DeFuniak Springs LIGHTS UP the Lake! Nov 23 through Dec 31

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Every year the community of DeFuniak Springs decorates with millions of lights all around Lake Defuniak - the center of DeFuniak Springs Historic District. The number of lights increases every holiday season so there are well over 3 million Christmas lights and decorations - and mostly old fashioned style.

    Traditionally, the lights go on the day after Thanksgiving and continue to glow each night until December 31st.
    The trip is more than worth it as you drive around the lake surrounded by historic homes and view the reflection of millions of lights.

    Many visitors come every year between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve to see the sights and scenes on display. Trees laden with thousands of lights illuminate hand-painted figures, the nativity, Santa’s elves, whimsical penguins, dinosaurs, reindeer, palm trees, jumping dolphin, a tribute to the military and too many lighted scenes to name.

    The display opens each evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is only $3 per person, with children 6 and under free. Season passes for unlimited viewing of the dazzling display are available for $35.

    Directions: From Hwy. 90 West, turn right onto U.S. 331 South. Turn left at the first red light (Live Oak Avenue). Follow this to the entrance of Christmas Reflections.
    From Hwy 90 East, turn left at the red light onto U.S. 331 South. Turn left at the first red light (Live Oak Avenue). Follow this to the entrance of Christmas Reflections.
    From Interstate 10, go north on U.S. 331 to the fifth red light (Live Oak Avenue). Turn right and follow to the entrance of Christmas Reflections.

    Photos are by an online blogger visiting the area over the holidays in 2009. She loved the experience and chose to walk around the entire lake rather than drive. Walking, at least part of the way, is the BEST way to see the lake and lights. But, if the weather is cold then driving is perfectly enjoyable.

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    From Carolyn Mora & republished with permission from the DeFuniak Herald Beach Breeze

    As the traditional Christmas season begins, shoppers will be rushing from here to there and everywhere looking for the perfect gift. We suggest giving yourself and your family the gift of Christmas this Friday evening with a drive around Lake DeFuniak, as we kick off another season of Christmas Reflections.

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    The Nights of a Million Lights is back to dazzle and delight the young and the young at heart each evening starting at 5 p.m. Admission is still only $3 per person.

    Christmas Reflections, an amazing spectacle of light held in the DeFuniak Springs Lakeyard, has become such a holiday must-see that it draws people from Georgia, Alabama and all across the Florida Panhandle.

    The dazzling display is shown to its best advantage across the calm waters of Lake DeFuniak. The reflection of all those lights as they flicker across the water is a sight you’ll never forget and something you’ll want to see again and again.

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    Christmas Reflections is open every evening from 5 – 9 p.m. through New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss this beautiful panorama of color and light. DeFuniak Springs is located at the junction of Interstate 10, U.S. 331 and U.S. 90. Just follow the candy cane signs to Christmas Reflections in downtown DeFuniak Springs.
     
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