Light Up Liberty

Light Up Liberty

Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive magic at Light Up Liberty! Join us on December 2nd from 5-9 pm at Liberty Park for an enchanting evening filled with holiday joy. Gather around as we count down to the lighting of the Tree, marking the official start of the holiday season.

Meet and greet with the one and only Santa and Mrs. Claus, and let the little ones dive into festive crafts and activities. Enjoy food from our on site vendors, and explore unique finds at the holiday market – perfect for finding that special gift for your loved ones.

As the night unfolds, be sure not to miss the spectacular 2023 Cove Inverness Christmas Boat Parade, kicking off at 5:45 pm. For more information about the boat parade, contact or call (352) 601-8483.

Light Up Liberty promises to be an evening of joy, laughter, and holiday magic. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the heart of Liberty Park!

Boat Parade

Christmas Boat Parade Flyer
Light up Liberty Banner

With huge success last year, we are proud to host the 2023 Light Up the Lamp Post Contest. Want to market your business or organization during the holiday season?   Decorate a lamp post at Liberty Park as hundreds of people visit the park daily and especially during the holiday season.  There’s a limited amount of lamp posts available so the City recommends applicants to apply early to secure their lamp post on a first come, first serve basis.   These decorations will be unveiled and lit at the Light Up the Lake event held on Dec. 2, 2023. The City Mayor and Council members will award a blue ribbon and bragging rights to the best in the following themed categories:

Award Categories: 

  • Christmas Movies
  • Holiday Songs
  • Florida Christmas

Light Up the Lamp Post Application 

Contact: Inverness Parks Department, or (352) 726-3913

Location: Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Avenue

Key Dates:  

  • Applications accepted Sept. 25 – Nov. 6, 2023
  • Decorating period: Nov. 18 – Nov. 30, 2023, dusk to 6 p.m.
  • Official lighting: Dec. 2, 2023, at 5:45 pm  
  • Awards ceremony: Dec. 5, 2023, at 5:30 pm, during City of Inverness Council Meeting 
  • Remove decorations period: Dec. 30, 2023, dusk to 9 p.m. 

Any decorations not removed by 6:00 pm on Jan. 4, will be disposed of and the applicant will be required to pay a removal fee of $50.00.

Decorating Guidelines:

  • Complete application 
  • Once you submit the category you are interested in, you cannot change categories
  • The Inverness Parks & Recreation Department will approve and assign lamp poles
  • Decorations or equipment supplied by organization
  • Christmas and winter holiday is the overall theme, variety encouraged
  • 20-amps at each lamp pole
  • Decorate the pole only, not the grounds
  • No tape, tacks or drilling
  • Only bungees and zip cords or other approved fasteners
  • Groups must supply their own ladders and tools
  • Organization signage is made and hung by the organization, not to exceed 8 1/2” x 11”
  • Limited poles in Liberty Park; poles will be assigned by Parks Department
  • No H-frames permitted in park grounds

2023 Lamp Post Winners

lamp post winner Langley
Langley Health - Movie
Song Winner -  Marching Band
Citrus County Marching Band - Song
CCSO - fl winner
CCSO fl christmas

2022 Lamp Post Winners


2021 Lamp Post Winners