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Traditions on the Green: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Park Foundation and the Tampa Bay Times present the sixth annual Traditions on the Green from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Features a free pancake breakfast with Santa until 10:30 a.m., hosted by the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary. The day also includes activities for kids, outdoor holiday concerts, an art show by local schools and a cookie baking contest with prizes. Event organizers are seeking local businesses and vendors to sponsor booths for the event and entries for the Cookie Bake Contest. (813) 298-7363.

Polar express: A Crews Lake Christmas Train Ride to Santa's North Pole holiday event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again on Dec. 21 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, off Shady Hills Road, Shady Hills. Enjoy a train ride to Santa's North Pole, visit with Santa, listen to Christmas music with Backyard Production Company performers and Christmas stories with storyteller Jerry Cowling. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. Admission is $3 per person. For information, call (727) 267-7161.

Christmas musically inclined

Big-band sounds: The 42nd Street Big Band celebrates the holidays with Santa's Swingin' Christmas at 2 p.m. today at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Lorri Hafer, of Music of Your Life fame, will be the featured artist. $12 for an individual ticket, $50 for five shows from December through April. (727) 842-6777.

Christmas concert: The Worship Arts Ministry of Faith United Methodist Church presents a concert called "Sounds of the Season: A Concert of Christmas" at 6:15 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the church's sanctuary, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. A love offering will be collected. The church's Presentation Choir, Praise Team and Children's Ensemble will perform. (727) 856-5000.

Music to your ears: John Timpanelli performs "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Beacon Square Civic Association, 3741 Bradford Drive, Holiday. $10 for members; $12 nonmembers. Ticket price includes dessert and coffee. (727) 379-6557.

Christmas with the Baltimore Consort: The Baltimore Consort performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $25, or $22 for members and students. (727) 942-5605.

Christmas music: The band from St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at "YouNite" at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242.

Holiday offerings

The Nutcracker: All American Classical Ballet School performs The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Tickets are $20 and are available online only.

A holiday play: A play called Sleigh, written by PB&J Theater and directed by Rick Bronson, is a comedy that has audiences laughing without using words at all. Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16, or $14 for members and students. (727) 942-5605.

Spirit of the season: White Christmas, based on the 1954 movie, is a romantic musical comedy featuring Irving Berlin songs and spectacular dance numbers. The show runs through Dec. 28 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Cocktails start at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. $49.50 for dinner and show; $38.45 show only; ages 11 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. (727) 863-7949 or

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