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Elicia Witherspoon, 10, of St. Petersburg, slides down a snowy hill at the Snowfest in North Straub Park Saturday, December 7, 2013 in St. Petersburg. Her grandpa is wearing booties for stability as the synthetic ice, made of a solid polymer material, can be slippery. The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation department made 65 tons of snow to bring a sense of winter to the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Other activities included a climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, reindeer races, and a Kiddyland area. Santa Claus was also there, posing with kids, as well as some adults. Glice skating and Santa visits are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 7, 8, 12 through 15, and 19 through 23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Cameras allowed.

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Elicia Witherspoon, 10, of St. Petersburg, slides down a snowy hill at the Snowfest in North Straub Park Saturday, December 7, 2013 in St. Petersburg. Her grandpa is wearing booties for stability as the synthetic ice, made of a solid polymer material, can be slippery. The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation department made 65 tons of snow to bring a sense of winter to the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Other activities included a climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, reindeer races, and a Kiddyland area. Santa Claus was also there, posing with kids, as well as some adults. Glice skating and Santa visits are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 7, 8, 12 through 15, and 19 through 23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Cameras allowed.

Snowfest and Santa Parade: The day starts with the annual Santa Parade beginning at Central Avenue and Fifth Street. After the parade, 65 tons of snow are blown into St. Petersburg's North Straub Park, bringing toboggan rides, art tent, giant slide, "glice" skating and a kiddie land. 10 a.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $5 wristband. (727) 893-7441.

97X Next Big Thing: Topping the 16th annual alt-rock festival's lineup are British alt-pop heartthrobs the 1975 along with Americana troupe the Head and the Heart, glitch-pop duo Phantogram, South African rockers Kongos and synth-pop duo Capital Cities. 10 a.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35-$85.60. (813) 740-2446.

Venus Williams: Tennis star Venus Williams will be on hand for this show of her latest sports and fitness fashion line, EleVen. Purchase $75 or more of EleVen apparel before the show and get admission to a question and answer session with Williams. 3:30 p.m., Fit2Run, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 873-2786.

Florida Orchestra Holiday Home Tour: Visit six festively decorated homes in St. Petersburg's Snell Isle and Northeast areas on this self-guided tour of homes with a holiday gift boutique at one of the stops. Benefits the Florida Orchestra. 10 a.m., Holiday Tour Starting Point, 320 Coffee Pot Riviera NE, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of. (727) 254-1176.

Santa Fest and Christmas Parade: The waterfront park is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday party. The parade steps off at 11 a.m at Pierce Street and Madison Street, travels west to Ashley Drive and ends at the park where the party continues with crafts, games, holiday entertainment and photos with Santa. 11 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8262.

Crafts and Drafts: Combines old fashioned fun with shuffleboard, craft beers, food trucks, tie dye art and more than 50 arts and crafts vendors. 11 a.m., Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $5, $25 VIP. (727) 822-2083.

Uke It Out 2.0: Hear everything from ukulele reggae and bluegrass sounds, to Americana and rock. There will also be a ukulele tribute to the Beatles where attendees are encouraged to join in and a one-day only special ukulele beer. 3 p.m., Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave S St., St. Petersburg. $15, $12 advance; ages 12 and under free. (727) 201-4278.

Streetcar Live: Mike Mass: Riders will be treated to local bands performing live on the TECO Line Streetcar System. An evening of hip-hop along with Demi Nova, Asher & Vern Senior. 5 p.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $2.50 one way, $5 all day. (813) 254-4278.

Christmas Lane: Santa and Mrs. Claus greet you at this holiday spectacle with giant toy soldiers and a 14-foot reindeer, Christmas castle, face painting, children's performers and ornament making. 6 p.m., Florida Strawberry Festival Agricultural Show Center Building, 2508 W Oak Ave., Plant City. $5, $3 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 478-0494.

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting: Decorated boats will travel south down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Dunedin Marina. Santa arrives on the last boat to light the city's large Christmas tree in Edgewater Park. 6 p.m., Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., Dunedin. Free. (727) 738-2920.

Red and Green Party: Join more than 400 friends and supporters of the LGBT community at St. Pete Pride's holiday party with al fresco dining in the gardens, complimentary appetizers and an open bar. 7 p.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $35. (727) 342-0084.

Bowzer's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Party: Hosted by Jon "Bowzer" Bauman the concert stars Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Original Comets, The Dixie Cups, Joey Dee, Bowzer & The Stingrays and Rocky & The Rollers, along with a special Sha Na Na reunion with Bowzer, Henry Gross and Johnny Contardo. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Canopy Tree Climbing: Climbers ages 6 and older can ascend into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. 10 a.m., Pathfinder Outdoor Education, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 328-0300.

TO WATCH

Elf, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: A human raised by elves leaves the North Pole to search for his birth father in New York City.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 3 12/02/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2016 10:39am]
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