Grinchmas 2019 advance

Three-year-old Wolf Giangaria is all smiles while sitting with Charlotte Maidhof, aka Mrs. Claus, at Crystal River's 2018 Grinchmas and the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. 

Come one, come all and bring the whole family to kick off the Christmas season with the City of Crystal River’s annual Tree Lighting Festival as they present “Grinchmas” beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Little Springs Park, (behind City Hall). And don’t forget to stroll down to the Heritage Village later for “Whoville” and more.

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Everything Grinch was on display Friday during Grinchmas at the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in Crystal River.

The celebration is free for all ages and lasts until 9 p.m. There are two Grinch locations this year — at Little Springs Park and in the downtown historic area in the Heritage Village on Citrus Avenue.

New this year is an Ice Slide that the kids will surely enjoy during the daylight hours. Bounce houses will be on hand for the children and there will be “falling snow.”

According to Leslie Bollin, special events coordinator for the city, the Grinch will be at two locations. He will interact with children at Little Springs Park when events begin at 3 p.m. and there will be Grinch photo ops at Heritage Village.

Enjoy the Whobilation Pageant in the park at 4:40 p.m . And one won’t want to miss the annual Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. at Little Springs Park with Mayor Joe Meek.

The Duke Energy entrance will host a photo shoot. Dr. Seuss’s Grinch movie will be shown on the lawn next to Crystal River’s Creative Playground at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

There will be food vendors and arts and crafts booths for shopping at Heritage Village, where the village shops will also be open. Heritage Village will turn into “Whoville” with various “Who” characters roaming the premises.

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Elise Clicquennoi, visiting from Oregon, poses with a plastic Grinch character Friday along Citrus Avenue in downtown Crystal River. Many attending the Grinchmas event donned colorful, festive costumes.

Beer and wine will be available for adults to purchase.

Come out and enjoy this fun-filled family event the evening before the colorful lighted evening Crystal River Christmas Parade that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

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