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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 17-23: Play in the snow, food truck rally, winter solstice celebrations

Snowflakes isolated on white background

Snowflakes isolated on white background

1 Snow play: The annual Holiday Stroll in Largo Central Park has brought special events to the lavishly lit park each week, but this week brings something Florida kids rarely get: a snow day! There will be a free snow play area and a snow slide ride will be $5. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides and a lighted motorcycle group appearance, and then you can stroll the park where more than a million LED lights glow in the trees. There will also be a variety of crafts, activities and concessions available from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Limited on-site parking is available for $5, along with free parking within walking distance and at Largo Middle School. Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. For information, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014, or visit

2 Winter Solstice: As the nights get longer, the parties get stronger as they embrace the dark. At the Mele Kalikimaka Luau, a Hawaiian-themed holiday party in Dunedin by Kona Brewing Co., the winter solstice is celebrated with music by Twisty Chris and the Puddin' Packs, the Aloha to Go food truck and a limbo contest to win a longboard from Kona. No cover at 5 p.m. Monday at Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. (727) 216-6318. The George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday will have a winter solstice celebration with American Indian storytellers, a drum circle, s'mores, a bonfire and night hikes. $5, ages 2 and younger free at 11901 146th St. N, Largo. (727) 518-3047.

3 ideaLAB: Broke Christmas: This series at the Largo Public Library that lets you try new technologies this week has a theme near and dear to our 5 under $5 mission: Broke Christmas. At 3 p.m. Monday you can learn to make Christmas cards and other gifts using the Silhouette Curio, a pricey tool available to use at the library that allows you to cut thicker material and use it for embossing, etching, stippling and cutting vinyl and heat transfers. You can also watch a demonstration of the library's 3-D printer and learn the basics of 3-D printing. It's free at 3 p.m. Monday at 120 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6715.

4 Airport party: Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 23, Tampa International Airport's main terminal between Airsides F and E will have a free holiday village set up and party with Helmut Drews playing traditional German Christmas music on an authentic button box accordion. It's free from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Tampa International Airport, 4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa. (813) 870-8700.

5 Rally Around Town Food Truck Rally: Friday night from 6 to 10 is a food truck fiesta at the Port of St. Petersburg with live music and an array of cuisines. Participating trucks include Rollin Zoinks, the Cheesesteak Truck, Maggie on the Move, Churro Express and more. The Port of St. Petersburg is at 250 Eighth Ave. SE.

5 things to do under $5 Dec. 17-23: Play in the snow, food truck rally, winter solstice celebrations 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:25am]
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