The Nutcracker Twist: This spin on Tchiakovsky's classic incorporates African dance ballet, hip-hop, salsa and jazz while telling the story of a young girl who travels the world in a dream with her Nutcracker made of chocolate. Shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $17-$37. Toll-free 1-800-874-9020.
Sinbad: He's been ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 comedians of all time for his clean, family-friendly persona and animated antics that helped him find success in television, film and on stage. See him at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$85. (727) 791-7400.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. It opens at 10 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $10. (813) 966-5505.
Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade: More than 20 decorated boats participate in this annual parade which starts at the Club, goes through the Treasure Island Bridge and follows the coast line to end at John's Pass. A pre-parade poolside party begins at 4:30 p.m. with visits with Santa, free hot dogs, chowder, hot cider and cookies. Parade starts at 6:20 p.m. at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Free; donations for pre-parade party. (727) 367-4511.
The Christmas Blessing, 8 p.m., Hallmark Neil Patrick Harris channeling his inner Doogie as a medical resident and an appearance by Rob Lowe is all the incentive you should need to watch this TV movie.
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