VOLUME VII                                      FLORIDA'S  SUNCOAST - DECEMBER, 2018                               NUMBER 12

So much happening this
Suncoast Holiday month!

Like the good times at the
Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 8, 2018
4-9:00 pm


Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Nov 23 to Dec 30, 5:30 - 9:30 PM
Florida Botanical Gardens

12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo
Suggested donation of $5.

Lights of Lake Park
109th Avenue N Lake Park Drive
Largo, Florida 33777
Come enjoy one of the best holiday light displays in Pinellas County! FREE but donations appreciated. You can walk or drive through but please be aware a limited number of parking spaces are available. To avoid longer wait times to enter the community we recommend coming earlier in the evening.

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Sat, Dec 15, 3 PM – 6 PM
Palm Harbor Holiday Parade. Mark your calendars! Get out the tinsel and your holiday best and plan to join us.

The Dunedin Boat Parade
and Tree Lighting

Sat, Dec. 1st 6-9 PM

Boats arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00 pm. Limited viewing at Weaver Park and along Bayshore Blvd and Edgewater Dr. Limited seating, bring lawn chairs. Enjoy holiday music and S’mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree.


Drive-In Movie Night:
The Santa Clause, Fri, Dec 14
Highlander Park, Dunedin
Park opens at 5 PM. Movie begins at dark. $10 / car. Tickets must be purchased in advance, in person at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Rd, Dunedin


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A Harbor Holiday-
“Santa’s Workshop”

Safety Harbor's Market on Main
401 Main Street, Safety Harbor Jump aboard the holiday trolleys as our REAL Fun elves take you on a Harbor Holiday adventure. Six stops along the trolley route are packed with unique activities sure to get you in the holiday spirit, and one of them is us!! We will be doing tons of holiday krafts,coloring,and artsy things; as well as have a ton of cool vendors to shop from. This event is free to all. Just show up with your holiday cheer! See ya’ there!!

Holiday Mystery Party
“There is a Thief Among Us!”
Stirling Wine, 461 Main St, Dunedin,
Tuesday, Dec 11,  7 – 10 PM

Annual New Beginnings 2018
Dec 5th - Jan 3rd
Please join us at the Clearwater Main Public Library (Osceola and Carnegie Galleries) for the Creative Artists Guild All Member Show. We are an award-winning organization of over 130 local artist members working in all media.
This family-friendly event and the exhibit is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Dunedin International Chorale
Sun, Dec 8th, 2 PM
330 Douglas Ave,Dunedin


Largo Holiday Lights
November 22 through New Year's Day features a spectacular holiday light display, stunning carousel and seven-story Ferris wheel that offers a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the 70-acre Largo Central Park and more than two million dazzling LED lights. Park admission is free. Rides are $5 each. The rides and light display are open nightly from 6 to 11pm through January 1.

Clearwater Holiday Boat Parade
Sat, Dec 8th
Celebrating its 43rd year. The decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel at 6:00 pm.  At 6:30 pm, the parade of boats will begin visiting many of the Island Estate canals before heading over to Coachman Park around 8:00 PM.

Art in the Park - Pioneer Park
Sunday, Dec 9th,. 10 - 3pm
420 Main Street, Dunedin, FL

A unique outdoor art exhibit & art market presented by the Dunedin's Creative Artists Guild. Come to meet & interact with local artisans at this showcase event.

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Benefit
Sat, Dec 29
th – Noon to 4 PM
18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores
Join Professional Photographer Mike Leonard in this Gulf Coast birding utopia and learn easy ways to make better pictures with your camera or your cell phone.

A recommended donation of $15 PP or $25 per family goes directly to the Sanctuary in its entirety to continue their work with the birds in need.

FREE! Camera Basics and Beyond!
Friends in Focus Photo Club has partnered with Clearwater's Moccasin Lake Nature Park to bring a special and free Holiday gift to the local community and everyone interested in learning more about their cameras and taking better photographs AND it's just in time for Christmas! This two hour program is being presented by reknown Maine Professional Photographer Michael Leonard and one time only at the Education Building at the Park beginning at 9 AM on Thurs, Dec 20th.
Please email Jack at abcadventuretime@gmail.com to reserve your seat or for more information. No experience necessary - make friends with your camera or cell phone as we
explore all of the capabilities.
The Suncoast is more than just America's most beautiful beaches!
There's much to do and plenty to see when you next visit ....


Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores

Wall Springs Park
3725 DeSoto Blvd., Palm Harbor
Natural springs, boardwalk, observation tower.

Historic Sponge Docks

Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon SpringsShops, restaurants, aquarium line this picturesque street.

Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway Tierra Verde
1,100 acres of beaches, camping, fishing, biking and views to die for!

Find the Dolphins!

6' dolphin statues all over Pinellas County.
The Map!

Redington Long Pier
17490 Gulf Blvd, Reddington Shores. Take a stroll on this 1,000' fishing pier.

Crystal Beach Pier
299 N Gulf Dr, Crystal Beach.
Sunsets and dog friendly.


