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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 18

Jingle Ball: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke headline this year's 93.3 FLZ concert along with Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Gym Class Heroes front man Travie McCoy. Concert starts at 7:30 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Come early for a free pre-show at 3 p.m. $46-$181. (813) 301-2500.

Michael McDonald: Since his career began in the '70s with the Doobie Brothers, the soft rock singer has won five Grammy Awards. Now he kicks off the reopening of the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. at 405 Cleveland St. in Clearwater. $82-$98. (727) 791-7400.

Trace Adkins: Following the release of his Celtic carol album, the country music artist brings his Christmas Show Tour featuring fireside storytelling and classic carols with a 12-piece ensemble. It starts at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $47.50-$87.50. (727) 791-7400.

Wild Wonderland: The winter festival has a new Treats & Treasures Hometown Village, shops with animated storefront windows, treats and gifts, a new Frozen Forest, reindeer and more. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $14, $11 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.


Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, 9:30 p.m., ABC This year's top 10 includes actress Jennifer Lawrence, Pope Francis and, god help us all, the cast of Duck Dynasty. But as always, the identity of No. 1 won't be revealed until the broadcast.

A Home for the Holidays With Celine Dion, 8 p.m., CBS The Canadian crooner hosts and performs on this edition of the annual special celebrating adoption. In addition to Dion, the hour includes musical performances by Ne-Yo, Chris Young and others.


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It's a Wonderful Life: The holiday classic is in full force in all forms this week. There are four showings with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed on the big screen at Tampa Theatre on Saturday and Sunday ($10). Or see it on the small stage at the St. Petersburg City Theatre from Friday through Sunday ($22; (727) 866-1973). It's also presented as a live 1940s radio broadcast at the Carrollwood Playhouse Friday and Saturday ($18; $15 seniors/students/military; (813) 265-4000).

Paul Mecurio: The comedian who works on the Daily Show also graduated from Georgetown Law School and began his career on Wall Street. Smart and funny. He performs at the Improv in Centro Ybor Thursday through Sunday. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Chris Isaak: Get a mix of '50s classics, songs from his 2011 album Beyond the Sun and holiday favorites Sunday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. $39.50-$69.50. (727) 893-7832.

Tampa lighted boat parade: See it Saturday along Harbour Island and Channelside Bay Plaza, with a party at the Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk (free admission) and the SS American Victory ship ($7-$12).

Winter Waterland Holiday Festival: You know you're in Florida for Christmas when Santa's elves are mermaids. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will also have a light show, petting zoo and photo ops with Santa and his "mermaid elves" Friday and Saturday. $5; $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 18 12/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:47pm]
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