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23 Today

Downtown on Ice: Get into the holiday spirit with an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Noon to 10 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. $10. Also 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas day, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 4 to 10 p.m. Friday. Call (813) 966-5505.

Film series: The theatre shows It's A Wonderful Life as part of the Holiday Classic Series, 3 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. Call (813) 274-8982.

Gary Owen: Owen has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade in major comedy rooms across America, and joined the cast of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $20. Call (813) 864-4000.

Jeffrey: After a New York City man declares celibacy, his flamboyant friends hook him up with his dream husband, who happens to be HIV positive, 4 p.m. in Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $18-$23. Call (813) 229-7827.

The Nutcracker: The holiday classic features St. Petersburg native and New York City Ballet principal Daniel Ulbricht and Boston Ballet principal Jeffrey Cirio along with the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet, 2 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $20.50. Call (813) 229-7827.

Bike ride: Join a 16-mile ride on Davis Islands. Riders must wear a helmet and maintain a speed of 10 to 14 mph, 8 a.m. at Hillsborough Community College Corporate Training Center, 39 Columbia Drive. Free. Call (813) 598-4944.

Sunday market: Features vendors selling fruits, seafood, organic items, plants and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin Street, 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. Vendor prices vary. Visit

Farmer's market: Shop for organic produce, handmade goods, artisan breads and more at this family- and dog-friendly market with live music from 1 to 3 p.m., open mike sessions from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., and self-guided tours of the farm, noon to 4 p.m. at the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free admission, charge for food and drink. Call (813) 887-4066.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festive lighted bridges, shimmering downtown skylines and decorated Tampa harbor homes. Includes a holiday buffet, hot cocoa, cookies and carols, 6 to 9 p.m. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive. $49.95, $29.95 children. Call (813) 223-7999.

Christmas Town: Busch Gardens transforms into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintry surprises for this separate-ticketed event, 6 to 11 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $39.99, $9.99 ages 3-9. Call (813) 987-5600.

Wild Wonderland: The zoo's annual evening winter festival features holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, visits with Santa, Frozen Forest light experience, Arctic Freeze Ice Slide, carnival games and more, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $13, $11 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Also 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Call (813) 935-8552.

Nature programs: Rangers guide children ages 9 to 15 and children at heart through activities on the topic "Honey Bees — Bee There Or Bee Square," 10 a.m. and noon at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. $5 per child, adults with children free, adults $5. Call (813) 987-6204.

Community concert band: The 30-piece concert band presents a performance of traditional and nontraditional seasonal music, 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $12 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (813) 269-1310.

24 Monday

Bike ride: Weekly guided bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders. Ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

Vodka Latke: The Christmas alternative mixer for young Jewish professionals offers drinks, red carpet photos, desserts and heavy appetizers. Bring two nonperishable food items to be donated to Jewish Family Services for a free drink, 9 p.m. at Mangroves Seafood Grille and Bar, 208 S Howard Ave. $36. Call (813) 769-2813.

26 Wednesday

Christmas house: The 16th annual display of holiday trees decorated with glimmering lights, model railroad displays, animated figures, hundreds of nutcrackers and decorations, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Old Lutz Schoolhouse, 18819 U.S. 41, Lutz. Free. Call (813) 949-1937.

Hillsborough County calendar of events 12/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 22, 2012 3:30am]
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