Crystal River’s “Christmas in Toyland” parade, hosted by the chamber, was Saturday, Dec. 4, with floats beginning their southern route down U.S. 19, from Citrus Avenue to Paradise Point.

A year after COVID-19 caused organizers to plan a reverse parade, the 2021 event was back to normal.

Chase Palmes was the parade’s grand marshal.

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Crystal River's three-day Christmas celebration, "Christmas on the Square," wraps up today.

Those wishing to enjoy the event, which features a synthetic ice skating rink alongside a 5,000-square-foot themed maze for ticket holders to enjoy each day, can do so from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Crystal River Town Square, 559 N. Citrus Ave.

Anyone who skates on the open-air "ice" rink must have a ticket, including adults accompanying children. Skates — from sizes for toddlers up to adult 13s — will also be provided. 

A 30-minute skating session is $10 per person, and $3 more gets 30 minutes in the “Snow-Mazing Christmas” maze. A one-hour wristband for the maze is $5.

Limited walk-up tickets will be available to purchase with cash, checks or Venmo, but it’s encouraged tickets be bought online through EventBrite at to guarantee a spot and keep waits short. Roughly 25% of tickets have been sold.

Online tickets to attend a specific day will be available for purchase up until 9 a.m. on that day.

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