Christmas at Eden Gardens State Park
A Stroll Through History: Eden Gardens State Park and the Enchanting Christmas Home Tour
Nestled in the heart of South Walton, Eden Gardens State Park stands as a testament to the rich history and natural beauty that defines the region. As the park continues to be a haven for locals and visitors alike, a festive tradition is set to unfold on December 9, 2023. The Christmas Home Tour promises an enchanting evening at Eden Gardens, inviting guests to explore the grounds adorned with luminaries and partake in the holiday cheer.
A Glimpse into Eden Gardens’ Rich History:
Eden Gardens State Park spans approximately 163 acres of land that was once part of the historic Wesley homestead. The focal point of this expansive park is the exquisitely renovated, two-story house featuring elegant white columns and a wrap-around porch. Nestled in a setting of moss-draped live oaks, the 1897 mansion harks back to a prosperous era before the virgin forests of longleaf pine and cypress were exhausted in this part of the state.
In 1963, the estate underwent a transformative change when Lois Maxon acquired and meticulously renovated the home. Maxon’s vision turned the mansion into a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques, preserving the historical charm and significance of the property.
The Christmas Home Tour:
On December 9, 2023, from 5-8 pm, Eden Gardens State Park will host its annual Christmas Home Tour, inviting the community to partake in the magic of the season. As the sun sets, luminary-lined pathways will guide visitors through the park, creating a whimsical atmosphere that transports guests back in time.
Live music will fill the air, providing a melodic backdrop to the evening’s festivities. The jolly spirit of Christmas will be personified by the presence of Santa Claus himself, making a special appearance on the grounds throughout the evening to spread joy and capture the hearts of children and adults alike.
Delightful Treats and Warm Beverages: No holiday celebration would be complete without delectable treats, and the Christmas Home Tour at Eden Gardens does not disappoint. The Friends of Eden will be on hand at the Pavilion area, offering an array of cookies and hot beverages to warm the hearts and hands of all attendees.
Eden Gardens State Park, with its rich history and enchanting ambiance, provides the perfect backdrop for a South Walton holiday tradition. The Christmas Home Tour on December 9, 2023, promises an unforgettable evening of festive delights, live music, Santa sightings, and the warmth of community spirit. Join in the merriment and create lasting memories with family and friends at this magical event in one of Florida’s most treasured parks.