Frequently Asked Questions
1. How did Safety Harbor Christmas Fest start?
In 2017, Cypress Meadows had a desire to bring their annual Christmas production in to the community a spread the joy of the season with more families from the area than they reached with their annual Christmas production. They dreamed big and asked God "what would it look likfe it..." and out of that the Safety Harbor Christmas Fest was born.
2. Who is Cypress Meadows Community Church and how are they involved?
In June 1981, Douglas Poole and his wife Jacque joined up with a couple dozen other dreamers in a horse stable that had been flipped to a church. They had a dream of building a community of faith, hope and love that would become a place people could call their “home” and understand that they are worthy of love and belonging. They had no idea what God was going to do…they only knew God’s heart for people and they wanted to be a part of whatever He was up to in this world.
36 years later, Cypress Meadows has expanded to 2 large buildings, 3 services and hundreds of members. They have a homeless/under-resourced outreach program in downtown Clearwater, partner with Shiloh Church and School in Saint Louis Du Nord, Haiti where they sponsor 300+ school children, and Springs of Hope Kenya orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya.
3. Where will I be able to park?
Free event parking will be available at various municipal lots around downtown Safety Harbor, as well as at the First Presbyterian Church on 2nd Street. Free public parking is also avilable along 2nd Street, just south of Main Street.
Free parking for vehicles with proper handicap decals will be allowed to park at the Safety Harbor Marina on a first come, first serve basis.
Boat owners with a slip in the Safety Harbor Marina will be issued Marina Parking Passes which will allow them access and parking to the Marina the day of the event.
4. How much is admission?
Admission to the Safety Harbor Christmas Fest is free for everyone.
5. How long will I have to wait in line for sledding in the snow zone?
No one likes waiting in line. So we're working tomake sure that you have to wait in line as little as possible. There will be a virtual ticketing system in place for the snow sledding activity that will allow families to not only reserve their place in line but will give you a chance to enjoy the other activities while waiting.
6. Will I be able to leave the event and come back in later?
There is no admission fee nor ticket required to enter Christmas Fest. So feel free to stop by and enjoy the activities, then take a walk downtown and return again later.
7. Will I be able to access my boat at the marina during the event?
Marina boat owners will be given Christmas Fest Parking Passes which will allow them access to the marina before and during the event. We will also be saving spaces at the Marina, in addition to the 4 reserved spaces, to ensure everyone has access to their boat.
8. Where can I hear more of Taylor Fletcher's music?
Taylor Fletcher can be heard throughout the community on any given weekend - from BarFly in Safety Harbor to the Dunedin Brewery. To see where you can catch, visit his Facebook page - Taylor Fletcher Music. He also leads worship each weekend at Cypress Meadows. You can download his latest album, Working on a Good Thing, through Amazon and iTunes and other online music stores.
9. What is Bagamoyo?
Bagamoyo is a sewing project born out of Springs of Hope Kenya (SOHK), where director Molly Waits has cultivated love and hope for vulnerable children since 2009. In addition to caring for 40+ orphans, Molly and the SOHK team also desired people living with HIV to realize their futures through the promotion of fine craftsmanship, a valuable job that grants both dignity and income to marginalized families. Find out more about Springs of Hope Kenya and Bagamoyo at their website.
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