Christmas in Tarpon Springs: Illuminated Boats, Christmas Parade, Candy Cane Hunts and More

Tarpon Springs Christmas 2012 FlyerThere’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs Victorian Christmas
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Date: December 7, 2012
Location: Festival takes place in Craig Park; Boat parade begins at the Tarpon Springs Marina and ends at Spring Bayou
Cost: FREE admission; Food and beverages available for purchase (NOTE TO PARENTS: Alcohol will be served during this event)
Info: Festival: (727) 934-9255; Boat Parade: (727) 942-5628; City of Tarpon Springs Website

What’s Doing?
The Christmas season in Tarpon Springs, FL kicks off snow falling on Tarpon Avenue, a chance to see real reindeer, and plenty of family holiday fun, including:
— Christmas hayrides
— Children’s activities
— Holiday gift vendors
— Music will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until the boats arrive from the parade
— Illuminated boat parade at the Bayou

The 23rd Annual Tarpon Springs Recreation Holiday Illuminated Boat Parade will begin at the Tarpon Springs Marina at 6:45 p.m., travel down the Anclote River, and arrive in Spring Bayou at approximately 8:30 p.m., where Santa will give out treats to the children.

Even Better! Bring your letters for Santa’s mailbox.

Address:
Craig Park
100 Beekman Lane
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Tarpon Landing Marina
21 Oscar Hill Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Santa’s Calling
Would you like for your child to receive a phone call from Santa Claus at home? Applications
are available at City Hall to schedule a phone call from Santa and his helpers between 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

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Christmas Ball OrnamentTarpon Springs Christmas Parade and Santa Fest
Time:
10 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Location:
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 937-6109; City of Tarpon Springs Website

What’s Doing?
Shriners clowns, vehicles, colorful floats and marching bands will take to the street for the City’s annual Christmas parade. Afterward, parade watchers are invited for more holiday fun in Craig Park, where children can participate in the annual candy cane hunt and have pictures taken with Santa Claus and his elves.

Candy Cane Hunt
Children will be divided into three age groups to hunt for candy canes. To make the game even sweeter, cool prizes will be awarded and there will be FREE hot cocoa!

Address:
Christmas Parade Intersection
South Pinellas Avenue and Mears Boulevard
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Craig Park
100 Beekman Lane
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Tarpon Springs Christmas Stroll 2012 FlyerTarpon Springs Christmas Stroll
Time:
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Location: Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs and Sponge Docks
Cost: FREE to attend; Items individually priced
Info: (727) 942-9463; City of Tarpon Springs Website

What’s Doing?
Start checking off that holiday gift list while enjoying live entertainment at the Sponge Docks.

Address:
Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs and Sponge Docks
Dodecanese Boulevard
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

RELATED LINKS:
1. Breakfast with Santa at Gulf View Square
2. Christmas in Dunedin: Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade
3. FREE (And Really Cheap) Family Movies Happening in December 2012

Image courtesy of Clipart Guide / Pamela Perry
Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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