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Celebrate Christmas the Florida way at Hernando fairgrounds

Hernando Today correspondent


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The workers in the Christmas tree tent are soaked in sweat, the beaches are as busy as the malls.

Fake snow is being sprayed on windows and palm trees are wrapped in lights.

There's only one explanation: It's Christmastime in Florida.

And for a real Florida sleigh ride in Hernando, there's only one place to go: Candy Cane Acres at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville.

What is a Florida sleigh ride, you ask? It's a wagon pulled by a tractor, of course.

And that's just where the fun begins at the event, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 21.

About a dozen Christmas trees throughout the fairgrounds have been creatively decorated by businesses and clubs in the community, said Robin McAndrew, president of the Hernando County Fair Association.

And of course, Christmas lights galore light up the night.

Visitors can decorate their own Christmas cookies in Mrs. Claus' kitchen and kids can stop by Santa's workshop, where they can make their own special hand-made Christmas crafts, McAndrew said.

There's also a live nativity scene, complete with real animals.

Plenty of hot chocolate, hot apple cider, eggnog, fudge and baked treats will be on hand as well.

Admission is $10 a carload, and includes 10 tickets for food, drinks, and games. Additional tickets are 50 cents each.

Candy Cane Acres is located at the fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

For more information, call (352) 796-4552 or visit

Hernando Today correspondent Heather Francis can be reached at

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