Some holiday season magic is returning to the Upper Keys before Thanksgiving with a visit from Santa Claus and the lighting of “Holly” the Christmas tree during the 14th annual Light Up Key Largo on Saturday, Nov. 18.
There will also be several new additions to an event that’s captivated children for more than a decade. The hard-working elves with the Key Largo Preservation Foundation have put together an event they say will be remembered for years to come.
New attractions to this year’s Light Up Key Largo festivities include a Christmas train that families and their children will be able to ride around the tree. In addition, children will hunt for hidden Santas and solve the puzzle for a prize. Giveaways will be available for all ages while supplies last. Golden Santas will be hidden after the tree lighting for a chance to win grand prizes. Added to the holiday magic will be a snow machine, inflatable games and bounce houses.
Like every year, children attending the holiday festivities will receive a free hot dog or hamburger. Light Up Key Largo will also have a craft booth, cookie decorating and story time, as many kids have come to enjoy throughout the years.
A Christmas tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Performances of “Elf Jr.” by the Key Largo School Drama Club are set for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
More information is at Light Up Key Largo on Facebook.