32nd Annual Light Up Ocala celebration
32nd Annual Light Up Ocala celebration

Light Up Ocala 2015

Celebrating the 32nd Light Up Ocala Festival

Thousands of local residents and visitors alike descended upon downtown Ocala this Saturday night to celebrate the 32nd Light Up Ocala Downtown Festival. City officials were on hand to switch on the festive Christmas Tree in the Square and the millions of sparkling fairy lights draped over the trees.

Millions of festive holiday lights illuminated the night for Light Up Ocala 2015
Millions of festive holiday lights illuminated the night for Light Up Ocala 2015

We were there, along with the  other estimated 20,000 visitors, undeterred by the earlier rain storm to witness the night’s illuminations. State Road 40 (Silver Springs Boulevard) was blocked off during the event, which stretched from Citizens Circle to the Marion Theater and across 40, where a Grinch celebration was taking place in their makeshift Whoville. There were inflatable slides, bounce houses and fog even poured out of an inflatable laser tag game. The city of Ocala also set up their annual skating rink, which will remain open throughout the holidays ($5 skating).

The downtown Ocala Skating Rink opened up during the Light Up Ocala 2015 celebrations.
The downtown Ocala Skating Rink opened up during the Light Up Ocala 2015 celebrations.

Live music and performances took place on the various stages set up in the downtown square and all the corners of the Light Up Ocala event But even if you missed Light Up Ocala 2015, don’t worry, the lights on the square will remain lit throughout  the Christmas season for all to enjoy.

The Light Up Ocala Festivities stretched from Historic Marion Theater, to Citizens Circle and across Highway 40
The Light Up Ocala Festivities stretched from Historic Marion Theater, to Citizens Circle and across Highway 40

 


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