Make us your home page
Instagram

Things to do Things to Do
 Today's TipSheet

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 25

Paige Sylvester as Liesl and Dan Tracy as Rolf in The Sound of Music.
Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Paige Sylvester as Liesl and Dan Tracy as Rolf in The Sound of Music. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The Sound of Music: Some families watch this on TV every Christmas, but this year you can see it live on stage even on Christmas Day. The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family with the Tony-winning score including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss is on stage at 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40-$95.

Battle of the Bands: After opening your Christmas presents, hit the beach to watch the bands from the University of Connecticut and Marshall compete before Saturday's St. Petersburg Bowl in tug-o-war, flag football, boxing and more. 2:30 p.m., Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free.

St. Petersburg Bowl Block Party: This giant bowl game pep rally includes live music, interactive games and displays. 5 p.m., Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Annual New Granada Xmas Night Extravaganza: If you're seeking refuge from the holiday hubbub, head to New World for its annual Christmas Night blowout that's turned into a yearly reunion for the local indie music community. Tampa acts include Meatwound, Rec Center, Empire Cinema and Mountain Holler perform. 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10.

Holiday Lights in the Garden: The beautifully decorated Florida Botanical Gardens are open nightly through Dec. 31. Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. New this year, a lighted six-and-a-half-foot tall snowman and his family will add to the holiday theme. Show a valid PSTA pass and get a free pair of 3-D glasses to enhance the show. Donation of $4 suggested; under 12 free. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-5800.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot: Actor Edward James Olmos is the celebrity narrator today at Epcot's World Showcase. A giant tree-shaped choir of cast members is joined by a 50-piece orchestra, select choirs and Olmos tell the Christmas story at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. Included with daily admission. $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. 5 p.m., Epcot at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: The park will be open until 8 p.m. tonight and more than a million twinkling lights have transformed wide sections of it with Christmas-themed entertainment, a "Christmas Time Tree Show," and festive treats. Included with admission. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. (888) 800-5447.

to Watch

The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special, 8 p.m., CBS. Are you up for a return trip to Mayberry? This special, basically packages a couple of episodes from the classic series. The bad news? They're colorized.

 

more to explore

The holidays aren't over yet! See our extensive list of New Year's Eve parties at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 25 12/23/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 4:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bar review: Les Partners Lounge goes old-school in Clearwater

    Bars & Spirits

    There are some local places that I'm shocked aren't more well known, and I think that's the result of a general aversion to stepping out of one's comfort zone. I make regular concerted efforts to step outside of mine, which often leads me to strange and rewarding drinking establishments.

    Les Partners Lounge is an old-school, smoker-friendly cocktail lounge and live music venue tucked away in a nondescript shopping plaza in Island Estates.
  2. Local craft beer of the week: Plongeur a L'eponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.

    Bars & Spirits

    Tarpon Springs' Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. has a somewhat idiosyncratic approach to wild ale brewing, utilizing an open brewing approach involving uncovered fermenters in order to brew beer with local ambient microbes, reminiscent in some ways to the fermentation techniques used by rustic farmhouse breweries in Belgium …

     Plongeur a?€š€™L?ˆš??ponge, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, 6/23/17  Electric Chair Sour Shandy, Angry Chair Brewing, 6/30/17   Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Motorworks Brewing 7/7/17
  3. ‘80s acts dominate lineup of 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

    Blogs

    Oh, yes. Christmas is coming early this year to ‘80s fans in Florida. Disney’s Epcot Center has announced the lineup to its “Eat to the Beat” concert series that coincides with their annual International Food & Wine Festival.

  4. Equality Florida leader honored at Tampa U2 concert

    Briefs

    TAMPA — Equality Florida director Nadine Smith couldn't attend last week's U2 concert in Tampa, but she can tell you which of her friends had great seats for the June 14 show at Raymond James Stadium.

    Nadine Smith, Equality Florida founder and CEO, received a unique distinction last week when U2 included her in a montage of photos saluting activism and women leaders.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 23

    Events

    Leslie Odom Jr.: A solo concert by the Broadway star who won a Tony for his performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

    Leslie Odom Jr. accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in "Hamilton"  during the 70th Annual Tony Awards  on June 12, 2016.  (Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)