Monday, December 18, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 8

Downton Abbey: Get an advanced look at one-hour season six opener for the PBS hit Downton Abbey. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (813) 739-2949.

Let It Snow: The planetarium's 32-minute holiday show features festive classics from Frank Sinatra to Brenda Lee, with a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. It's all enhanced with thematic animation, special effects and all-dome scenery. Included with museum admission. 12:05 p.m., Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $19, $17 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (941) 746-4131.

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. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts. 9 a.m., Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Clothing Swap: Bring up to five used garments to exchange for vouchers to use on garments brought in by other participants. Vouchers may be purchased for $3 each. 9 a.m., Art Village Courtyard, 29th Avenue S and Beach Boulevard S, Gulfport. Free with items to swap, $3 without. (727) 902-2326.

A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular: This musical revue features classic holiday songs. 11:30 a.m., Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. $49.50, $24.95 child; $38.45, $19.95 child (show only). (727) 863-7949.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. 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. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; under 12 free. (727) 582-5800.

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic: The Homemade Broadcast invites amateur comedians to compete for a $50 cash prize, picked by audience participation. Free pizza is provided by Angelo's. 9 p.m., Sly Bar, 2061 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-2971.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Hanukkah @ Clearwater Beach: This grand family Hanukkah celebration features food, music, a Nerdy Noah show and the first ever Marshmallow Menorah. 6 p.m., Beachwalk, 311 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Free.

TO WATCH

Season finale Scream Queens, 8 p.m., Fox. You've anxiously waited with bated breath to learn the identity of the killer. Okay, so you haven't really, but tonight's two-hour Season 1 finale promises some answers anyway.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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