Donnelly Park in downtown Mount Dora lit up for the holidays previously (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
It is a long-standing tradition that ushered in the local holiday season, but this year’s Light Up Mount Dora was put on ice by the City of Mount Dora in lieu of a new approach. The City didn’t respond to multiple inquiries for further information, but the annual event traditionally held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving will not take place. Instead, the City will notify its residents one or two days in advance of downtown’s Christmas lights being turned on. The timing is expected sometime around Thanksgiving, but there will be no public event or entertainment in the park, and streets will remain open to traffic. The event was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns, but crowds at the 2019 Light Up Mount Dora were significantly larger than in previous years leading the City of reconsider the event. The annual Light Up Eustis will continue its tradition on Friday, November 26, and Mount Dora Marina & Boating Center will turn on its impressive light display on November 27. Tavares will host its annual celebration on December 4. Mount Dora's Christmas Walk is back on for December 3. The family-favorite “Snow in the Park" event is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th. Find more local holiday event information here.
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