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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 18

For music planner on 12/15: Handout photos of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on 12/18. Credit: Jason McEachern.

For music planner on 12/15: Handout photos of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on 12/18. Credit: Jason McEachern.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The blockbuster symphonic rock act, one of the most successful touring acts in the world, will bring their annual holiday roadshow to their home base of Tampa. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Start at $32. (813) 301-2500;.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Tampa: Watch festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer as they motor and sail from Rick's on the River and pass Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Tampa Convention Center with judging at the Sail Pavilion and ending at Channelside. 6 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade: The Friends of the River hold this annual parade with decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional craft. Departs from the Lowry Park boat ramp, upriver to Sulphur Springs Park. Assembles at 5:30 p.m.; parade starts at 6. 6 p.m., Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 841-3601.

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 in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo's new holiday party with carolers. Included with admission, or $21.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors offering farm fresh produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods, plants, handcrafted items, live music, then stop in for breakfast or lunch at the nearby restaurants. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Sounds of the Season: Hernando Symphony Orchestra will open doors 90-minutes prior to concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the conductor and musicians. 2 p.m., Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. $15 for adults, $5 for students. (352) 515-6993.

A Christmas Carol: Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents the longest-running production in the United States of the Dickens classic, with ghosts of Christmases past, present and future, guiding Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas. 2 and 7 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400.

Seasonal Sparkle: St. Petersburg Opera presents a celebration of all four seasons. 2 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: It's A Wonderful Life: Enjoy select holiday classics with a sing-along to holiday carols by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before each show. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members/children. (813) 274-8982.

Holiday Burlesque: A sprinkle of holiday cheer and a dash of sex appeal combine in this Star Wars-themed burlesque holiday special. 21 and older only. 9 p.m., Iberian Rooster: Subcentral Speakeasy, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 258-8753.


The Sound of Music, 7 p.m., ABC: A high-spirited nun leaves the convent in pre-WWII Austria to look after seven children, whose father is a bit of a grump. The hills are alive in this delightful classic musical that is perfect for the holidays.


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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 18 12/16/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2016 12:17pm]
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