Light Up Inverness
Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m.
Downtown, 212 W. Main St., Inverness
The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Courthouse Square, followed by music and a lighted luminary stroll around the downtown district.
Candy Cane Acres
Friday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville
The annual event features photos with Santa Claus, decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, crafts, a Florida-style sleigh ride and lights displays set to music. Hot chocolate, apple cider, water and soda will be available. Admission is $10 per carload.
14th Annual Angels on High
Dec. 12-13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill
Enjoy two evenings of entertainment on the Palmwood Pavilion stage and throughout the angel trail. Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Organizations, schools, churches and individuals are welcome to participate by decorating an angel for the angel trail. The registration fee is $40 for new participants and $25 for returning participants. Registration includes a 4x4 board to decorate, an extension cord and spotlight.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Select dates from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31
Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa
Busch Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises, seasonal sights, sounds and flavors. More than a million lights blanket the park, and fan-favorite Christmas shows return for the season. Visit the Claus family, ride the Christmas Town Express and check out the new African penguins at Penguin Point. Christmas Town is included with any admission to the park.
Ice Palace at International Plaza
Through Dec. 24, open during mall hours
International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd, Tampa
The mall transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's "Frozen." Entertainment also includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice thrown.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice
Open through Jan. 4
Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa
Go ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Cost is $10.
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
Enjoy a holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Admission is free.
St. Petersburg Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.
Straub Park, Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg
The official ceremony to light St. Petersburg's Christmas tree will take place, followed by a stroll around the pedestrian walkway decorated with thousands of lights and this year's collection of giant greeting cards.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo
Stroll through the gardens decorated with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting in a decorated gazebo on select nights. Admission is $4 for adults, kids ages 12 and under are free.
Dunedin's Holiday Parades & Old-Fashioned Christmas Event
Boat Parade: Dec. 6 at 6-9 p.m. at the Dunedin Marina
Old-Fashioned Christmas: Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. in downtown Dunedin
Watch Santa cruise in on a boat at the Dunedin Boat Parade on Dec. 6, then on the following Saturday, head downtown to watch the Holiday Parade starting at 4 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy sliding on Snow Mountain, games, crafts, s'mores and more along Main Street, Broadway and in Pioneer Park.
Christmas Candlelight Concert
Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg
The candlelight concert features John Rutter's "Gloria" for full chorus, brass, percussion and organ. The chorus will also sing an array of original Christmas carols composed by Rutter, who is one of the world's foremost choral composers today. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
Weekends in December
Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven December
Celebrate the holidays at Legoland Florida with the annual Christmas Bricktacular, which features a Christmas tree, Santa, reindeer, toy soldiers and more holiday decorations, all made entirely out of Legos. The holiday season ends with Kids' New Year's Eve, which includes a fireworks display that uses special viewing glasses to turn ordinary fireworks into the illusion of exploding Lego bricks. Access to the Christmas Bricktacular is included with normal park admission.
Lakeland Christmas Parade
Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
The Junior League of Greater Lakeland is hosting the 34th annual Lakeland Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Lakeland Center with fireworks over Lake Mirror, then winds through downtown and finishes with Santa Claus wrapping up the end of the parade. Anchors and reporters from Bay News 9, InfoMas and Bright House Sports Network will be part of the parade!
A Victorian Christmas at the Crosley
Dec. 9-11, 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, 19-21 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Guests will immerse themselves in the historic glamour of the estate while enjoying theater, traditional carols and storytelling, including holiday favorites by Charles Dickens, O. Henry, Hans Christian Anderson and Beatrix Potter. Tickets range in price from $15 to $25 and are available from all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bradenton Area Convention Center box office or by calling 941-722-3244 ext. 0.