Times Turkey Trot: Before you go into a food coma on Thanksgiving, hit the road for a good run. Choose from several races, including the Wingding 5K or Turkey Trot 10K, all beginning near Clearwater High School. Bring nonperishable food items for the Religious Community Services Food Pantry. $14-$40. See tampabay.com/turkeytrot for details.
Get Roasted: Here's something guaranteed to make Aunt Hazel bearable on Turkey Day: 13 Ugly Men's Get Roasted party on Thanksgiving Eve at Ceviche, 2500 W Azeele St., Tampa. $15. (813) 250-0203.
Hanukkah: Or as some are calling it this year: "Thanksgivukkah." For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide, with the eight-day Jewish holiday beginning at sundown Thanksgiving eve. Chabad of Clearwater celebrates by lighting a menorah made of hundreds of doughnuts Wednesday at the Surf Style Mega Store in Clearwater Beach. Free.
St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: Straub Park lights up the waterfront for the holidays on Friday evening, with decorations, icicle lights and festive music by the St. Petersburg Community Band. Free.
Kanye West: The most polarizing — and talked about — musician on the planet comes to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Saturday. Will fiancée Kim Kardashian tag along? $36.75-$122.25. (813) 301-2500.
Music of Pink Floyd: The Florida Orchestra joins forces with a full rock band to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon. You'll hear Money and Learning to Fly, along with music from The Wall. Vocals by Randy Jackson. Show is Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-75. (727) 892-3337 for toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
Kids and Families
Christmas Town: Tampa's Busch Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland, with 80 miles of lights, real snow, Santa and train rides. It starts Friday and continues on select nights until Dec. 23. $40, $25 pass holders, $10 children (single admission); $89, $29 children (unlimited admissions). (813) 987-5600.
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Michelle and Katie know how to entertain the kids and relatives over the holiday in their Play Tampa Bay video at tampabay.com/things-to-do.