An Old Fashioned Christmas in Dunedin, Florida

Christmas In Dunedin, Florida, Complete with Real Snow

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I’m on the road again, traveling for another month. At the moment I’m wandering around the Gulf coast of Florida and checking out some of the lovely beaches on this side of the state. By day, I’m soaking up the sun, but by night I’m checking out some of the many Christmas events offered in the area.

Snow falls during the Christmas festival in Dunedin, Florida

It was an Old Fashioned Christmas in Dunedin, Florida last night, complete with twinkling lights, Santa Claus, and yes, even snow! This small town on the northern end of Tampa Bay attracts thousands of visitors for its lineup of Christmas events each year. Festivities begin with the Old Fashioned Christmas event, held last night, and continue through the month of December. The lineup includes a Holiday Boat Parade and Mistletoe Craft Market (both on Dec. 6); a Holiday Parade, complete with floats (Dec. 13); a Holiday Chorus (Dec. 14); Santa’s Calling, when Santa Claus telephones children from his Workshop at the North Pole (Dec. 17); and a Holiday Band Concert (Dec. 18).

Last night’s activities kicked off with a performance by the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, followed by a tree lighting ceremony. As for the rest, well. I’ll let the photos tell the story.

The award winning Dunedin Scottish Pipe Band

Kids can ride the miniature train or hop on wagons drawn by giant Clydesdale horses

At the craft area, kids can decorate paper ornaments with glitter, color a Christmas scene in crayon, make a snowflake cutout, decorate a cookie, or participate in any number of other holiday craft activities

Creating wreaths from paper plates and holly leaf cutouts

Kids loved Santa Puppet!

Not only did this guy ride his bike around Dunedin last night, he rode it across America in 1984

Luminaries lign the sidewalks throughout the small downtown and stores go all out with their holiday decorating

The Salvation Army Band plays on Broadway Street. Live acts performed between 6-10 p.m at various venues throughout the business center.

Of course, there were visits with Santa

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…during the day, 80 degree temps and sunning on the beach. At night, snowflakes! The snow came from a snow-making machine, but that didn’t lessen its fairy-like effect

I’m sticking around for the Holiday Boat Parade tonight, before heading north tomorrow. My ultimate destination is Illinois, to spend the holidays with my family, but I’ll be checking out some interesting spots along the way, so stay tuned.

7 Comments on “Christmas In Dunedin, Florida, Complete with Real Snow

  1. i live right here by main st and i never know what events are going on i miss out all the time.. :(
    it’d be nice to get a calendar of events for the town i live so close its sad that i dont even know about it i would’ve loved to see last night performance becuase im from boston and christmas hasnt been the same for me at all since i moved here so last night is something i would;ve enjoyed very much

  2. Barb,
    just found your blog and we now have three winners already. First Baja Ferries, then Todd and Kiaralinda’s house in Safety Harbor, now Dunedin where I used to work. The forth item, I bin doch auch von Deutschland und hatte keine idee das sie Deutsch sprechen koennen. Die Welt wird immer kleiner. Renate

  3. Hello. I happened upon your website while I was looking for something completely unrelated. While I don’t agree with everything you posted we do have almost the same thoughts by and large. I have bookmarked your site and will visit again in the near future to see what you’re talking about in 2010!

  4. Sehr interessanter Artikel den du da geschrieben hast. Endlich hab ich das gefunden was ich gesucht habe. Ich wuerde auch gerne den RSS Feed von deinem Blog abonieren aber leider finde ich diesen nicht. Wo muss ich denn danach suchen?

    • Guten tag, Michelle. Sie können den RSS-Feed für meinen Blog auf der rechten Seite zu finden, beneasth mein Foto, wo es heißt “RSS feed Blog.” Klicken Sie auf den Link und es wird Ihnen ermöglichen, dem Leser die Sie verwenden möchten auswählen. Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch. Barbara

  5. Well… you have an awesome blog. I love to read blog like this, especially if it’s about the places that I want to go. Florida have always been in my idea to go one day. The pictures you have are beautiful, some better than all that I could find. Keep writing. :)

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  6. I must admit that your title did catch my attention, I mean snow in Florida? *giggles*

    Though I’m glad that I did came over here, because I loved your post about the xmas event and the photos too.

    I’d have LOVED to be there and not only because of the snow machine and the fact that we have RAIN over here in the north (Stockholm) right now. Funny, we’re in the cold north and have rain and you in the warmth having snow.

    I was refusing to go to the xmas fair today because of the rain. Maybe we’ll have to get a snow machine too… *giggles*

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