Christmas with the mermaids: The Weeki Wachee mermaids, Santa and his elves will perform an underwater show as part of Winter Waterland, also featuring a light show and holiday activities, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. For information, call (352) 592-5656.
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 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.
Fun for Christmas: Candy Cane Acres, a Christmas event for the family, concludes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The event features 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.
Church Street Christmas: Enjoy the splendor of the season with a stroll by decorated historical homes on Church Avenue in downtown Dade City. The annual event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, features lights, choirs and solo musical performances, nativity scenes, Christmas photos, cider, cocoa and coffee.
An out-of-town venture: The annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa, 401 Kennedy Blvd., is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Includes complimentary cider and cookies, carolers and antique holiday decor and trees trimmed in 19th century themes. Among them is a German goose feather tree adorned in antique ornaments created by John Herrmann, proprietor of San Antonio Antiques. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $9 for children ages 4 to 18. Call (813) 254-1891.
Family comedy: Cheaper by the Dozen, a comedy, will be presented weekends through Sunday 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 Sunday at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.
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]
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. Saturday and 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 and children 12 and under are free. For information, call (352) 585-2662 or visit finescalemodeling.org.