An Afternoon at the North Pole

Santa ClausTime: 1-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2011
Location: Treasure Island Community Center
Cost: This event is FREE to the public
Info: (727) 547-4575, ext. 237; Website

What’s Doing?
Treasure Island’s family holiday invited your family to enjoy holiday festivities, including:
— A visit from Santa Claus
— Cookie decorating
— Arts & crafts
— Interactive entertainers
— Lots of goodies for the kids

Treasure Island Community Center
Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue
Treasure Island, FL 33706

Stories & Songs with Mrs. Claus

Mrs. ClausTime: 6-7 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 12, 2011
Location: Lutz Branch Library (Community Room)
Cost: FREE, but registration is required (Register at the Ask Me Desk, or call 813-273-3652)
Info: (813) 273-3652; Website

What’s Doing?
Join Lutz Branch Library in celebrating the holidays. There will be stories, songs and other special treats with Mrs. Claus!

Lutz Branch Library
101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road West
Lutz, FL 33548

Traditions on the Green 2011

Traditions event flyerTime: Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Kid’s Christmas Corner: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Location: Land O’ Lakes Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The public is invited to this FREE family fun day event at the Land O’Lakes Community Market. The event kicks-off with a breakfast with Santa. Santa will arrive by motorcycle for complimentary pancakes from 9-10 a.m.

Mom and Dad will enjoy browsing the market while holiday music is played by Elementary, Middle and High School musical groups. The Kid’s Christmas Corner will feature a variety of activities, including:
— Face painting
— Ornament making, greeting card coloring, and craft gifts
— 3 Blacklight Puppet Shows by VAN DYKE PFC
— Harry Potter’s Castle Moonwalk
— Games

Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music “on the green,” and canned food donations for Metropolitan Ministries.

NOTE: Breakfast and activities are FREE while supplies last.

Land O’ Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O’Lakes Boulevard
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639

The Oakdale Christmas House

The Oakdale Christmas HouseTime: 6-10 p.m.
Date: Every day through Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Location: The Oakdale Christmas House
Cost: FREE to the public
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
This amazing light display has been a tradition for many since 1977. More than 500,000 lights cover a half-acre. Many of the lights are computerized to music and flashing to help save money. (the cost of electric is nearly $5,000!) 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!

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

Christmas Wonderland 2011

SleddingTime: 6-9 p.m.
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Location: R.E. Olds Park
Cost: FREE parking and admission; Fee for picture packages; Food available for purchase
Info: (813) 749-1264; Website

What’s Doing?
Oldsmar celebrates Christmas with a winter-themed family event that features:
— Sledding down a giant snow slope
— Dance performance
— Inflatables
— Holiday music by the Bayside Church Holiday Jazz Band
— Visits and pictures with Santa
— and more!

R.E. Olds Park
107 Shore Drive West
Oldsmar, FL 34677

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Holiday Open House

WreathTime: 5-8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Location: Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital
Cost: FREE, but reservation is required (Register by calling 727-943-3600)
Info: (727) 943-3600; Website

What’s Doing?
The community is invited to an watch the “Lights of Love” Christmas Tree illuminate to the sounds of the season. Enjoy complimentary holiday treats in the Allspice Café, and those interested can learn about changes and improvements happening at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital
1395 Alternate 19
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.