De Soto National Memorial will light its trails with thousands of luminaries on Saturday, December 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm. The evening will be full of music and history. Join us in what has become a seasonal tradition for many.
Live Music —Featured will be traditional music played by the Manatee High School orchestra. Native American musician Juan R. Leon will share the beautiful melodies of Native American flute, classical solo violinist Amberly Waterman of Anna Maria will play traditional European music, and G man’s Caribbean Steel Drums will delight and entertain visitors throughout the night.
Luminary Walk—The trails at De Soto National Memorial will be lit up with thousands of holiday luminaries. Encounter Historical re-enactors as they tell stories of how the Spanish and Native American cultures celebrated the winter season at Camp Uzita.
Food and Refreshments Available— Concessions will be provided by The Feast restaurant, with a unique menu that includes plates from 8 to 10 dollars. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Friends of De Soto National Memorial, a non for profit group that aids the park in many of its activities and events.
Catch the Shuttle— Avoid the hassles of parking by catching the shuttle from King Middle School located on 75th St NW. Shuttles start at 5:30 and run until 8:30. Bus supplied by the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County
All events and activities at De Soto National Memorial are free. All activities are subject to change due to weather.
DeSoto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street. De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.
For more information visit our website http://www.nps.gov/deso
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