The Winthrop Town Centre Christmas tree lighting will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. today with free entertainment, movies and more.
Activities will take place in the courtyard next to Cappy's Pizza with the Brandon Ballet and students from Winthrop Charter School performing. The lighting of a 28-foot Douglas fir from Michigan will take place at 7 p.m. The tree is 40 years old and weighs 3,000 pounds.
The Hillsborough County Fire Department will provide a campfire, and s'mores and hot chocolate will be served.
A Christmas Story and Elf will be shown outdoors on a large projector screen.
The celebration continues Saturday with the Winthrop Charter School Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with more than 50 vendors selling various goods in front of the school.
Meanwhile, the Brandon Foundation will hold its fourth annual WinterFest from 4 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Providence West Park, 5417 Providence Road. There will be a tree lighting with County Commissioner Sandra L. Murman at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a bounce house, games, entertainment, photos with Santa, and craft, food and beverage vendors. Free admission. For information, call (813) 689-6889.