Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Dec. 8



Symphony in Lights: The Shops at Wiregrass continues its annual holiday light show from 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 in the center court at 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The show features a 55-foot tree with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to holiday favorites by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Call (813) 994-2242 or visit

Celebration of Lights: 6 to 9 p.m. weeknights, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, at the Concourse and Safety Town, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. This is a drive-through only experience. Admission is $10 per car, $40 per 14-seat passenger van, and $7 per person on tour bus. Call (727) 857-6069 or visit

Breakfast with Santa: 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 8, at Land O’Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes. Families are invited to join Santa for a light breakfast, crafts and a photo op. Bring a camera. Free. Call (813) 929-1214.

‘How the Grinch Saved Christmas’: 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 8, at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Hosted by the West Pasco Business Association to benefit local families in need, the holiday event features music by Shadofax, food, sweets, treats and a cash bar. There will be a "lotto tree", live auctions, raffles and contests (ugliest sweater, best holiday socks, and a Grinch/Whoville look-alike). Tickets are $45. Call (727) 934-0940.

Elf: The Musical: 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10, at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. This children’s production is based on the 2003 hit film. Buddy, a young orphan, is raised by elves after crawling into Santa’s bag of gifts and accidentally brought back to the North Pole. Tickets are $5 cash, $6 credit card. (727) 842-6777.

It’s a Wonderful Life: 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. The holiday classic comes to life in a live 1940s radio broadcast. Features a pre-show concert. Tickets are $23. (813) 997-7146.

Country Christmas Open House: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Bring the family for traditional crafts, holiday music and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Caroling Company will perform in period clothing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 1 to 3 p.m., with complimentary photos. There will also be a car show, fun with bubbles, cookies and punch, a concession stand and a variety of vendors. Admission is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy, or $5. Call (352) 567-0262.

Lake Jovita 5K Reindeer Run: 8 a.m. Dec. 9, at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. This is a partnership between the Lake Jovita community and Sunrise of Pasco. There will be prizes, raffles and a costume contest after the race, along with music and refreshments around the country club pool. Registration is $40. Register online at or at the Lake Jovita Fitness Center. Packets and T-shirts may be picked up on Dec. 8 at the fitness center. Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. race day. Medals will be awarded to top finishers. Call (352) 521-3358.

Visit with Santa: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, at Railroad Square, on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street, New Port Richey. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and make crafts with the New Port Richey Library. Hosted by New Port Richey Main Street. Free. Visit

Dade City Merchants Country Christmas Stroll & Market: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, throughout downtown Dade City. There will be numerous activities, carriage rides, a cookie trail, and selfie stations set up, including the Polar Express in the alley beside A Matter of Taste (in the old Social Security building). Call (352) 424-0601

Holiday Street Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 9 in downtown New Port Richey. The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce hosts the 41st annual parade. The parade starts at Grand and Gulf and proceeds through downtown, around Orange Lake and back to Main Street. Call (727) 842-7651.

Christmas with the Jolly Corks: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Sing along with this interactive Christmas show set in 1867. $18, $5 ages 11 and younger. Call (727) 868-2994.

‘Frosty Follies’ Christmas Dinner Show: The Richey Community Orchestra presents its Christmas show Dec. 10 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cocktails at 1 p.m. (cash bar), followed by full course dinner at 1:30. The show starts at 3 p.m., and will feature special guests the Bella Voce Quartet. Tickets are $40; advanced reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866.

Suncoast Bronze Ringers present ‘Christmas Delight’: 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 7831 Gulf Highlands Drive, Port Richey. The handbell ensemble will perform classic Christmas carols, contemporary tunes and some new holiday music. Free; donations welcome. Call (352) 232-1622.

Christmas Luncheon: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 6476 is hosting this event that will include a complete Christmas dinner with dessert, coffee and tea. Free. Call (727) 389-0518.

Sweets and Treats with Santa and Mrs. Claus: 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Enjoy treats, make a craft and visit with Santa. Free. Call (727) 861-3040.

