What to do today
If you're not already feeling filled with the holiday spirit, it's not too late. Make your final rounds of the special holiday events before the big day.
Free photos with Santa: Visit with St. Nick from 5 to 8 p.m. in Old Hyde Park Village and receive a complimentary photo. Donations to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay appreciated. 742 S Village Circle, Tampa. (813) 251-3500.
Victorian Christmas Stroll: See the former Tampa Bay Hotel decorated for the holidays with dazzling trees designed in unique 19th century themes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum. 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891. $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
A Christmas Carol: The classic Charles Dickens tale of love and redemption as staged by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $25-$36. (727) 791-7400.
Trees and Traditions: Tour the festively decorated homes and galleries for free at Heritage Village, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11909 125th St. N, Largo. (727) 582-2123.
Holiday Garden Lights: Check out the more than 425,000 lights transforming the gardens into a winter wonderland at the Florida Botanical Gardens from 6 to 10 p.m. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2100.
Bad Santa party with Pretty Paul Parsons: R-rated holiday comedy from one of the raunchiest. Bring an unwrapped toy for free admission. 8:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $12-$14. (813) 960-1197.
— Adam Newman [email protected]