Holiday events around NCFL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Ocala Fire Rescue is helping charities collect donations this Holiday season. The Fire Stations will now serve as food toiletry and toy donations sites.
Charities include interfaith, Salvation Army, Brother's Keeper, Pay it Forward Ministries, and Toys and Tots. All seven stations are outfitted with drop boxes.

You can start donating December 5th.

Drop Off Locations
· Station #1 – 320 NE 8th Ave.
· Station #2 – 2701 SE 36th Ave.
· Station #3 – 737 SW Martin Luther King Jr.
· Station #4 – 3300 SW 20th St.
· Station #5 – 2340 NE 25th Ave.
· Station #6 – 5220 SW 50th Ct.
· Station #7 – 885 SE 31st St.

Needed Items
· Dry foods and goods (i.e. rice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, and jelly)
· Canned meats (i.e. corned beef, corned beef hash, ham, and tuna)
· Canned vegetables and fruit
· Baby items (i.e. baby cereal, diapers, and lotion)
· Toiletries (i.e. soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toilet paper)
· New/unused toys

36th Annual Light Up Ocala
Saturday, November 23rd
Light up Ocala returns to downtown Ocala from 4 pm-9 pm.
This year's event will feature two stages and three entertainment zones throughout the downtown area with entertainment and more than 100 vendors.

The Lake City - Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are bringing to you the first-ever Christmas Light Fight.
The light fight consists of 10 different businesses at 12 different spots - for the public to drive by or walk through and see Christmas lights.
It will start on December 6, 2019, from 6 PM – 9 PM.

The Festival of Lights will begin for November 30, from 4 pm-8 pm in Lake City's Olustee Park. The lighting ceremony is at 6 pm followed by Santa's arrival in the park.

Florida Gateway College will present a stage adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol.' The performances will run from December 5-8. Showtimes are December 5 at 7 pm, December 6 at 7 pm, December 7 at 2 and 7 pm, and December 8 at 2 pm.

"A Christmas Carol" is coming back for its 42nd year to the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville. The production will take the stage starting from November 30- December 22. Saturdays at 2 pm and 4 pm; Sundays at 6 pm.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Newberry will start December 6, 2019, at
the Newberry City Hall on 25440 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, Florida 32669. The festivities include complimentary holiday cookies and hot cider, paired with Christmas carolers, and photos with Santa. Admission is complimentary! Just bring your camera to take great pictures.

The Annual Homestead Holidays hosted by the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation and Visit Gainesville / Alachua County will begin on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 12 PM – 4 PM at
the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation 8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, Florida 32608.
FREE Admission! Stroll through the 1856 plantation home decked out in an array of traditional greenery and Victorian finery – with a Christmas Sweets theme.