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Luis Santana  |   Times (11/20/2012, Tampa, FL)   LED lighted Flamingos inside of Christmas Town.   Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offered the Times a behind the scenes look at the setup for their newest feature Christmas Town. Christmas Town will be opened after normal park hours and will offer a variety of different Christmas themed areas and attractions. Christmas Town opens on November 30th 2012.  [Luis Santana | Times]

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Luis Santana | Times (11/20/2012, Tampa, FL) LED lighted Flamingos inside of Christmas Town. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offered the Times a behind the scenes look at the setup for their newest feature Christmas Town. Christmas Town will be opened after normal park hours and will offer a variety of different Christmas themed areas and attractions. Christmas Town opens on November 30th 2012. [Luis Santana | Times]

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.

Tasty Traditions: Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission. 10 a.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. (813) 443-3861.

Human Foosball: The Rowdies join individual competitors as they enter a giant foosball court to use poles for blocking and a kick ball for scoring on the goalie. Takes place in conjunction with the Saturday Morning Market. 10 a.m., Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-8906.

St. Petersburg Bowl: The post season college football game matches the Connecticut Huskies against the Marshall Thundering Herd. 11 a.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $40-$200. (727) 290-9865.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: The internationally-touring, critically acclaimed ballet company presents a performance featuring award-winning principal dancers, magical backdrops and props, and stunning costumes. Noon, 4 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $32-$97. (727) 893-7832.

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 and 7 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.

John Henton: Best known for the sitcoms Living Single and The Hughleys, the Cleveland-born actor has returned to his stand-up comedy roots. 7:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $16-$18. (813) 864-4000.

Reverend Billy C Wirtz: The blues musician, comedian and writer comes to Tampa with rocker Ronny Elliott. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.

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. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40-$95. (813) 229-7827.

John Henton: Best known for the sitcoms Living Single and The Hughleys, the Cleveland-born actor has returned to his stand-up comedy roots. 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $16-$18. (813) 864-4000.

Marshmello: The mysterious EDM musician brings his very first tour to Tampa. 10 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10-$15. (813) 873-8368.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Snow Days at the Aquarium: Enjoy real snow with a kids' play area. Included with admission. Noon, 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.

TO WATCH

Stalked by My Doctor, 8 p.m., Lifetime. Now that Christmas is over, the mushy movies are out, and it's back to business as usual. Hence, a TV film about a heart surgeon (Eric Roberts) who saves the life of a teen girl, then becomes eerily obsessed with her.

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