A Christmas Carol: A New Musical: A Freefall holiday tradition continues with Keith Ferguson's and Bruce Greer's musical adaptation of the Dickens classic, complete with lush scenery and costumes, and special effects. It runs through this weekend. See it today at 7 p.m. at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. $37-$44. (727) 498-5205.
Big Picture: The local rock band plays a free show at Lykes Gaslight Square Park in the Franklin Street Mall at noon at 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Free. tampagov.net.
We the Kings: The Bradenton pop-rockers play a hometown holiday show. It's free for general admission, or $45 for VIP tickets. Get them at the event website, showclix.com/event/3735444. Show is at 7 p.m. at the Hall, 1330 10th St., Palmetto.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Ikea Tampa Kids' Academy: There's free kids activities this week, along with free meals and a free T-shirt for children under 12. The activities last 20 minutes and start at 11 a.m. then repeat at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. For today's craft, kids will make a snowflake. On Friday, they will decorate a party favor for New Year's Eve. Ikea is at 1103 N 22nd St. in Tampa.
Holiday Lights in the Garden: Stroll through a garden of tropical plants glowing with more than 500,000 twinkling lights. Make sure to check out this year's new laser light show and an expansion of lights into the vinery garden. Runs through Jan. 1. It starts today at 5:30 p.m. at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. $2, 11 and younger free. (727) 582-2100.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC Charlie Brown is supposed to write a book report on War and Peace over Christmas break, but he was too busy putting on a pageant and a dance party to do his homework. You'd think in the 26 years since this once came out, he'd have figured out a new schedule.
Project Runway All Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime The five surviving contestants have to create a look that will end up being sold by Elie Tahari. We're thinking more Dillard's than his boutiques.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Theaters are packed with must-see movies. We have reviews and current movie listings at tampabay.com/things-to-do.