Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 25

The 39 Steps: Based on the book by Patrick Barlow and movie by Alfred Hitchcock, four actors play 150 characters in this murder mystery mixed with comedy. Through Dec. 13. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $29-$59, $20 students; pay what you can Nov. 18; $29 Nov. 19. (727) 823-7529.

Figure: The heavy bass DJ tours in support of his latest album, Gravity. 10 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. (813) 873-8368.

Pre-Thanksgiving Bash: Shake and wobble around the dance floor before you gobble Thanksgiving dinner at this swing dance with a triple-time swing lesson and music by Keith Jones and the Makeshifts. 6 p.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $12. (813) 840-3715.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts play the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600.

TC Tahoe: The comedy magician uses combines his improvisational prowess with his award-winning slight-of-hand. 18 and older show. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 864-4000.

Rock the Yacht: Enjoy a rocking party on the open ocean with live entertainment, food and drink specials on board. Must be 21 and over. This week features a Motown party with music by the Black Honkeys. 9:30 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $30. (813) 223-7999.

kids and family

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: Disney has decided this is the final year for the Osborne Lights, which features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Included with daily general admission through Jan. 3. 9 a.m., Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. (407) 939-6244.

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.

Ice!: The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. Runs through Jan. 3. 10 a.m., Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. From $28.99, $26.99 seniors, $14.99 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. $20 parking. (407) 586-0000.

TO WATCH

The Making of 'The Wiz Live,' 8 p.m., NBC. The special pulls back the curtain on the holiday music event scheduled to air Dec. 3. From casting to costume design, the program reveals how the show came together.

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