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Singer/songwriter Michael McDonald (middle) sings for the opening and first performance in the newly refurbished and expanded Capitol Theatre, created through a partnership between the city of Clearwater, which owns the theater, and Ruth Eckerd Hall, which manages it. McDonald is a former member of the Doobie Brothers.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Singer/songwriter Michael McDonald (middle) sings for the opening and first performance in the newly refurbished and expanded Capitol Theatre, created through a partnership between the city of Clearwater, which owns the theater, and Ruth Eckerd Hall, which manages it. McDonald is a former member of the Doobie Brothers.

Michael McDonald: The five-time Grammy winner will sprinkle some of his signature hits into a holiday set that features Christmas favorites, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas. $79-$95. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $79-$95. (727) 791-7400.

The Family Blessing (formerly The Chocolate Nutcracker): Artz 4 Life Academy's annual Nutcracker production takes a new direction to promote family unity. 2 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $17-$37. (727) 893-7832.

Crafty Fest: This monthly market with an artsy slant includes local arts, etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. 11 a.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 324-3878.

Tasty Traditions: Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission. 1 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker: Internationally renowned guest artists join the cast of dancers and gymnasts to present the holiday classic. 2 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$125. (813) 229-7827.

Seasonal Sparkle: The popular holiday show features the opera's acclaimed chorus and orchestra, which will be led by guest conductors Craig Cranston and Hank Hine, who both won the opportunity at the Bella Voce gala. 2 p.m., St. Petersburg Opera Company, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040.

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.

March to the Match: Join the popular Tampa Bay Lightning fan club Sticks of Fire to cheer, chant and march your way to the Amalie Arena before the game. 4:15 p.m., Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 345-5881.

Redington Beach/Indian Shores Lighted Boat Parade: This year's parade starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ends at the Pub restaurant for an awards ceremony and party. 6 p.m., Pub Waterfront Restaurant, 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Free. (727) 391-3875.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a magical 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 and Santa. 6 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59.95, $29.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

TO WATCH

Miss Universe Pageant. 7 p.m., Fox. A very pretty young woman from one of 80 countries will be crowned. If you can name all 80 countries, we will reserve a special crown for you.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 20 12/18/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2015 11:20am]
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