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.
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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: It's the sixth year for a bowl game in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and today the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl features the Ohio University Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference and the East Carolina Pirates from Conference USA. Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and tickets start at $35. (727) 290-9865.
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.
Vodka Latke Luau: The annual party especially for young Jewish singles and couples — on Christmas Eve, natch — hits the beach. Wear luau chic and flip-flops for dancing, drinks and latkes Tuesday at Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Bring nonperishable food items for Tampa Jewish Family Services and Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. $36. (813) 264-9000.
Deadmau5: Canadian house-music über-producer Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. Deadmau5, hits Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday, with Adventure Club, Nervo, GTA and Nom De Strip. $50-$120. (813) 350-6500.
ZZ Top: The bearded Hall of Famers bring classics Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man and Legs to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. $55-$125. (727) 791-7400.
Gilbert Gottfried: You know this comedian's loud, distinctive voice as the Aflac duck (until jokes about the Japan earthquake ended that) and in movies like Aladdin and tons of TV shows. He'll be at the revamped Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Sunday. $25-$49. (727) 791-7400.
more to explore
What are you doing New Year's Eve? Check out this list of events and parties at tampabay.com/things-to-do.