Santa is prepping his sleigh for a ride into Citrus County and local elves are hard at work. Attend one of the final Christmas parades, watch a holiday show or take a spirited ride. This weekend is guaranteed to be full of Yuletide magic.
Parades march on with spirit
- Grab a spot along the Homosassa River for the Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marker 75 by Bird Island. Popular spots to watch include MacRae’s, the Shed and Riverside Resort. Spaces fill up fast, so get there early, grab a parking spot and watch out for pedestrians. There will be an awards ceremony immediately following the parade at Homosassa Springs Marina.
- Line up for the Citrus Springs Christmas parade beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the fountain on North Citrus Springs Boulevard. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The parade ends at Wesley Jones Park, where a party will start shortly thereafter with a bounce house, slide, face painting, games and a special visit from Santa. Food will be available on site.
Pour it up for Citrus schools
- Listen to local teachers jam out at the fourth annual Foundation Fest benefiting the Citrus County Education Foundation from 6 to 10 p.m. today at Pine Street Pub in Inverness. Community leaders like April Royal, John Murphy, Dr. Rushi Patel and the sheriff’s office’s Cregg Dalton will be celebrity bartenders competing for the most tips. There will be a silent auction, two-person team cornhole tournament and alumni spirit competition. Citrus County School District teachers and staff will get into this adult event free; $ 5 cover charge for the public. And remember, tip well!
Spectate a seasonal show
- Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Ditchfield Family Singers grace the Valerie Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $ 30. The 3 p.m. performance is sold out.
- Watch some artistic figure skating as the Citrus Rollers present “Christmas on the Roller Rink” from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Roller Barn, 1740 U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Admission is $ 5 for ages 18 or older and $ 3 for those younger than 18. For information, call Debbie at 352-301-2159.
- Get into the holiday spirit watching a Christmas movie this weekend at two separate events. See Buddy the elf save Christmas at Citrus County Parks & Rec’s movie in the park showing of “Elf” at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lecanto Community Park, 3505 W. Educational Path. Admission is free. Bring a chair, a blanket and the family. The Valerie Theatre will screen a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $ 6.
Bring out your weekend ride
- Have a “Holly, Jolly Christmas” at Citrus Mopars Car Club’s Friday Night Thunder Car Cruise-in Friday at Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness. See a variety of cool cars while listening to some classic Christmas music. For information, call 352-341-7820 or go online to invernessfl.com.
- Ride your motorcycle for a good cause during Crystal Harley-Davidson’s toy run for Citrus County foster parents Saturday beginning at Bealls on State Road 44 in Inverness. Riders leave at 11 a.m., escorted by Citrus County sheriff’s deputies. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Crystal Harley-Davidson dealership at 1785 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa; to McDonald’s on State Road 44 near Bealls in Inverness or to Dollar General.
Celebrate Christmas with Santa Paws
- Bring the dogs out for the ninth annual K-9 Carnival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness. Cruise booths catering to animal health and welfare, rescue and training displayed exhibits and products for sale. Take a picture of your dog with Santa, buy some pooch presents and grab some OMG! Pretzel Bites. Proceeds benefit Out of the Box Animal Rescue.