Sunday, January 21, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 8

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.

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. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Snow at Sundial: Snow falls nightly at Sundial's celebration of twinkling lights. Today also features photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 p.m., Sundial St. Pete, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 800-3201.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1 million twinkly lights, lasers, Florida-style displays, animated figures, visits with Santa and entertainers lining the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

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.

Taste of Science: The Science Behind the News: This speaker series (formerly Pint of Science) brings scientists into local hangouts for talks in an informal setting. For a complete list of topics and speakers, go to tasteofscience.org. From water pollution to the Zika virus, learn about the science behind the news stories affecting our community. 7 p.m., c. 1949, 6905 N Orleans Ave., Tampa. $5.

North Pole Express: All Aboard for an express trip to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole. Passengers can sing with carolers throughout the journey. Santa greets every child upon arrival at the North Pole and presents them with a special gift. 5:30 and 7 p.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $24.50-$49.50, $20.50-$43.50 ages 1-11, infants free. (877) 869-0800.

A Peter White Christmas: White combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar. The holiday concert will feature Rick Braun and Euge Groove. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$50. (727) 791-7400.

Tammy Pescatelli: The Last Comic Standing alum starred in A Stand Up Mother on Wetv, that documented her life as a mom and her comedy career. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Wee-time at Weedon: Includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5. 10:30 a.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free (registration required). (727) 453-6500.

TO WATCH

Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to have a relaxing holiday but Donkey and pals turn it into a chaotic Christmas.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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