As the final weekend before Christmas approaches, many residents are about town, wrapping up their holiday shopping and decorating. It may be a good time to take a break and enjoy some of the festivities that are happening. From holiday concerts and festivals to light displays and visits with Santa, there are still plenty of holiday celebrations for adults and children of all ages:
Candy Cane Acres: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, the Parade of Trees and holiday lights, crafts to make and take home, a magical playground, Florida-style sleigh ride, live nativity scene and pony rides. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets that may be used for food, drinks and games. Additional tickets are 50 cents each. (352) 796-4552.
Winter Waterland: 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Santa and his elves will join the Weeki Wachee mermaids for performances. The event includes a live nativity, a light show and holiday activities. $6; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com.
Holiday Express Train to Santa's Cabin: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18, Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Take an old fashioned train ride, then visit with Santa. $6, includes unlimited train rides. (727) 639-7639. pascocountyfl.net.
Arc Christmas Dance Party: 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16, Arc Nature Coast Education Center, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes refreshments, food and a gift from Santa. Admission is $5; free for volunteers, parents and children ages 10 and younger. (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.
Breakfast with Santa: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 17, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Join Santa for breakfast, photos, games and arts and crafts. $3. (352) 688-9622.
Holiday Movie on the Beach: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17, SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. There will be a photo opportunity with Santa, crafts and bingo, as well as the screening of the movie Elf. Free admission; $5 for parking. (727) 569-6472. sunwestpark.com.
Wreaths Across America: 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at two locations: Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, and Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. At the Spring Hill ceremony, local groups and cemetery staffers will carry two wreaths to each veteran's grave and read the veteran's name aloud as they place the wreaths. When all wreaths have been placed, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office's honor guard will post colors. VFW Post 10209's honor guard will conduct a gun salute, and the local Knights of Columbus council will give a sword salute. The event will end with a live presentation of echo taps. (352) 796-9661. For details about the Bushnell event, call (352) 793-7740. wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Aglow International's Christmas Gathering: 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 19, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. The public is invited to attend this special meeting, featuring Christmas music and a skit. Call to RSVP. $8.50, includes breakfast buffet. (352) 619-4164.