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 file (2014)  Brandon the otter plays in the snow at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa last year. This year's otter snow day will be Tuesday.

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file (2014) Brandon the otter plays in the snow at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa last year. This year's otter snow day will be Tuesday.

River Otters and Ring-tailed Lemurs: The holidays are coming early for River Otters and Ring-tailed Lemurs who will enjoy a cool treat when their exhibit is filled with snow for them to play with. Included with admission. 3 p.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $23.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site. (813) 273-4000.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than a million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Christmas-themed entertainment, a "Christmas Time Tree Show," music by the Holiday Hills Band, photos with Santa, festive treats and holiday shopping. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 3. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular: This musical revue features classic holiday songs along with themed choreography and costumes. 11:30 a.m., Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. $49.50, $24.95 child; $38.45, $19.95 child (show only). (727) 863-7949.

Skate with Santa: Bring your Christmas wish list and join Santa for an afternoon skate. 12 p.m., Astro Skate Tarpon Springs, 875 Cypress St., Tarpon Springs. $8 (skate rental extra). (727) 938-5778.

Let It Snow: The planetarium's 32-minute holiday show features festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, with a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. It's all enhanced with thematic animation, special effects and all-dome scenery. Included with museum admission. 12:05 p.m., Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $19, $17 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (941) 746-4131.

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.

The Sound of Music: The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family features a Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain and Edelweiss. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40-$95. (813) 229-7827.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: It's a Wonderful Life: During the months of November and December, enjoy select holiday classics with a sing-along to holiday carols by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before each show. See the classic comedy/drama starring James Stewart. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members/children. (813) 274-8982.

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