Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 13

Will Garrabrant plays the title role in Freefall Theatre's production of The Little Prince, running through Dec. 24. Thee Photo Ninja.
Will Garrabrant plays the title role in Freefall Theatre's production of The Little Prince, running through Dec. 24. Thee Photo Ninja.
Published December 12 2017
Updated December 12 2017

The Little Prince: Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella, an aviator who crashed in the Sahara Desert meets a little prince who has left his home on Asteroid B-612, leaving behind its only inhabitant, a single rose. Through Dec. 24. 2 and 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$37. (727) 498-5205.

Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market: Shop the family and pet friendly market, with local produce, vendors, arts and crafts, specialty food items and food trucks on site. 10 a.m., Madeira Beach, On Madeira Way, between Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue N, Madeira Beach. Free (items individually priced). (727) 278-4285.

Ice Skating at Tampa’s Winter Village: Even in Florida, you can 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.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights, music synchronization, lasers and Florida-style displays, entertainers and visits with Santa along the pathways. Wednesday is "Wacky Wednesday." Guests are invited to put on their craziest holiday sweater, hat, tie or vest, take a photo in the light display, and share it on social media. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

Polar Express 4-D Experience: The new 4-D Theater gets into the holiday spirit with a screening of Polar Express. The 4-D experience combines the screening of a 3-D film with sensory effects such as bubbles, wind and scents. Shows daily through Jan. 11. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site. (813) 273-4000.

Let It Snow: The planetarium’s 32-minute holiday show features festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, with 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.

Forbes Family Holiday Light Display: More than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to synchronized music with a 24-foot decorated tree, leaping arches, 21 singing mini trees and a giant light wall. 5:30 p.m., Masonic Park and Youth Camp, 18050 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. Free. (813) 634-1220.

Wonderland of Lights: This 32 day event incorporates dozens of animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, the North Pole Express, a petting zoo, holiday mural coloring, games, camel and pony rides, visits with Santa and holiday food. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20, $75 buses. Toll-free 1-800-377-4625.

Winter Wonderland: A playground of holiday fun with cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, baby animals, pony rides, the Holiday Express train, a 20-foot slide and bouncy house. Donations of non-perishable food and unwrapped toys benefits area charities. 6 p.m., Downtown Clearwater (Drew Street and Fort Harrison), Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater. Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated). (727) 442-2099.

Think + Drink (Science) Cafe: Grab a beer or glass of wine and join a forum about cutting edge science. This month’s topic: "Cassini’s Voyage Through the Solar System." 7 p.m., South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $5, $3 members. (941) 746-4131.

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.

David Ramirez: The folk/Americana songwriter and guitarist embarks on the We’re Not Going Anywhere tour. 7:30 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $14-$16. (813) 241-8600.

Boley’s Jingle Bell Run: Downtown St. Petersburg will be lit up and jingling in this popular non-competitive 5K and 1-mile fun run with live music by 15 bands, glow zones and snow along a candlelit course. Includes T-shirt, jingle bells and glow in the dark swag. Benefits Boley Centers, a nonprofit that serves the mental disabled. 7:30 p.m., Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25, $20 ages 12 and younger. (727) 821-4819.

Vincent Ingala: Contemporary/urban jazz artist with four albums will perform. 8 p.m., Charlie’s Sushi & Japanese , 1200 Cleveland St, Clearwater. $30. (727) 515-4454.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner: Library staff read stories about art. Story related, hands-on art activities follow. Ideal for ages 4 to 8. Included with museum admission. December’s theme is Books that Pop! 3:30 p.m., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $7, $6 seniors, free children/active military. Admission is by donation Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. (727) 712-5762.

TO WATCH

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