Holiday in the Park: Features an old-fashioned hayride through a greeting card lane, animated outdoor light displays, a visit to the nature center and a stop at miniature holiday villages from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and Dec. 19-20 at Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001 Double Branch Road. Free. Call (813) 855-1765.
Artist of the month: North Tampa Arts League Artist of the Month Gainor Roberts' work is on display throughout December at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. Call (813) 273-3652.
North Tampa Arts League Art Show: The work of artists Dorie Anderson and Gainor Roberts is on display through Dec. 31 at the Great Frame Up gallery, 1646 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Call (813) 994-6700.
USF Contemporary Art Museum: The last chances to see the "Audience & Avatar" exhibit in the East gallery and "Modifications: Brody Condon" in the West gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today or 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the museum at USF, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Both exhibits explore connections among video game culture, technology and psychology. $4 for parking. Free. Call (813) 974-4133.
Winter art exhibition: The exhibit, featuring artwork from Trey Egan, Rick Golden, Nancy Jacey, David Janiec and Roxanne Tobaison, runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 2, 2009, at the Jacey Gallery, 4802 Gunn Highway, Suite 114. The exhibit kicks off with a reception from 7-10 tonight . Call (813) 960-5400.
Winter concert: Sickles High School's wind ensemble and concert, symphonic and jazz bands perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Sickles, 7950 Gunn Highway. $5. Call (813) 631-4742.
A Christmas Cannoli: The Christmas comedy crosses mob bosses with Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $15, or $10 for CCC members. Call (813) 269-1310.
Magical Moments of Music: Lutheran Church of Our Savior's Singers perform the holiday show with Don Peters, "the piano man" from Universal Studios, at 8 p.m. at the church, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave. $15 donation. Call (813) 884-1232.
On the stage: The Carrollwood Players present A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts by Mark Landon on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Dec. 20 at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway. $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60-plus. Call (813) 265-4000.
Live music: Saxophonist Jerry Kenny performs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Take Two Lounge inside the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 963-0578.
CD release party: Soul 2 Earth plays live to celebrate its new album with Thomas Wynn and the Believers at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $8. Ages 21-plus or with parent. Call 1-800-594-8499.
Lots of laughs: Comedian Tommy Blaze performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway. Also at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 960-1197.
Santa's Pre-Flight Parade: The fourth annual caravan, featuring the big guy himself, parades through the streets of Westchase from 1:30-7 p.m., starting with a musical performance of the Nutcracker at Westchase Town Center, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., and ending with a party and tree-lighting at West Park Village near the intersection of Montague and Linebaugh. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Sincerely Santa, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's District III toy drive. Call (813) 404-9745.
Holiday celebration at historic school: Catch up with Santa and check out Christmas trees, model railroads, animated figures and other decorations at the Old Lutz Schoolhouse, which was built in 1927. This is the 12th year the historic school, at 18819 U.S. 41, has been decorated for the holidays.
From 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, children can have a continental breakfast with Santa for $2, make crafts, get their faces painted and tour the school. The schoolhouse also will be open for free tours from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, as well as Dec. 20, 21, 26 and 27. Those nights also feature music from local school and church choirs along with other musicians.
Handel's Messiah: The Tampa Oratorio Singers perform the Christmas section of Handel's Messiah at 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 San Jose St. Free. Call (813) 247-3866.
Live music: Alex Garrido performs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Take Two Lounge inside the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 963-0578.
Celtic rock: The Prodigals play with Have Gun Will Travel at 8 p.m. at Skipper's, 910 Skipper Road. $10-15. Ages 21-plus or with parent. Call 1-800-594-8499.
Holiday concert: The Fanfare Concert Winds performs holiday music at 3 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. $15, or $10 for CCC members. Call (813) 269-1310.
Halcyon's Annual Toy Drive: Halcyon, Adrianne and Ella Jet play at 5 p.m. at Skipper's, 910 Skipper Road. $12. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to kids at All Children's Hospital. Ages 21-plus or with parent. Call 1-800-594-8499.
E-mail info to [email protected]; mail to St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618; fax to (813) 269-5310; or call (813) 269-5316 two weeks before the event.