CLERMONT (Nov. 29, 2018) – The community is invited to the City of Clermont’s biggest event of the year.
Light Up Clermont is expected to dazzle families and friends with its stellar lineup of free holiday events on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 downtown and at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is Holidays Around the World.
A helpful new addition this year, free shuttles will continuously run from 5-10 p.m. Nov. 30 for convenience. They will stop at two locations:
· Waterfront Park at the intersection of 2nd and Palm streets
· Clermont Middle School, 301 E. Ave., back parking lot
Friday’s festivities run from 5:30-9 p.m., including the 6:30 p.m. tree lighting ceremony, food trucks, live holiday music and a DJ, all downtown. Saturday features the 10 a.m. holiday parade downtown followed by music, crafts and food vendors, and later that day, free concerts at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Clermont Performing Arts Center.
Events kick off at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 with food trucks and the kid zone open from 5:30-9 p.m., as well as a DJ mixing music on Montrose Street between 8th Street and West Avenue. There will be bounce houses in the kid zone. You’re likely to run into themed stilt walkers and carolers throughout the evening, too.
At 6 p.m., enjoy music on the mainstage at City Hall Park, as well as a performance by Santa’s Little Flippers (known for their stellar Sea World performances) in front of the Clermont City Center, on Lake Avenue and Montrose Street.
Don’t miss the big moment. At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Gail Ash will lead the Light Up Ceremony at City Hall Park, followed by more live music on the mainstage.
And starting at 7 p.m., children can get their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Clermont City Center, 620 W. Montrose St., provided by the Kiwanis Club of South Lake County, which also provides Center Lake’s holiday displays.
Plus, Santa’s Little Flippers perform again at 8 p.m. to close out the night on Lake Avenue and Montrose Street.
On Dec. 1, Clermont’s spectacular Hometown Holiday Parade begins at 10 a.m. downtown. About 55 groups and organizations will flaunt their floats, bands and much more. Vendors will provide food, crafts, music and entertainment.
Parade route roads will close at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen once the parade has finished. The route is the same as last year’s, heading south on 3rd street from near Waterfront Park, west on West Minneola Avenue, south on Lake Avenue, west on West Montrose Street, North on West Avenue, east on West Osceola Street, north on 5th Street, and northeast toward 4th street, finishing at Waterfront Park.
Visit the craft vendors and food trucks from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Montrose and 8th streets, and enjoy music and community entertainment during that time at City Hall Park.
Then, from noon-3 p.m., enjoy community acts on the mainstage at City Hall Park.
Also on Dec. 1, Montverde Academy will offer a free Lessons & Carols Concert with show times at 5 and 8 p.m. at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27.
Don’t miss this award-winning signature series of events.