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Coming your way: yule events, Santa

Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Palm Harbor Activity Community, 1500 16th St. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door, but you'll get a $2 discount if you bring a toy. Call (727) 771-6000.

Free movie: Santa Clause 2 will be shown at Pop Stansell Park, at Eighth Street and Florida Avenue at dusk Saturday. Bring a toy and get a free movie meal.

Choral performance: The Palm Harbor Community Chorus, under the direction of Anita Bona, will perform carols and holiday music at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call 784-3332.

Jazzy music: The Clam Bayou Jazz Band, directed by Frank Greenstreet, will present Christmas music, Dixieland style, at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the community room at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Call 784-3332 or 784-8908.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the St. Luke Catholic Church assembly room, 2757 Alderman Road, Palm Harbor. The pancake fundraiser is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Palm Harbor. Cost is $10 for a family of four. Individual prices are $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Call 787-8146.


"Amahl and the Night Visitors" : The Florida Lyric Opera will present the Christmas classic at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. John Wilson will narrate the opera starring Mary K. Wilson. The Wilsons will perform holiday songs after the opera. Tickets are $13 for center members and students, $15 for nonmembers. Call 942-5605.

Safford House candlelight tour: The annual Victorian candlelight tour of the Safford House Museum at 23 Parkin Court in Tarpon Springs is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 10. Construction on the house began in 1883 for Anson P.K. Safford, one of the city's early developers and prominent residents. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The tour includes live music and seasonal refreshments. Admission is $8. Call 937-1130.

Lighted boat parade: The annual procession begins at dusk and heads down the Anclote River into the bayous. Santa will give treats to children at Spring Bayou. There is no charge to participate, but all vessels must be registered to enter. Registration forms may be obtained at the City Marina and at the Recreation Division administrative office. Trophies will be awarded to the best decorated boats. Call (727) 942-5628.

Tree lighting: Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital's Christmas tree lighting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The program will include music and Santa. Call 942-5048.

Parade: Tarpon Springs' annual Christmas parade will start at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 and wind through downtown Tarpon Springs on Alt. U.S. 19. It is followed by a party at Craig Park. Call the chamber at 937-6109 for more information or the recreation department at 942-5628.

Moscow Boys Choir: The Moscow Boys Choir will present "Christmas Around the World" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E Pine St. The choir is one of Russia's most prestigious all-boy choirs. Members of the touring company are hand-picked from more than 400 students at a special school in Moscow. Tickets are $23 for center members and students, $25 for nonmembers. Call (727) 942-5605.

Lambathe display: The annual Christmas Eve display of lambathes at Spring Bayou is sponsored by Sunset Hills Elementary School. The walkways of Craig Park will glow with lights. In case of inclement weather, the lights will be Jan. 5, Epiphany Eve. Call the school at 943-5523 to purchase a bag for $1.


Christmas wonderland: 6 p.m. today at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. The event was formerly called Winterfest and features music, dance, Santa and snow slopes.

Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. Dec. 16 at Chick-fil-A, 3740 Tampa Road. Tickets for food are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Admission for parents is $2 in advance and $3 at the door.

Holiday craft: At 10 a.m. Dec. 16, folk artist Jack Beverland will teach a class for all ages on making a treasure box at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N. The event is free with a city recreation card and $5 without. Call (813) 749-1260.


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 more than 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, collars, etc. Call 298-3288 for more information.

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


Safety Harbor 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.

Kiwanis Holiday Arts and Crafts Show: Hundreds of artists and crafters will be set up along Main Street from Bayshore Boulevard to Eighth Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

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.


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: $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 from 6 to 9 p.m. weeknights and from 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.

Morton Plant holiday tree lighting: The 25th annual Morton Plant Hospital holiday tree-lightning 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


Parade: Largo's holiday parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pinellas County School Board parking lot, travels east on West Bay Drive and ends at Largo Central Park. Call 518-6740, ext. 5014.

Holiday wonderland at Botanical Gardens: The ceremonial lighting of "Seasonal Sensations - An Illuminated Garden" is from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The event includes lighting the more than 425,000 holiday lights, a train display and a children's parade at 5:45 p.m. The holiday lights will be on display from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 3. Free. Call 582-2100 or go to

Heritage Village multicultural holiday celebration: Heritage Village, the county's history museum, will feature multicultural dance performances by member groups of SPIFFS, the St. Petersburg Folkfair Society, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visitors also can view holiday trees decorated in global themes and tour holiday-decorated buildings throughout the village. Admission is free. Heritage Village is at 11909 125th St N. Call (727) 582-2123 or visit

Palms & Poinsettias: Enjoy children's craft activities, holiday music, decorations, lighting the palm tree and Santa in the gazebo at Palms & Poinsettias from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Ulmer Park, 301 W Bay Drive. The event is free. Photos with Santa are $3. Parking is available at the Pinellas County School Board. Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.