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Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
Published Dec. 7, 2019
Updated Dec. 10, 2019

HERNANDO COUNTY

Holiday Sing-Along: All ages are invited to the library for sing-alongs. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary. Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043. hernandocountylibrary.us]

Christmas on Main Music: Musical entertainment is provided in front of the historic courthouse in downtown Brooksville at 6 p.m., followed by live “snow” (soap bubbles) at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21 at 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Performers include saxophonist Dell Barnes on Dec. 13, Hernando Symphony Orchestra’s brass quartet on Dec. 14, Stir Up the Gift on Dec. 19, Wesleyan Church King’s Bells on Dec. 20 and Al Chance on Dec. 21. (352) 540-6409 or visit historicdowntownbrooksville.com.

Christmas Carriage Rides: Classic Reflections Carriages is offering three carriages: a Vis-a-vis (4-seat), Santa’s sleigh (6-seat) and the Big Wagon (16-person). 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m. in front of the courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Carriage rides are $10 per person; wagon rides are $5 per person. (352) 540-6409. historicdowntownbrooksville.com

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Live Oak Theatre presents this full-length comedy for one weekend only. When the rowdy and unruly Herdman children join the annual Christmas pageant, everyone is expecting the pageant to be a disaster. All shows include coffee, tea and dessert. $20 adults, $5 for ages 13 and younger (with paying adult). 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-15, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027. liveoaktheatre.org

Dec. 13

German American Club Christmas Party: The German American Club of Spring Hill hosts its annual Christmas party with a dinner dance. Semi-formal attire is required. There will be a catered buffet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by dancing from 6 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by Eva Adams. Members $5, guests $27. 4 to 10 p.m. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour Street, Brooksville. (352) 688-3744. germanclubspringhill.org

Holiday Sing-A-Long: This free outdoor event will feature musical performances by choral groups from Spring Hill Elementary and Challenger K-8 schools. Complimentary hot chocolate and sweet treats will be served, and there will be a special appearance from Santa. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.

Dec. 14

45th-annual Brooksville Christmas Parade: This year’s parade theme is “Christmas at the Movies.” The parade will travel along Varsity Drive on the north side of Brooksville and continue on Oakwood Drive to Howell Avenue, then south down Howell and S Main Street before turning onto N Broad Street and ending at Bell Avenue. The parade is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville. Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Brooksville.

Poinsettia Planting: The community can bring a poinsettia to plant in memory of a loved one or friend. Members of the Spring Hill Garden Club will assist with the planting. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Hill waterfall entrance, Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way, Spring Hill. naturecoastgardens.com

Wreaths Across America: The annual holiday wreath-laying to honor veterans is hosted by the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club and honors all branches of the military, the Merchant Marines, as well as prisoners of war and those still missing in action . Following the wreath-laying, participants will gather in the flag assembly area for a ceremony that begins at 11:40 a.m. and a ceremonial wreath presentation at noon. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell (Sumter County). (352) 793-7740.

ARTeration: Snow Globe Necklaces: Create snow globe necklaces to give as a gift or hang on the Christmas tree. All materials provided. Registration required through the website. Free. 1:30 p.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor. (352) 754-4043. hernandocountylibrary.us

May-Stringer Night of Lights Tour: Tour the old Victorian home that will be decorated for the holidays. Hot chocolate and homemade cookies will be served. Santa will make a special appearance (bring a camera). Handicapped access available on the first floor only. $5. 6 to 9 p.m. Historic May-Stringer House Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. (352) 515-3054. hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com

Hernando Beach Christmas Boat Parade: The annual parade leaves the dock at 6:30 p.m., travels down Marlin canal, Cheeks Creek canal and Tarpon canal, ending at the boat ramp. Good viewing available from the club’s dock or deck. Those wishing to participate should register from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 or 12 at the club; the entrance fee is a donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Trophies will be awarded for most original theme and best-lighted boat. Chili, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be for sale. Santa will visit. Free. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. (206) 919-8921.

Dec. 16

Holiday Crafts for Kids: Children ages 5 and older are invited to create fun crafts to celebrate the season. All supplies provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Free. 4:30 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043. hernandocountylibrary.us

Dec. 18-19

Live Reindeer, Santa and Elf Circus: The elf circus is an acrobatic show that is sure to please all ages. Santa and live reindeer will be on hand for visits and pictures. Admission is $5 per person, with a $20 family maximum. 6 to 8 p.m. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. $5 admission with $20 family max. Elf circus show is new. Call Brooksville Main Street at (352) 540-6409 or visit historicdowntownbrooksville.com.

