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Amy Kremser holds hands with her daughter Katherine Kremser, 4, as she teaches her how to ice skate during a private party for McDill Air Force Base families on Thursday evening, December 10, 2015 at the ice rink in downtown Tampa. Kremser's husband is with the DV Unit in the 310th Air Squad.

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Amy Kremser holds hands with her daughter Katherine Kremser, 4, as she teaches her how to ice skate during a private party for McDill Air Force Base families on Thursday evening, December 10, 2015 at the ice rink in downtown Tampa. Kremser's husband is with the DV Unit in the 310th Air Squad.

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.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 24 12/23/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 12:09pm]
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