Where's Wade? Kirby Family Farm
The only thing North Central Florida has in common with the North Pole is the point on the compass. But during the Christmas season, we do have a winter wonderland to enjoy.
Kirby Family Farm was founded as a non-profit to work with at-risk and special-needs children. So at night, the Christmas lights come on, Santa Claus suits up and the train gets warmed up.
"The Christmas train is our biggest fundraiser of the year." says Daryl Kirby, owner of the farm. "Ninety percent of our revenue comes from our public events."
The holiday spectacular helps to fund the non-profit efforts of the farm.
"Instead of asking for donations, we though it would be better to invite the public to see what Kirby Farms is all about." said Kirby. "...and invite them to come out and support our mission by having fun."
Kirby adds new attractions to the farm every year, too.
"You may see everything from a 25 foot snow globe to a giant see dragon with a Santa hat on."
On top over the light show, kids can snap a picture with Santa Claus himself, do a little dance with Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer, or take in a Christmas-themed acrobatics show.
"We love being a part of that for families, especially during the Christmas season." said Kirby. "When you give a child especially a memory, they get to keep that forever."