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4th Annual Grinchmas Book Bash at St. Petersburg Main Library

4th Annual Grinchmas Book Bash
Time: 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: St. Petersburg Main Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 892-5296; St. Petersburg Library System Website

What’s Doing?
This event for children of all ages will feature music, refreshments, and card making.

2014 Grinchams Flyer

Address:
St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 Ninth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

2014 Grinchams Flyer image courtesy of St. Petersburg Library System

Chabad at Wiregrass’ Annual Grand Menorah Lighting at The Shops at Wiregrass

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Location: The Shops at Wiregrass (in front of Dillard’s)
Cost: FREE (All are welcome!)
Register/Info: (813) 994-2242; The Shops at Wiregrass Website; Chabad at Wiregrass Website

What’s Doing?
Join Chabad at Wiregrass for a Grand Menorah Lighting on the 6th night of Chanukah at The Shops at Wiregrass. There will be entertainment featuring Lippi’s Juggling Show, and lots of fun for the whole family – crafts, chcocolate Ghelt, magic, street dancing, face painting, balloon artist, and more! Enjoy Chanukah delights including hot latkes and doughnuts.

2014 Grand Menorah Lighting Flyer

Address:
The Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Menorah image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2014 Grand Menorah Lighting Flyer image courtesy of Chabad at Wiregrass

Holiday Craft Show at Horizon Early Learning Preschool

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Horizon Early Learning Preschool
Cost: Admission is FREE. Items available for purchase.
Register/Info: (813) 689-1457; Children’s Ministry at Horizon Christian Church Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Horizon Early Learning Preschool will be holding a craft show fundraiser to raise funds for a new safe playground for the kids. Vendors will help you check off your holiday shopping list. Plus, there will be food to enjoy and crafts for the kids to make.

Horizon Early Learning Preschool Craft Show Flyer

Address:
Horizon Christian Church/Horizon Early Learning Preschool
1720 South Saint Cloud Avenue
Valrico, FL 33594

Christmas ornaments image: Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Horizon Early Learning Preschool Craft Show Flyer image courtesy of Horizon Christian Church

Wilderness Wonderland: Celebration of Lights Drive-thru Event

Time: 6-9 p.m. (Thurs. & Sunday); 6-10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.)
Date: Thursday through Sunday: December 11-14, 2014 & December 18-21, 2014
Location: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
Cost: There is a $2.00 per vehicle entry fee.
Register/Info: (727) 861-3033; Pasco County Website

What’s Doing?
Drive thru and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday season in the great outdoors. Watch as colorful lights dance to festive Holiday music!

2014 Schedule:
– Thursday, December 11: 6-9 p.m.
– Friday, December 12: 6-10 p.m.
– Saturday, December 13: 6-10 p.m.
– Sunday, December 14: 6-9 p.m.
– Thursday, December 18: 6-9 p.m.
– Friday, December 19: 6-10 p.m.
– Saturday, December 20: 6-10 p.m.
– Sunday, December 21: 6-9 p.m.

2014 Wilderness Wonderland Flyer

Address:
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
10500 Wilderness Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Holiday string lights image courtesy of Clipart Guide / Pamela Perry
2014 Wilderness Wonderland Flyer image courtesy of Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department

Have Breakfast with Santa or Mrs. Claus at Pasco County Branch Libraries

Santa Claus holding a presentBreakfast with Santa
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Land O’Lakes Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/ Info: (813) 929-1214; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
Join us for this special holiday event in place of our normal Storytimes! Young children can enjoy a photo op and light breakfast with Santa. Bring your cameras. Sponsored by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library.

Address:
Land O’Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

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Breakfast with Santa
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Location: South Holiday Branch Library
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 834-3331; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Age 1-5) Santa has taken time off from his busy schedule to join you and your family for a morning of holiday cheer, breakfast, and stories. Remember to bring a camera along for pictures with Santa in their Frozen Winter Wonderland.

Address:
South Holiday Branch Library
4649 Mile Stretch Drive
Holiday, FL 34690

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Toddler Breakfast With Mrs. Santa
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Hugh Embry
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (352) 567-3576; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 1-2 with parent/guardian) Meet Mrs. Santa and enjoy a light breakfast. Remember to bring your camera!

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Preschool Breakfast With Mrs. Claus
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 12-12:45 p.m.
Location: Hugh Embry
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (352) 567-3576; Pasco County Libraries Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 3-5 with parent/guardian) Meet Mrs. Santa and enjoy a light breakfast. Remember to bring your camera!

Address:
Hugh Embry Branch Library
14215 Fourth Street
Dade City, FL 33523

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Christmas ornaments image: Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Santa image courtesy of Feelart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

7th Annual Winter’s Miracle on Cleveland Street: Season of Hope

Time: 5-10 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Cleveland Street District & Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure
Cost: FREE admission to festival and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure. Holiday-themed food and refreshments, including a make your own s’mores station and hot chocolate, will be avaialble for purchase.
Register/Info: (727) 791-7400; Ruth Eckerd Hall Website

What’s Doing?
The Cleveland Street District will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, two snow slides, a skating rink, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, and more!

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. and The Clearwater Marine Aquarium present Winter’s Miracle on Cleveland Street: Season of Hope in partnership with Bright House Networks.

Winter's Miracle Banner

The first 300 children (age 12 and under) will receive a 2014 Holiday Limited Edition Winter Plush Toy courtesy of The Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Entertainment will include performances by the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts students, American Idol Finalist Shannon Magrane and a free concert by The Little River Band (Cool Change, Happy Anniversary), playing holiday favorites and hits.

Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt along Cleveland Street for a chance to win great prizes including tickets to upcoming performances at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre.

