PALM BAY — The Space Coast Light Festival has a new home at Palm Bay’s Fred Poppe Regional Park, located at 1951 Malabar Road. This year’s event runs through Jan. 1.
“It’s (Fred Poppe Park) a great location and in the long-term it will be an excellent location,” said Peter Moolhuizen, event organizer.
The event, which previously held at Melbourne’s Wickham Park, is no longer being run by the Boy Scouts, but Mr. Moolhuizen noted that a lot of people involved in this festival were involved with that one.
The Festival will be open daily from 6:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. daily, with the exception of Dec. 3 and Christmas Day, according to event organizer Peter Moolhuizen.
According to spacecoastlightfestival.com, those attending the festival will drive (or walk on selected days) through a 1.3-mile path that ends with a “200-foot ‘light tunnel.’”
“We’ve got 325 light displays,” Mr. Moolhuizen said. “They’re broken up into groups and stuff. Some of them will be brand new to the people, some of them they’ll recognize but every year we’ll switch out at least 30 percent of them every year to different displays.”
The cost for patrons to attend the event ranges per vehicle. Admission for those driving cars and golf carts Mondays-Thursdays is $20 and $30 Friday-Sunday.
Beyond that, the cost for those driving motorcycles is $5 on Mondays-Thursdays and $10 on Fridays-Sundays with RVs cost $30 on Mondays-Thursdays and $40 on Fridays-Sundays. Finally, the cost for 15-passenger vans are $40 on Mondays-Thursdays and $50 on Fridays-Sundays.
Private hayrides are also available Mondays-Thursdays at $90 and on Fridays-Sundays at $100.
Patrons have the opportunity to drive around as many times as they’d like on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the event website, but trips are more limited on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The event will have stroll nights, for those who prefer to walk through the event on Dec. 9-11 and on Dec. 30-Jan. 1, per the website.
Admission on stroll nights is $5 per person with kids under 3 getting in for free. Mr. Moolhuizen indicated that the number of them had been increased from six nights to three as well.
“The stroll nights are an enjoyable night and it’ll be a lot of fun,” Mr. Moolhuizen said.
Gates will be open at 5 p.m. where patrons can partake in a “holiday village” where there will be food and crafts available along with music, Mr. Moolhuizen said.
Additionally, Santa Claus will be on hand night until Dec. 24. There will also be a “Christmas Mirror Me” photo booth where photos will be e-mailed, along with four other photo room opportunities and two hands-on activity rooms.
Tickets can also be purchased through the festival’s website.
“What people are going to see is no credit card sales at the gate. It’s all cash or online just to expedite the traffic,” Mr. Moolhuizen added.