Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 21

Peter Pan: A mysterious boy whisks Wendy and her brothers to Neverland, where they contend with Captain Hook. Shown in repertory with Peter and the Starcatcher. Through Jan. 29. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $37-$52. (727) 498-5205.

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

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo's new holiday party with carolers, costumed characters, performers, a Christmas tree, holiday treats, music and photo opportunities with Santa and his elves. 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.

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.

Christmas Karaoke: Enjoy $2 shots of peppermint schnapps as you karaoke to classic and pop style Christmas carols. 6 p.m., Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). (813) 281-8900.

John Henton: Best known for his work on the sitcoms Living Single and The Hughleys, Henton is back on the comedy club circuit. . 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $16-$18. (813) 864-4000.

TO WATCH

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, 8 p.m., NBC: Blends elements of the film starring Will Ferrell and the Broadway musical to tell the tale of an elf coming to New York City to meet his dad.

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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 23

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

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