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Kailey Katow makes a toy sandwich at the Glazer Children’s Museum. The museum is offering Bright Nights playtime Thursday and Friday evenings.LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Things to Do Planner: Glazer Museum lights up, author David Maraniss, Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

BRIGHT NIGHTS: Glazer lights up The interactive Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park this week is opening a new after-hours playtime called Bright Nights. The museum's top exhibit areas are lit up and in tune with holiday classics set among a dazzling light show. Held Thursday and Friday evenings f …


  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6


    Kinky Boots: The Tony Award-winning musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper tells of a shoemaker whose business is brought back to life by a drag queen Tuesday to Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. $55-$130.

    Kinky Boots (Dec. 1-6) at the Straz Center for the Perfoming Arts.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 29


    Dave Koz and Friends Christmas: The sax icon brings his annual holiday tour to Clearwater along with Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler and Bill Medley. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Dave Koz performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 2 at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 28


    The Ries Brothers: Hailing from Clearwater, the brothers just finished a tour opening for Chicago. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15 advance, $20 day of show. (727) 791-7400.

    Luis Santana  |   Times (3/12/2015, Belleair Bluffs, FL)  The Ries Brothers, a young pop-rock duo that has toured with Chicago and other big names poses for a portrait at their Belleair Bluffs home and practice space. [Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Mark your calendar: Here are the top holiday parades, shows and events now till New Year's


    As the last of the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it's time to look at the holiday season ahead.

    Busch Gardens Tampa transforms into Christmas Town with twinkling light sculptures of flamingos and palm trees, Christmas trees, dancing lights, holiday-themed entertainment, attractions and shopping.
  5. Christmas concerts, light displays and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast


    Musically inclined

    A Saint Leo Christmas: A family-friendly Christmas concert will take place at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Admission is free, but reservations are required …

  6. Fair association's Candy Cane Acres kicks off busy holiday season in Hernando


    BROOKSVILLE — The animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a holiday staple since it debuted in 1965. And with the recent release of The Peanuts Movie, the lovable loser and his friends are more popular than ever.

    A decorative Santa sits among the holiday lights at Candy Cane Acres at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville.