Meet Dennis Lehane: The author chats about his book Moonlight Mile with Times book editor Colette Bancroft at 7 tonight at Four Green Fields Irish Pub in Tampa. Tickets are free with the purchase of the book from Inkwood Books; call (813) 253-2638 or go to inkwoodbooks.com.
The Vinoy in cake: In three months and 150 pounds of chocolate cake and other goodies, a team of bakers has built a model of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort for its 85th anniversary. See the 6-foot-wide confection unveiled at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the resort in St. Petersburg.
Hanukkah: The Jewish holiday starts at sundown Wednesday. That's when Straub Park in St. Petersburg will be lit up with a Chanukah Extravaganza, with live music, latkes and a giant menorah filled with toys. It's free, but bring a toy to donate at 5:30 p.m. At the University of Tampa there will be "Chanukah at Plant Park" from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, with a giant menorah, latkes and treats.
Power and Sailboat Show: The Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg will be filled with hundreds of sail and power boats Thursday through Sunday. $10 at gate, 15 and younger free. (800) 940-7642.
Pinellas Trail Turns 20: Celebrate two decades of the 37 mile-long paved path used by thousands of bikers and skaters with food and a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at John S. Taylor Park in Largo. Free.
Black Nativity Sharon Scott stars in the gospel song play by Langston Hughes. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Palladium, St. Petersburg. Get free tickets at the Palladium or at Studio@620. (727) 895-6620.
Kids & Family
Snow! Practically a blizzard is expected in Tampa Bay, including 40 tons of snow and two snow slides with toboggans at Miracle on Cleveland Street in Clearwater (Friday 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; free) and snow toboggan slides at Snowfest in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg, which starts with the free Santa Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday ($5 wristband includes all park activities). There are also snow slides at the tree lighting ceremony at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in Tampa from 5-9 p.m. Thursday; free.
Santa Fest in Tampa: There will be Santa Claus and kids' activities in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, plus a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at Morgan Street and Kennedy Boulevard. Free. And don't forget the ice skating rink in the park ($10 for 90 minutes).
more to explore
We have way more holiday events than we can list — including a boatload of lighted boat parades. Go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.