Adventures in Weekending: 10 things to do in Safety Harbor (Christmas edition)

Christmas is coming to Safety Harbor this weekend. Are you ready for it?

click to enlarge Adventures in Weekending: 10 things to do in Safety Harbor (Christmas edition)
jill111, via pixabay

We couldn't escape Christmas this week if we tried. Almost everything is holiday-themed this time of year. This weekend, the party's in Safety Harbor, where they are having both their Third Friday music series and their Annual Holiday Parade this weekend. Have fun!

1. Make holiday cards for free at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center

click to enlarge Because nothing says "I care" like a holiday card you made yourself. - Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert, via U.S. Air Force photos
Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert, via U.S. Air Force photos
Because nothing says "I care" like a holiday card you made yourself.


Guess what today is? Yup, Free Art Friday. The Safety Harbor Art & Music Center (SHAMc) provides the supplies. All you need to bring is your creativity. In addition to making your own holiday cards, you can also decorate Christmas balls, make paper lanterns or paint rocks. Friday, 4-7 p.m.

2. Or join the ornament painting party at Practically Pikasso

click to enlarge Homemade ornaments are cool, right? - John Morgan, via Wikimedia Commons
John Morgan, via Wikimedia Commons
Homemade ornaments are cool, right?


Pick out an ornament at Practically Pikasso and paint it yourself Friday night, from 5-8 p.m. Your Mom will love it.

3. Find a spot by the gazebo - Shoeless Soul is playing 3rd Friday


Shoeless Soul is playing at Safety Harbor's Third Friday, and the theme is Victorian Holiday. Catch the band under the gazebo in John Wilson Park from 6-10 p.m. Plus, it's free

4. Or settle down by the SHAMc stage for Between Bluffs


Gonna be a great night for local music. You know who else is playing at Third Friday? Between Bluffs, on the Safety Harbor Art & Music center stage, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

5. Join the rest of Safety Harbor at the Annual Safety Harbor Holiday Parade

click to enlarge This is actually Dunedin's holiday parade, but you get the idea. - Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring
This is actually Dunedin's holiday parade, but you get the idea.


It's the main event in Safety Harbor this weekend. They're parading down Main Street Saturday afternoon, from 1- 3 p.m. It's your typical small-town Christmas parade, which can be fun. Santa will be here too — such a busy guy. Now let's talk after-party.

6. Join the party at Harbor Bar

click to enlarge Get your drink on. You can see the parade from here. - Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring
Get your drink on. You can see the parade from here.

Party at Harbor Bar before, during, and after the parade. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

7. Travel over to Crooked Thumb for a free concert from Have Gun Will Travel


I don't think anyone really needs an excuse to go to Crooked Thumb Brewery, but I'm going to give you one anyway. Have Gun Will Travel plays there after the parade Saturday at 3 p.m. So enjoy a free concert with your beer. Fresh Mex Bowls will be there from 3-8 p.m., in case you get hungry.

8. Listen to more music and eat some fried green tomatoes at Whistle Stop.

click to enlarge Acoustic covers are coming your way. - via pxhere
via pxhere
Acoustic covers are coming your way.


So many after-party options...Whistle Stop Grill & Bar is another good option for dinner and music. Jack Poland will be there Saturday night, from 7:30-10:30 p.m., playing cover songs on his acoustic guitar.

9. Treat your pup to some ice cream at The Dog House of Safety Harbor

click to enlarge Dog eating ice cream - Sart Face, via Pexels
Sart Face, via Pexels
Dog eating ice cream


Did you bring your dog to the parade? No problem. There's an after-party option for you and your dog too. The Dog House of Safety Harbor is hosting a doggy ice cream social Saturday afternoon, from 12-4 p.m. If you don't have a dog, you can adopt a rescue dog from Pure Hearts here and then buy it ice cream.

10. Shop the Holiday Market on Main 

click to enlarge Christmas market in Clearwater, FL. - Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring
Christmas market in Clearwater, FL.

The weekend's almost over and we haven't done any of our Christmas shopping. Or maybe that's just me, but if you're in the same boat, check out the Holiday Market on Main Street on Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

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Jennifer Ring

Jen began her storytelling journey in 2017, writing and taking photographs for Creative Loafing Tampa. Since then, she’s told the story of art in Tampa Bay through more than 200 art reviews, artist profiles, and art features. She believes that everyone can and should make art, whether they’re good at it or not...
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