Even Better! Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure located in the Harborview Center at the corner of Osceola and Cleveland Streets will be open to the public with FREE admission.

Address:
Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure
300 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Winter’s Miracle banner image courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. and The Clearwater Marine Aquarium

38th Annual Oakdale Christmas House

The Oakdale Christmas HouseTime: 6-10 p.m.
Date: Every day through Friday, January 2, 2015
Location: The Oakdale Christmas House
Cost: FREE to the public
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The 2014 Tampa Bay Holiday Light display – now in its 38 year – features approximately half a million lights. This amazing light display covers half an acre, with many of the lights computerized to music and flashing. In addition to lights, this installation includes:
— Hand-on games and a bubble machine
— Two outdoor TV presentations
— Several inflatables
— A Manger scene with more than 150 pieces
— Two large mirrored balls to give a snowflake effect
— An 18-train HO-scale railroad with carnival rides
— A talking and dancing life-size snowman, and many other animated items
— and much more!

Watch a video of the 2012 show on YouTube.com:

Address:
The Oakdale Christmas House
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Holiday string lights image courtesy of Clipart Guide / Pamela Perry
Christmas lights image courtesy of the Oakdale Christmas House.

The City of Largo, FL Celebrates the Holidays

Holiday StrollHoliday Stroll
Time: 5-9 p.m.; Tree lights up at 7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE admission. Toboggan Snow Slide unlimited ride wristband: $5. Foods and desserts will be available for purchase.
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Recreation, Parks, & Arts Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Delight in the extravagant light display as you stroll through Largo Central Park. A million LED lights (85% more energy efficient) will brighten the path with playful scenes.

Each shelter will feature a photo opportunity or activity geared towards children. Visit with Santa and have your photo taken for FREE. Take unlimited rides on the toboggan snow slide ($5 unlimited ride wristband), enjoy live entertainment on stage and at various locations throughout the park, and spend time in the new holiday craft tent.

Address:
Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Holiday Stroll image courtesy of the City of Largo

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Breakfast with SantaBreakfast with Santa
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Largo Community Center
Cost: $6/child and $2/adult
Register/Info: (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Santa is making his list and checking to see if you will join him for breakfast! Santa’s helpers will be serving up delicious food, helping with crafts and taking pictures. Santa will be there for photo opportunities!

Address:
Largo Community Center
400 Alt Keene Road
Largo, FL 33370

Breakfast with Santa image courtesy of the City of Largo

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Winter in the WoodsWinter in the Woods
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Location: Mcgough Nature Park
Cost: $5/participant and FREE for children age 2 and younger.
Register/Info: (727) 518-3047; City of Largo Recreation, Parks, & Arts Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Join Largo Park Rangers and staff throwing snow balls with real ice shavings, making winter crafts, going on night hikes, and roasting s’mores by the campfire.

Address:
Mcgough Nature Park
11901 146th Street North
Largo, FL 33774

Winter in the Woods image courtesy of the City of Largo

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Lunch with SantaLunch with Santa
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: Largo Community Center
Cost: $5 early registration (by December 15); $8 day of event registration
Register/Info: (727) 518-3125; City of Largo Website

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to eat a slice of pizza, make crafts, and take pictures with Santa Claus.

Address:
Southwest Recreation Complex
13120 Vonn Road
Largo, FL 33774

Lunch with Santa image courtesy of the City of Largo

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Image: Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Horizon Christian Church Presents … Simply Christmas

Time: 4-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Horizon Christian Church
Cost: Admission is FREE. Food will be available for purchase.
Register/Info: (813) 689-1457; Children’s Ministry at Horizon Christian Church Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Simply Christmas is a family-friendly event presented by Horizon Christian Church featuring snow, animals, music, games and a bonfire.

Simply Christmas Flyer

Address:
Horizon Christian Church
1720 South Saint Cloud Avenue
Valrico, FL 33594

Christmas ornaments image: Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Simply Christmas Flyer image courtesy of Horizon Christian Church

Holidays in Dunedin: Breakfast with Santa, Tree Lighting, Holiday Parades & More!

Breakfast with Santa
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Dunedin Community Center
Cost: Tickets are $6 advance or $10 at the door
Register/Info: (727) 812-4530; City of Dunedin, FL Website

What’s Doing?
(Ages 8 and younger) Join Santa for a pancake breakfast. Let him know how good you’ve been, and what you’d like to receive this year.

Address:
Dunedin Community Center
1920 Pinehurst Road
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Holiday Boat ParadeLighted Boat Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 812-4530; City of Dunedin, FL Website

What’s Doing?
Decorated boats will travel south down the Intercoastal Waterway to the Dunedin Marina. Santa will arrive on the last boat andlight the city’s large Christmas tree in Edgewater Park.

Address:
Dunedin Marina
51 Main Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

Holiday Boat Parade image courtesy of the City of Dunedin, FL

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Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade
Time: 4-9.m.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Downtown Dunedin (Parade steps off at 4 p.m. along Douglas Avenue from Beltrees to Monroe.
Old Fashioned Christmas will take place along Main Street and Broadway Avenue.)
Cost: FREE
Register/Info: (727) 812-4530; City of Dunedin, FL Website

What’s Doing?
Watch Santa Claus arrive in style during the Holiday Street Parade, then stay downtown to enjoy carriage rides, snow slide, train rides, kids holidays crafts, old fashioned games, live music and snow flurries!

Dunedin Holiday Events Flyer

Address:
Downtown Dunedin
Dunedin, FL 34698

Dunedin Holiday Events Flyer image courtesy of the City of Dunedin, FL

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Holiday string lights image courtesy of Clipart Guide / Pamela Perry

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