Holiday Lights: Stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens decorated with laser lights, flora and fauna displays, decorated trees, a seven-foot high gingerbread house with more than 600 lights, 30-foot white swan and a tropical parrot. With entertainment. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every day through Jan. 1. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. Price: $2, 12 and younger free. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100.
Blast Friday: Little River Band performs a free concert. Vendors, fun foods, family activities, contests and entertainment. 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.
ZZ Top: The blues-rock band performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road Clearwater. Friday, 8 p.m. Price: $55-$125. Phone: (727) 791-7400.
Holiday Lights Dog Parade: Parade of pooches is a tradition at the Holiday Lights in the Gardens. 1 p.m. Sunday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 2520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Price: $2. Children 12 and younger free. (727) 582-2100.
Gilbert Gottfried: The comedian's signature loud, raspy voice has earned him roles on Saturday Night Live, MTV, the Cosby Show, Late Night with David Letterman and in movies including Beverly Hills Cop II and Aladdin. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Price: $25-$49. (727) 791-7400.
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring a blanket or low chair and watch the movie Happy Feet. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.
Afternoon Cinema: New movie series begins with Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 1 p.m. Friday, Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Price: $2, $1 with rec card. (727) 298-3299
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs and watch the movie Grown Ups 2. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Pier 60 Park, Clearwater Beach. Free.
Community Drum Circle: Ring in the New Year with the sounds of drums led by Giving Tree Music's Steve Turner. Drums will be provided. 2 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater's Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580. Free. (727) 562-4970.
Puppet Show: "Winter Wonder" show with the teen Dascaloja Puppeteers. 2 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. (727) 562-4970.