The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host its first annual “Legends of Yule” event at the Fort King National Historic Landmark on Saturday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The four-hour event will allow visitors to step back into history at the Fort King National Historic Landmark (3925 E Fort King Street in Ocala) to meet the legends of winters’ past.
The event will feature a “cozy lantern-lit experience” with warm beverages, and storytellers will share early 19th-century worldly traditions that were carried to Fort King during the Seminole War, according to the recreation and parks department.
This is a ticketed event. General admission is $10 per person, and tickets must be purchased online. Walk-up ticket sales will not be available on the night of the event.
In addition to the inaugural Legends of Yule event, the historic-themed Festival at Fort King will return on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During both days of the festival, attendees will have a chance to step into life at Fort King in the early 1800s. Local history will be brought to life with a full-scale re-enactment of the events that fueled the start of the Second Seminole War.
The festival will feature historic-themed crafts, games, workshops activities, living historians, vendors, food, drinks, and more.
Admission to the Festival at Fort King is $5 per person, and tickets are available online. Veterans and children (ages 5 and under) are free.
According to the recreation and parks department, discounts are available for visitors purchasing tickets together for the Legends of Yule and Festival at Fort King events.
A $3 discount will be applied to the total purchase price and must be combined at the point of sale to receive the discount. A limited number of discount tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Festival tickets may be used on either Saturday, December 2 or Sunday, December 3. Legends of Yule tickets will only be valid on December 2.
Attendees are encouraged to park at Powhatten Park located at 3800 SE 3rd Street. Free shuttles will be continuously running throughout the events for pickup and drop-offs.
A special tram will also be available for handicapped or disabled guests only.
For more information, visit the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s website or call 352-368-5517.