Cool Way to Celebrate Cool Days in Highlands County

Christmas trees tomorrow, Poul-tree today! Thanksgiving is a family favorite because it's all about counting your blessings, not your carbs! December welcomes several holidays; all celebrating the gift of giving, friends and family! We have a few fun ways for you to experience the holiday weather this year!

Sweater weather is better weather! A stroll through downtown Sebring's famous Circle, this time of year, is nothing short of magical! 2019 is the 33rd year of families joining together for The Carousel of Lights! Young and older alike can spy brightly-lit alligator silhouettes, popping-pink flamingos, traditionally tasty candy-canes, and more!

Every night of December from 6pm-9pm, you can feel the chill and experience the wonder of Christmas!

Or If Christmas has you feeling Santa-mental, the perfect wish on your list could be holiday-themed family photos!  Christmas-lights strung on a palm tree make for a good laugh and its snow easy to do! Sebring's Highlands Hammock offers a variety of landscapes; you'll find the perfect space to place a smile on your face for this year's Christmas card!

It's the most wine-derful time of the year! If you like wining and dining on a cool day, then Faded Bistro is the place for you! If you're more of a picnic person; Highlands County offers several family-friendly parks for your enjoyment! Veteran's Beach along the shore of Sebring's Lake Jackson, Avon Park's Donaldson Park along Lake Verona, and Lake Placid's Lake June Park are all local hot-spots for Florida's short winter-weather fun!

The beloved Avon Park Christmas Parade begins at a cool 7pm on December 2nd! This parade draws a large crowd of all ages! With festive floats hosted by your favorite local businesses, live music provided by the Avon Park High School Band and more; you and your family can participate in a fun and captivating Avon Park tradition!

The  Sebring Christmas Parade and festivities will be snowing-on Friday, December 6th! Joining together for downtown fellowship begins at an early 4:30pm! A special tree lighting ceremony will be held just before the parade begins! Sebring's best businesses, school clubs, and more; will begin parading around the circle at 6:30pm! Our community will give you and your family a memorable evening to remember!

The Lake Placid Christmas Parade is requesting your presence on December 14th, at 7pm! Lake Placid's parade is brought to you by our local artistic businesses, schools and more! People from each side of the county, and every spot in-between travel to witness this fun holiday celebration! You and your family will have a magical night of memories!

If you're a lake-loving Highlands County resident you won't want to miss this year's  5th Annual Boat Parade on December 14th at 7pm! Colorful Christmas lights reflecting on Sebring's Lake Jackson would make a fun start to a family tradition!

Cool days in Highlands County are a rare reminder that Holidays are near! We offer three festively-decorated cities, flavorful treats, and holiday cheer to help you celebrate this year! Don't forget to take an "Elfie" and share that photo with us @#SRundown on Facebook and Instagram!

By Hannah Heiring

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