. The charge is something like $25 per person (sorry don't have exact cost). This would really take you back to Victorian times as you enjoy the lights around the lake and on the historic homes that surround the circle. Otherwise, $3 per person, 6 and under free. Howard Rinker at 892-5334. If you are in DeFuniak Springs after 1 p.m., be sure to check out the Walton County Heritage Museum on the Circle next to Train Caboose. It is free, but donations appreciated.
     
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