Monday, January 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 13

The Beach Boys: Holidays and Hits: Original members, Mike Love and Bruce Johnson perform material from their early surf rock classics to masterpieces like Wouldn't It Be Nice, plus your favorite holiday hits. $40-$75; $150 dinner package. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Copeland: The reunited Central Florida pop-rockers make a stop here during their tour. Tickets available through Ticketfly. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$20. (813) 248-9500.

An Evening with Marty Baron: A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the Boston Globe editor portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, Martin "Marty" Baron will share his insights on the 2016 election and the current state of the media. 5:30 p.m., Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $40, $100 with dinner. (888) 769-6837.

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. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

Snow at Sundial: Snow falls nightly at Sundial's celebration of twinkling lights. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festive lighted bridges, shimmering downtown skylines and decorated Tampa harbor homes. Includes a holiday buffet, hot cocoa, cookies, carols, a ride on the pirate taxi and Santa. 5:30 and 6:45 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59.95, $39.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

Sunsets on the Roof: Meet at the grand staircase and proceed to the roof to watch the sun set over Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. 5:30 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4970.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1 million twinkly lights, lasers, Florida-style displays, animated figures, visits with Santa and entertainers lining the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

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.

TO WATCH

American Housewife, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Katie plans a school pageant to celebrate Christmas.

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