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HT_377396_FREE_herchristmaslights 2of4(12/7/2013) Brooksville, FL)A decorative Santa sits amongst the holiday lights at the Candy Cane Acres celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. Brooksville, Saturday December 7th.

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HT_377396_FREE_herchristmaslights 2of4(12/7/2013) Brooksville, FL)A decorative Santa sits amongst the holiday lights at the Candy Cane Acres celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. Brooksville, Saturday December 7th.

Candy Cane Acres: The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, cookie decorating, a Parade of Trees and holiday lights and more. Through Dec. 17. 6:30 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $10 per carload, includes 10 free tickets. Additional tickets are 50-cents each. (352) 796-4552.

Florida Orchestra: Legend of Zelda: Under the direction of Amy Andersson, the orchestra presents a video game concert celebrating 30 years of The Legend of Zelda. Costumes welcome. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$95. (727) 892-3337.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy : Now one of the longest running one-man shows in history, Steve Solomon's comedy is inspired by his hilarious family and all the people in his life whose sole purpose is to drive him into therapy. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$45. (727) 791-7400.

One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody: The parody pays homage to the Dark Knight trilogy, taking audiences on a comedic joyride, from Batman's origins to his epic battles against Gotham's super-villains. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25-$35. (813) 229-7827.

North Pole Express: All Aboard for an express trip to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole. Passengers can sing with carolers throughout the journey. Santa greets every child upon arrival at the North Pole and presents them with a special gift. 5:30 p.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $24.50-$49.50, $20.50-$43.50 ages 1-11, infants free. (877) 869-0800.

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.

Food Trucks Around Town: Eat, Drink and Be Ugly: An evening of food truck dining that also has waterfront and indoor air-conditioned seating with live music. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater at this month's "Eat, Drink and Be Ugly" themed rally with a visit from Santa. 6 p.m., Port of St. Petersburg, 250 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 892-5715.

Flaw: The rockers will be joined by Progressive Chemistry, Coldclock Knockout, Aegea and 3D Burn. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045.

The Spill Canvas: The South Dakota rockers perform an acoustic show. 7:30 p.m., The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 258-4829.

Green Grass and Yule Tide Jam: A night of southern rock featuring The Outlaws who formed in Tampa in 1972 as well as The Henry Paul Band and BlackHawk. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $37.50-$58.50. (727) 791-7400.

Peter and the Starcatcher: In the origin story of Peter Pan, a secret society must protect the evil Starstuff, lest it fall into the hands of the evil King Zarboff. Presented in repertory with the original Peter Pan. Through Jan. 29. 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $37-$52. (727) 498-5205.

Bill Bellamy: After getting his start as an MTV VJ, the actor and comic went on to star in a slew of comedies,including How to Be a Player, has several of his own stand up specials and hosted Last Comic Standing. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (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 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $18-$20. (813) 960-1197.

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