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On your radar: Check out free boat parades, see Ralphie at the Straz, go back in time to Dec. 8, 1941 or take part in Joe Maddon's Thanksmas

Boat parades: The Florida tradition continues Saturday evening with lighted parades in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Redington Beach/Indian Shores, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island. The St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena parade is Friday. All free.

Christmas on stage: Ralphie "You'll shoot your eye out" Parker takes his quest for a BB gun to the Straz Center in Tampa for A Christmas Story, The Musical, opening Tuesday ($38.50; (813) 229-7827). Starting Friday, a lush production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical comes to freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg ($37 and up; (727) 498-5205). And the cult classic The SantaLand Diaries, based on humorist David Sedaris' stint as an elf, opens Friday at New American Theater in St. Petersburg ($15; (813) 784-0536).

WWII Radio Broadcast: Step back in time to Dec. 8, 1941, for a live dramatization of MacDill Field Radio News as it might have been heard the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa. Free. (813) 228-0097.

Thanksmas fundraiser: This fundraiser for Rays manager Joe Maddon's annual holiday dinner for area needy includes the same meal he'll make for homeless shelters — spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, pierogies — all served by Rays players and Maddon himself. Proceeds from bar tips benefit Thanksmas meals. It's 5 p.m. Friday at 717 South, 717 S Howard Ave., Tampa.

Date night

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Wouldn't be Christmas without the masters of the synchronized light show, at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum. $47–$57. (813) 301-2500.

Kids & family

Target Tuesday: In the spirit of the season, a gift: Everybody gets into the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa for free from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live: All the cool kids and parents will be at the stage version of this psychedelic Nickelodeon TV show at 3 and 6 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $25–$45. (727) 892-5798.

Jingle Bell Run: Be jolly with jingle bells, Santa hats and blinky lights at this annual 3-mile run/1-mile walk along St. Petersburg's waterfront with candlelight and live music. It's 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $18, $13 ages 11 and younger; (727) 821-4819.

Streetcar Fest: Rides on Tampa's historic streetcars are just 25 cents Saturday. Plus, there are streetcar barn tours and discounts at area shops along the line.

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On your radar: Check out free boat parades, see Ralphie at the Straz, go back in time to Dec. 8, 1941 or take part in Joe Maddon's Thanksmas 12/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 8:46am]
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