LIVE OAK, Florida — This Saturday, Nov. 30, the much anticipated Suwannee Lights will open to bring to the public this spectacular  drive through/walk through wonderland of more than six million twinkling lights and dozens of lighted displays thru Dec. 30 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Gates are open from 6-10 p.m. every night thru Dec. 30. Admission is paid at the gate and there are discounts for senior citizen, military and first responders.

This event is sponsored by Lewis Walker  Roofing INC (LWA), Busy Bee, Power Country 102.1 FM, 1st Street Music & Sound Company, Jacksonville’s Country WQIK 99.1, Lake City Reporter, Big 98.1 FM and Visit Florida/Suwannee County.

Monday night is BOGO (buy one get one) night for tickets at Suwannee Lights. Join your friends and family on Busy Bee night every Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24 with free tickets! Get one free ticket any time at any Busy Bee Food Store by purchasing a package of Uncle Ray’s Chips and a 20-ounce Coca-Cola product. Limit one per person per visit and not valid with any other offer.

This extravaganza of beautiful, sparkling lights and beautiful lighted displays brought some 40,000 visitors from all over Florida, Georgia and other states in 2018 to the SOSMP to make Christmas memories for their families. Bring your family and marvel at the more than six million lights, new, better and beloved displays such as the red, white and blue uniformed soldiers, beautiful lighted nativity scene, Santa’s Workshop and once you arrive at the Amphitheater area, you will be delighted to park and walk through part of the Suwannee Lights at the Amphitheater where you will find a colorful animated band playing on the stage! 

As you leave that fascinating display, you will find a new shopping experience near the Country Store where you can do all your Christmas shopping at one store. At the Snack Shack, you will delight in enjoying hot chocolate, s’mores, a delicious assembly of sweets to enjoy there or perhaps take some home for gifts. You may also purchase marshmallows to roast over the huge fire pit in front of the entertainment stage. 

There’s also the Dame Folks Crafts where you can special order hand-made gifts or choose from the display while live entertainment takes place in front of the Country Store. That jolly old guy with the white hair and beard will be at Santa’s Wonderland every night before Christmas in December waiting to hear what every little good boy and girl wants for Christmas this year.

This ever-popular event appeals to everyone and is like no other Christmas event. Bring your family, the neighbor’s kids, friends and marvel at the magical lights and new and gorgeous lighted displays. You find entertainment at the fire pit in front of the Country Store Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and arts and crafts available for the kids.

Busy Bee will also sponsor Snow Night Dec. 28 at the SOSMP. Free admission to Snow Night where the kids will have a blast sliding down piles of man-made snow and enjoy bounce houses and much more. While you are scheduling events on your calendar, put down the SOSMP’s New Year’s Eve Party and fireworks show at midnight! Adults, tickets available now for New Year’s Eve and the Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band Nuthin’ Fancy! 

If you would like to rent one of the beautiful cabins, a spot to park your RV/camper or primitive camp for this or one of the many other exciting events coming up at the SOSMP such as Suwannee Lights from Nov. 30-Dec. 30, Thanksgiving dinner ($5 and bring a large covered dish of food from your favorite recipe!), Old Tyme Farm Days and Swap Meet Nov. 29-30 with antique farm equipment exhibits and auction, Suwannee Spirit Kids’ Music Expo all weekend, engine show, tractor sled pulls, food vendors, tractor parades, chainsaw carving, lots of handmade items, canned jellies and jams and much more! If you just need additional info or wish to make reservations, please call the SOSMP at (386) 364-1683, email or go to The SOSMP is located 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 at the beautiful Suwannee River off US 129 at 3076 95th Drive in Live Oak, Fla.

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