Dorothy B. Oven Park, located at 3205 Thomasville Road, is a popular locale during the holiday season for parties and other events because of its inherent charm. But one night each holiday season, on the third Thursday in December, the park is open to the public to enjoy Elf Night. You can take a trip into a spectacular winter wonderland, full of illuminating light displays, tasty holiday treats, festive music and visits by Santa and his North Pole helpers. As they have for over a decade, crews from the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department transform the park grounds, gardens and buildings into a mesmerizing holiday display of more than 250,000 lights and decorations.
"Opening up the park to the public is our way of thanking the Tallahassee community for their support of Dorothy B. Oven Park," says Debbie Pullen, supervisor of the facility. "It's a perfect opportunity for families to take time out from their hectic schedules and enjoy a unique and magical holiday evening together."
In addition to viewing the decorated house and grounds, visitors can also enjoy hot cider, cocoa and cookies. And, of course, parents will want to bring cameras and camcorders to record all the smiles and wonderment on their children’s faces.
Free parking is available next to the park at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, with additional parking across the street at the Piedmont Park Alliance Church. For safety reasons vehicles aren't allowed to drive through the park during the event. While the event is free, donations are graciously accepted for the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc. If for some reason you miss out on Elf Night, the lights are on display for your enjoyment through New Year's Day.