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Coming your way: Santa, yule events

Tree-lighting ceremony: Clearwater's tree-lighting ceremony kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today with music by the Clearwater High School Tornado marching band in the City Hall parking lot, 112 S Osceola Ave. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Afterward, the Peace Praise band will escort celebrants across the street to Roebling Hall at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church. The event will wrap up there with a program of choral music from Skycrest Elementary School students and a screening of a Dr. Seuss children's film. Refreshments will be served.

"Messiah" today and Saturday: The Clearwater Christian College Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. Dr. Pattye Casarow will direct and soloists soprano Teresa Irwin, tenor Richard Joseph and bass Steve Armstrong will be featured. Tickets are $10, adults; $8, students and seniors. Call 726-1153, ext. 0.

Winter Wonderland: The 13th annual display opens at 6 p.m. today at the corner of Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. It will be open 6 to 9 p.m. weeknights and 1 to 9 p.m. weekends through Dec. 22. Winter Wonderland is presented by the Clearwater Community Volunteers, a group affiliated with the Church of Scientology.

Chorus: The Clearwater Chorus will present What Dreams May Come with holiday and popular music at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; parking is free. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road. Call (727) 791-7400.

Morton Plant Hospital holiday tree lighting: The 25th annual Morton Plant Hospital holiday tree-lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's main entrance parking lot, 300 Pinellas St. For $5, residents can honor a loved one with a light on the holiday tree and support the Morton Plant Caring Partners, the hospital's volunteer organization. Wreaths also may be sponsored in a loved one's name for $100 or more.

Parade: Clearwater's annual holiday parade will kick off at Crest Lake Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. More than 100 units in this year's parade will proceed down Cleveland Street and turn on Myrtle Avenue, the end of the route this year.

Island Estates boat parade: The 32nd Island Estates Yacht Club's memorial boat parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The rain date is Dec. 10. This year's parade will honor Beverly Fey, Paul Adair and Nancy Warfield. The decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach at 6 p.m. and head through Island Estates' canals starting at 6:30 before going to Coachman Park around 8 p.m. The boats then will go under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina channel before navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club judging stand. For more information, contact Bill Blum at 447-1230 or at


Old-fashioned Christmas: 6 to 10 p.m. today in downtown Dunedin with carriage rides, entertainment from local churches, children's crafts, quilters, Santa's Workshop, a Dickens Village and more. Call 298-3260.

Boat parade and tree lighting: Dunedin's holiday boat parade and tree lighting is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The tree lighting is at Edgewater Park and the boat parade can be watched from the nearby marina. Call 298-3260 or 298-3261.

Family Fest and parade: The festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Edgewater Park and includes entertainment, a craft show and holiday activities. The parade, with units and Santa, begins at 11 a.m. on Alt. U.S. 19, south of Wilson Street and passes Edgewater Park.

Concert: The Dunedin Community Chorus will present a holiday concert, "Sing Holiday Alleluias!" at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 705 Michigan Blvd. The program will include a variety of musical styles. A free will offering will be accepted. Call 298-3286.

Holiday with the Hounds: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Happy Tails Dog Park, 3051 Garrison Road. Celebrate the season with your pet with a hot dog cookout for owners and a gift exchange of wrapped dog-related items under $5, such as dog bones, dug brush, collar. etc. Call 298-3288.

Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Call 298-3260.


Tree lighting: Safety Harbor's tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. today at the gazebo in John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., with entertainment from Safety Harbor Elementary School and a visit from Santa.

Breakfast with Santa: Kids can join Santa for breakfast and a photo from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. Cost is $12 per child and $3 per adult and includes breakfast, a photo and a gift. Space is limited. To register, call (727) 724-1545.

Arts and crafts show: The Kiwanis Holiday Arts & Crafts Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 along Main Street between Bayshore Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. Free. Call 726-4830.

Parade: Safety Harbor's annual holiday parade at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 on Main Street features floats, antique cars, the Shriners and Santa Claus. Call Julie Inman or Kellian Gerlach at 724-1530.