If you've not yet treated yourself to the annual Camellia Christmas at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, you're missing out on a truly magical experience to kick off the winter holiday season. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this festive annual event (usually held in very early December) offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful camellia flowers just after sunset or in the dark along a candle-lit walkway along the gardens. Flowers in early December, you ask? This is the start of the camellia's bloom season here in Tallahassee, so while much of the rest of the country is enduring or bracing for snow, we can bundle up a bit and enjoy nature's artistry. Visitors will also be treated to hot apple cider and cookies, holiday carols and music performed by local choirs and entertainers, and, of course, the Maclay House Museum all decked out in its holiday best. Park admission is waived for the event; however, donations are always accepted.
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