Dec. 20-21

Hernando Symphony presents “Sounds of the Season”: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will present its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at Central High School auditorium, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. Tickets are $18 adults, $5 for ages 5-17. Season tickets are available for $45. Visit hernandosymphony.com or call (352) 584-1210.

Dec. 21

Florida Cracker Christmas with the Bellamy Brothers: The Bellamy Brothers headline this holiday benefit event. Also featuring country singer Lance Carpenter. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers or pets allowed. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Heart F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to students and their siblings on weekends, holidays and extended school break periods. $10. 6 to 11 p.m. Florida Cracker Kitchen, 966 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 754-8787. eventbrite.com

Dec. 22

Hanukkah Luncheon: The Sisterhood of Temple Beth David hosts this event. Lunch includes deli platters, latkes and dessert. There will be a gift exchange ($10 item), Hanukkah music, candle-lighting and games. Noon. Reservations required by Dec. 16. The cost is $5. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. RSVP to Renee, (727) 807-6577.

Dec. 26

Hanukkah Street Fair, Menorah Lighting and Klezmer Concert: Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Hernando and Citrus counties. Featuring the Freylekh Klezmer Band, activities for all ages, arts and crafts, Shtetl-style food, such as hot matzo ball soup, latkes, drinks and donuts, a menorah raffle and other prizes. 4:30 p.m. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The event is free, but registration is required. RSVP at chabadspringhill.com, email to info@chabadspringhill.com or call (352) 600-2779.

Dec. 31

Brookridge Social Dance New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance: Celebrate the new year with Brookridge Social Dance. Includes a catered five-course dinner, dance music by Retro Express (music from 1950s-'80s), complimentary wine, champagne toast and a photo booth. Guests may bring their own beverages; coffee and ice provided. Tables of up to 10. Advanced reservations are required. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Tickets are $40. RSVP to Val, (352) 616-0242.

German American Club New Year’s Eve Party: The German American Club of Spring Hill hosts, with dancing to music by Manni Daum from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. No dinner served; coffee, ringleaders and a champagne toast at midnight is included with admission. Members $15, guests $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744. germanclubspringhill.org

Latin club’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dance: The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association’s event will feature music by DJ Willie Matos. Small coolers permitted. Ice will be available. Proper attire required. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $20 per person. Call Luis Sierre, (352) 277-2915.

VFW Post 10209 New Year’s Eve Party: The party includes entertainment by the Boogie Brothers from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Outside snacks are allowed. $20-$25, $35-$45 two. Doors open at 8 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

PASCO COUNTY

Santa’s Winter Festival: The three-day festival will be 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Grove of Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Featuring photos with Santa, holiday train rides, bounce houses, stilt-walking elves, Frozen princesses, Florida snowball fights, ornament painting, a DJ, face painting and more. Admission is $10 for children, $5 adults, with proceeds benefiting the Stano Foundation and American Cancer Society. Space is limited; pre-purchased tickets are recommended for priority entry. Visit simplyeventsfl.com/santa-s-village-at-the-grove/. A holiday craft market will start at noon each day, with holiday decor, gift items, pet accessories and more. There is no admission fee to enter the market.

Symphony in Lights: The Shops at Wiregrass annual display of lights, dancing to music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra continues from 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 at 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The mall’s giant annual display includes holiday decor and snow. Call (813) 994-2242.

Gingerbread Village Grand Concourse Train Rides: The holiday event will be held Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 at Safety Town, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. The afternoon events include unlimited train rides, child-powered train rides, Santa, games and vendors. The cost is $6; babies 12 months and younger are free. Cash and credit cards accepted. Call (727) 639-7639.

Celebration of Lights: Bring the family for a drive-through light display from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, at The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. This year’s event includes carnival games, a bounce house, inflatable slides, obstacle course, entertainment, food and visits with Santa . Admission is $10 per car. Call (727) 233-2968.

