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Christmas Lunch on the Hill

December 12 @ 10:30 am - December 21 @ 1:30 pm

What Christmas items can be found at the Manor? FInd out at this week's luncheon. $15 suggested donation includes your choice of two items (soup, salad, quiche), beverage, and dessert as well as a tour of the Manor Museum. Placemats will provide info on Christmas at Chinsegut HIll.

Brooksville Christmas Bird Count

December 16 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Event Type: Family,Outdoors,Sports Cost: Free; pre-registration is required Contact Name: Linda Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-428-2629 Link: http://www.hernandoaudubon.org The nation's longest-running citizen science bird project fuels Audubon science throughout the year. The Brooksville Christmas Bird Count counts and documents the quantity and variety of bird species within a 7.5 mile radius from Bystre Lake. Join one of the teams to survey the designated Christmas Bird Count areas, tallying species for Hernando County. You can also count in your own…

Hernando County Farmers Market

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Vendors offer fresh veggies and fruit, organic and Amish country food, plants, local honey, herbs, soaps, jams, candy, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, and more. Contact Phone: 352-232-4241 Link: http://www.hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Chalk Finish Paint Workshop

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring your own small wooden item to this beginner's workshop where you'll learn how to transform an old piece into a masterpiece. Your piece must be small enough that you can carry it into the workshop yourself. As a general rule of thumb, your piece should be no larger than the size of a suitcase. The fee for this hands-on workshop is $45 plus the cost of the paint you select.

A Fireside Christmas

December 16 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:30pm, repeating until December 16, 2017

One event on December 16, 2017 at 2:30pm

A Live Oak Fireside Christmas is an original production that includes a potpourri of Christmas songs, stories, recollections and more. Tickets are $20, $5 for children 13 and younger. Tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. Call 352-593-0027, email [email protected] or visit www.liveoaktheatre.org

Elf Movie Night

December 16 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at SunWest Park on December 16 from 4-7pm for some Christmas festivities! Perfect for the family, it is a great opportunity to get the kids out and about during the holiday season. Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus will bring their big red fire engine for a photo op. Play Bingo-on-the-Beach to win prizes like shirts, amenity tickets, and other seasonal goodies! And bring your lawn chairs, towels, or picnic blankets: we'll finish the night off with the feature…

6th Annual Downton Abbey Christmas Evening

December 16 @ 4:00 pm

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,History and Culture Cost: Reservation only, $31.95 per person. Carriage rides, $10.00 per person. Contact Name: John Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-593-4111 Link: http://thetiltedteacuptearoom.com/ Tea Seatings: 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm. Carriage Rides: 5:30-8:30pm, every 15 minutes. The show may be finished, but Downton Abbey lives on in Florida's Adventure Coast. Be a part of English Royalty during this evening experience as Lady Grantham will learn there is never a dull moment on a weekend in…

Twelve Days of Christmas

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00pm, repeating until December 22, 2017

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Music,Outdoors Cost: Free; open to the public Contact Name: Ryan Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-540-6409 Link: http://www.brooksvillemainstreet.org Celebrate the Season as Brooksville becomes a Christmas-town. From the official tree lighting on Thursday, December 7th through December 22nd, the workday weeknights will be bustling with holiday music and entertainment and snow! Each weeknight will feature a  performance from 6:00-7:00pm by a local choir, musical group or dance studio to fill your evenings with more…

Winter Waterland 2017

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Music,Outdoors Cost: Adults, $6.00; ages 6-12, $4.00; age 5 and under, free Contact Phone: 352-592-5656 Link: http://weekiwachee.com/events The Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Santa and his elves welcome you to an underwater performance you won't forget. Enjoy the performance, light show and special holiday activities and decorations throughout the Park.

