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Things to do in the Tampa Bay area from Dec. 17-26

Nutcrackers: Sarasota Ballet's new circus-themed version, in which Clara runs away to join the Ringling Bros. Circus in Sarasota, moves to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for shows Friday and Saturday. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400. Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker features St. Petersburg native and New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht on Saturday and Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $20.50. (813) 229-7827.

Beef O'Brady's Bowl: Indiana's Ball State takes on the University of Central Florida on Friday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $35-$200. (888) 326-7297. Also a block party Thursday at Ferg's sports bar; see stpetersburg for events.

End of the World: Who cares if you believe it or not, let's party! Peg's Cantina in Gulfport doesn't want its barrel-aged RareR D.O.S. and Batch 200 to go to waste, so they will be tapped Friday. Growlers go on sale at 7 p.m. for $20 (cash only). For more End of the World parties, visit

5K Zombie Run: Choose to be bait or a zombie in this run Saturday at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. $25-$115.

Date night

Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas: Grammy winner Wynonna Judd uses her smoky vocals for Christmas classics and her biggest hits Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $39-$69. (727) 892-5798.

It's A Wonderful Life: Of course you've seen the movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, but it's better on the big screen at Tampa Theatre. Friday through Sunday. $9, $7 members. (813) 274-8982.

Kids and Family

Christmas Celebration of Lights: Snow spreads to Homosassa, with 6 tons of it and a toboggan slide Wednesday at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. Also live music and synchronized lights, through Dec. 26. $3, $1 ages 6-12, under 5 free. (352) 628-5343.

Holiday Pops: The Florida Orchestra and the Master Chorale team up for a show worthy of tiny tots in frilly dresses with their eyes all aglow. Expect everything from Santa Claus is Coming to Town to the Messiah's Hallelujah Chorus. Shows are Friday at Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Tampa: The last big lighted boat parade of the season sets sail Saturday. Best viewed from Channelside, Harbor Island and the Convention Center. Free.

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Things to do in the Tampa Bay area from Dec. 17-26 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 6:23pm]
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