Dec. 13

Breakfast with Santa: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a light breakfast, crafts and a photo op. Bring your own cameras. Free. 10 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Movie and Cocoa Night: All ages can celebrate National Cocoa Day with the screening of a family holiday movie and a hot cocoa bar. Free. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

West Pasco Business Association’s “How the Grinch Saved Christmas”: This annual holiday party features live music by Shadofax, food, sweets, a lotto tree, live auctions, raffles and a cash bar. There will also be contests for the ugliest holiday sweater, best holiday socks and a Grinch/Whoville look-alike. Tickets are $35 for the first 100 tickets sold, then $45. 6 p.m. Spartan Manor, 6121 Masachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Call (727) 934-0940, email maria@wpba.biz or visit wpba.biz/grinch.

New Port Richey Shrine Club Christmas Party: The public is invited to this party. Dinner is included. Reservations are required before Dec. 9. $40 per person. 6 to 11 p.m. Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd, New Port Richey. (727) 845-4190.

Dec. 14

Christmas Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar: This annual event will include a cookie walk, wreaths, crafts and gifts. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1943. cccnpr.com

Winter Fest 2019 Christmas Charity Expo: This shopping event is to benefit Toys for Tots. There will be more than 60 door prizes awarded and free pictures with Santa. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. (813) 493-4872.

Polar Express Pajama Party: The event, hosted by Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, includes arts and crafts, music, inflatables and light refreshments. Recommended for children ages 10 and younger. 10 a.m. to noon. Free, but space is limited and registration require. Donations of unwrapped toys are being collected for Toys for Tots. Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. RSVP to (813) 929-1220.

Sweets and Treats with Santa: Enjoy tasty treats, make a craft and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. 10 a.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Pet Photos with Santa: Bring your furry family members to the library for a photo with Santa. Free (registration required). 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Holiday Street Parade: The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Holiday host this event, now in its 43rd year. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Downtown New Port Richey, New Port Richey. (727) 842-7651 or (813) 909-2722. greaterpasco.com

Dec. 20

Holiday Spectacular Musical Revue: Guests may bring their own beverages and snacks. $12. 6 to 9 p.m. Millpond Club House, 7729 Morningdale Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 597-0948.

Dec. 23

Solomon Keim Holiday Show: The Tampa Bay-area musician, who is studying jazz music performance and arts management at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, will perform live jazz and holiday music. There will be surprise guests and performers. The event will include dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for dinner and show, $10 for show only. Fox Hollow Golf and Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. For reservations and tickets, call (727) 834-1743.

Dec. 31

The Lights: Light Up the New Year: Send your dreams to the sky for the New Year at this party with food, music, dancing and a sky lantern launch. $15-$28. 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. (352) 521-3661.

New Year’s Eve at a Nudist Camp: New Year’s Eve turns into Prom Night at Caliente High for a party with a champagne toast and a gourmet dinner buffet at midnight. Free-$150. Doors open at 7 p.m. Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 996-3700.

New Years on the Lake: The Shake Rattle and Roll Pianos presents a Roaring ’20s themed dueling piano show that includes three drink tickets, appetizers, champagne toast and DJ dancing into the New Year. Costumes encouraged. $75. Doors open at 7 p.m. Knotted Roots on the Lake, 3310 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (727) 351-3222.

Diamond Sky: Ring in the New Year with dinner, dancing, a silent auction and raffle to benefit Community Service of West Pasco. $75. Doors open at 8 p.m. Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. (727) 845-7660.

2019 New Year’s Eve Dance and Giant Raffle: Entertainment includes a live band, Eddie and the Gang. A hot and cold hors d’oeuvre buffet will be from 8 to 10 p.m. There is one complimentary drink with advance ticket purchases. There will be a raffle drawing at midnight; first place prize is a 2019 Kia Soul, valued at $16,000. The event will be in Father Farrell Hall. $25 advance, $35 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 938-1974.

New Year’s Eve at the Speakeasy: Dress like a flapper or a gangster for a 1920s-themed night with open bar, dancing, casino gaming and a silent auction. Benefits programs of the Dade City Woman’s Club. $75. Doors open at 8 p.m. Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave., Dade City. (352) 521-0766.

New Year’s Worship: Young adults can celebrate the new year in a safe space with “Worship and the World” including dinner and childcare. Free. Doors open at 9 p.m. Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. (727) 376-7733.

Light Up the New Year: This party will include food, music, dancing and a sky lantern launch. There will be a movie playing on a giant movie screen. Tickets are $35 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 4-12 (adult admission includes a lantern. 5 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City.

To submit an event, visit tampabay.com/things-to-do and click on the “Add Event” tab. Please be sure to submit it at least two weeks prior to the event. For further information, contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com.

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