Candy Cane Acres

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 16, 2017

Event Type: Family,Festival,Music,Outdoors Cost: $10.00 per carload, includes 10 free tickets; additional tickets, 50-cents each Contact Name: Sherri Contact Phone: 352-796-4552 Link: http://www.hernandofarigrounds.com Gather your family and friends to enjoy the holiday light display and Christmas Village. Visit Mrs. Claus' kitchen and decorate your own cookie, see the Parade of Trees, stop by Santa's workshop and make a craft to take home, and have fun at the Magical Playland. Cuddle up for an old Florida-style sleigh ride, stop at the…

Laughing All the Way! A comedy fundraiser for Ability Tree of Florida

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Laughing All the Way is a stand-up comedy event and fundraiser in support of Ability Tree Florida! Saturday, December 16th at 7pm at the Springstead Theater on 3300 Mariner Blvd in Spring Hill, FL. There will be live stand-up comedy featuring Daren Streblow! Daren has performed for Disney Cruise Line and Universal Studios, and he’s the host of his own syndicated comedy radio show which is airing in over 70 markets around the United States and Canada. Ability Tree Florida…

Symphony: Holiday Concert – Sound of the Season

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until December 16, 2017

An event every 2 days that begins at 2:30pm, repeating until December 17, 2017

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,History and Culture,Music Cost: Adults, $18.00; students K-12, $5.00 Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-515-6993 Link: http://hernandosymphony Make your Holidays sparkle with music as the Hernando Symphony Orchestra opens its 2017-2018 season with Sounds of the Season. The spectacular holiday program will feature guest soloists The Nature Coast Brass performing holiday favorites. The Orchestra will perform renditions including An American Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, Christmas in the Kitchen and more. Attending patrons will delight to…

Ghost Tour

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until June 2, 2018

Legend has it that the 160-year old former residence of pioneer Frank Saxon is still inhabited by some of its residents, including three-year old Jessie May Saxon. During the first hour, a guide will tell you about energies in the house and the actual evidence collected over the years. In the second hour you can revisit any area of the house, and conduct your own investigation! Hand-held cameras and recording devices are allowed.

Yoga in the Preserve

December 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Rescheduled: for this Sunday, 12/17/17 at 9 AM This event has been rescheduled for a warmer day! 4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity Take time for yourself during this busy & stressful season. Experience the renewing power of yoga and the energy, strength, and flexibility that can be achieved through the practice. Join Justin J. Martz for an all-level Yoga Vinyasa practice followed by seated breath meditation. No flexibility or meditation experience required. Justin Martz is a 200 hour graduate & teacher-trainer…

Meet the Reindeer with Santa

December 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until December 20, 2017

Event Type: Family,Outdoors Cost: Free; open to the public Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-540-6409 Link: http://mainstreetbrooksville.org This is a great photo opportunity so be sure to bring your camera. Meet the Reindeer and Santa as they make a pre-Christmas Eve visit to Brooksville.

Christmas Carriage Rides

December 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 20, 2017

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,History and Culture,Outdoors Cost: $5.00 per person Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-540-6409 Link: http://mainstreetbrooksville.org Add a bit of real nostalgia to your holidays with a Carriage Ride in Historic Brooksville. Rides depart every 15 minutes from the Courthouse area.

Legendary Sirens

December 23 @ 11:00 am

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Outdoors Cost: Park admission: Adults, $13.00; ages 6-12, $8.00; age 5 and under, free. Contact Phone: 352-592-5656 Link: http://weekiwachee.com/events Performances: Saturday, 11:00am; Sunday, 11:00am and 3:00pm. Weeki Wachee's mermaids celebrate the holidays with you! The saying, "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid," holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. Note:…

Legendary Sirens

December 24 @ 11:00 am

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Outdoors Cost: Park admission: Adults, $13.00; ages 6-12, $8.00; age 5 and under, free. Contact Phone: 352-592-5656 Link: http://weekiwachee.com/events Performances: Saturday, 11:00am; Sunday, 11:00am and 3:00pm. Weeki Wachee's mermaids celebrate the holidays with you! The saying, "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid," holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. Note:…

Christmas Morning Jingle 5K Run/Walk

December 25 @ 8:00 am

As our way of saying THANK YOU to the community and enabling everyone to join their running families before the festivities The Mayor and Princess and NPR Running host this FREE event. JUST SHOW UP run-walk-stroll in this beautiful Preserve. This is trail and boardwalk surface we will start together and as everyone finishes the 5K route we will award medals and special awards for the first Female and Male to cross the finish line. There may even be confetti…

Ten New Year Resolutions for a Better Landscape

December 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Residents are invited to attend a free class, “Ten New Year Resolutions for a Better Landscape” on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Hernando County Utilities, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The class will be presented by Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, Lilly Browning. Start the new year out right! Find out simple steps you can take to improve your outlook by improving your landscape! Free class. No registration necessary.

