A Christmas fest: The annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival, sponsored by Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Business Networking Group, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eastside Elementary School, 27151 Roper Road, Hill 'n Dale. The festival will feature games, Christmas carolers, a cakewalk and performances by local children's groups, plus music by Dell Barnes. Special guests will include Santa, Smokey Bear and Big Frog. Free. For information, call (352) 796-0697.
Christmas on the water: The Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, will host its annual Christmas Boat Parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The parade will travel along Marlin canal and Cheeks Creek canal and back, then along Tarpon canal to the public boat ramp. Hotdogs, drinks and Christmas cheer will follow at the yacht club. Free. For information, call (727) 916-0001.
Holidays at the historical society: The West Pasco Historical Society will host a series of holiday events this weekend at Sims Park, 6431 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey:
• Photos with Santa plus punch and a holiday toast from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
• Christmas displays and other exhibits at the Historical Society's museum at 10 a.m. Saturday
• Photos with Santa plus a sing-along with Dixie Blue, who will perform Christmas favorites, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday
For information, call Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.
A magical night: The annual Dade City Magical Night Christmas Parade will be at 7 p.m. Friday along Seventh Street in historic downtown Dade City. The parade will kick off the city's holiday season.
Holiday in the Gardens: Visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens and watch local groups and organizations decorate trees and wreaths from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Those visiting will be invited to vote for their favorite wreath or tree. There will be live music. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.
Old-fashioned holiday: The Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, will host a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free with a new, unwrapped toy, which will be donated to a Dade City charity. For information, call (352) 567-0262 or visit pioneerfloridamuseum.org.
Festival of Lights: This holiday festival for the family will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Zephyrhills. The Main Street Zephyrhills Christmas Parade will start at 6 p.m. For information, call (813) 780-1414 or visit mainstreetzephyrhills.org.
The halls are decked: Growing Great Moms/Minds, a local group of homeschooling and stay-at-home moms and families, will host its annual Christmas Tour of Homes fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at several west Pasco homes. The event will feature a self-guided tour of decorated homes, plus live yuletide carols at each house and food samples from local restaurants and bakeries. Tickets are $15 in advance at New to You Consignments, 6707 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey; $16.50 online at ggmfl.com, or $18 on the day of the tour. Prepaid ticket holders can buy four tickets and get one free. For information, call Julie at (727) 514-5220 or send email to Carmen at [email protected]
Deck the deck with boughs of holly: The North Channel Christmas Boat Parade will be at 6 p.m. Saturday starting at the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. The decorated boats will navigate a route in the north channel that includes the major channels and will be led by the Pasco County Marine Patrol. A panel of judges will determine the three most uniquely decorated boats. For information, call (727) 849-4559.
A parade of boats: The annual Weeki Wachee Christmas Boat Parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Weeki Wachee Marina and travel to Rogers Park, 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee, where each boat will be judged before proceeding to the Bayport pier and back to the park. Free for spectators. For information, call (352) 596-2852 or visit weekiwacheemarina.com.
Christmas in the Park: The Founders Garden Club of San Antonio will host the lighting of Christmas cards and live music at 7 p.m. Sunday at the San Antonio City Park, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave. Performers will include the Sweet Adeline Quartet; the St. Anthony Church Children's Choir, directed by Sandra Lau; solo instrumentalist Al Bassinger, and a sing-along for children, accompanied by Dennis Devine. Complimentary refreshments and coffee will be provided by club members and A Cup of Organic. Admission is free. A drawing for nine gift baskets will be held during the event. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at City Hall. For information, call Donna Swart at (352) 588-3631.
Christmas on Main Street: Stroll down Main Street in downtown Brooksville and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at 5 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature vendors and entertainment. Patricia's Boutique will have a live window display. Merchants will offer holiday treats and a variety of entertainment, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the House of Passage. There will be an art exhibit reception at the City Hall Art Gallery. The lighting of the Christmas tree will be at 7 p.m., followed by an hour of holiday entertainment. Bring a chair or blanket. For information, call (352) 540-3830 or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
Skaters gonna skate: World-class skaters will perform "Roll Out the Red Carpet," a holiday roller-skating show, at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children if purchased by Saturday. Tickets will be $12 for adults and $8 for children at the door. For information, call (727) 863-1299.
