A “Winter Woodsy Wonderland” is the theme of the annual Nights of Lights weekend at Fort Cooper State Park, sponsored by  the Friends of Fort Cooper.

This year’s Nights of Lights will be held on Dec. 13, 14, and 15 at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The trails, trees, pavilion and social hall will be decked out in holiday lights and decorations.

Santa Claus will welcome children each night in the social hall. Visitors can roast marshmallows and create their own s’mores at a bonfire supervised by volunteers. . Refreshments will be served in the park pavilion all three nights and holiday music will be broadcast along the trails.

In lieu of an entrance fee, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or toy for the Citrus United Basket of Inverness or pet food for the Citrus County Animal services. This year, the Friends challenge visitors to “fill the trailer truck” that will be provided by Citrus United Basket, located at the park entrance. In previous years, over  3,800 pounds of grocery and toy donations and 600 pounds of pet food were donated by Nights of Lights participants.

The Friends of Fort Cooper, the Citizen Support Organization for the State Park, hope to surpass these numbers this year.


  • Occurred Friday, December 13th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, December 14th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Occurs Sunday, December 15th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Fort Cooper State Park

3100 S. Old Floral City Road
Inverness, FL 34450


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