Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 12

Handout photos of Petula Clark, performing at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on 12/12/17. Credit: BMG
Handout photos of Petula Clark, performing at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on 12/12/17. Credit: BMG
Published December 11 2017
Updated December 11 2017

Petula Clark: The two-time Grammy Award-winning artist is known for hits like Downtown, I Know a Place, My Love and I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $34.50-$49.50. (727) 587-6793.

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $45. (813) 229-7827.

Let It Snow: Features festive classics and a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Included with museum admission. 1:45 p.m., Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $19, $17 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (941) 746-4131.

Ice Skating at Tampa’s Winter Village: Get in the holiday spirit by ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Stop by the cafe for themed drinks and holiday snacks. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $13. (813) 221-3686.

Menorah Parade: Menorah topped cars depart from the center and convoy to Winthrop Town Center for a Hanukah Festival with live entertainment, the lighting of a 9-foot menorah, balloon sculpting, hot latkes and more. 5 p.m., Chabad Jewish Disocvery Center, 1578 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Free. (813) 571-8100.

Hanukkah in the City: Includes live blues music by Lazer Lloyd, menorah lighting, fire eater, stilt walker, face painting, Hanukkah crafts, free latkes and donuts, appearances by team mascots and Kosher concessions by Locale Market. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 344-4900.

Forbes Family Holiday Light Display: More than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to synchronized music. 5:30 p.m., Masonic Park and Youth Camp, 18050 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. Free. (813) 634-1220.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

Lights of Lake Park: Since 1993, the neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates and Lake Seminole Village have collected donations for Suncoast Hospice from motorists touring the three-mile route of elaborately decorated homes. 6 p.m., Lake Park Estates, Bryan Dairy Road and 108th Terrace N, Largo. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 467-7423.

Grand Family Hanukkah Celebration: Chabad of Clearwater lights a falafel menorah at this festival with live multi-lingual music, a "Mad Science" show, hot latkes, donuts, dreidels, chocolate gelt and a menorah contest. 6 p.m., Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 265-2770.

Natural History Speaker Series: Freshwater Wetlands: Learn about a different topic in nature each month. Learn about our rivers, springs, lakes and local wetlands. 7:30 p.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7326.


Gwen Stefani’s You Make it Feel Like Christmas, 9 p.m., NBC: The pop star is joined by her beau Blake Shelton along with Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane and Ne-Yo in the special with holiday sketches and songs from her new Christmas album.


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