Edward Johnson created the first string of electric Christmas lights in the late 1800's and it seems we have been in awe of the luminescence of the season ever since! You can't help but smile while driving by homes and businesses decorated with strands of lights, illuminating the night during the darkest month of the year.
Even before we donned trees with candles and then electric lights, Innkeepers used to place a candle in a window to show that the room was vacant and this tradition later evolved into a universal sign of "welcome."
Last night we enjoyed that warm and fuzzy "welcome" feeling as we watched our city flip a switch for Light Up Mount Dora. This festival kicked off the holiday season turning on a display of over 2 million lights that will sparkle throughout Donnelly Park during the season.
If you happened to miss it, don't despair. The lights will be on every night through the end of January and there are several other events of merriment with entertainment, carolers, late shopping and even Santa Clause. Mount Dora's Christmas Walk will be taking place this coming Friday in downtown from 6 to 9 pm.
Later this month, there will be an old fashioned Christmas parade and a lighted boat parade, snow in the park for the kids, a Movie In The Park (Polar Express), and the Innkeepers 2nd Annual March of Wines benefiting Toys for Tots. For more specific information about these events, please visit www.WhatToDoInMountDora.com.
Come and see us! Enjoy the season.