Things to do in Tampa Bay on Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

(2012) Ball State trombone player Dante Campbell screams for his teammates during the Battle of the Bands competition at the Sirata Beach Resort in 2012. This year's battle ahead of the bowl game features the NC State and UCF bands on Christmas Day. JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times
(2012) Ball State trombone player Dante Campbell screams for his teammates during the Battle of the Bands competition at the Sirata Beach Resort in 2012. This year's battle ahead of the bowl game features the NC State and UCF bands on Christmas Day.JAMES BORCHUCK | Times
Published December 22 2014

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Battle of the Bands: After opening your Christmas presents, hit the beach to watch the bands from North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida compete in tug of war, flag football, boxing and more. 2:30 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 290-9865.

Bitcoin Block Party: It's not an official bowl party, but Ferg's is again hosting a block party to warm up for Friday's Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl game at Tropicana Field. There will be live music, interactive games and displays starting at 5 p.m. on the 1300 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional).

New Granada's Anniversary Celebration with Pohgoh: Not only does the label turn 20 on Christmas Day, its flagship band Pohgoh will release its first studio track in 16 years. The celebration will continue over three nights of bands. Tonight starts at 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $8 per night, $16 weekend pass. (813) 248-4969.

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. The rinks opens at 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $10.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. This year, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a decorated gazebo on select nights. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. $4, 12 and younger free. (727) 582-2100.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: The park is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland with miles of lights, special food and treats, entertainment, a bottle Christmas tree, live music and holiday shopping at 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

MOSI's Idea Zone: Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry will be open today, with its Idea Zone transformed into Santa's satellite workshop at 11 a.m., MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. (813) 987-6000.

TO WATCH

Disney Parks Christmas Day Celebration and Parade, 9 a.m., ABC Would it surprise you to learn that Frozen's Ana and Elsa are going to be a major part of this 31st annual parade down Magic Kingdom's Main Street? Of course not.

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Coming up

Holiday FantaSea: Because that time between Christmas and New Year's needs a little love, the Florida Aquarium has extended hours, light shows and a snow play area for children from Friday to Tuesday. $23.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 kids 3-12. (813) 273-4000.

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