Ybor Tree Lighting: Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and other community leaders light the 34-foot tree tonight at 6 p.m. at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Free. (813) 242-4660. Miracle on 7th Avenue: After the tree-lighting ceremony, head down to the Ritz Ybor for entertainment by Carl von dem Bussche and Rising Down, cocktails, photos with Santa, arts and crafts and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Benefit the Pediatric Cancer Fund. It's at 7 p.m. at 1503 E Seventh Ave. in Tampa. Free. (813) 247-2555.
Cirque Italia: The Italian entertainment company's touring big top show Act XII runs through this weekend. See aerial acts, hand-balancers and contortionists at 7:30 p.m. at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$40 adults, $10-$35 ages 2-12. (813) 987-6000.
Christmas Town: Busch Gardens wants a piece of the theme park holiday festivities too, so it's launching this nighttime wonderland of lights, concerts, ice shows, penguins, nightly snowfall and Santa visits. This separate ticket event starts Friday: $29.99 in advance, $39.99 at gate. Children ages 3-9 $9.99 in advance, $14.99.
The Nutcracker: This charming production by the St. Petersburg Ballet Co. runs Friday through Sunday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $10-$20. (727) 822-3590.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC Everyone's favorite loser learns that those around him will actively seek to gloat in his failure until a thumb-sucking 8-year-old reminds him that Christmas is about togetherness, not consumerist obsession. Hey, did you see these new Peanuts toys you can buy?
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m., NBC It's the big 8-0 for this annual ceremony hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Ann Curry would be there, but Matt Lauer had only coal for her this year.
SERIES PREMIERE Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings, 10:30 p.m., E! In case you thought the foul-mouthed comedian with a sitcom had any more jokes, here's a weekly talk show in which she talks about the same things, just without the benefit of a laugh track.
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Find a list of outdoor markets at tampabay.com/things-to-do.