Heritage Village

11909 125th St. North, Largo
Stroll among two dozen restored, historic buildings from the area's past.

Horsepower for Kids

8005 Racetrack Rd, Tampa
Combination farm, zoo and animal sanctuary. Fun place to visit with or without kids!

Florida Botanical Gardens

1520 Ulmerton Road, Largo
Acres of Florida flora and habitat to explore. Birds, butterflies, gators, oh my!
Tampa area places to Go and Fun Things to Do Free
Ongoing Events

Get Down at Sundown!
1st Friday's in St. Pete
Central Avenue.
5:30-10 pm


1st Friday & 3rd Saturday
Gulfport Art Walk, 6-10 pm.
3007 Beach Blvd., GulfportYear-round. Art, crafts, food, music.

2nd Friday's in Dunedin!
Fri 5:30pm. Dunedin
3rd Friday Music Series
Main St., Safety Harbor
6-10 pm. John Wilson Park Gazebo
Every Saturday!
St. Pete Walking Mural Tour.
10-11:30 AM. Free,.
Every Saturday - Free!
Guided Hikes - 9-11 AM.
Weedon Island Preserve
1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Pete
Every Saturday - Free!
Tampa Bay Water Ski Team Show
Summer thru October. on Tower Lake.
130 Burbank Rd., Oldsmar.
2nd Saturday Art Walk
St. Pete. 5-9 PM monthly.

 Blast Friday!
Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater
Sept-May. Last Friday of the month. Music, food, fun starts at 5:30!

Open Mic Friday Nights
Dunedin Coffee & Bakery 7:30-9:30pm
Share poetry, musical talents, or comedy - family friendly

3rd Saturday in Saint Pete
Military Vehicles and Motorcycles Show
Sat 3pm. Biff Burger and Buffy's BBQ.

Join us for a Sunset Celebration!

Every  night at Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Two hours before and two hours after sunset. Arts & crafts, music, performers. Free outside family movies! Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Every Friday & Saturday night weather permitting. 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach.

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Your Visitor's Guide
to Tampa Bay!

Whether you are here on vacation, spring break or a quick business trip, take time to relax and enjoy all that Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater Beach have to offer.

Tampa is a cosmopolitan city known for fine dining, upscale shops, spectacular shows, Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo just for starters.

St. Pete holds its own on both the Bay and the Gulf with gorgeous beaches, Tampa Bay Rays Baseball, a vibrant downtown and Gulfside areas.

Clearwater Beach means "the Beach" to most visitors but it's also home to Winter and Hope, the dolphin movie stars in one of the finest aquariums and movie museums in the Country.

Don't forget the fun to be had every afternoon at Pier 60 as locals and visitors alike gather to pay homage to another spectacular sunset.

Where to start? We've mapped some of Tampa Bay's best attractions starting from Tampa International Airport (TIA).
So much to see and do in the Tampa Bay Area! This listing highlights dozens of our favorite must-sees!
Dining to suit every taste can be found nearby. For those on a budget we've listed "economical" eateries.
From outlet stores to boutiques, some shops might fit right in on Rodeo drive. You name it, you can find it here!
County and City Parks abound for hiking, biking, canoeing or just picnicing. Great places to go, relax and enjoy Nature.
A selection from our many area photos highlighting Tampa Bay & other special places on Florida's Suncoast.

More Fun Things To Do on the Suncoast
Visitor & Attraction Information by City

Keeping an eye
on the Suncoast...

Fun things to do in Bradenton - Clearwater Beach - Dade City - Dunedin
Bradenton, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach,
Dade City, Dunedin
Clearwater's Cleveland St

Have a blast at Indian Rocks Beach - Indian Shores - Lakeland - Lake Wales
Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores,
Lakeland, Lake Wales

Things to do and places to go in Largo - Oldsmar - Parrish - Pinellas County - Plant City
Largo, Oldsmar, Parrish,
Pinellas County, Plant City

Fun things to do in Sarasota - St Pete - Tampa - Spring Training
Safety Harbor
Sarasota, St Petersburg,
Tampa, Spring Training

Things to do in Thonotosassa - Tarpon Springs - Tierra Verde
Thonotosassa, Tarpon Springs,
Tierra Verde Brooker Creek Preserve

Tampa Bay Area

Winter the Dolphin Live
Tampa Traffic Cams
Clearwater Beach
Pier 60 Beachfront
Sarasota Van Wezel
Siesta Key Beach Live
St Pete Waterfront
Dunedin Live
New Port Richey
WFLA Webcams

FOX 13 Weathercams 

Suncoast Sunrise/Sunsets

Suncoast Tide Charts

St Pete/Clearwater Visitor Info

Suncoast Parks & Preserves

Pinellas Bicycle Trail

Farmers' and Open Air


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The Economical Way
to see the Best Tampa
Bay Area Attractions


1. The Florida Aquarium
2. Busch Gardens Tampa
3. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
4. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

5. Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI) or The Chilhuly Collection
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