Adopt a Tree Friday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.
Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills
Adopt a tree for $15, then bring your own lights and decorations to put your own personal stamp on the tree at the community center. Trophies will be awarded for the best trees. They will remian on display for three days, then donated to local families in need. Click here for more information about adopting a tree. After the trees are decorated and judged, stick around to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on a two-story tall air screen.
Inverness Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Street, Inverness
The parade is presented by the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Inverness. The theme is "Christmas Melodies" and the parade will feature dozens of floats, marching units, twinkling lights and Christmas music. Deadline for float applications is Nov. 29.
Hernando County Holiday Events
Candy Cane Acres Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 29 through Dec. 21, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad Street, Brooksville
Enjoy a holiday light display and Christmas village! Visit Mrs. Claus' kitchen, see the Parade of Trees and Magical Playland, take a Sleigh Ride Florida style and sing carols. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, egg nog and other treats. Admission is $10 per car and includes 10 free tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $0.50 each.
Christmas on Main Street Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy caroling, a wine tasting, living window displays and more while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to make their arrival. The Clauses will be at the House of Passage from 5:15 to 6:45. The tree lighting will be at 7 p.m. and will feature live music.
The parade will feature more than 120 floats, as well as monster truck groups, high school bands, ROTC programs and more. Parking available at Hernando High School. If you cannot see the parade in person, watch it live on Bright House Channel 622. The parade will air again at 6 p.m.
Two Christmas classics in one. The classic TV special comes to life, with Linus reminding everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a couple is faced with casting the Herdman family in the church Christmas pageant. Hilarity ensues. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Click here to buy tickets.
Hillsborough County Holiday Events
Ice Palace at International Plaza Through Tuesday, Dec. 24
International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa
International Plaza will transform into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show, snow globes, glistening icicles and footage from BBC Earth's Frozen Planet. Entertainment includes snow princesses, visits with Santa and family photos on an ice throne. Admission is free.
Wild Wonderland Saturday, Dec. 7, 13-15, 17-23, 26-30
From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa
Meet Santa and his real reindeer, take in animated displays, more than a million lights, free Zoo rides and traditional holiday treats. The event also features a 100-foot ice slide and nightly "Florida flurries." Click here for more information about tickets.
Christmas Town Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 6-8, 12-23
From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Busch Gardens, 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa
Guests will enjoy special Christmas entertainment, including live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than a million lights. Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event and families with children ages 3 to 9 can enjoy special $10 advance tickets for their youngest members. Click here to buy tickets.
Downtown on Ice Nov. 21 through Jan. 5, 2014 (except Thanksgiving)
Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa
Enjoy 90 minutes of skating on an outdoor ice rink in the park - even in Florida. Each session includes skate rental. Cost is $10.
Holiday FantaSea Dec. 26 through Dec. 30
Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Santa Claus will shop by this event in his white horse-drawn carriage. The Harvest Methodist church choir will sing carols around the fountain leading up to the lightning of the Christmas tree. Outdoor skating on an acrylic rink will be available, as will sugar cookie decorating and the Choo Choo Express, which will take children on rides around the tree. Treats will be available from vendors. Admission is free.
Santa's Magical Workshop Dec. 14-15, 21-22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hanbury Estate, 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton
Enjoy four unique rooms of Santa magic and fun. Visit Santa and his working elves, check out the Christmas Village and walk the lighted garden. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to the Gulf Shore Animal League, which is working to make Manatee County no-kill.
No cost to enter the boat parade. The awards ceremony will be held at the yacht club following the parade. Deadline for entry is Dec. 9.
Winter Wonderland in Downtown Bradenton Saturday, Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Old Main Street, Bradenton
Snow and Santa Claus return to downtown Bradenton for this festive street party. Enjoy food, crafts, games, hay rides and more. The snow-sledding mountains will be in the parking lot north of Old Main Pub. A parade leaves the south end of Old Main Street at 6 p.m. to escort Santa and Mrs. Claus to the entrance of Westminster Courtyard, where they will greet visitors until 8:30 p.m. In addition, the Holiday Boat Parade on the Manatee River is expected to pass the downtown waterfront at about 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Christmas at the Riverwalk Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Riverwalk, 452 Third Avenue W, Bradenton
Take in a Christmas concert at the Riverwalk Amphitheater to help you get into the mood for the holidays. Admission is free.
