Monday, January 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 4

Into the Woods: The Broadway musical intertwines the plots of several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29-$83. (813) 229-7827.

The Nutcracker: St. Petersburg Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker showcases future dancers/students of world-renowned schools and companies. 3 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24, $12 students/seniors. (727) 343-4122.

Chase the Dreidel Run: How fast does a dreidel move? Find out as runners chase a giant dreidel as it runs down the streets on this 5K run. There will be a bounce house and an a potato pancake after-party to get ready for Hanukkah season. 4 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 300 58th St. N, St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $36 day of. (727) 648-6545.

Snow at Sundial: Snow falls nightly at Sundial's celebration of twinkling lights. Today also features photos with Santa from 1 to 5 p.m. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201.

Terry Tomalin Memorial Paddle: The stand up paddle community gathers to honor Terry Tomalin, a former Times sports reporter and avid outdoor adventure man who died this year. Events designed for various skill levels include a 7.5-mile crossing of Tampa Bay, a 3-mile open paddle and a 1-mile open paddle to meet the incoming fleet of the 7.5-mile event. Benefits some of Terry's favorite charities. 8 a.m., North Shore Park, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 896-7000.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors offering farm fresh produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods, plants, handcrafted items, live music, then stop in for breakfast or lunch at the nearby restaurants. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Tampa Bay International Auto Show: The show brings 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks to one location. There will be fun for the whole family as the best in a variety of vehicles are displayed, and test drives and activities are available on all three days. 10 a.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $12, $5 seniors/military/ages 7-12, 6 and younger free. (813) 837-1114.

St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: The yacht basin and Albert Whitted Park will be filled with hundreds of sail and power boats. Once again, the event also includes a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing marine gear, children's activities, seminars and clinics. 10 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $16, 15 and younger free. Toll-free 1-800-940-7642.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Dec. 25 with seven pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. Noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Floating Christmas Tree: The Friends of the Riverwalk unveil a new 30-foot floating Christmas tree. Dubbed Holiday Island, the tree is positioned on the Hillsborough River between the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa General Hospital and will be lit from sunset to sunrise through Dec. 25. 5:45 p.m., The Sail, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 221-1539.

Hawk and Wayne's Anywhere, USA: A longform, narrative improv show with oddball characters that parallels the theme of American Stage's current season, "In Search of America." 6 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 823-7529.

Wonderland of Lights: This 38-day event incorporates animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. Runs through Dec. 31. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20-$35. (813) 737-3247.

Santa and Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Santa and his sleigh will be appearing on select nights in St. Petersburg for visits with area children. After visiting Santa, stick around for "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free; $5 skating. (727) 893-7441.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven's Violin Concerto: TFO's own Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer steps into the spotlight in a program that also includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Train Weekend: Kids of all ages can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad. 10 a.m., Largo Central Railroad, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free (donations for train maintenance appreciated). (727) 587-6740 ext. 5014.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE: Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO: In the supersized season one finale, an ambitious new narrative is revealed by Ford, Dolores embraces who she really is and Maeve's plan takes shape. Now that theories of multiple timelines and Bernard's true identity have been confirmed, we can only imagine how this fascinatingly bonkers show will end its first season.

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