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Wisconsin band members entertain the crowd as they perform on the beach. - Crowds enjoy activities at the Outback Bowl Beach Day. Auburn's and Wisconsin's bands and cheerleaders performed on the beach for fans. There also was a tug-of-war between the teams cheerleaders. Wisconsin's girls, boys and coed teams won all three of the tug-of-war contests.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Wisconsin band members entertain the crowd as they perform on the beach. - Crowds enjoy activities at the Outback Bowl Beach Day. Auburn's and Wisconsin's bands and cheerleaders performed on the beach for fans. There also was a tug-of-war between the teams cheerleaders. Wisconsin's girls, boys and coed teams won all three of the tug-of-war contests.

Outback Bowl Beach Day: Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they take to the beach adjacent to Pier 60 for a day of live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests. 11 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (813) 874-2695.

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.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a decorated gazebo on select nights. 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. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; under 12 free. (727) 582-5800.

The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays: Australia's rock stars of the opera bring a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $41.25-$76.25. (727) 791-7400.

Tampa Bay Lightning: New York Rangers: 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Snow Days at the Aquarium: Enjoy real snow with a kids' play area. Included with admission. 12 p.m., 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

I Get That a Lot, 8 p.m., CBS. The show returns as more celebrities work overtime to pull pranks on people. Highlights include Alex Trebek manning the information desk at a library and Kristin Chenoweth, pictured, working as a waitress at a New York diner.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 30 12/28/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2015 5:08pm]
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