1 Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony: The high-stepping Late Night Brass band provides the music for Tampa's tree lighting ceremony, followed by a free showing of the holiday classic A Christmas Story in Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, starting at 6 p.m. Friday. For more holiday events filling up the week, see Page 6. For a complete guide, visit tampabay.com/holiday.
2 Streetcar Live: For the price of trolley fare aboard the TECO Line Streetcar on Saturday you get a free rolling concert by the Americana band Boxcar Hollow. It's $2.50 one way, $5 all day and you can catch the streetcar at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. The band will be playing from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
3 $5 Weekend: It's normally $19.95 to see the world-renowned glass art of Dale Chihuly, but this weekend the St. Petersburg Arts Experience includes a tour of the Chihuly Collection and a glassblowing demonstration at the Morean Hot Shop for $5. Visitors can enjoy the "Encounters in Glass" exhibition at the Chihuly, which features Seattle-based artists James Mongrain and Jason Christian. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
4 Chainwheel Drive Trail Ride: Join an experienced environmentalist and cyclist on a Ream Wilson Trail ride in Clearwater that combines bicycle safety and nature discovery. It's $5 at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday.
5 Happy Anniversary Pinellas Trail: Speaking of bike rides, Saturday is the day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pinellas Trail — one of the nation's first "rails to trails" projects. It is credited with reviving downtowns in Dunedin and Tarpon Springs as well as connecting St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Seminole, Largo, Belleair, Clearwater and Palm Harbor via a skinny bike path. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday there will be a series of speakers who will discuss how the Pinellas Trail became a model of outdoor recreation across Florida. The celebration will be at John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo. (727) 480-3515. 10 a.m. Saturday.
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