Staff astronomer Howard Hochhalter will lead the audience on a journey to Jerusalem 2,000 years ago to explore the question "What was the Star of Bethlehem?" Admission is $8 for the general public and $3 for members of the South Florida Museum.
Pasco County Holiday Events
Symphony in Lights Through Tuesday, Dec. 31
Shows nightly at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel
A holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Admission is free.
Pinellas County Holiday Events
Holiday Lights in the Gardens Nov. 30 through Jan. 1, 2014
Begins at 5:30 p.m. each night
Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo
Enjoy lights displays that incorporate the gardens' plants and trees. The gardens also have a seven-foot gingerbread house, a 30-foot white swan and a five-foot tropical parrot. The event also includes nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa. A gift and plant sale will take place Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a dog parade on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. A $2 donation is requested.
Santa will depart from the main station at 444 S. Huey Avenue for a tour of different sections of the city. On Dec. 19, Santa will greet children at the main station on Huey Avenue from 6-8 p.m. for refreshments and Christmas fun. Click here for maps of Santa's routes
Snowfest and Santa Parade
Saturday starts with the annual free Santa Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown St. Petersburg, which leads right into Snowfest at North Straub Park. There will be 65 tons of the white stuff, with toboggan rides, "glice" skating, reindeer races and kiddie land (for ages 3-5), all for a $5 wristband. (727) 893-7441.
Winter's Miracle on Cleveland Street
Clearwater is throwing a big winter party Friday, with a snow slide, train rides, live music and Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (a founding member of Sha-Na-Na) as master of ceremonies. They also plan to light up the sign at the historic Capitol Theatre, which is still being renovated. At Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure in the Harborview Center, there will be free admission, photos with Santa, a "Hurricane Blizzard" and educational exhibits. The first 250 kids 12 and younger will get free holiday-themed Winter plush toys. It's all free in the 400 block of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue in Clearwater starting at 5:30 p.m.
Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs
Snow will fall on Tarpon Avenue in Tarpon Springs for this party with a snow play area, real reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, hayrides, visits with Santa, music and vendors. Free, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. (727) 938-3711.
Polk County Holiday Events
Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, 2014, M-Sa 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Su 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales
This year's theme is "Family Traditions," which is guiding the designers and volunteers who will decorate Pinewood Estate, a 20-room Mediterranean style mansion, and turn it into a winter wonderland. Entrance is $20 for adults and $9 for children. Members pay $7 for adults and $6 for children.
Glitter, Glisten and Snow Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lake Eva Park, 555 Ledwith Ave., Haines City
Lake Eva Park is turned into a Christmas wonderland. Enjoy hot cider and roasted chestnuts while listening to live holiday music. Kids can play in the snow area and have their pictures taken with Santa. The evening ends with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
The parade is sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland. This year's theme is "I'm Dreaming Of." The parade begins at the Lakeland Center and makes a loop through downtown Lakeland until it returns to the Lakeland Center.
Victorian Christmas Dec. 6-7, 13-14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kingscliff, 987 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland
Experience a Dickens holiday as you move through seven themed rooms of a historic mansion. Costumed interpreters will play the characters from "A Christmas Carol" as you experience the holiday as it was celebrated in the 1850s. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Carols in the Park Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Central Park, Downtown Winter Haven
This two-day festival is a gathering of artisans and musicians, as well as food, craft and gift vendors, entertainment and Santa Claus. Local schools and groups will perform music throughout both days.
Lights of Lakeland Dec. 6-8, 13-15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Highland Park Church of the Nazarene, 4777 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland
Enjoy this free event with your whole family. Enjoy a walk-through Bethlehem experience with live camels, sheep and donkeys, a food court with food trucks, Santa's Workshop, reindeer, the Grinch and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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