Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Holiday fun, live music and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

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Holiday festivities

Everyone loves a parade: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's 39th annual Holiday Street Parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Port Richey. Stop by the West Pasco Chamber office from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 5443 Main St. for free pictures with Santa. Visit Holiday Card Lane, featuring 75 to 100 life-size holiday cards displayed around Orange Lake. For information, go to WestPasco.com or call (727) 842-7651.

Happy Hanukkah: Chabad at Wiregrass will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The event will include a Chanukah Street Fair and the lighting of a 12-foot menorah on the eighth night of Hanukkah. Entertainment will include the Nerdy Noah Show, face painting, strolling magic, street dancing, balloon twisting, Lego crafts, games, a caricaturist, a jumping stilt walker and a photo booth. Holiday delicacies will be served. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 642-3244 or visit chabad atwiregrass.com.

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.

See the lights at Starkey Park: The Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department will host the 19th annual drive-through Wilderness Wonderland Celebration of Lights from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Sunday and Thursday through Dec. 20 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey. Music to accompany the lights can be heard by tuning car radios to 89.5 FM. $2 per vehicle. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

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.

On stage

Family comedy: Cheaper by the Dozen, a comedy, will be presented weeken ds through Dec. 20 at the Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, reserved seating. Call (352) 683-5113

Scrooge with a twist: What in the Dickens Happened to Scrooge?, a musical comedy, will be presented weekends through Dec. 20 at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28, including tax, open seating, online at ferrarostudiotheatre.com, click on box under "Buy Tickets," or call (727) 409-0293 (service fee added). Group discounts available.

Christmas fare: A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular is being presented through Dec. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. The show features musical selections such as Deck the Halls; Joy to the World; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; The First Noel; Jingle Bells, and Carol of the Bells. Dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip. Children's and group tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949 or online at showpalace.net.

Musically inclined

Getting in the spirit: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert, "Deck the Halls," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 in the theater at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. The orchestra will perform holiday favorites. The featured soloist will be vocalist Caitlyn George. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Group rates are available. Adult season tickets (three concerts) may be purchased for $36. Call (352) 515-6993 or visit hernando symphony.com.

Other fun

Mini models: The Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling in the West Pasco Industrial Park, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa, will showcase mini model trains from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 — and on the third Saturday of each month through May. The museum features four scratch-built operating train layouts, military models, turn-of-the-century buildings and several doll house exhibits. Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. For information, call (352) 585-2662 or visit fine­scalemodeling.org.

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