Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 28

Fortune Feimster: She gained popularity as a writer and performer on Chelsea Lately, and has gone on to appear in several television shows, including a recurring role as Nurse Collette on The Mindy Project. She'll also appear in the upcoming movies, Office Christmas Party and Deported. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Peter and the Starcatcher: In the origin story of Peter Pan, a secret society must protect the Starstuff, lest it fall into the hands of the evil King Zarboff. Presented in repertory with the original Peter Pan (7 p.m.) 2 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $37-$52. (727) 498-5205.

Hanukkah Celebration: Hosted by Chabad of Spring Hill, the event will include a menorah lighting, magic man Van Valin, Hanukkah-themed crafts and hot latkes. 5 p.m., Spring Hill Professional Center, 224-236 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 600-2779.

Snow at Sundial: Snow falls nightly at Sundial's celebration of twinkling lights. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201.

Wonderland of Lights: Incorporates animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon ride. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20-$35. (813) 737-3247.

Ralphie May: Not for the squeamish, the raw and uncensored comedy of this Last Comic Standing alum has earned him a cult following. 8 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$30; $90 for open bar on New Year's Eve. (813) 960-1197.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Snow Days at the Aquarium: Enjoy real snow. Included with admission. Noon, Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 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

Snowpiercer, 7 p.m., Syfy: During a new ice age, a revolution brews on a train containing the last of humanity. Chaos ensues when the lower classes in the back cars decide to invade the upper classes.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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