Unseasonable Temperatures for Winter Festival

Dec 4, 2017

It may have felt more like spring, but Saturday's(12/2) unseasonable temperatures just added to the warmth of the Capital City's yearly Winter Festival.

Thousands of people lined Monroe Street in downtown Tallahassee for the 31st Annual Winter Festival.
Credit Tom Flanigan

As 100s of Jingle Bell runners were racing across the downtown finish line, the public address system blasted tunes such as "Winter Wonderland." But temperatures were in the 60s and Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer was quick to note that hydrangeas were blooming nearby.

"You know, Winterfest is always great, whether it's cold, or whether it's not so cold," Ziffer remarked during the event. "There are so many people out here with the thousands of Jingle Bell runners and the lights and everyone getting into that holiday spirit. It makes it and North Florida special. So, yeah, it's Winter Festival even though it doesn't feel like it."

The warm weather also seemed to add to the crowds, which caused massive traffic tie-ups in and around the downtown before and after the event, which included a parade, local bands and a Candy Cane Lane experience for the kids. This was Tallahassee's 31st Winter Festival.