Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms "Farm Fun" season features guided farm tours, hayrides and "old-fashioned country picnics" under the 5-acre oak hammock. Bring your own blanket or use their picnic tables. Picnic includes slow-roasted pulled pork, an "It's All About The Cheese" menu, chili, Angus hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over a campfire, ice cream and more. Enjoy free the 5-acre Farm Fun Play Area with purchase of picnic. "It's a Country Christmas" featuring Christmas Carol Hayrides, a "live" manger, family photo opportunities and more through Christmas. Costumes will be availabe. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, October-April. Farm tours cost $10 are are at noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays. A 7-acre corn maze is open until 9 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22; $7. The farm is at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Information: www.DakinDairyFarms.com or Call (941) 322-2802.
"ICE! Featuring Dreamworks' Merry Madagascar": ICE! Florida's favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures will be open daily through Jan 1, including the holidays. Featuring two-story tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of ice and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks' Animation TV classic Merry Madagascar. ICE! is kept at a frigid 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to dress appropriately: closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop. Event hours vary. Tickets: $18.99 and up for adults, $9.99 and up for children. Florida residents save an extra $4 per ticket. Information: 407-586-2000 or visit www.christmasatgaylordpalms.com. Gaylord Palms is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.
New "Christmas Town" at Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens launched the web site for the park's biggest Christmas celebration ever. Busch Gardens theme park is producing its first-ever after-hours Christmas event "Christmas Town," with the spotlight on Christmas lighting, special holiday decorations, shows, shopping and musical guests. The park will have distinct zones of decorations such as animal pattern decorations in the Cheetah Hunt walkway, and children's TV characters decked out in holiday great at Sesame Street of Fun, and pink, twinkling lights in the flamingo area. Some popular rides and coasters will be open on event nights, and Christmas Town visitors will also be able to experience many attractions not available during the day. Guests will board a steam locomotive for a carol sing-along, encounter penguins and visit Santa's house, experience real snowdrifts and other snow-related activities, and enjoy its traditional Christmas shows such as Christmas on Ice, Christmas from the Heart, Christmas Celebration. Christmas Town programming will be held 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 23. General admission: $39.99 per person. Children's tickets purchased online are $9.99 for ages 3-9. Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and regular daytime admission is not required or included. The park is located at 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. Information: 888-800-5447 or visit www.buschgardens.com.
Santa Claus events at MOSI: The Museum of Science and Industry will host a buffet breakfast with Santa 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 featuring special holiday activities, music from the Lennard High School Choir and photo opportunities with Santa. Guest should bring their own camera. Pre-registration is recommended. Call for admission prices. MOSI is at 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa. Information: call 813-987-6100 or visit www.mosi.org.