Light show and display Friday at NFRMC

In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, a boy plays with the lights during the annual Duck Pond Lighting at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. This year's show starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville sun
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 3:40 p.m.

North Florida Regional Medical Center will unveil its annual light show and display Friday evening at its duck pond — with an evening of musical performances, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by horse-drawn carriage, and reindeers handing out thousands of candy canes to members of the public.

This year marks the 23rd year of the event, and the theme is newborn babies, so 14 mothers with babies born this year at NFRMC will take the stage to inaugurate the Gainesville tradition.

“This is really a gift from North Florida to the community,” said Pamela Rittenhouse, the director of marketing at NFRMC.

The show starts at 5:30 p.m., and the lights will go on at approximately 6:07 p.m. Performers include the Hillel Choir, Buchholz jazz band and the Gainesville Ballet Theater. Storm Roberts, host of the WKTK morning show, will emcee the event.

Turnout is expected to be in the thousands, and the duck pond entrance to North Florida Regional will be closed starting at 4:45 p.m.

The light show goes from dusk to dawn every night through Dec. 31.

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