Join Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department in December for fun and exciting programs.
For more information on County programs, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Parks, or call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.
What: Town ‘N Country Holiday
When: Fri., Dec. 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Shimburg Sports Complex, 7606 Paula Dr. in Tampa
All ages are welcome for a tree lighting, Santa Claus and music from Bay Crest and Davis Elementary schools. For information, call Tina Marnotes at 813-554-5002.
What: Caroling in the Park in Odessa
When: Sat., Dec. 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa
All ages can enjoy dancing, refreshments, Santa Claus and Christmas caroling outdoors. For more details, contact Paul Russo at 813-264-3819.
What: “Joe-Ho-Ho” Eat at Joe’s Lunchtime Concert Series
When: Fri., Dec. 13, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, corner of Pierce & Kennedy in Tampa
Have a festive Friday lunch in downtown Tampa with food trucks, Toys For Tots and holiday music from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School Orchestra. For more information, call Mary Clemens at 813-635-3519.
What: Holiday in the Park at Apollo Beach
When: Fri., Dec. 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Apollo Beach Park, 664 Golf & Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach
Food, music and inflatables start at 6:30 p.m. Santa arrives by fire truck at 8 p.m. with toys for children under age 12. All ages welcome. For information, call Jack Reeder at 813-671-7635.
What: Christmas on Main Street
When: Fri., Dec. 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street in Thonotosassa
Age: All ages
Enjoy a festive evening featuring music, food, inflatables and Santa Claus. For information, call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.
What: Gardenville Senior Bing Joe
When: Mon., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Gardenville Park, 6219 Symmes Rd. in Gibsonton
Enjoy a morning of food, games, prizes and fun featuring the jolliest senior of all. For more information, call the Gardenville Recreation Center at 813-672-1120.
What: Christmas Card Lane in Lutz
When: Tues., Dec. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave. NW in Lutz
Come to opening night for this week-long, gigantic holiday card display features entertainment and refreshments. For more information, call Paul Russo at 813-264-3819.
What: Park Ranger Nature Educational Programs at Lettuce Lake Park
When: Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon (for one hour)
Where: 6920 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa (meet inside Visitor Center)
Age: All ages
Cost: $5 per child with one accompanying adult and $2 per vehicle (up to eight people per car) for park entry fee
Join our Park Rangers for fun and exciting hands-on programs. Participation is open to all ages. Large groups, such as home schools, scouts, and birthday parties should pre-register. Participation cost is $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult, parent(s) or guardian. Adults without children may join for $5 – we’re all kids at heart! Only cash payments are accepted at this time.
· Dec. 7 & 8 – Make a Holiday Gift—Make a Bird Call For Someone You Love
· Dec. 15 – Make a Holiday Gift for the Birds and Hang It in a Tree
· Dec. 21 & 22 – Ospreys and Eagles in Hillsborough County, It’s Nesting Season
· Dec. 28 & 29 – Can Your Own Tomatoes to Eat Healthy and Save More
For more information, call 813-987-6204 or register by emailing date, time and ages of those attending to KyleD@HillsboroughCounty.org. Walk ups are also welcome.
What: 5-on-5 Youth Soccer League
When: Registration – Dec. 16, 2013 through Jan. 10, 2014
Where: Brandon Recreation Center, Egypt Lake Recreation Center, Mango
Recreation Center, Northdale Recreation Center, Roy Haynes Recreation,
Ruskin Recreation Center, Thonotosassa Recreation Center, Westchase
Recreation Center, and Winston Park Recreation Center
Age: 5 – 12
Kids can learn the basic skills of soccer by playing in a 5-on-5 youth league. For more information, visit the location nearest you at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Parks, or call the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.
What: Winter Break Best Trick Contest at County Skate Parks
When: Fri., Dec. 27 at 12 noon
Where: Brandon Skate Park, 5720 Providence Road in Riverview
Apollo Beach Park, 664 Golf & Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach
Age: 15 and under youth category – 16 and older adult category
Skaters will perform for judges and compete for a free gift card. Participants must have a have a current notarized waiver on file at the skate office. Start times are 12 noon at the Brandon Skate Park and 5 p.m. at the Apollo Beach Park. For information, call Jack Reeder at 813-671-7635.
What: Seniors Almost New Year Party in Odessa
When: Sat. Dec. 28, 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Keystone Park Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa
Age: Age 49 and up
This indoor event features refreshments, music, games and friends. For more information, call Paul Russo at 813-264-3819.