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16 Today

Victorian Christmas Stroll: Experience an old-fashioned Christmas in the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, with its Grand Hallway, 14 exhibit rooms and other areas decorated in Victorian splendor. Benefits museum restoration and preservation projects, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to Thursday at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. $13, $11 seniors, $7 ages 4-18. Call (813) 254-1891.

Downtown on Ice: Get into the holiday spirit with an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental, noon to 9 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $10. Also 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call (813) 966-5505.

Nights of Shimmering Lights: Drive your vehicle through a light and sound show that uses more than a half million twinkling lights. Includes more than 600 larger-than-life lighted scenes, tunnels and dancing lights, 6 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, corner of Sydney Washer Road and State Road 60, Brandon. $20 per car; tour buses/limos extra. Call (813) 389-6858.

Christmas Town: Busch Gardens transforms into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintery surprises for this separate-ticketed event, 6 to 11 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. $39.99, $9.99 ages 3-9. Call (813) 987-5600.

Wild Wonderland: The zoo's annual evening winter festival features twinkling holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, visits with Santa, Frozen Forest light experience, Arctic Freeze Ice Slide, carnival games and more, 6:30 to 10 p.m. today to Thursday at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $13, $11 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (813) 935-8552.

John Heffron: The Detroit comic won Season 2 of Last Comic Standing and has been a regular on VH1 and Comedy Central's Premium Blend, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $17-$20. Call (813) 864-4000.

Jeffrey: After a New York City man declares celibacy, his flamboyant friends hook him up with his dream husband, who is HIV positive, 4 p.m. in Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $18-$23, $18 student/senior/military. Also 8 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Holiday Party of One: Celebrate the joy of the holiday with an eclectic mix of songs that pay tribute to diversity, 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. Tickets start at $26. Call (813) 727-2708.

Miracle on 34th Street: The Village Players present their version of the holiday favorite that debates the reality of Santa Claus, 3 p.m. at James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St., Valrico. $12, $10 students/seniors/military. Call (813) 643-8292.

Model train show: Relive the glory days of railroading in Florida. Show includes model items in all gauges, railroad antiques, "rail buff" collectibles, eight working layouts, clinics, Lego trains, a ride-on train and Santa Claus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $8, 11 and younger free. Call (813) 949-7197.

Nature programs: Rangers guide children ages 9 to 15, and children at heart, through activities on the topic "How To Can Florida Tomatoes — A Great Gift To Give," 10 a.m. and noon at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. $5 per child, adults with children free, adult only $5. Call (813) 987-6204.

Farmer's market: Shop for organic produce, handmade goods, artisan breads and more at this family- and dog-friendly market with live music from 1 to 3 p.m., open mike sessions from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., and self-guided tours of the farm, noon to 4 p.m. at the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave. Free admission, charge for food and drink. Call (813) 887-4066.

Christmas cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a magical cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festive lighted bridges, shimmering downtown skylines and decorated Tampa harbor homes. Includes a holiday buffet, hot cocoa, cookies and carols, 6 to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday at Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $49.95, $29.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

Holiday Boat Parade: The Friends of the River hold the annual parade with decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional craft. Departs from the Lowry Park boat ramp, upriver to Sulphur Springs Park at Bird Street where Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children, 6 p.m. at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard. Free. Call (813) 237-8497.

A Renaissance Christmas: Florida Pro Musica hosts a one-hour candlelight concert of a capella holiday music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 509 E Twiggs St. $20. Call (813) 221-2035.

A Tuna Christmas: The sequel to Greater Tuna, a Christmas comedy that employed two actors to play more than 20 characters, explores the town of Tuna, Texas, 3 p.m. at Masque Community Theatre, 8825 56th St., Temple Terrace. $14, $12 students/seniors/military. Call (813) 983-1710.

Michael Palascak: The comedian has been on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$25. Call (813) 960-1197.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Singer-songwriter Hicks uses his hip lyrical styling and laid-back vocals in a blend of swing, jazz, folk and country music, 6 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $22. Call (813) 977-6474.

17 Monday

Bike ride: Weekly guided fun bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders. Ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

19 Wednesday

Holiday Inc.: The holiday favorite follows an elf named Ivy who calls an emergency workshop about Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $34.50. Also 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.

Hillsborough County entertainment calendar 12/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:31am]
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