Holiday-themed events dot the East Hillsborough landscape

East Hillsborough residents will have three holiday-themed events to help brighten the season this year. Christmas Lane, the long-time holiday celebration that started on an area farm, launches another season of festivities at its current spot, the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds at 2508 W Oak Ave. in Plant City. It starts Friday (Nov. 24) and runs through Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, …

2017 Christmas Lane

2017 Christmas Lane 2017 Christmas Lane – November 24 – December 24, 2017, enjoy Christmas Lane at Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds located at 2508 W Oak Avenue in Plant City. Christmas Lane is a Christmas wonderland! We are housed in the Charlie Grimes Building at the Florida Strawberry Festival and have grown a lot over our 33 years! We will …

Christmas Lane Opening Weekend 2016

The annual event will run through Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25. by: Emily Topper Managing Editor Christmas Lane opened to the public in its 33rd year Friday, Nov. 25. Lane Wetherington and a team of friends, family and volunteers began prepping the Charlie Grimes Family Agricultural Center at the Florida Strawberry Festival fairgrounds in early November before the grand opening. 2016 is …

33rd year for Plant City’s Christmas Lane, bigger and better than ever

PLANT CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s a holiday favorite for a whole lot of folks in the Bay Area. Christmas Lane, once on a family farm in Dover, has now taken root at the Florida Strawberry Festival Agricultural Center this holiday season. The doors opened to the public tonight at 6 p.m. It’s a winter wonderland for folks young and …

Christmas Lane continues at Strawberry Festival grounds

PLANT CITY — Christmas Lane will return to the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds today (Nov. 25). Guests can enjoy a winter wonderland of lighted displays, nightly entertainment, food and more until Sunday, Dec. 25. The annual holiday celebration, once staged on the farm of Lane Wetherington, now takes place at the Charlie Grimes Family Agriculture Center, 2508 W Oak Ave., …

Christmas Lane to open day after Thanksgiving

Among the displays are a Christmas Castle, two 10-foot toy soldiers and a 14-foot reindeer. by: Observer Staff Staff Christmas Lane will return to the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds Friday, Nov. 25. Guests can enjoy a winter wonderland of lighted displays, nightly entertainment, food and more until Sunday, Dec. 25. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet guests each night and photos are available with …

Christmas Lane remains a holiday favorite at new location

PLANT CITY – Rebekah Byrtus grew up visiting Christmas Lane, a holiday wonderland with thousands of lights, animated displays and kiddie train. The 24-year-old mother is following the same tradition with her own 3-year-old daughter Jada. “I have very many happy memories visiting Christmas Lane. One year, we even had a family reunion that included a visit to Christmas Lane. I’m …

Christmas Lane’s new location yields results

PLANT CITY — One of East Hillsborough’s most popular annual winter traditions took on a new look this year as Christmas Lane has moved from a 1.5-acre farm in Dover to the Florida Strawberry Festival’s indoor Expo Hall. But the face of the event, Lane Wetherington, who has hosted about 40,000 visitors annually for more than 30 years, likes the …

Christmas Lane relocating from Dover to Florida Strawberry Festival grounds

PLANT CITY — An elaborate Christmas display that has delighted the young and old alike for three decades is moving from Dover to the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Expo Hall. The festival board has approved a rental agreement that allows Christmas Lane to relocate to the 15,000-square-foot building at 2301 W. Oak Ave. The agreement allows use of the hall for …