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Storytellers to share ‘Legends of Yule’ at Fort King on Dec. 2

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host its first annual “Legends of Yule” event on Saturday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark.

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 take place on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festival at Fort King
The Festival at Fort King will allow attendees to step back into the 1800s (Photo: Ocala Recreation and Parks Department)

During both days of the festival, attendees will have a chance to step into life at Fort King in the early 1800s. The event will include historic-themed crafts, games, activities, living historians, food, vendors, and a full-scale re-enactment of the events that fueled the start of the Second Seminole War.

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.

Legends of Yule attendees are encouraged to park at the Fort King Tennis Center (3301 E Fort King Street). A tram will run approximately every 15 minutes to transport visitors to the event.

For more information, visit the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s website or call 352-368-5517.