The Santaland Diaries: The sardonic David Sedaris play, 7 p.m., American Stage, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Intended for mature audiences. Runs through Dec. 28. A pay-what-you-can production. Call 823-7529 for more dates and times or see www.americanstage.org.
A Christmas Carol: New version of the Charles Dickens classic, 2 p.m., St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S. $20, $10 students. Call 866-1973 or check www.splt.info.
Hmong New Year: A traditional celebration, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. Call 644-2899.
Holiday Garden Lights: Florida Botanical Gardens features 425,000 colorful lights, 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. 582-2100 or www.flbg.org.
Nutcracker: By the St. Petersburg Ballet Company, 3 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. $10-$20. 822-3590 or www.mypalladium.org.
Gingerbread man cookie competition: Hear gingerbread man stories and decorate a cookie, 6:30 p.m., Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Call 587-6715.
Trees and Traditions: Tour decorated homes and galleries, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Open through Jan. 4, except Christmas and New Year's Day. Free. Call 582-2123 or see www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.
Last Friday Concert: Inaugural concert featuring the Tempests, 6 p.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Concert is free; $50 VIP tickets include entrees, beer and wine, cigars. Proceeds benefit charity. Also collecting nonperishable food and clothing for Pinellas Hope. Call 688-6353 or go to www.lastfridayconcerts.com.
Santa horse and rodeo games: Watch horseback riders 4 to 70 compete in Christmas-themed rodeo games, 2-6 p.m., Helen Howarth Park horse arena, 6301 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Kids' pictures taken on "Santa horse" for $2. Refreshments available. Free. Contacts: 520-3132, www.saddleupridingclub.org.
Gulfport Goes Green: Green, recycling and wellness vendors, natural products, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Beach Boulevard. Call 439-1485.
Westward Ho! From the Waterfront: St. Petersburg Preservation's walking tour of historic waterfront and Fourth Avenue NE, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., meets at Central Avenue and Second Street. Tour continues with a trolley/bus to Historic Kenwood. $10 donation. Call 824-7802 or check www.stpetepreservation.org.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers 4 Play: A blend of humor, nouveau cirque, visual fireworks, dance and theater, 2 and 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Advance tickets, $35 VIP, $30; day of show $35, $20 student. Call 587-6793 or check www.fkb.com.
Mrs. Santa Saves the Day: A Wacky Tales Children's Theatre presentation, with audience participation, 2 p.m., St. Petersburg Little Theater, 4025 31st St. S. $4, free for children under age 4. Call 866-1973 or check www.splt.info.
Starlight Spectacular: Come see more than 50,000 lights synchronized to music at a huge Christmas display, 3471 50th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tune car radio to 96.3 to enjoy the show from your car or get out and watch from the sidewalk. Donations accepted for Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Times are 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 p.m.-midnight Christmas Day. Runs through Jan. 3. Call 328-7738.