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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 3

Bonnie Raitt: The multiple Grammy winner returns to Clearwater with special guest Paul Brady. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$100.50. (727) 791-7400.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the large Christmas display throughout the gardens with laser lights, flora and fauna displays, decorated trees, a seven-foot high gingerbread house with more than 600 lights and a visit from Santa Clause each night. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. $2, 12 and younger free. (727) 582-2100.

Victorian Christmas Stroll: Experience an old-fashioned Christmas as you stroll the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel with its Grand Hallway, 14 exhibit rooms and other areas decked with Victorian decorations. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies and listen to carolers perform. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $9, $8 seniors, $5 youth 4-18. (813) 254-1891.

Target Tuesday: The hands-on museum offers free admission to everyone from 2 to 7 p.m. This month there will be character appearances at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., including the Cat in the Hat. Deal starts at 2 p.m. at the Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m., FX Jax gets some news that's going to change his entire life. That's right, he's not going to be in Fifty Shades of Grey.

SEASON PREMIERE What Would You Do?, 10 p.m., ABC John Quinones hosts another round of recording people without their permission first, thereby exposing them for the terrible people they all are. Just once it would be nice if one of the interview subjects admitted it on camera.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find this week's new #CookClub recipe at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Snow! On Friday, Florida kids get a feel for the white stuff with a free snow slide at Winter's Miracle on Cleveland Street in Clearwater. Then Saturday starts with the annual free Santa Parade in downtown St. Petersburg, leading to 65 tons of snow at Snowfest in North Straub Park, with toboggan rides and "glice" skating for a $5 wristband. No snow, but there is skating on real ice at Tampa's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, with a Christmas Market and movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Free, but bring a teddy bear for local hospitals.

97X Next Big Thing: This year has two stages in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, with Thirty Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto!), Jimmy Eat World, Stone Temple Pilots and more. Tickets are $65 through Friday via Ticketmaster, $80 at the gate Saturday. 97xonline.com.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 3 12/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 1:06pm]
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