Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player






update date for Top Events USA
top 20 USA events


TOP EVENTS USA FEATURES PAGES WITH FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SELECTED TOP USA EVENTS


Top Jazz Festivals in the USATallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

December – Tallahassee, Florida

It was the fall of 1987, and the City of Tallahassee had just purchased new outdoor lights and decorations for the upcoming winter holiday season.

A small group of local citizens banded together to organize a small, intimate holiday community event, primarily to show off the new decorations. And thus, the first Winter Festival was staged, with all of one entertainment stage, the brief lighting ceremony and “Santa’s Alleyway” on the north side of City Hall.






Barely 6,000 hardy visitors braved bitter cold temperatures on the first Friday in December that year, but enough enthusiasm was created to turn the event into an annual celebration.

Over those first several years, the Winter Festival grew substantially, adding visitor-friendly elements including the Nighttime Holiday Parade, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a food court, more live entertainment stages, fine arts competitions, the always-popular Jingle Bell Run and … for several years, the rather novel concept of ice skating – in Florida – outdoors!

Much as a city changes with time, the Winter Festival has as well. While some features have come and gone, the centerpiece event of the Celebration of Lights remains in all of its family-friendly glory. True to the event’s tag line of A Celebration of Lights, Music and the Arts, the Winter Festival annually incorporates a fine arts competition, and as a special treat for school-aged children, a youth ornament decorating contest. And on the afternoon and evening of the Celebration of Lights, the Lighting Ceremony, Jingle Bell Run, Nighttime Holiday Parade, food court and live entertainment all combine their unique elements to help Florida’s capital city welcome the winter holiday season.

Oh, and the crowds? From 6,000 in 1987, to approximately 200,000 each year since the mid-1990’s. Kids from 3 to 93 continue to revel in the winter extravaganza that began on a frosty Friday in 1987. Tallahassee loves its special events, and as the event enters its fourth decade, nothing is more special than the Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights.

For more information on the Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights, please visit the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department at:
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20121130/NEWS/121129014/Get-ready-Winter-Festival-Celebration-Lights-Saturday





New Top Events USA nominations

As proud as we are about the pains we have taken to make sure our lists of top events in the USA are as accurate as possible - there is no doubt that we have missed some very important events and we are always keen to hear responses and suggestions about possible additions to the site . . .

If you have any suggestions please let us know. Please take the time to share your views on the selections of the top events in the USA as presented here at Top Events USA.

For more details about the Top USA events featured at Top Events USA and what criteria should be examined before making any suggestions, please visit:
www.topeventsusa.com/top-events-USA-nominations.html  







TOP FEATURED EVENTS


Alabama
Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Arizona
Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

California
Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Connecticut
Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Florida
Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Georgia
Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Hawaii
Honolulu Marathon

Idaho
Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indiana
Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Iowa
Des Moines Arts Festival

Kansas
Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

Kentucky
American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Louisiana
Lake Charles Contraband Days

Maryland
Ocean City Sunfest

Massachusetts
The Boston Marathon

Michigan
Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

Minnesota
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Mississippi
The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Nevada
Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
` • Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Ohio
Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Oklahoma
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Oregon
Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Tennessee
Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Texas
Terlingua International Chili Championship

Utah
The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington
Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

Wisconsin
American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Wyoming
Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo