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Plan your weekend Dec. 18-20: Jingle Ball, snow day in the park, boat parades

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Jingle Ball: Jingle Ball returns to Tampa's Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Headliners include Cool For the Summer queen Demi Lovato, Aussie pinups 5 Seconds of Summer and chart-topping DJ Zedd. Now-solo heartthrob Nick Jonas is on the bill along with his brother Joe's new dance-pop outfit DNCE. U 93.3-FLZ has hinted at a surprise appearance by Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello. Tickets are $40 and up via Ticketmaster or (813) 301-2500. For full details, see Following the show, Zedd will appear at an after-party at the Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Tickets are $40 at


Lightning Watch Party: The Bolts are on the road, but you can head to the beach on Friday to watch them take on the Washington Capitols in a 7 p.m. game on a huge screen set up at the TradeWinds Guy Harvey Outpost. ThunderBug and the Lightning Girls will be on hand with giveaways. Coolers aren't allowed, but blankets, umbrellas and beach chairs are welcome. Free, $10 parking at 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-6461.


Boat parades: Plan to be in place by 5:30 p.m. to watch the lights reflect on the water in Tampa's Channelside district on Saturday, as well as off the Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., in Indian Rocks Beach. Also Saturday, you can go to the pre-parade party at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, at 4:30 p.m. if you bring a toy donation. Sunday brings a boat parade at Redington Beach and Indian Shores that starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ends at the awards party at the Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. (727) 391-3875. 6 p.m. Sunday. For more holiday parties, shows and our shop-local gift guide, see


Frothy, the Cold One: There are lots of holiday-centric adult parties to choose from that will have you dreaming of a White Russian. There's the Broke-A-Christmas Costume Party at the Bricks on Saturday, where revelers are asked to wear a "festive, naughty, gangsta or trashy costume" and shake their booty on the dance floor for $1,000 in cash prizes. Cover is $5 at the Bricks, 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, at 10 p.m. Saturday. The Ritz Ybor is once again hosting the Hallucination Before Christmas, where Christmas and Halloween collide with live music from DJs and artists in three themed rooms. Bring canned goods for Feeding America Tampa Bay; $25-$30 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. For the 12 Bars of Christmas pub crawl, a souvenir T-shirt and wristband let you hop on the shuttle that runs a continuous loop to participating bars in South Tampa to benefit charities. It's $30 at 1, and starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave.


St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts: Meet artists and discuss their work. This event features works from around the world. Free. Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Pete. (941) 487-8061. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.


The Family Blessing: Formerly known as the Chocolate Nutcracker, Artz 4 Life Academy's annual production follows a young boy as he experiences the blessings of having a family. $17-$37. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Family show

Kidz Bop: The best-selling music brand for kids is bringing its Make Some Noise Holiday Tour, performing holiday classics in addition to favorites from the series at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Take the kids

Largo's Holiday Stroll: Largo Central Park will bring kids a snow day on Saturday. 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. You can also stroll the park where more than a million LED lights glow in the trees. A variety of crafts, activities and concessions are 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

On track

Tampa Model Train Show and Sale: You can see model items in all gauges and railroad antique items by dealers from all over the nation this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center. $8, 12 and younger free, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at or (727) 893-8595. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend Dec. 18-20: Jingle Ball, snow day in the park, boat parades 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 6:59pm]
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