Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

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. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 823-7529.

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, $100 elf. 10:30 a.m., Loews Don CeSar Hotel , 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 385-5786.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts: Best of Ballet: Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts before a performance featuring "selections of best loved music." Stuart Malina conducts. 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 893-7832.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Dec. 25 with seven pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday: The jazz artist presents a holiday jazz show which will celebrate its 11th anniversary. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$40. (727) 822-3590.

Sloan-a-Claus: William Sloan is back for a mature-audiences holiday show, bringing Christmas joy and taking gifts on the side. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $7. (813) 864-4000.

Wendy Liebman: A regular on the late-night talk shows, the veteran comedian has done specials on HBO and Comedy Central. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m., Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6800.

TO WATCH

Lego Frozen Northern Lights, 9:40 p.m., Disney Channel: In the first of four parts, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff try to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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