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Celebrating the holidays in the North Suncoast

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
The Thursday Musicale, a community-based women's chorus established in 1947, will present "A Very Merry Concert" Dec. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Hudson. [Sheila Kotter]
The Thursday Musicale, a community-based women's chorus established in 1947, will present "A Very Merry Concert" Dec. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Hudson. [Sheila Kotter]
Published Dec. 2

HERNANDO COUNTY

Festival of Trees: A collection of decorated Christmas trees created by local businesses and organizations is showcased 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 9 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. All trees will be available for purchase, and will be auctioned off on Dec. 9. Proceeds benefit the Brooksville Main Street Program’s mission to revitalize historic downtown Brooksville. Call Main Street at (352) 540-6409 or visit historicdowntownbrooksville.com.

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, Dec. 7-21. 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 Al Chance on Dec. 6, Dance First on Dec. 7, Parrott Middle School on Dec. 12, 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. 12 and 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. 6

Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk: A collection of hand-made crafts, gifts, decorations and baked goods. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.

Dec. 7

Breakfast with Santa: The Hernando Education Foundation hosts this event with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Includes three pancakes, two sausage links and coffee, tea, juice or soda. This is a limited-ticket event. Pictures sold separately. Purchase tickets on the website. $7 in advance; no tickets sold at the door. 8 to 10 a.m. Applebee’s, 20090 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. hernandoeducationfoundation.org

Holiday Springs RV Resort Holiday Craft Sale: There will be crafts, a palm reader, jewelry, baked goods, Avon and food available for purchase. There will also be a box for donations of gifts for less-fortunate children. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Springs RV Resort, 138 Travel Park Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 777-2810.

Holiday in the Gardens: The 12th-annual event features Santa Claus, tree decorating, food, angel display, holiday music, miniature railroad, a children’s tree and a Snowman Village. Free. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com

Holiday Palooza: There will be crafters, vendors and food sales. This is a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Family Organization and is sponsored by Spring Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Brooksville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Call AFO at (352) 616-0170.

Christmas Nocturne: The Astralis Chamber Ensemble performs (includes flute and harp). The program includes Greensleeves, Pavane, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and other Christmas classics. Free. 7 p.m. Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. (352) 345-8172.

Christmas on the Florida Frontier: Step back in time to a simpler era of celebrating Christmas. Make and play with homemade toys, create cornhusk dolls, carve soap, learn the art of punch-tin crafts, dip candles, listen to old-time music, sing carols, decorate a Christmas tree, make Christmas crafts and visit soldier encampments. $5 per vehicle. 3 to 8 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Dec. 8

Torah Tots: There will be a special Hanukkah celebration for children 2 to 5 years old that includes music, stories, art and crafts, snacks and fun. Open to all Jewish children and interfaith families. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. RSVP to (352) 686-7034.

Photos with Santa Paws: Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa and benefit Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services. There will be raffles. All pets must be leashed. Receive a 4″x 6″ print with a $10 donation. Email questions to operationkindnessinfo@gmail.com. 1 to 4 p.m. Rotary Centennial Park, 10375 Sandlor St, Spring Hill.

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.

Clowns from Egypt Shrine Temple wave from their Model A Ford jalopy during a past Brooksville Christmas parade. This year's parade, hosted by the Brooksville Kiwanis, will be Dec. 14, and will feature marching bands, Shriners, floats, clowns, horses and Santa. Bring a chair and a camera. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville. [Tampa Bay Times]

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

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. 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. 31

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

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

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 from Nov. 30 to 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.

Handbells Christmas Concert: The Suncoast Bronze Ringers, a handbell ensemble under the direction of Michael Lamb, will present “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” a mixture of Christmas carols and familiar seasonal tunes. Donations accepted. 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey; 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson; and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Hope Lutheran Church (Hudson), 12321 Canton Ave., Hudson. (727) 868-6365. suncoastbronzeringers.com

A Saint Leo Christmas: Faculty musicians will perform a series of Christmas carols on the piano just prior to the concert. The concert features all Saint Leo musicians and will include a mix of traditional carols and contemporary popular selections. Cider, cookies and hot chocolate will follow. Adults may purchase handmade ornaments from the university’s pottery studio; children will receive smaller handmade ornaments for free, while supplies last. RSVP to secure a seat. Four concert times are scheduled: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. Saint Leo University Black Box Theatre, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (352) 588-8401.

