Lighted boat parades: The Florida tradition hits critical mass this week with at least eight: On Wednesday, Tierra Verde (6 p.m.); and on Saturday St. Petersburg (6:30 p.m. at the Pier); Clearwater (6:30 p.m. at Coachman Park); Hillsborough River (6 p.m. at Lowry Park); Gulfport (6 p.m.); Hernando Beach Yacht Club (6 p.m.); Treasure Island (6:20 p.m.); and Tarpon Springs (6:30 p.m.).
Jingle Bell Run: Put on your Santa hat and bells and sing all the way along St. Petersburg's waterfront for the 3-mile and 1-mile run/walks to benefit the Boley Centers. It's 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pier. $18, $20 race night; $13 kids, $15 race night. boleycenters.org.
Scientology play: St. Petersburg's American Stage does the irreverent A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, in which six children tell the story of L. Ron Hubbard for their holiday pageant. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and runs in repertory with SantaLand Diaries. $25 for each show, $40 for both. (727) 823-7529.
Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad: A mix of comedy, music, spoken word and burlesque. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday at NOVA 535 Art Lounge, St. Petersburg. $17 advance, $20 door. (727) 821-6682. Also 8:30 p.m. Friday at Play, 1701 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12, $15. (813) 443-0754.
Margaret Cho: Doubtful she'll reprise her samba from Dancing with the Stars, but you can bet on raunchy humor at 8 p.m. Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $39-$50. (727) 791-7400.
Andre Rieu: The "Waltz King" fiddler and his Johann Strauss Orchestra break out some holiday tunes at 8 p.m. Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. $39-$139. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: When the prog-rockin' Christmas-light spectacularists explode into Wizards in Winter, it may inspire you to create your own mind-bending yard light display. Shows are 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Times Forum, Tampa. $25-$57. (813) 301-6500.
Kids & Family
Florida Orchestra holiday pops: On the podium is the jolly Richard Kaufman, who brings in the The Love Boat's Gavin MacLeod to narrate The Night Before Christmas. Plus, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, a sing-along and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at Straz Center, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $20-$67, students $10. (727) 892-3337.
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