Wild Wonderland: The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 for this annual evening winter festival with twinkling holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, visits with Santa, an Arctic Freeze Ice Slide, carnival games and more. It's at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $13, $11 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552. Earlier in the day, the zoo hosts Presents for Primates, where guests can watch animals open wrapped presents from zoo staff that include items like dried cereal, peanuts, fruit, peanut butter, children books, stuffed animals, blankets and clothing. It's at 11 a.m. at Lowry Park Zoo. Admission is $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.
Celebration of Lights: Take a leisurely drive through the wilderness park and see a display of dancing lights coordinated to holiday music. It opens at 6 p.m. at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. $2 per vehicle. (727) 861-3033.
Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: More than 35 merchants offer art exhibits, wine tastings, food, live entertainment and merchant specials starting at 5:30 p.m at Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. Free. (727) 734-8671.
Kids and family
Christmas Town: Busch Gardens' evening holiday event transforms part of the park into a winter wonderland with tons of lights, a play area with snow and musical performances by Christian rockers Jars of Clay and Jimmy Osmond nightly. It's at 6 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $39.99, $9.99 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. (813) 987-5600.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS Sure it was on before, but we all love a tale about social conformity. It's what Christmas is all about!
Sky Blu performs Jan. 19 at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City. An incorrect date was listed in Thursday's Weekend section.
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