A sparkling, musical, magical Christmas season awaits on Florida’s Adventure Coast. From coastal boat parades to Ridge Manor’s MasqueParade, there are loads of exciting celebrations to choose from. Historic downtown Brooksville welcomes visitors to stroll cobblestone streets delightfully transformed for the holidays. So, grab a Christmas sweater and greet the holiday season outdoors Florida style under blue skies or sparkling lights.
This year, rather than a single show-stopping, Christmas tree lighting extravaganza attended by thousands, Brooksville’s Christmas on Main Street features a festive monthlong calendar of daily performances and happenings.
Illuminated on November 24, the famous 36 foot tall Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn will serve as a festive backdrop to most events. Starting November 27, visitors can browse the Festival of Trees at the Brooksville Welcome Center. A selection of decorated trees and wreaths will be available for bidding in a silent auction; proceeds supporting Brooksville Main Street’s mission to revitalize the historic downtown.
From December 4 through December 23, Brooksville’s historic courthouse steps will be a stage for a variety of live concerts on select evenings. Each evening’s performance begins at 6:00pm and stars a different artist or group.
Saturday, December 5, the annual holiday tradition continues with “Patricia’s Windows Come to Life.” At 5:30pm, view the latest formal holiday fashions worn by live models in the streetside boutique windows.
Across from Patricia’s Boutique on December 5, enjoy outdoor dining with a Christmas Dinner on Main accompanied by a Live Oak Theatre performance of a Christmas Concert on Main Street.
Visit Christmas on Chinsegut Hill for a vintage holiday experience. Enjoy classic décor and wrap yourself in holiday ambience of days gone by from November 26 through December 24 in and around the historic manor house.
From December 11 through the 19, feel inspired while browsing handmade artisan gifts during a stroll through Christmas with the Arts at the Brooksville Welcome Center.
Follow @BrooksvilleMainStreet on Facebook for daily clues during The Keys to Christmas Scavenger Hunt. From November 28 through December 23, daily key finders will win $25 gift certificates from local shops.
For an unforgettable holiday experience, arrange a horse-drawn carriage ride around the courthouse square, available on December 16, 17, 22 and 23, starting at 6:00pm.
Fresh, cool sweater weather is perfect for outdoor enjoyment during Florida’s Adventure Coast’s holiday season. A beloved holiday classic, the Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be Saturday December 12 starting at 10:00am. For 2020, the theme is MasqueParade including opportunities to creatively incorporate participant and spectator safety.
Boat parades are thrilling holiday experiences not to be missed. On Florida’s Adventure Coast, two boat parades are planned. The first, on Saturday December 5, starts at 6:00pm at the Hernando Beach Yacht Club. From there, festively-lit boats of all types and sizes will cruise up and down Hernando Beach canals.
On December 19, spectators will enjoy the Weeki Wachee River Boat Parade. Starting at Rogers Park at 5:00pm, a variety of decorated vessels will cruise to Bayport Pier and back.
Marina Rose Enterprises invites guests to step aboard their beautiful riverboat replica for a Holiday Lights Cruise. Make reservations for dinner or to simply relax on the sunset cruise. View Christmas lights and their shimmering reflections while touring this waterfront community. Ride and dine in comfort and safety thanks to a powerful HEPA air filter and extensive safety measures taken by crew and staff.
For full Brooksville Christmas on Main Street event information, follow Brooksville Main Street on Facebook. Visit FloridasAdventureCoast.com/Events to browse these and an ever-growing array of holiday season events and festivities. Sparkling Christmas décor and music reveal a warm, welcoming holiday spirit on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee.