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30 Today

Holiday FantaSea: The aquarium brings the winter season to its waters with a snow play area, holiday model train, holiday light show and more, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. $16.95-$21.95. Call (813) 273-4000.

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, noon to 5 p.m. 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 Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $10. Also 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday.

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. 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.

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

Mary Poppins: The award-winning musical returns for a limited holiday engagement, 1 and 6:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $46.50-$81.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bobcat Goldthwait: The scratchy-voiced comedian and director, known for directing films like World's Greatest Dad, Sleeping Dogs Lie and God Bless America, is still doing standup, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $32-$55. Also 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday. Call (813) 864-4000.

Bike ride: Join a 33-mile ride along the hills and rural roads surrounding Lake Thonotosassa and eastern Hillsborough County. Riders must wear a helmet and maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph, 8 a.m. at John B. Sargeant Park, 12702 U.S. 301, Thonotosassa. Free. Call (813) 236-8119.

Sunday market: Features vendors selling fruits, seafood, organic items, plants and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. Vendor prices vary. Visit

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.

31 Monday

Happy Cole: The comedian got his start in Tampa and remains an area favorite with his high-energy shoes, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call (813) 960-1197.

Noon Year's Eve: Count down to noon with Radio Disney to celebrate the new year with the entire family. Activities include games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, displays and more. Included with regular zoo admission, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $18.95-$23.95. Call (813) 935-8552.

Noon Year's at the Museum: Kids probably won't make it until midnight, so they can celebrate by making hats and noisemakers for hourly parties beginning at noon. Included with admission, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza. $9.50-$15. Call (813) 443-3861.

Outback Bowl Parade: College marching bands and cheerleaders from South Carolina and Michigan combine for this New Year's Eve parade along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City and pep rally with floats, walking units and more, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Ybor City, 1700 E Seventh Ave. Free. Call (813) 874-2695.

Bike ride: Weekly guided 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.

New Year Sock Hop: Put on your poodle skirts and greaser gear for an oldies but goodies New Year's Eve sock hop with music, party favors, spiked punch, prize-filled balloon drop and a midnight champagne toast, 7 p.m. at CineBistro at Hyde Park Village, 1609 W Swann Ave. Included with movie ticket. Call (813) 514-8300.

Bright Light Social Hour: The indie rock band from Austin, Texas, built its reputation on high- energy shows throughout the South, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $26.50. Call (813) 247-2555.

Natural Child: The Nashville rock band will bring a raucous atmosphere to this New Year's Eve show. Jensen Serf Company and Florida Night Heat also play, 8 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St. $15. Call (813) 241-8600.

Gabriel & Dresden: The DJ duo, which has remixed everyone from the Killers to Britney Spears, performs, 9 p.m. at the Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. Call (813) 873-8368.

New Year's Eve Bash: Ring in the new year at this party with music and entertainment. Fireworks explode from a barge at approximately midnight, 9 p.m. at Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. $25-$50. Call (813) 277-0112.

New Year, New Name: Ring in the new year and find out the restaurant's new name. The party includes music by DJ Davy Rolando, an appearance by Nacho Libre, appetizers, a tequila toast and all-night tequila specials, 9 p.m. at Lime Restaurant, 915 S Howard Ave. Free. Call (813) 868-5463.

New Year's Eve Toast: The two-floor party area overlooks the bay with a great view of Tampa's Channelside fireworks display, 9 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $20-$100. Call (813) 274-8511.

01 Tuesday

West Coast Toast: Celebrate the new year a second time with California. Features Florida DJ Baby Anne, 2 to 6 a.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road. $20 advance, $30 general. Call (813) 627-7625.

02 Wednesday

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The "Greatest Show on Earth" roars into town bringing daredevilry, stunts, the world-famous clown alley and lots of animals, 7:30 p.m. today and Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $16-$85. Call (813) 301-2500.

03 Thursday

Speaker series: A reading with poets Arielle Greenberg and Ben Lerner, 7 p.m. at Oxford Exchange, 2420 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 253-0222.

Wildlife talk: Mark Rachal, manager of Audubon Florida's Coastal Islands Sanctuaries, will talk about protecting one of Florida's rarest species, the American Oystercatcher. Light dinner included, 7 p.m. at Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. Free. Call (813) 661-1977.

Downton Abbey: WEDU is hosting this free preview of the first hour of the prim PBS period drama's Season 3 premiere, 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. Free. Call (813) 274-8982.

Orlando Jones: The entertainer, who has appeared in Office Space, Drumline and more, stops by for a standup engagement, 8 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20. Call (813) 864-4000.

A calendar of things to do 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 3:31am]
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