Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 24

Vodka Latke Luau: This annual party especially for young Jewish singles and couples hits the beach this year. There will be dancing, drinks and appetizers, but bring two non-perishable food items for charity. Luau chic attire and flip-flops encouraged. It starts at 8 p.m. at Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $36. (813) 264-9000.

Apron's Cooking Classes: Crazy for Cookies: It's not too late to bake up some holiday cookies. Take home four dozen assorted types made in class, from triple chocolate chunk to saffron raisin biscotti. It starts at 10 a.m. at Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $40. (813) 926-4465.

A Christmas Carol: The musical adaptation of Dickens' classic brings Tiny Tim and Scrooge to the St. Pete stage. Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20-$44. (727) 498-5205.

TO WATCH

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS And so begins the annual 24-hour marathon of the movie that made leg lamps a go-to gag gift.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find New Year's events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Christmas: Santa's big day is Wednesday, but Christmas events last all week. Jolly good thing, because the kids are out of school. Among a host of offerings: the iconic Rockettes' Radio City show at the Straz in Tampa. $42.50-$105. (813) 229-7827. Lots of snow at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. $40, $25 pass holders, $10 children. buschgardens.com. Holiday Lights Dog Parade at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo on Sunday. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $32-$190; (727) 893-7832. And Downtown on Ice in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, with outdoor skating on real ice that's even open Christmas Day. $10 for 90 minutes. For more, see tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Winter Break Best Trick Contest: Skaters attempt their most elaborate tricks to compete Friday at public skate parks in Brandon and Apollo Beach. Free. (813) 671-7635.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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