Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, Dec. 16

Evan Tyrone Martin channels Nat King Cole, 98 Rock’s Not-So-Silent Night show makes some joyful noise.
Evan Tyrone Martin sings Nat King Cole favorites Dec. 13-16, 2018, at the Straz Center. 
Photo courtesy of the Straz Center
Evan Tyrone Martin sings Nat King Cole favorites Dec. 13-16, 2018, at the Straz Center. Photo courtesy of the Straz Center
Published December 14 2018

Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas: Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin resonates the velvety vocal style of Nat King Cole with a festive cocktail of hits including L-O-V-E, Mona Lisa and The Christmas Song. 2 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60 (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Not-So-Silent Night: 98 Rock’s inaugural Not-So-Silent Night might not feature many little drummer boys, but it’ll have three hard rock queens ready to slay: Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, In This Moment’s Maria Brink and New Years Day’s Ash Costello. 7. p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $53 and up. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

Florida Orchestra Holiday Pops: Jeff Tyzik, conductor, and Michael Lynche, the velvet-voiced American Idol star and St. Petersburg native, carry on this warm orchestra tradition. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$48. (727) 791-7060. rutheckerdhall.com.

Johanna Warren: Rolling Stone called the Portland, Ore., artist “a singer-songwriter you need to know.” $10. 6 p.m. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts: Artists from across the nation display their works, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (941) 487-8061. paragonartevents.com

Margritte & Dali: A first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Rene Magritte an Salvador Dali. It takes viewers on a journey from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, the period when the two artists spent significant time together and displayed their works in the same Surrealist exhibitions. Tickets are $24; $22 seniors, military, first responders and educators; $18 students; $10 children 6-12; and free for children 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali blvd, St. Petersburg.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!): Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform a combination of every Christmas story ever told. Through Dec. 30. 2-4 p.m. freeFall Studio Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com

The Winter Wonderettes: The musical takes place at a Tupperware party and features holiday songs including Jingle Bell Rock and Winter Wonderland. Through Dec. 23. 3-5 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org

Godfrey: The comedian and actor has appeared in the feature films Zoolander and Soul Plane, and he has stand up specials on Showtime and Comedy Central. 7 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com

Dusty Slay: He’s appeared on Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and was TMZ’s featured comedian. 7 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com

kids and family

Children’s Day at the Victorian Christmas Stroll: This special day is filled with activities designed for the whole family, ranging from paper crafts to a puppet show. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 254-1891. plantmuseum.com.

Nutcracker Tea: The Glazer Children’s Museum is partnering with Straz Center for the Performing Arts to bring your family a beloved holiday tradition! Wear your tutu and and join ballet dancers from Next Generation Ballet for high tea as they perform scenes from Nutcracker. There will be a ballet workshop with the performers, photo opportunities, hot tea, and light food. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Sold out. (813) 443-3861. facebook.com

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Jan. 6. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. $89 online, 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Hours given are for the ice rink, other hours vary. 12-9 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Enjoy classic holiday films with a non-perishable food drive before each show. Benefits Metropolitan Ministries. 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $10. (813) 274-8286.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo’s holiday party with carolers, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, a holiday hoedown, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a Candy Cane Lane. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. Included with admission, or $24.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. 4 p.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org

The Dunedin Express: Families enter the historic 1924 train station for a 1.5 hour trip to the North Pole for a visit with Santa and his elves. Includes games, crafts, cookies and cocoa. Takes place at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursday and 4:45, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Dec. 7-19. Closed Dec. 8, 11 and 17. (727) 736-1176 or DunedinMuseum.org. 4:45-8:15 p.m. Dunedin History Museum, 349 Main Street, Dunedin. $25, $20 members. (727) 736-1176. dunedingov.com

Holiday Lights at Largo Central Park: Millions of lights in the 70-acre park with a ferris wheel and a carousel. 5-11 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free, rides additional. (866) 666-3247. largo.com

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Pirate Taxi for a 45-minute cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festively lighted bridges and shimmering downtown skylines. Includes hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m. 6-10 p.m. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa. $28, $18 children. (813) 223-7999.

Christmas House at the Old Lutz Schoolhouse: The 22nd annual display of holiday trees decorated with glimmering lights, model railroads and Christmas displays. 6 p.m. Old Lutz Schoolhouse, 18819 U.S. 41, Lutz. Free. (813) 244-2256.

To Watch

Springsteen on Broadway, Netflix: The boss of the Great White Way? Viewers who couldn’t make it to New York (and/or afford those crazy ticket prices) and see Bruce Springsteen’s Tony Award-winning solo acoustic show. It’s just Bruce, his guitar, a piano and some very personal stories.

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