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Things to do around Hillsborough

04 Today

Arts and crafts sale: This handmade holiday arts and crafts market includes jewelry, glass work, paintings, photography and soaps made by local artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 125 Country Club Drive. Call (813) 598-5386.

Winter Wonderland: Kick Start My Art and the Tampa Artists Emporium present "Winter Wonderland," featuring 30 new guest artists displaying creative holiday ornaments and gifts, 7 to 10 p.m. 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd. Free. Open to the public. Worst Christmas sweater contest, raffle prizes and holiday portraits. Call (813) 835-0212.

Ugly Sweater Party: Jackson's Bistro hosts an "Ugly Sweater Christmas Party" from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. Cash and prizes for the worst Christmas sweaters. Tickets cost $10, VIP tickets are $15. A percentage of proceeds benefit the Children's Home. Call (813) 265-1234 or visit

05 Saturday

'Yart' sale: The Artists Writers Group Inc. holds its "Yart Sale" featuring books, art, snacks and camaraderie, 8 a.m. "until the party ends," at 6412 Central Ave. Bring musical instruments. E-mail

SantaFest: The North Pole comes to the kids in Santafest 2009 with 20 tons of snow to toboggan down, Santa letter writing, holiday crafts, a pickle "crunch-off," and a holiday parade, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ybor City Museum, 1818 E Ninth Ave. Free. Call (813) 274-8615.

Ybor art walk and holiday party: Take a self-guided tour of Ybor City's diverse art scene from noon to 6 p.m. at 1515 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free. Call 495-4649.

Holiday home tour: Get a rare glimpse inside six featured homes of Old Hyde Park in South Tampa, 4 to 7 p.m., beginning at the corner of Swann and Newport avenues. Carolers and musicians perform on the tour. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Call (813) 728-3759 or visit

Jobsite Rocks VI: A Zombie Christmas: Jobsite Theater is closing out the year with an evening of bands and holiday fun. A zombie wrangler will co-host the event, while her minions from the Night of the Living Dead play will conduct a raffle; 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. Raffle includes golf packages, trip to Vermont, Jobsite season tickets and more. Admission is $8 at the door. 21 and up. Call (813) 248-4969.

06 Sunday

Youth Orchestra: The Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra has more than 250 performers from 75 high schools in seven counties and will perform their fall concert at 2:30 p.m. at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets are $10 to $20 in advance and $12 to $22 day of show. Call (813) 229-7827 or visit

Derek Trucks Band: A combination of roots, rock, blues, jazz and world music pour out of the quintet with leader Derek Trucks being named one of the "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 day of show. Call (877) 598-9698 or visit

10 Thursday

Wild Wonderland: Lowry Park Zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens from 6 to 9 p.m. for the annual evening winter festival featuring holiday lights, live reindeer and penguins, visits with Santa, Frosty's Foam Factory, free rides and Jingle Bell horse-drawn carriage rides, at 1101 W Sligh Ave. Admission is $13, $11 for ages 3 to 11, free for ages 2 and younger. Call (813) 935-8552.

Showcase | Holiday Lighted Boat Parades

Light up the night and get into the spirit at the eighth annual "Holiday Lighted Boat Parades," 6:30 p.m. today around Davis Islands, Harbour Island and through the Garrison Channel. Decorated boats are viewable from Channelside Bay Plaza, the American Victory Ship, the Florida Aquarium, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Convention Center's Sail Pavilion. The Rough Riders will accept teddy bear donations at the Channelside wharf. Open to the public. Visit

Things to do around Hillsborough 12/03/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 3, 2009 3:31am]
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