Sunday, February 25, 2018
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 12

The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular: The Rockettes will kick their way through a show with new scenes and an array of glamorous costumes. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42.50-$105. (813) 229-7827.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Sounds of Celebration: Stuart Malina conducts Tchaikovsky's Overture to The Nutcracker, Copland's Lincoln Portrait and El Salon Mexico, Gould's American Salute and more as part of this series featuring classical music served with complimentary coffee and doughnuts. Concert starts at 11 a.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: The park is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland with 80 miles of lights, a snow play area, train rides and musical performances. Gates open at 6 p.m. at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $40, $25 pass holders, $10 children (single admission); $89, $29 children (unlimited admissions). (813) 987-5600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

The Fresh Beat Band: Nickelodeon's preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name perform songs like Get Up and Go Go, Freeze Dance, and Loco Legs. Show starts at 5 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400.

TO WATCH

The Price Is Right, 11 a.m., CBS Ready to feel old? Bob Barker is 90 years old. Host Drew Carey welcomes the original Price is Right host back on the show today for a special celebration.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find the best holiday light displays at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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