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Christmas in Dunedin

Dunedin is a small community in the Tampa Bay area known for its thriving Main Street, restaurants, microbreweries, beaches, and activities. There is always something going on in downtown Dunedin, especially during the holiday season. This weekend, the festivities kick off with the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting.

Dunedin Youth Guild Annual Tour of Homes

This Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm, you can tour some of the most beautiful homes in Dunedin, all decked out for the holidays. Last year, this included a gorgeous 1890’s home, the Dunedin Fine Art Center, United Methodist Church, and three additional private residences. This year, seven homes and 1 church are participating. Holiday decorations often extend into the dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, so there is always a lot to see in each house.

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1890’s home in Dunedin, FL
Christmas table setting
Christmas table setting
Ornament from a shell-themed Christmas tree at United Methodist Church during the 2015 tour of homes.
Ornament from a shell-themed Christmas tree at United Methodist Church during the 2015 tour of homes.

Admission is $30 the day of the event (or $25 in advance), but the money goes to a good cause. The Tour of Homes is one of two annual fundraisers put on by the Dunedin Youth Guild to raise money for college scholarships and the needs of Dunedin’s youth. This is the 47th Annual Tour of Homes, which says a lot about the quality and popularity of this event. In addition to the homes, the event also includes a Holiday Tea and market from 11 am to 4 pm in the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic school cafeteria.

Sweets and finger sandwiches served at the 2015 Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
Sweets and finger sandwiches served at last year’s Holiday Tea & Boutique

For additional details on this Saturday’s Holiday Tour of Homes, see the Dunedin Youth Guild’s event page: http://dunedinyouthguild.org/?page_id=189.

Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

The omnipresent holiday boat parade is a staple of Florida living. Many Floridians decorate more than just their home for the holiday season – they also decorate their boat. The more hard-core participants in this Florida ritual load their boat with extra batteries to power all of their boat’s holiday lights. Virtually every major coastal Florida city has a holiday boat parade, and the city of Dunedin has one of the finest boat parades in the Tampa Bay area.

Getting a good view of Dunedin’s holiday boat parade can be tricky given the event’s popularity. Each year, the marina crowds with people hoping to see boats decked in Christmas lights parade down St. Joseph Sound. The boat parade is this Saturday evening, December 3rd, from 6 pm to 9 pm. At the end of the show, Santa arrives by boat to light the city’s Christmas tree. Admission is free.

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade

For additional details, go to the city’s event page: http://www.dunedingov.com/index.aspx?page=708&recordid=20081.

Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade

One day a year, mid-December, it snows on Main Street in Dunedin, FL.  It’s not real snow, but the spirit of Christmas always shows up at Dunedin’s Old Fashioned Christmas.  There are decorated lamp posts, photographs with Santa, s’mores, Christmas trees, and Christmas tunes played by a live band. And in Florida, you can enjoy all of these things outdoors in December while wearing shorts and eating ice cream. This year’s Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade is on Saturday, December 10th, from 4 pm to 9 pm. Admission is free.

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Fake snow on Main Street
Late Night Brass playing at the 2015 Old Fashioned Christmas
Late Night Brass playing at the 2015 Old Fashioned Christmas

dsc06915-a-webFor additional details, see the city’s event page: http://www.dunedingov.com/index.aspx?page=708&recordid=20087.

Dunedin was recently named one of the 8 most beautiful, charming small towns in Florida (by Only in Your State). It’s both a great place to live and a great place to visit. It’s also a great place to celebrate Christmas.

Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring is a photoblogger living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida's west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.
http://flillustrated.com

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