Sunday, November 19, 2017
Features and More

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 8

RECOMMENDED READING


Jingle All the Way with Psy: The Korean pop star behind Gangnam Style had to pull out of Sunday's Jingle Ball, but he'll be at this radio-sponsored event, performing around 4:30 p.m. 93.3-FLZ will be on site all day, giving away Jingle Ball tickets every 15 minutes. It starts at 10 a.m. at University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 971-3465.

Holiday Hoopla: Gulfport's holiday event features arts and crafts, roaming characters, food, live music, caroling and lights. New this year is a craft area where visitors can make their own gifts and take them home. It starts at 10 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free. (727) 322-5217.

St. Pete Illuminated Boat Parade and Festival: The festival with children's activities, food and drink vendors and live music leads into the boat parade. If you just want to see the parade, there are plenty of places to watch for free, like along the Vinoy Basin sea wall, at Demens Landing and on the Pier approach. Festival is at 3 p.m.; parade starts around 6 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $5, 12 and younger free. (727) 822-3277.

Tampa River Lights Festival: Nearly 10,000 illuminated river lights will be released into the Hillsborough River, where they'll travel to their collection point at MacDill Park, 100 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. There, guests can enjoy food, music and family activities. It starts at 6 p.m. just north of Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Free.

Catch Me If You Can: The musical comedy based on the 2002 film follows teen scam artist Frank W. Abagnale Jr. See it at 2 and 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $50-$70. (727) 791-7400.

to watch

American Giving Awards, 8 p.m., NBC Joel McHale, of all people, hosts a special about celebrities giving $2 million to charity groups. Cleaning out their couch cushions can be such a chore!

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Jamie Foxx hosts and Ne-Yo performs, with a near-guarantee there will be a shot at Quentin Tarantino. We suggest Jamie in a skit about Reservoir Dogs, complaining about what his name is.

correction

The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg's Hanukkah Extravaganza is Sunday in Straub Park. Thursday's Weekend section listed an incorrect day.

more to explore

Find a holiday display in your area at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Comments
Country artist Mel Tillis, who traced success to Plant City youth, dead at 85

Country artist Mel Tillis, who traced success to Plant City youth, dead at 85

Before Mel Tillis achieved stardom, writing songs recorded by hundreds of Nashville artists and embracing the stutter that became his trademark, he was a young man fresh out of the Air Force struggling to land a spot in a Plant City talent show.Eyes ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Holiday-themed events dot the East Hillsborough landscape

Holiday-themed events dot the East Hillsborough landscape

East Hillsborough residents will have three holiday-themed events to help brighten the season this year.Christmas Lane, the long-time holiday celebration that started on an area farm, launches another season of festivities at its current spot, the Fl...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

Christmas in downtown Tampa as Winter Village ice rink opens

TAMPAWhile her teenage daughter and 6-year-old son glided effortlessly across the outdoor ice rink at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Danielle Engram, 35, stood nervously on her rented blades.This would be the lifelong Tampa resident’s first time on the...
Published: 11/17/17
With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

ORLANDO — Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando in a new holiday attraction opening Saturday. In addition, Universal Studios has completely upsized its holiday parade with more Macy’s balloons, stunning floats and snowy effects ...
Published: 11/17/17
How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

Perfect your crust. Try new filling recipes. Learn some decorating tricks. And prepare for the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgiving.   From apple to thyme You’ve got the crust down. Now it’s time to choose a filling for your holid...
Published: 11/17/17
Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

From appetizers to pies and everything in between, we’re here to help you put together a low-stress Thanksgiving spread. Ideas for sidesThese recipes go beyond the traditional, with a corn casserole, Brussels sprout salad and moreSee what our food ed...
Published: 11/17/17
New shingles vaccine touted as a breakthrough for older adults

New shingles vaccine touted as a breakthrough for older adults

Medical researchers and government health policymakers, a cautious lot, normally take pains to keep expectations modest when they’re discussing some new finding or treatment.They warn about studies’ limitations. They point out what isn’t known. They ...
Published: 11/17/17
Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

There are probably a handful of essentials, things you must have on the Thanksgiving table lest some family members begin to riot. But I find there are often a couple of slots open for new things, chances to get weird or creative or, gasp, healthy. ...
Published: 11/17/17
Before you hit the mall: here are some key holiday shopping hours

Before you hit the mall: here are some key holiday shopping hours

Plotting a shopping strategy for the holiday weekend? Here’s a look at holiday store opening hours for some major retailers:Thanksgiving8 a.m.: Kmart1 p.m.: JCPenney4 p.m.: GameStop5 p.m.: Best Buy, Macy’s, Toys "R" Us, Kohl’s6 p.m.: Old Navy, Target...
Published: 11/17/17
First look: Harry Potter’s Christmas finally arrives at Universal Orlando

First look: Harry Potter’s Christmas finally arrives at Universal Orlando

Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando, with the promise of warm butterbeer, a Frog Choir singing carols and a magical light show projected onto Hogwarts Castle nightly followed by fireworks. It opens to the public on Saturday. C...
Published: 11/17/17