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Do you enjoy walking through the forest on a nice December day? If so then you will most definitely enjoy this tram tour through the Silver Springs Forest. Come and see where the local wildlife reside, and learn some interesting facts about the animals and the land too! The Silver Springs Tour will begin at 9 a.m. on December 14th, and it costs $10 per person to get onto the accessible tram for all ages! There are also other tram tours in Sunny Hill on December 28th and one in Carney on December 23rd, tour time is 9 a.m. and the price for entry is $10.
If riding a tram isn’t really your style and you’d rather immerse yourself into nature for 2-3 hours, than you should check out the Marion County Interpretive Nature Walks. The walks are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting December 16th at Orange Creek North, and December 19th at Eaton’s Sinkhole. Participants should be in good health and be able to walk for two to three hours with occasional rest stops to take a break and enjoy the scenery. The meeting place will be at Brick City Adventure Park at 8:30 in the morning, so grab your coffee and your walking shoes for a fun December morning nature hike. From the meeting point transportation will be provided to go the walking location, and the fee is two dollars per person.
Want to see some of your favorite small town businesses, 4-H clubs, high school JROTC programs, and more this weekend? Well come on down to the annual Ocala Christmas Parade, December 9th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. The start of the parade will be at SE 25th Ave. ( The McPherson Governmental Complex ), and go all the way down Silver Springs Boulevard, until it ends at NE Eighth Ave. Grab some chairs, and blankets and spend a wonderful evening with your family the biggest nighttime parade in the state of Florida, this is also the 60th year the parade has been going on in Marion County. So come on out to have a great time and to give back to your community!
For additional information, please contact the Friends of the Christmas Parade at 352-897-0198.
Everybody! Santa is coming to Ocala! That’s right, Santa will be at the Downtown Square, located at 100 SE 1st Ave. , Ocala, Florida 34470 . He will be there every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the following dates: December 5th, December 7th, December 12th, December 14th, December 19th and December 21st.
Children of all ages are encouraged to come to enjoy snacks, music, and of course, meeting the jolly man himself Santa Claus, and the lovely Mrs. Claus. This is a free public event, some come on over and get in the holiday spirit in the beautiful Downtown Ocala! In order to get a picture with Santa guests must be in line by 8:00pm and guests are also encouraged to bring their own camera or phone to capture this special moment on.
For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.
Art Walk is a free event and takes place the Friday of each month from September through May. Located within Ocala’s historic downtown, available are free family art activities ( by the Appleton Museum of Art, Painting with a Twist, Marion County Public Library, Karate America Ocala, Animis Foundation and the Discovery Center. ) , extended shopping hours for the downtown shops, and live exhibits from local artists.
The First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Ocala Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include the following special performances and activities:
In the early evening from 6pm to 9pm, there will be performances by Macey Mac, who is a 13 year old artist who’s music style is that of LeeAnn Rimes, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.
Performances by Belly Artist Dance Studio will include modern style dance routines, belly dancing with swords, hula hoops, fire props and fire breathing ( oh my! ).
Local artists will be working throughout this event creating artwork, portraits and caricature drawings on-site. Additional art activities will be available at Ocala Homes and Farms Realty located at 108 E Fort King St.
This event benefits the educational programs and development of Kirby Family Farm, a 501c3 educational facility for at-risk and special needs children
Kirby Family Farm is open year around offering its outreach programs and educational experiences. Like many other educational facilities and museums, periodically during the year the organization invites supporters to come out for themed events as our way to say Thank you, educate, and raise awareness about the programs and mission of Kirby Family Farm.
Kirby Farm takes the opportunity of these themed events one step further and use them as a teaching and practice tool that enables the teens and young people we work with to interact with strangers in supervised settings. They help the youth to utilize and share their knowledge of our exhibits. These experiences greatly help to develop life skills that will benefit them in the workforce and daily communication with others in common society settings.
It’s the 6th year of Kirby farm hosting this family fun event to support their organization. Experience the #1 Christmas Train in Florida! You’ll get to see displays of thousands of Christmas lights like you have never seen before! Not only is there just a train ride, there is a big movie screen playing Christmas movies, Giant Checkers, Corn Hole, live performances, and so many other fun activities for the whole family!
Florida’s Christmas Train: The Christmas Train chugs its way through the Holiday season on certain nights throughout the month of December. The first train ride is scheduled to leave at 6:30 and runs approximately every half hour. Last ride is at 9:30 if necessary and gates close promptly at 10pm each evening.
GIANT MOVIE SCREEN! There will be a big movie screen playing classic Christmas movies all evening long, so you are encouraged to bring a chair to enjoy these classics with your family.
How much are tickets and who needs one?