Free Composting Class

December 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

December 28th - 10:00 a.m. - Presented by Lilly Browning and Carmen Bruno Hernando County Landfill - 14450 Landfill Road, Brooksville, FL 34614 You MUST call the Landfill at 352-754-4112 to register. Classes fill fast! You will receive a FREE COMPOST BIN for participating in this class. Must be a Hernando County Resident. One compost bin per household.

Hernando Audubon Society Beginning Birding

December 29 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Meet at 8 AM at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. For information, contact Linda, 352-428-2629, [email protected]

Beginning Birding

December 29 @ 8:30 am

Event Type: Family,Outdoors,Sports Cost: Free; open to the public Contact Name: Linda Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-428-2629 Link: http://www.MyFWC.com/Chinsegut Join Hernando Audubon Conservation Chair Linda Vanderveen on the deck behind the conservation center building to hone your birding skills. Participants may also take a short walk to the viewing blind at Mays Prairie. Who knows what birds might surprise you there? Loaner binoculars are available and all skill levels and ages are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, insect repellent, suncreen,…

Legendary Sirens

December 30 @ 11:00 am

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Outdoors Cost: Park admission: Adults, $13.00; ages 6-12, $8.00; age 5 and under, free. Contact Phone: 352-592-5656 Link: http://weekiwachee.com/events Performances: Saturday, 11:00am; Sunday, 11:00am and 3:00pm. Weeki Wachee's mermaids celebrate the holidays with you! The saying, "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid," holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. Note:…

2017 Celebration Concert

December 30 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Come celebrate great 2017 in the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State park - free concert ($3 park fee applies) and optional step up your experience to a VIP seating with gourmet brunch buffet. The VIP experience includes tent seating and a wonderful menu grilled on site while you enjoy the wonderful easy listening folk sounds of Hungrytown. The VIP is $12.50 for Salt Springs Alliance members and $25 for non-members. Sign up to become a member and receive a t-shirt and…

Legendary Sirens

December 31 @ 11:00 am

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Festival,History and Culture,Outdoors Cost: Park admission: Adults, $13.00; ages 6-12, $8.00; age 5 and under, free. Contact Phone: 352-592-5656 Link: http://weekiwachee.com/events Performances: Saturday, 11:00am; Sunday, 11:00am and 3:00pm. Weeki Wachee's mermaids celebrate the holidays with you! The saying, "Once a mermaid, always a mermaid," holds true as The Legendary Sirens perform this weekend! This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. Note:…

NYE Karaoke Party

December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Join us for our annual NYE party featuring DJ Rick Stoots, and this year we will be doing Karaoke until 11 and then we will crank up the party for the countdown! Free Champagne Toast at midnight! Make plans to attend our BESTEST New Years Eve Party Yet!!

First Day Hike

January 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Event Type: Family,Outdoors,Sports Cost: Free; open to the public Contact Name: Gina Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-754-6722 Link: http://MyFWC.com/Chinsegut Is this the year you make a resolution to get outdoors, try something new, reconnect with nature, or get fit? Join the group at Chinsegut Conservation Center to kick off that resolution on the right foot with a brisk two-mile hike. Please dress appropriately (no sandals), and bring bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent.  All ages invited; however, the terrain is…

Photography 101 – Camera Basics

January 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Event Type: Arts and Entertainment,Family,Outdoors Cost: For registration and fee, visit website below Contact Name: Alice Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-754-6722 Link: http://www.creative-nature-photography.com If you got a new DSLR for Christmas and want to learn about it first-hand, or just need some fine tuning on your camera settings, join Alice of Green-fly Media for this informative class. Bring your camera of course, and dress for the outdoors in case you get to test new skills and take some photos. 

Archery – Ages 10 to 16

January 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Type: Outdoors,Sports Cost: $20.00 per child; pre-registration required Contact Name: Gina Contact Email: [email protected] Contact Phone: 352-754-6722 Link: http://www.MyFWC.com/Chinsegut This two-day archery exploration program will take students from the basics of beginning archery to planning a hunt and the ethics of hunting. All equipment is provided by the Conservation Center. Encourage your child to learn more about this historic skill in a safe environment. Participants must bring lunch and plenty of water each day. Appropriate outdoor dress and closed-toe…

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