Celebration of Lights: Bring the family for a drive-through light display from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6-21, 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. 6

Christmas Craft & Bake Sale: Hosted by the Lady’s Guild of the church. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Father Farrell Hall, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 938-1974.

Women-n-Charge Christmas/Holiday Luncheon: Includes a special lunch and gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift (or in gift bag) valued no less than $10. Each guest will be given a number at check-in; when your number is called, you are to give your name and a 20-second “commercial” before choosing a gift. Register at women-n-charge.com/meetings/ or email info@women-in-charge.com. $15 or $20 for members and $18 or $23 for guests. 11:15 a.m. Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (813) 600-9848. women-n-charge.com

Dr. Unger’s 10th-annual Winterfest: Celebrate the holidays at this two-day event featuring snow slides, vendors, a tree lighting and bounce houses. There will be live music and demonstrations. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday only. Bring a new unwrapped toy and receive a free fast pass (one time use), valued at $5. There will be lots of snow. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday only. Hosted by the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce and Main Street New Port Richey. Free community event. 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Sims Park, Grand Boulevard and Bank Street, New Port Richey. winterfestfl.org.

Dec. 7

13th-Annual 5K Reindeer Run: Run for fun and to support Sunrise of Pasco. Register on active.com. $35. 7 a.m. Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd, Dade City. (352) 521-3358. northtampabaychamber.com

Country Christmas and Vintage Market: Featuring vintage and antique gifts, a variety of vendors, concessions, cookies and punch, face painting, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (between 1 and 3 p.m.) and barrel train rides with Conductor Joe. $5 with senior stocking stuffers; ages 5 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland: Santa and special guest Elsa will visit the library. Children can bring a wish list and photos taken for free. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331. bit.ly

Festival of Lights: The “Holidays Around the World” themed event features live music, food, vendors, a parade that starts at 7 p.m. and a bicycle giveaway. Hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. Free. 4 to 9 p.m. Historic Downtown Zephyrhills, 38537 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-1414.

Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade: Parade begins at 6 p.m. near Waterfront Park/Miller Bayou in Port Richey. It heads up river towards Sims Park, turns left at Sims Park boat ramp and returns. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 862-0776.

Dec. 8

Richey Community Orchestra and Chorus presents ‘Holiday Pops’: This show includes a Christmas dinner party. Special guests include entertainers John and Mary K. Wilson, who have appeared in concert halls, community centers and television for more than 35 years. There will be a cash bar, a full-course dinner at 1:30 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Seating is at tables of 10. Advanced reservations required. $45. Doors open at 1 p.m. Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey. (727) 919-3866. richeycommunityorchestra.com

Polar Express Dinner Show: Sell’s Broadway dance troupe will perform The Polar Express. A chicken dinner will be served and includes mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drinks. Benefits the church’s youth ministry. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 children. 6 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521. ladyqueenofpeace.org

Dec. 10

Sweets and Treats with Santa: Enjoy some tasty treats, make a craft and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. 10 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Saturday. 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. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Dec. 11

Holiday Songs on the Piano: Get in the seasonal spirit with some favorite holiday tunes that will be played on the piano. Visit bit.ly/PCLSEvents Free. 2 p.m. Wednesday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Dec. 12

Free Storytime: This is a special storytime; children will receive a free gift provided by Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida. Please RSVP by Dec. 2. 11 a.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 312-3881. familyhearinghelp.org

Thursday Musicale Christmas Concert: The community-based women’s chorus presents “A Very Merry Concert,” joined by guest artist Ruthie Vaughn Nelson and the Pasco Collegium Recorder Consort. The concert is free, but donations for the scholarship fund are appreciated. 2 p.m. Hudson First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. (727) 514-4076.

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.

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. 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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