Shopping Planner: And so ho ho it begins
So many shopping events, so little time — amirite, weekend warriors? Here's a peek at some of what's going on in the bay area this weekend:
Symphony in Lights: Stop by the Shops at Wiregrass on Friday to check out the mall’s new holiday lights show with more than 250,000 LEDs choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and holiday favorites chosen by mall guests. This year it even snows! (Who needs Very Merry Mickey?) Shows go on at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Ice skating is available through Jan. 3. Admission is free, though crossing gifts off your list is not. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. theshopsatwiregrass.com
Ybor City Saturday Market: Score! Now’s your chance to get something back when you swing by the Cuban bread-smelling Ybor City Saturday Market. Spend $50 with any of the weekly event’s vendors this, the greatest shop-local weekend of all, and you’ll receive $5 off your next purchase at the market between Dec. 5 and Dec. 19. Hang out with the roosters in Centennial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and stock up on gifts like gourmet foods and sauces, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles and more. And don’t be ashamed to spend that cash on yourself. You deserve it. This event is going down Saturday at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor City. (813) 241-2442. ybormarket.com.
Shop Small Saturday: Show your love for locals when you swing by Hyde Park Village on Saturday. As if the Buddy Brew Coffee truck wasn’t enough to get you out of your leftovers-laden home, perks also include live music, giveaways, in-store events and, of course, special deals. It all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. 1602 W Snow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-3500. hydeparkvillage.com.
Scratch and Save: Happy discount week, everybody. Fancy Danish contemporary interiors retailer BoConcept is getting in on the Black Friday fun this year, hosting a scratch-and-save weekend with opportunities to save up to 30 percent on the entire collection, including the store’s 2016 line. For home decor enthusiasts who swoon over clean lines, this sale is a must. Visit BoConcept’s Kennedy Boulevard showroom any time from Friday through Sunday and discover how much you’ll save when you reveal the discount under your scratch-off sticker. 1208 E Kennedy Blvd. Suite 125, Tampa. (813) 314-0800. boconcept.com.
Madeira Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival: The annual festival features a blend of contemporary and original works by more than 100 artists and crafters from 30 states. There’s also a green market with exotic plants and gourmet food items. Free. On Madeira Way, between Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue N, Madeira Beach. (561) 746-6615. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
100 Artists Show: This two-day outdoor event features a juried showcase of national and local fine art and craft artists, live demonstrations, food and music by the Dave Williamson Band. And hey, it’s free. Swing by the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-3818. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tarpon Springs Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Festival: The 25th annual event features new and original works by area artists, pet gifts, wearable art and body products. Tarpon Avenue, Alt. U.S. 19 and near N Ring Avenue, Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Microgroove’s Fourth Anniversary: The record store celebrates its fourth birthday bash with live music by Rahim Samad, Old Vices and The Kind of Joy, plus a 20 percent off storewide sale, PBR beer, Commune and Co. coffee, Fries Above food truck and more. Free. Microgroove Records, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 667-7089. 11 a.m. Sunday.
Holiday Shop Hop: Grab your “Shop Hop Passport” and make your way to Seminole Heights businesses for sales, raffles and prizes. Forever Beautiful Salon and Wine Spa, 5135 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 231-3378. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.