Although the pandemic has forced many cancellations this year, Citrus residents can still look forward to some standby activities for the holiday season, albeit with some changes for safety. Here are but a few:
Winter Wonderland Craft Fair
The Citrus County Craft Council will stage its Winter Wonderland Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Homosassa Lions Club, 8385 W. Homosassa Trail.
The show will be chock full, as usual, of fine arts and crafts just in time for the holidays.
Annual Parade of Trees
The Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County announces their annual Parade of Trees Holiday Spectacular to be held Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto. Doors will be open from 4-8 p.m. each day.
In an effort to allow more residents in our community to benefit, the event is open to the general public both days. In addition to the Holiday Spectacular Tree View, there will be unique raffles and Chinese auctions with winners announced each evening. You need not be present to win.
New this year is a special section just for raffles focused around children including two bicycle/helmet raffles that will be given away, one each night. Gifts for those younger than 10 years of age in attendance will be provided.
Admission to the Parade of Trees Holiday Spectacular Tree Viewing is a new toy or nonperishable food item to benefit Citrus United Basket.
Masks and social distancing will be encouraged while in the building. Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church is at 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto.
Silent auction for trees
The Women of Sugarmill Woods will host a Silent Auction of decorated Christmas trees Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 4. The trees will be on display at the Sugarmill Woods Country Club.
The person with the highest bid will need to pick up their tree on Saturday, Dec. 5. Stop by the club to submit a bid. For information, call Roxanne Soden at 630-212-7173. This organization works to assist those less fortunate in the community.
Christmas in Inverness
On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at 9 a.m., the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be setting up Christmas trees around the square. If you have a couple of hours and would like to come out and get in the holiday spirit, call 352-341-6428 to sign up to participate.
For over 25 years and before the passing of Citrus County Board Member Bob Roberts, this was a project of his. The city of Inverness will host Santa and other activities at the new Depot on North Apopka on the same date and time, so be sure and get out and visit both venues and make the most of the holiday celebrations.
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be open Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., so that visitors can come and check out the new exhibition on display. COVID-19 protocols will be observed.