General Admission:Is a $10 donation per person in advance, ages 3 and up, $15 at the gate if available.
Golden Ticket: Is a $20 donation and includes plenty of extra activities.
For more information please visit https://www.kirbyfarm.com/ .
It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re already in the Christmas spirit. You’ve got your lights, stocking, and wreath hung, now all you need is your Christmas tree. Whether you go to the tree farm to pick out the perfect tree, or you purchase an artificial tree, it has to be the perfect one. Here at USA4SALE, we’re here to help!
Step 1: Measure, measure, measure! Pick an area in your home where you would like your Christmas tree to go, then measure from the floor to the ceiling ( remember to subtract the length of your tree stand and tree topper ). Do not forget to think of the girth of your tree so none of its branches will be squished up against the wall. Also, remember the thickness of the trunk so it will fit in your tree stand. Measure at least twice and DO NOT FORGET to write your measurements down.
Step 2: Shop local. Shopping local not only helps out the small family businesses in your community, but it helps you save gas and helps the tree retain most of its needles from not having to be tied down so long. We have some tree farmers listed on Ocala4Sale.
Step 3: Get a live tree, like obviously you’re at a tree farm so all the trees are alive, but get one that does not have a lot of decay on the inside, even though it might be built perfectly. When picking the right tree, you must test its branches, crush the needles, bounce the tree, and check the size of the trunk. To test the branches, grab any branch on the tree between your thumb and forefinger, gently clamp down and pull towards yourself. If you end up with a handful of needles, the tree is already past its prime.Crushing the needles allows you to smell the scent of the tree, and if it doesn’t smell nice do not get it. To bounce the tree, hold it a few inches above the ground and drop it. If the exterior needles fall off, it’s sure sign of a bad apple. Needles that fall off from the interior of the tree are normal. DO NOT trim your trunk to fit your stand, because when you trim it strips the tree of its cambium layer, which absorbs water to keep your tree healthy.
Step 4: Get your tree wrapped in netting for a safe ride home.
Step 5: When you’re ready to put your tree on the stand, cut at least an inch off. You can have the lot do it before you leave if you’re headed for home, but you should wait if you’re going to be out more than four hours. Otherwise, the end will glaze over with new pitch, and the tree won’t take up water.
Step 6: Now that your tree is put up you must water it, watering it vigorously in the first few days is crucial because the tree will take in a few gallons during that time. Do not forget to put down a newspaper or towel to catch any spilled water.
Step 7: Decorate your tree safely.
Ready hit the garage sale circuit? Check the local classifieds, grab a cup of coffee and head out for a morning of fun and bargains. Here’s how to make the most of your shopping adventure:
1. Know before you go. Check the classifieds for the most promising sales and make those your primary stops, catching any interesting additional sales along the way. (For example, check out our Ocala Garage Sales Page.)
2. Check the LIVE garage sale map. With our new site we have a new feature that shows where the garage sale in Ocala are, based on the address listed in the classified ad. So you’re no longer having to plot your own points, just look and go! That equals more time for shopping.
3. Go early for the best deals. Set the coffee to brew automatically and get out at the crack of dawn if you’re serious about deals or know exactly what you’re looking for. The best deals move quick because the pro’s go early.
4. Price preparation. For key items, know the market in advance. A good way to check used merchandise prices is to visit our classified sites. For instance, you can find prices for Appliances in Ocala or Jewelry listed in the Villages by browsing the classifieds in advance.
“The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.” — Judd Gregg
All of us here at Ocala4Sale would like to send a thank you to our Veterans for your service!
Have you been itching to glide across frozen water? Dying to learn that triple twirl? Then your chance is coming! On Nov. 11th, the “Let’s Skate Ocala” Ice Rink will open to the public in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival and Food Truck Festival. The Rink will be located at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave. and will be open through Dec. 31st. Go and have a blast skating and eating the delicious food! (hopefully not at the same time.) For more information, please follow the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department on Facebook.
The City of Ocala and Feel Downtown LIVE will host the annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11 2017 from 1 to 10 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park located at 500 NE 9th Ave.
The Veterans Day Special Edition of Harvest Fest will feature two stages of live music all day, with Aaron Tippin and Georgia Satellites headlining the evening’s festivities. Harvest Fest will also include food trucks, a multitude of fine arts, craft, sales and non-profit vendors. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations collected will benefit Project Hope Ocala, and will be distributed to families within the Ocala community for the Thanksgiving holiday.
For only $20 you can gain VIP access with premium, up-close access to the stage, one free adult beverage, access to VIP restrooms and a commemorative Harvest Fest T-shirt. VIP tickets are on sale NOW atwww.feeldowntownlive.com | Buy your tickets today!