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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 10

St. Pete Illuminated Boat Parade: Twinkling boats of all makes and sizes parade along the downtown waterfront area at this Rotary Club event. Plenty of viewing spaces are available along the Vinoy Basin sea wall, at Demens Landing and on the Pier approach. New this year is a VIP experience with reserved seating, beer, wine and food. 6:30 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. VIP $8-$50. (727) 822-3277.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: An ensemble brings a few dozen characters to life with live, on stage sound effects, to present the story of George Bailey, who considers taking his life on Christmas Eve. Through Dec. 24. 3 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 823-7529.

Steampunk Victorian Christmas: A Victorian gothic Christmas celebration combines high tea with old west literature and a boxing match. Get free admission with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 10 a.m., Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $3, $1 children, 2 and younger free. (727) 893-7326.

Holiday Hoopla: Combine a nautical atmosphere with holiday cheer and you get Gulfport's Holiday Hoopla featuring arts and crafts, roaming characters, live music, caroling, dance performances and lights. Benefits Operation Santa and Gulfport residents in need. 10 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 322-5217.

Ice Skating at Tampa's Winter Village: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Open every day through Dec. 25. New this year is a cafe from Mise en Place with holiday snacks like roasted chestnuts, festive sweets and a full bar with themed drinks. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

Christmas Train Rides: Take an old fashioned train rides for Christmas. Then visit with Santa. 10 a.m., Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. $6. (727) 639-7639.

Gingerbread House Benefit: Decorate a gingerbread house with icing, candy and decorations (provided, or bring your own decorations) in this competition to benefit the American Red Cross. $75, $50 child, $100 elf. 10:30 a.m., University of Tampa Plant Hall, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (727) 385-5786.

Olympicnic: Teams of up to six people, comprised of no less than two women or two men, compete in a five hour field day for adults only with all-you-can-drink beer, Jello shots and a voucher for a Ferg's meal. 1 p.m., Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $50 per person. (727) 822-4562.

I Am Prodigy Music Festival: Hosted by WMNF, the festival features nine acts including headliner The Freddy Montes Band. Other attractions include an Art in the Park exhibit, merchants row and food trucks. 1 p.m., University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. Free. (813) 386-6687.

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Holiday Pops: Yuletide favorites with Florida Orchestra flair. 2 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 893-7832.

Movies at the Royal: St. Petersburg's historic Royal Theatre and where popular and classic movies, many based on popular novels, are shown on the big screen. 2:22 p.m., The Royal Theatre, 1011 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 433-8237.

Heralds of Harmony Christmas Show: The men's a cappella group sings holiday standards in a blend of narrative and song. 3 p.m., University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa. $25-$40. (813) 994-8787.

Pinellas Park Holiday Parade: The 43rd annual Pinellas Park Holiday parade features bands, floats, soldiers, dancers and equestrian groups. The parade steps off at the 58th Street railroad tracks and proceeds down Park Boulevard to the Shoppes at Park Place. Road closures begin at 1 p.m. and prime spots for viewing begin filling around 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m., Pinellas Park Parade Route, Park Boulevard and 58th Street, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 369-5746.

Christmas Lane: Santa and Mrs. Claus greet you at this holiday spectacle with giant toy soldiers and a 14-foot reindeer, Christmas castle, face painting, children's performers and ornament making. 6 p.m., Florida Strawberry Festival Agricultural Show Center Building, 2508 W Oak Ave., Plant City. $5, $3 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 478-0494.

Madeira Beach Holiday Boat Parade: Maderia Beach is shooting for 50 boats in the 50th annual holiday boat parade which departs from John's Pass at 6:30 p.m.and passes through the Intracoastal Waterway and canals before ending at ROC Park for a festival with holiday music, food and spirits. 6:30 p.m., ROC (Remember Our Children) Park, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 391-9951.

Sabrina Carpenter: The teenage singer, songwriter and actress who starred on Girl Meets World embarks on the Evolution tour. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 895-3045.

Snow on 7th Holiday Parade: Cheer on floats, nearly 20 marching bands and Santa all while snowflakes fall on Seventh Avenue. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 6 p.m. and there is $5 special event parking in city garages. 7 p.m., Snow on Seventh District, Seventh Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, Tampa. Free, $5 event parking. (813) 247-2555.

TO WATCH

Frosty Returns, 9:30 p.m., CBS: John Goodman voices Frosty, who is threatened by an inventor of a snow-removal spray.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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