Holiday Gator to return to UF
The Holiday Gator will once again bring its festive light to the University of Florida campus, continuing a new annual tradition for a second year.
The large steel alligator sculpture that glows with orange and blue at night is being reinstalled this week on the lawn of the University Auditorium near Newell Drive and Union Road. Its first lighting is scheduled for Friday evening as darkness falls around 6 p.m.
“We can all use a little warmth, joy and encouragement – especially as we finally approach the end of 2020,” said UF President Kent Fuchs “It’s a beautiful sight at night, shining with orange and blue not far from Century Tower, and a new tradition reminding us of the winter holidays.”
The steel sculpture – which is about 8 feet tall and 8 1/2 feet in diameter – was created by Gainesville artist and blacksmith Leslie Tharp, a UF College of the Arts alumna.
Unlike last year, there will be no “Lighting of the Gator” ceremony with refreshments due to COVID safety precautions. However, anyone can visit and experience the Gator until the week of Dec. 21, when it will be removed and stored until next year.