Santa Claus is coming to town.

The round, cherry-cheeked giver of gifts (if you’ve been nice, that is) will arrive at the annual tree-lighting celebration at The Shops at Wiregrass, marking the official start of its popular Symphony in Lights display in the center of the mall.

The dancing light show, set to music featuring the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is expected to premiere at 5 p.m., and there will be shows nightly from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. through December 31.

This will be the 11th year of the lights display. 

After the trees and lights are unveiled, Santa will waste no time taking his toy requests from the kiddies, starting tomorrow — Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

You can even get your pet a photo with Santa on Monday nights from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. between November 18-December 2.

For more information about Santa’s schedule (and his break schedule; it gets hot in that suit!) please visit

Parrot Fest At The Lagoon!

However, if you’re not quite ready for the holiday season or prepared to put away your summer clothes to prep for winter, you might want to take an opportunity to check out the Epperson Lagoon (31885 Overpass Rd.) free of charge.

The lagoon is transitioning from water events to those held on land, as it plays host to its first-ever “Parrot Fest.”

The event will be held tomorrow (Sat., Nov. 16), 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and will feature the Caribbean Chillers (right photo), a popular Jimmy Buffett tribute band.

Bring your own blankets and chairs and get ready to chill out to some classic Buffett tunes.

There will be multiple food trucks on site — you might even be able to get a cheeseburger in, well, paradise — as well as drink specials at the tiki bar.

Although tickets are free to attend the event, Epperson is asking everyone to register online at Just go to the site and search for “Caribbean Chillers.”

For more information about the free Parrot Fest, visit or call (813) 527-0775.

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