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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. 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.
  2. 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 …

  3. 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.
  4. Hernando Events for Nov. 27



    27 Today

    'Beginning Birding': Participants will learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. 8:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 428-2629.

    28 Saturday

  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 27


    Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: This is the first night for this transformation of the park into a holiday wonderland with Christmas-themed entertainment, a "Christmas Time Tree Show," music by the Holiday Hills Band, photos with Santa, festive treats and holiday shopping. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Busch …

    Luis Santana  |   Times (11/20/2012, Tampa, FL)   Thousands of LED Christmas lights greet visitors into Christmas Town at the front gates of Busch Gardens.  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offered the Times a behind the scenes look at the setup for their newest feature Christmas Town. Christmas Town will be opened after normal park hours and will offer a variety of different Christmas themed areas and attractions. Christmas Town opens on November 30th 2012.  [Luis Santana | Times]
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day)


    Light Up Largo Central Park: Tonight will be the first night families are invited to walk among dazzling light displays of more than 1 million lights in Largo Central Park, forming trains, toy bears, carolers and soldiers. Starting Friday, most nights will feature a campfire to enjoy. Concessions are available …

    CAPTION:  (12/2/05 STORY SUMMARY: Five month old Sarah Gabold, (cq) gets a close up look at a Christmas tree light display with her father Eric, both of Largo at the Holiday Stroll Around the World; International holiday cultural display at Largo Central Park on Friday December 2, 2005.  Sarah's mother Jennifer and grandparents also joined the two.  Jennifer's parents Carolyn and Paul Schilling of St. Petersburg celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary with the crew at the Holiday Stroll.  "They were sweet enough to bring us along," Carolyn said.  Musicians performed and food was available during the evening.  More than 250,000 lights are on display at the park. (photo by Kathleen Flynn)