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.
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.
Nights of Shimmering Lights Through Sunday, Dec. 29, starting at 6 p.m.
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Sydney Washer Road and Highway 60, Brandon
Drive your vehicle through a light and sound show featuring more than 750 lighted scenes, tunnels and lights. Opens at dusk. Admission is $15 per carload Monday through Thursday, $20 per cardload Friday through Sunday.
Wild Wonderland Dec. 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 Dec. 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 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.
Victorian Christmas Stroll Through Jan. 1, starting at 10 a.m.
Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Experience an old-fashioned Christmas in the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies and listen to carolers perform. Benefits museum restoration and preservation projects. Admission is $13, $11 for seniors, $7 for youths.
Holiday FantaSea Dec. 26 through Dec. 30
Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Christmas Tree Lot Nov. 29 through Dec. 18. Hours vary
Westgate Shopping Center, 3900 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton
The tree lot will be open with plenty of trees to choose from. The lot is on the property that is adjacent to Miller Elementary School. All proceeds go to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.
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.
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 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.
Light Up Largo Central Through Jan. 3, starting at dusk
Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Dr., Largo
Familys are invited to walk among the lights displays, which use more than 1 million lights to create trains, toy bears, carolers and more. Admission is free.
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.
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