Upcoming Special Events

Movie in the park (Six Days of Christmas)

Join VLPRA for a free holiday-themed movie in the park!  We are teaming up with Valdosta Main Street to show "Arthur Christmas" (PG) behind the historic Lowndes County Courthouse.  We will have the big inflatable screen set up on Valley Street between Ashley and Patterson Streets.  It's on Friday, December 7th at about 5:45 PM.  Picnics are welcome and there will be limited concessions (cash only, please).  There will also be plenty of food options with the array of downtown restaurants.  No registration necessary; just bring the family and blankets or chairs for seating!  All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 12/7 at 5:45 PM
Location: Behind the Historic Lowndes County Courthouse Downtown
Movie: Arthur Christmas (PG)

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Christmas Jams Free Concert (Six Days of Christmas)

The Azalea Winds Community Band will perform Christmas classics at their annual free holiday concert.  Bring the entire family for a night of holiday magic and cheer on Monday, December 10th at VLPRA's Senior Center.  No registration necessary; just show up!
Date: 12/10 at 7:00 PM
Location: Senior Center (1360 East Park Avenue)

Spaghetti with Santa (Six Days of CHristmas)

Sit down for a meal with Santa as he carb-loads before his trek around the globe.  Guests will enjoy a catered Italian dinner, spend one-on-one time with Santa Claus, and enjoy a rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" from the Jolly Old Elf.  Space is very limited, so please register in advance.  This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Date: Wednesday, December 12th
Time: Santa arrives at 5:00 PM; Dinner starts at 7:00 PM
Location: VLPRA Administration Office (1901 North Forrest Street)
Registration: November 1st - December 9th

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Ugly sweater 5k & fun Run (Six Days of christmas)

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority is taking tacky on the road with its annual “Ugly Sweater 5K”.  Participants are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday outfit in the fun and competitive event that starts and finishes at VLPRA’s Freedom Park.  There will be awards for fastest male and female runners in each age group.  There will also be a special medal for ugliest sweater.  Advanced registration is only $25 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile fun run.  The price goes up $5 for each on 12/14.  Day of registration and check in begins at 7:30 and goes until race time.  The Fun Run starts at 9:00 AM and the 5K starts at 9:30 AM.  Participants will get a long-sleeve t-shirt.  CLICK HERE FOR EARLY REGISTRATION.
Date: 12/15; Fun Run at 9:00 AM; 5K at 9:30 AM
Location: Freedom Park (3705 Guest Road)

Gingerbread workshop (Six days of christmas)

Cookie decorating, ornament making, and some one-on-one time with Santa are all available just in time for Christmas at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority’s Gingerbread Workshop.  On Thursday, December 20th, children can create a gingerbread man masterpiece with a little help from Kirs Kringle at VLPRA’s main office.  The workshop starts at 4:00 PM and runs until 6:00 PM at 1901 North Forrest Street in Valdosta.  It’s only $2 per participant.  Registration is available in advance at vlpra.com or participants can pay at the door (cash only).  CLICK HERE FOR ADVANCED REGISTRATION.  
Date: Thursday, December 19th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: VLPRA Administration Office (1901 North Forrest Street)

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MOVIE IN THE PARK (SIX DAYS OF CHRISTMAS)

Join VLPRA for a free holiday-themed movie in the park!  We are showing the animated Christmas film "The Star" (PG) at Drexel Park.  It's on Friday, December 21st at about 5:45 PM.  Picnics are welcome and there will be limited concessions (cash only, please).  No registration necessary; just bring the family and blankets or chairs for seating!  All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: 12/21 at 5:45 PM
Location: Drexel Park (1401 N. Patterson St)
Movie: The Star (PG)

Types of Events

Movies in the park

VLPRA offers free movies in our parks and public places in Valdosta & Lowndes County throughout the year. Movies are usually family friendly features with G and PG ratings and we often show big name blockbusters from Disney and Pixar.  We sometimes offer a PG-13 film for an older audience.  We show the movies on our massive inflatable 20-foot screen starting at dusk.  Please check above for individual dates.

INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

VLPRA is proud to offer the largest public fireworks display in South Georgia.  Our fireworks are always on July 4th and start between 9:15 PM - 9:30 PM.  The location is TBD.

VLPRA/MOody afb fishing rodeo

VLPRA partners with Moody Air Force Base each year to offer our annual Fishing Rodeo.  Anyone can fish, but the competition is open to 5-18 year olds in separate categories.  The rodeo is usually held in September or October of each year at a minimal cost with live bait provided.  We have a category for bank fishing and for boat fishing. 

Stocked Cart Race

Runners, start your engines for the wackiest, most fun event of the year!  Our annual Stocked Cart Race is basically a 50-yard dash where runners push decorated shopping carts.  Businesses, schools, churches, families, and groups of friends enter as teams.  Teams are given one shopping cart each to decorate and race. We have a double elimination bracket and race head to head until we have a fastest cart.

The most important part of the event: the entry fee is food for Hungry at Home.  Each team must bring at least $25 of food (no money, please).  The more food, the better as we hand out awards for most food raised, best decorated cart, and fastest cart. Hungry at Home is a local non-profit that sends food home on Fridays with kids who don't have enough to eat on the weekends.  All donated food must be kid-friendly and not require a can opener or stove.  Think: pop top Chef Boyardee meals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, pop top tuna kits, vienna sausages, raisins, etc.  Find out more about Hungry at Home at their website: www.hungryathome.org.

The Stocked Cart Race happens the first Saturday in November at Lowes Home Improvement on St. Augustine Road.  Registration runs from September to Race Day.

Father/Son Campout

Go camping in the outfield!  Boys ages four and up can spend the night on the South Lowndes Ball Field with their father or adult male family member at this overnight event.  Activities include a cookout, games, s'mores, night baseball, and a movie on the backstop.  Dinner is provided Friday night and breakfast is provided Saturday morning.  Bring your own tent and bag chairs; tent set up begins at 6:00 PM Friday.  Space is limited.  Event typically happens in the fall.  Fees are TBD.

Six Days of Christmas

VLPRA's Six Days of Christmas features six days of holiday fun spread out through the month of December.  We show movies, have a free Christmas concert, eat a catered meal with Santa Claus, create gingerbread cookie masterpieces, and cap it off with an Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K.