Storytime with Santa: 11:15 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, at South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. Includes stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. Geared for children ages 2 to 5. Free. (727) 834-3331.

Pet Photos with Santa: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free, but registration is required. Call (727) 861-3040.

Family Cookie Throwdown: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Enter your favorite holiday cookie recipe for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. Cookies will be judged on taste, presentation and originality. Advance signup is required no later than Dec. 10. To participate in the tasting and judging, bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Call (727) 853-1279.

Anclote Symphonic Winds presents A Christmas Celebration: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The wind ensemble, under the direction of J.R. Farley, includes professional to semi-professional musicians from the Tampa Bay area. Tickets are $8-$10. Call (727) 842-6777.

New Port Richey Shrine Club Christmas Party: 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15, at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $40 per person, includes dinner. The public is welcome; RSVP by Dec. 11. Call (727) 845-4190.

Hanukkah Celebration: 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 6209 Congress St., New Port Richey. Celebrate the season with the lighting of a 10-foot menorah, potato latkes, singing Hanukkah songs, dancing, playing games and learning about traditions of the holiday. Bring your own menorah and candles to participate in a united lighting ceremony. Call (727) 375-7502.


Candy Cane Acres: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 16, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Includes photos with Santa, cookie decorating, a Parade of Trees and holiday lights, Lego and model train display and more. $10 per carload, includes 10 free tickets. Additional tickets are 50 cents each. Call (352) 796-4552.

Christmas on Main Street: Brooksville Main Street will host ongoing Christmas events in downtown Brooksville through Dec. 25. Snowfall and the Christmas tree light show at the Hernando County courthouse steps (20 N Main St.) is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. daily, with carolers entertaining from 6 to 7 p.m. Call (352) 540-6409 or email to [email protected]

"Road to Bethlehem" Live Nativity: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, at Hernando Park. Provided by Hillside Community Baptist Church.

Kiwanis Club of Brooksville’s annual Christmas Parade: 10 a.m. Dec. 9, through downtown Brooksville. Beginning on Oakwood Drive, and winding down Howell Avenue and Main Street, then turning down Broad Street and ending at Bell Avenue. This year’s theme is "Toys, Trains and Candy Canes." Call (352) 540-3850.

Night of Lights Tour: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, at Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Tour the decorated 14-room Victorian home. Includes Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and appearances by Santa and his reindeer. Children can write letters to Santa in the museum’s post office, and find the mouse in the house to win prizes. $5 per person. Call (352) 799-0129.

A Christmas Carol: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Reserved seats; $15, $10 students. Call (352) 797-7010.

Winter Waterland: 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 8-16, at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Santa and his elves join the Weeki Wachee mermaids for the annual holiday show which includes a live nativity, light show and holiday activities. This year’s theme is Polar Express. Tickets $8, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger are free. Call (352) 592-5656.

Hernando Beach Christmas Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 9, at Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. Decorate your boat and enter or watch the parade from the yacht club. Travels to Marlin Canal, Cheeks Creek canal, Tarpon canal and returns to the dock. Parade entry fee is one new unwrapped toy. Register from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at the yacht club. Call (206) 919-8921.

Hernando Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The event benefits the nonprofit organization which began nine years ago by John St. John of Brooksville. 2 p.m. Tickets $10. Call (352) 683-5113.

Christmas Carriage Rides: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, departing from the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. $5 per person. Rides depart every 15 minutes. Two different rides available (north district and south district). Call (352) 540-6409.

Christmas Kaleidoscope: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. The holiday musical revue is a high energy song and dance production. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $20, season tickets available. Call (352) 610-4901.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents "Sounds of the Season" concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. The holiday program will feature guest soloists, the Nature Coast Brass, performing holiday favorites and a sing-a-long. Arrive early and meet and mingle with orchestra members. Tickets $18 adults, $5 students K-12. Call (352) 515-6993.

Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 16, Homosassa Springs Marina, 10806 W Halls River Road, Homosassa. Parade begins at Marker 75 by Bird Island. An awards ceremony will follow parade at the marina. Food and beverages available for purchase. Call (561) 441-5143 or (352) 302-5779.