Fun for Christmas: Candy Cane Acres, a Christmas event for the family, continues from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The event will feature photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, the Parade of Trees, crafts to make and take home, Florida-style sleigh rides, games and light displays set to music. Hot chocolate, apple cider, water and soda will be available. $10 per carload, which includes 10 tickets. Additional tickets are 50 cents each. For information, call (352) 796-4552.
A winter wonderland: On select evenings through Dec. 27, the second annual Celebration of Lights will feature a 1-mile scenic drive through animated light displays, plus an interactive game and holiday music for inside the car, at Safety Town at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Spring Hill. The cost is $20 per car and $40 per 14-passenger van. Gifts and concessions will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit charitable organizations. For information and a complete schedule, visit celebrationoflights.net or call Kara Parris at (813) 842-1913.
Symphony in Lights: See a holiday light show choreographed to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other musicians, plus snow, at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. For information, visit TheShopsatWiregrass.com.
So much art: An exhibit, "Return to the Water's Edge," featuring the work of artist Melissa Miller-Nece, is on display through Dec. 15 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at the Alric Pottberg Library on PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Free. For information, call (727) 816-3231.
Art on display: Art by Gainor Roberts is on display at Bug's Splatter Gallery, 5718 Sixth St., Zephryhills, through Feb. 27. The exhibit includes work created with oil paints, watercolors, pastels, egg tempera and monotype printmaking. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For information, call (217) 341-0274 or send email to [email protected]
A handbell concert: The Nature Coast Handbells will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. For information, send email to [email protected]
A Christmas concert: The 70-piece Richey Concert Band, under the direction of Henry Fletcher, will perform its annual Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the River Ridge High School Auditorium, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The concert will feature Christmas favorites for adults and children. Free. For information, call (727) 842-9177 or (727) 842-7502.
Christmas with the Grinch: The fifth annual "How the Grinch Saved Christmas" will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The event will feature live music by Jule Vera, food and holiday family fun. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit families in need. For information, call (727) 934-9348.
Bells are ringing: The Suncoast Bronze Ringers, a community handbell ensemble, will perform a Christmas concert, "Traditions," at two churches next weekend: at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the chapel at First United Methodist Church of Tarpon Springs, 501 E Tarpon Ave., and at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 8928 Cypress Lakes Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is $5. For information, call (727) 868-6365 or (352) 232-1622.
'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever': Students will perform this play at 7 p.m. Friday and at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. The show is about a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant. They are faced with casting a family of awful kids. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with a school ID card. For information, call (352) 797-7015.
A musical for children: Elephant and Piggie's We're in a Play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. For information, call (352) 476-9086.
A tribute show: The Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild will present Divas by DAWN, a tribute to Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole, featuring Carlene Mitchell, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 790 Howell Ave., Brooksville. $25. For information, call (352) 799-5577.
Live entertainment: Jordan Bennett, a multifaceted entertainer, and Corinne Bach, a soprano trained in opera, will put their audience in the Christmas spirit at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Tickets are $20 at the door. For information, call (352) 610-4901.
Dinner and a show: Tickets are on sale for A Merry Medieval Madrigal Feast, a dinner show featuring the Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church Choir, the Justify Drama Team and Live Oak Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. The show will feature traditional Christmas music plus comedic and dramatic presentations and dinner sponsored by Dickey's Bar-B-Que and Thrivent Financial. Guests will be announced as Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court and are invited, but not required, to dress accordingly. Tickets are $18 for adults and teens and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. For tickets and information, call (352) 593-0027 or visit LiveOakTheatre.org.
At the drive-in: The Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a drive-in theater experience at 6 p.m. Saturday. Watch a movie on a big outdoor screen and hear the audio through your car's stereo. For information, call (813) 929-1214.