Don't worry Floridians, you don't have to give up your mild holiday weather to enjoy snow this year -- as long as you're willing to squint your eyes a little bit. Here are ten events in Tampa Bay where "snow" is in the forecast.
Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs: The "snow play area with 20 tons of blown snow" is the centerpiece of Tarpon Springs' annual holiday event featuring carriage rides, a tree lighting, a holiday market, Santa and an illuminated boat parade at Spring Bayou. 5 to 10 p.m., Dec. 2. Downtown Tarpon Springs at Orange Street between Safford and N. Pinellas avenues. Free.
Snowfest: The City of St. Petersburg's annual "real snow event" includes 64 tons of the white stuff that adults and kids can sled down on a toboggan. There's also an art tent, karaoke, "glice" skating and cookie decorating. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 3. North Straub Park, 400 Bay Shore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. $5 wristband required for some activities.
Christmas Wonderland: Oldsmar celebrates Christmas with a family event that includes a giant "snow slope" for sliding, inflatables, pictures with Santa and food available for purchase. 5 p.m., Dec. 2. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W., Oldsmar. Free.
Sundial St. Pete: "Snowflakes" will fall nightly at the shopping center's celebration of twinkling lights. 5 to 8 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. 153 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.
Rudolph's Miracle on Cleveland Street: "Snow" will fall on the Cleveland Street District during this celebration that includes a skating rink, horse and carriage rides, carolers and more. 5 p.m., Dec. 3. Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free; some activities require a wristband for $8.
Symphony in Lights: Snow (bubbles) will fall nightly on the hour during the holiday show featuring 250,000 lights choreographed to music at the outdoor mall. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free.
Snow on 7th: Cheer on floats, nearly 20 marching bands and Santa all while "snowflakes" fall along Seventh Avenue during the annual holiday parade in Ybor City. 7 p.m., Dec. 10. Seventh Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, Tampa. Free.
Let It Snow: The Largo Holiday Stroll will bring in snow machines to create an area for "kids snow play" on Dec. 17. The event also features a holiday market and a visit from Santa. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Free.