This year we visited the "Christmas Trail" located on S. Frontage Street in Plant City, Florida. This is a free event held annually and is a great time for the young children. Lots of families were arriving at the early start time of 5:30. In order to attend the event, you must 'purchase' a ticket for a given day and time slot - 5:30 is the earliest time available which is popular for the young pre-school children. I say, 'purchase' because the event is free, but it's a way to regulate the number of people coming and also to spread the people attending through out the evening.
Since I arrived for the first time slot, darkness has not yet settled upon us. Upon entering, I wandered around a bit and then started on the trail - Tales of Christmas. This is the entrance and you can see that the sun has set, but it is still light outside.
The Tales of Christmas is an event that tells a story along the walk. Each year the story is changed (per their website) and a new story is told through out the walk. This is the beginning of the story on the lighted board.
As I continued along the walk, it slowly became dark and more people were starting to walk the trail. I walked slowly, set up my camera on a tripod and took photographs along the way allowing people to pass as they came across my path. Please note that I am not showing every part of the story in these photographs (if you want to entire story, you'll need to visit!). The below photograph shows the barn as part of the trail.
Eventually, we came to the church (this building actually was leaning a bit - as shown in this photograph).
Towards the end of the trail we came across the gingerbread house.
Upon exiting the trail, you'll find the tall lighted Christmas tree - this is at the center of the main area.
Jack Frost house - they have a short show for everyone to watch every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.
A table allows the children to write letters to Santa and then put them in the post office box.
The snowman house is just inside the entrance and a nice place to take a family photograph.
As it is Christmas Eve, Enjoy your holiday!!!