Christmas is right around the corner, which means it is time for parades.
Citrus County has plenty of choices to delight all ages:
Christmas goes tropical this year at the two largest holiday parades in Citrus — the Crystal River and Inverness Christmas parades. Put on your flip flops and celebrate “A Florida Christmas” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Crystal River, and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Inverness.
Florida’s white Christmas comes in the form of sugar sand, palm trees, bright colors and ripe oranges. So get out your favorite tropical shirt, come together with friends and family and toast a cup of hot cocoa to those in other states missing out on the perfect winter weather in Florida.
•The Crystal River parade begins at Citrus Avenue on U.S. 19 and makes its way to Paradise Point in the southbound lane. Bring a chair or a blanket, and get there early to grab a good spot.
•The Inverness parade will start at the county bus garage (1007 W. Main St.) and move down State Road 44 to Highland Boulevard. Viewer visibility will be available on both sides of the street. For information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 352-795-3149.
•The annual Christmas in the Hills parade will celebrate “A red, white and blue Christmas” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade travels down Beverly Hills Boulevard from County Road 491 down to Civic Circle (about 45 minutes later). Santa Claus will ride in the parade and afterward will take pictures with children for free in front of the Beverly Hills Community Building (1 Civic Cirlcle). Gather with the Beverly Hills community and spread some cheer this holiday season. To be a part of the parade or for information, contact Lions Tom Mize at 352-228-0450 or Kathy Carr at 352-513-3403.
•The Citrus Springs Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Spectators can line up on North Citrus Springs Boulevard from the fountain to Wesley Jones Park (2510 W. Castania Drive). This year’s theme is “Miracle on the Boulevard.” The parade will last until 3 p.m., and afterward, parade goers are invited to a festive holiday celebration at Wesley Jones Park. The community gathering will feature games, food, entertainment, vendors, pictures with Santa, a burning house provided by the fire department and more until 5 p.m. To be a part of the parade, contact LouAnn Braglin at 352-464-0931 or email@example.com.
•The second annual Hernando Boat Parade will be from dusk to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Lake Hernando. All are invited to view the parade and participate with a decorated boat. Spectators can watch the parade from the Blue Gill’s Bait Shop, Hernando Beach or at various spots around the main lake. Blue Gill’s will have a bonfire, with appearances from Santa and the Grinch. Registration is $20; all proceeds benefit Hernando Elementary School. For information or to register, call Tara at 352-419-2001.
•The Cove’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1242 S. Cove Camp Point, Inverness. The parade will go around Little Lake Spivey, then under the State Road 44 bridge and around Lake Henderson. Awards will be held at The Cove. For information or to register, call 352-344-5894.
•The 2019 Crystal River Boat Parade will continue the theme of “A Florida Christmas” beginning at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Watch the 17th annual parade from any location on King’s Bay as it makes its way from the King’s Bay river markers to Margarita Breeze (Paradise Point). The best viewing locations include: Cracker’s Tiki, Dockside Ice Cream, The Crab Plant, the Third Street Pier, Pete’s Pier, Three Sisters Bridge, King’s Bay Isle, the shallows and Warden’s Key. Watch Santa cruise on the river before taking his annual trek around the globe. For information and to register your boat, contact Capt. Suzie Martin at 352-586-8068.
•The 35th annual Homosassa Boat Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Marker 75. The parade will make its way down to the Homosassa Springs Marina (10806 W. Halls River Road, Homosassa) where awards will be presented. Spectators can view the parade from businesses along the river such as MacRae's, Seagrass, Riverside, Riverhaven and more. Food and drinks will be available. Get there early for a good spot. To sign up for the parade, or for more information, call the Marina at 352-628-7334.