Candy Cane Acres
Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville
This annual event includes photos with Santa, decorating cookies, a Parade of Trees, sleigh rides, crafts, light displays and more. Hot chocolate, apple cider, soda and water will be available. Admission is $10 per carload, includes 10 free tickets. Additional tickets are $0.50.
Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee
Santa and his elves join the mermaids for special holiday-themed shows with a live nativity, petting zoo, bounce houses and more. Admission is $6, $4 for ages 6-12 and 5 and younger are free.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice
Open Friday, Nov. 20 through Jan. 3
Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa
Go ice skating on an outdoor rink under palm trees in 80-degree weather. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Holiday hours are Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Cost is $12. MORE INFO
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Select days through Dec. 31
Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa
More than a million twinklig lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. Entertainment is Christmas-themed, Santa is available for photos, and festive treats and holiday shopping are available. Included with admission.
Dec. 17-18 at 5:30 p.m.
Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
The museum will be transformed into an enchanted land of lights, with holiday classics, exclusive playtime and an evening of fun. Admission is $15, $10 for members.
Twinkle in Tampa Bay Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
The parade takes place along the water by Davis Islands, Harbour Island and the Channelside district.
Christmas Train Ride
Dec. 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill
Take the annual Christmas train ride to the North Pole. Ride trains through the park, visit Santa's cabin and take photos with Santa himself.
Symphony in Lights
Nightly through Dec. 31, with shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr., Wesley Chapel
An all-new holiday light show choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This year it will even snow. Ice skating is also available through Jan. 3.
2nd Annual St. Petersburg Holiday Festival of the Arts
Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
Local and regional artists will display their artwork in South Straub Park. Admission and parking are free. MORE INFO
Safety Harbor Holiday Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
Main Street, Safety Harbor
The annual parade includes floats, antique cars, fire trucks and a visit from Santa.
Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway
More than 40 decorated boats will participate in this "Las Vegas on Water" themed parade. A pre-parade poolside party will be held at the club. Bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation for admission. The Treasure Island Bridge will close to traffic at 7 p.m. and remain closed for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the parade to pass.
Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6:45 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach
Motor boats, sailboats, canoes and even rowboats will take part in this parade, which offers awards for each division.
Redington Beach/Indian Shores Lighted Boat Parade
Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.
Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores
This year's parade starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ends at the Pub restaurant.
Christmas Lights in Botanical Gardens
Nov. 27 through Dec. 31, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo
The gardens are lit up every evening with holiday lights. The event also includes visits from Santa Claus and nightly free entertainment. Suggested donation is $4 for visitors aged 13 or older. Sponsored by Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, Inc., Bright House and the Tampa Bay Times.
Friday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 20
Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota
More than 200 tons of snow will fall on Ringling Shopping Center for this three-day extravaganza. Includes snow slides, a snow play area, giant snow pictures, visits with Santa, reindeer rides and more. Admission is $7, 12 and younger are free. Activity wristband is $10. MORE INFO