St. Pete Beach Boat Parade: The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge. A free viewing party takes place in the park with music, hot chocolate, children's art projects and a visit from Santa. 6 p.m., St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 363-9264.
Free Pet Adoption: In an effort to give animals a forever home for the holidays, pet adoption fees will be waived on all animals including puppies and kittens. 10 a.m., SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Free. (727) 586-3591.
St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: The yacht basin and Albert Whitted Park will be filled with hundreds of sail and power boats. Also includes a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing marine gear, children's activities, seminars and clinics. 10 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $16, 15 and younger free. Toll-free 1-800-940-7642.
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.
Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs: Snow will be falling on Tarpon Avenue for this annual festival with a snow play area, carriage rides, a Christmas movie, children's activities, a candy cane hunt and visits with Santa. 5 p.m., Downtown Tarpon Springs, Orange Street Between Safford and N Pinellas Avenues, Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 938-3711.
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:40 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.
Wonderland of Lights: This 38-day event incorporates animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. Runs through Dec. 31. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20-$35. (813) 737-3247.
Holiday in the Park: This community-wide holiday event includes children's games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hay rides and a children's train. 6 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 369-7824.
Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony: Chadd and Kristi, from Magic 94.9's The Morning Show, serve as host for the ceremony with music by The Late Night Brass band. Mayor Bob Buckhorn lights the tree at approximately 7:50 p.m. A screening of the holiday classic A Christmas Story follows. 6 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.
Keith Haring: Radiant Child: A one man show that explores the life and work of the iconic 1980s artist. Suitable for all ages. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-6620.
The Nutcracker: St. Petersburg Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker showcases future dancers/students of world-renowned schools and companies. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24, $12 students/seniors. (727) 343-4122.
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular: A live orchestra, acrobats, aerialists and holiday cheer blend dare-devil athletics with the most popular holiday music in this family friendly show. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $25-$85. (813) 301-2500.
Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven's Violin Concerto: TFO's own Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer steps into the spotlight in a program that also includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $15-$45. (813) 229-7827.
(Hed) Pe: The four-piece group have been performing punk-rock and rasta with soul since 1994. 8 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 241-8600.
Howard Jones: For '80s fans of synth-pop and New Wave, pioneer Howard Jones (No One is to Blame) is joined by A Flock of Seagulls I Ran (So Far Away). 8 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. $19.95. (813) 248-2954.
KIDS AND FAMILY
The Octonauts: Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso lead five crew members in Disney's deep sea adventure as it takes to a stage tour. 6 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $33.25-$43.25. (727) 791-7400.
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