Ring in the holidays on the Blackwater River

Published on October 02, 2014 with No Comments

Ring in the Christmas season this year along the Blackwater River in Milton.

The City of Milton in conjunction with the area Tom Thumb Stores will present Big Screen on the Blackwater – a three week series of holiday movies in historic downtown Milton.

Just like Milton’s annual Bands on the Blackwater, you can come downtown with your lawn chair or blanket and watch a movie the nights of Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19.

But if it is too cold outside, don’t worry. You can watch the movies from the comfort of your car.

“We are going to have a 25-foot inflatable screen alongside the Blackwater River,” said Katie Nichols, the City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department’s events coordinator. “You can watch the movie from the comfort of your car and tune in with your radio to enjoy this free outdoor holiday –themed movie.”

The movies will start at 6 p.m. on South Willing St. in Milton.

This year, Katie and the City of Milton have worked together so Santa Claus will be at the movies all three weeks at the South Riverwalk Pavilion for the children to visit starting at 5 p.m.

Concessions will be available at the event.

The City of Milton Parks Department is asking as a courtesy to other movie goers, no smoking please.

Don’t forget to check out our website for information regarding all city sports and activities at www.ci.milton.fl.us or contact the Milton Community Center at 983-5466


Big Screen on the Blackwater Lineup

Dec. 5 – Rise of the Guardians – a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film based on William Joyce‘s The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX. Set about 300 years after the book series, the film tells a story about Guardians Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman, who enlist Jack Frost to stop Pitch Black from engulfing the world in darkness. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Dec. 12 – Shrek the Halls, Merry Madascar and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – This is a triple animated holiday feature with the ever popular animated troll “Shrek”, the mischievious penguins from Madascar, and the wooly mamouth from Ice Age, Manfred, and his sloth friend, Sid.

Dec. 19 – Polar Express – a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg.

On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy witnesses a train called the Polar Express, that is about to embark to the North Pole. The conductor lets the boy board the train. The boy meets other children, including a girl and a know-it-all kid. When the train goes to pick up Billy, the hero boy applies the emergency brakes to let Billy on, who at first declined to board but changed his mind. The adventure continues at the North Pole as the hero boy looks for his lost friends.

At the end of the film, the kids request the hero boy to show the bell but he witnesses a hole in the pocket, therefore losing the bell. He is devastated for the loss, but regains his spirit after Billy is taken home. The hero boy is taken home and everyone else bids him farewell. The next morning, the boy’s sister wakes him up to open presents, including the bell he lost. The parents hear nothing from the bell and the boy leaves it on the table. The bell only rings for those who truly believe.

The Polar Express is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2006 as the first all-digital capture film. This was Castle Rock Entertainment‘s first animated film.

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