Friday, December 28, 2012
Enjoy a look back at some of this season's holiday lights and before taking yours down, make sure to take a photo of the display and share it with other Clearwater Patch readers.
Not so fast. Before taking down the holiday lights, make sure to take a photo of the display and share it with other Clearwater Patch readers in this gallery. Still in the holiday spirit? Check out our collection of pictures taken throughout the yuletide season. Thanks to Kai Lani for sharing the pictures of the lights at Clearwater Beach in our Pics and Clips gallery. Related coverage:
Sunday, December 16, 2012
If so, enter our "Deck the House" contest to win $100,000 for Pinellas County Schools and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sometimes the Florida Botanical Gardens' brightest colors are at night.
Just outside Clearwater, the Florida Botanical Gardens lights up like a Christmas tree every December. Not just one Christmas tree, though – all of them. It's one of those rare Florida nights when it actually feels like winter feels in most of the country. I’m not complaining; I love that I can wear shorts on Christmas. But when we do get a cold burst, I feel brilliantly alive out in the elements, wrapped in a scarf and breathing the cold air. That’s what I’m doing tonight, and I’m doing it at the Florida Botanical Gardens. There’s no snow, but it’s a Florida wonderland all its own over here. Everywhere I look, lights sparkle against the rich backdrop of green fringe and brilliant blossoms. I walk across a long bridge to reach the sparkly…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The annual holiday lights display at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo runs from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1.
More than 500,000 lights will sparkle in the Florida Botanical Gardens this holiday season. The 12th annual Holiday Lights in the Garden runs nightly from Nov. 23 through Jan. 1 in Largo. Expect the spectacular annual display to be more colorful. The holiday light display's new contractor redesigned the color layout and added more color to the Palm Garden and Tropical Garden, wrote Terry Berube of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation in an email. The holiday light display will have new laser lights, new fountains for the McKay Creek and a new motif for the wall fountain. Expect more lights as the display has expanded this year into the garden's new vinery, Berube wrote. The holiday event includes light refreshments for sale, live …
Friday, December 30, 2011
The votes are in, and seven Florida homes were named town winners in Patch's Deck The House contest.
We asked, and Patch readers answered: Seven Florida homes have been honored as town winners in Patch's Deck The House holiday lights contest. The winning entries came from Patch readers in Bradenton, Carrollwood, Dunedin, Gulfport, Palm Harbor, Seminole Heights and Temple Terrace. (See photos of the winning homes above.) Of those seven homes, John Banacki's home in Palm Harbor has been chosen as one of 24 national finalists in the contest. The Banackis have won $500 toward their December electric bill, and they're in the running for the national grand prize, a $100,000 donation from Patch to the public school district where the winner lives. You can vote for the Banackis and Pinellas County Schools, and see the other 23 winning light …