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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 24

Vodka Latke: The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples ages 21 to 45 takes on a Las Vegas theme with casino gaming including poker, black jack, roulette and craps. The party goes on until 12:30 a.m. 8:30 p.m., YAD Casino Lounge, 4030 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. $36 advance, $45 at the door. (813) 769-4723.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: The holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, with an ensemble cast playing multiple roles. Presented with no intermission. 2 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $28; $20 students; seniors and retired military receive $2 off. (727) 823-7529.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Show a valid PSTA pass and get a free pair of 3-D glasses to enhance the show. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; under 12 free. (727) 582-5800.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Yacht StarShip for a magical cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festive lighted bridges and decorated Tampa harbor homes. Includes a holiday buffet. 6 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59.95, $29.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

TO WATCH

A Christmas Story, 8 p.m., TBS. We triple-dog dare you to watch all 24 hours of the marathon. Just make sure to drink your Ovaltine first.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find holiday treats and recipes at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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