Make us your home page
Instagram

Things to do Things to Do
 Today's TipSheet

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 25

A toddler checks out the Christmas tree at North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg during the city's tree lighting ceremony in 2013. [Times files]

A toddler checks out the Christmas tree at North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg during the city's tree lighting ceremony in 2013. [Times files]

St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: Mayor Kriseman flips the switch to illuminate the city's Christmas tree at this celebration with live entertainment, interactive games and food available for purchase. 5 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7441.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo's new holiday party with carolers, costumed characters, performers, a Christmas tree, holiday treats, music and photo opportunities with Santa and his elves. Included with admission, or $21.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $29.95, $27.95 seniors, $22.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Santa's Workshop: MOSI's Idea Zone is transformed into a Minecraft-inspired winter wonderland. Join elves to create cardboard creatures and retro toys, see live science shows and search for lost toys hidden around the museum. Daily through Jan. 3. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. Parking is $5. (813) 987-6000.

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.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Christmas-themed entertainment. This year, indulge in treats as you meet and take photos with Rudolph, Clarence, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble in "Rudolph's Winter Wonderland." Also, enter the North Pole home of Santa. Included with admission. 6 p.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $99, $79 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Candy Cane Acres: The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, Parade of Trees and light displays, crafts to make and take home, magical playground, Florida-style sleigh ride, live nativity scene, pony rides and Lego display. Continues Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 17. Additional tickets are .50 cents each. 6:30 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $10 per carload, includes 10 free tickets. (352) 796-4552.

Flotsam and Jetsam: The legendary thrash metalers will be joined by Helstar, Hatchet, The DooD and Arakasia. 6:30 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18 advance. (727) 895-3045.

Michael Ray: One of Florida's hottest country stars thanks to hits like Kiss You in the Morning and Think A Little Less. 7 p.m., The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa. $10. (813) 987-2855.

Earthquake: Name a television show that features comics; he's been on it, including Def Comedy Jam,. Comedy Central Presents, ComicView and Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza. He also played Uncle Mike on Everybody Hates Chris. 8 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

Steve Vai: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare, the guitarist will perform the entire record from top to bottom, with some surprises in store. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $40-$65. (727) 822-3590.

Stevie B: A flashback '80s and '90s freestyle party with the King of Freestyle singing hits like Party your Body and Spring Love. 9 p.m., Round Up, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 855-1229.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find more family-friendly events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 25 11/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:36am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Take your vacation! Being a work martyr doesn't help

    Travel

    The traditional start of the summer vacation season always produces vacation-themed reports. This year's theme is "vacation shaming."

    This year’s theme is “vacation shaming,” the common workplace condition when employees leave paid vacation time unused because they’re afraid to take time off.
  2. Celebrate Pride with this playlist of LGBTQ musicians

    Essays

    I first came out over a decade ago, early in the torments of middle school and deep in the cornfields of suburban Indiana. To say I was lacking classmates who were out and local queer role models — let alone national ones — feels like an understatement. The school and public libraries offered few LGBTQ …

    Tegan and Sara perform during Splendour in the Grass 2016 on July 24, 2016, in Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
  3. Plan your weekend June 23-25: Pride parade, Lego art, Tampa Theatre beer fest 'Barley's Angels'

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Parade

    St. Pete Pride: More than 200,000 people are expected to revel on a new route Saturday along downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront for a parade that has grown into the largest in the Southeast. There will be a free concert on Friday in Straub Park …

    Andy Garcia of Miami watches the group of anti gay protest era speak to the crowd before the start of the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday, June 25, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Ticket Window: Mumford and Sons, Brad Paisley, Lorde

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

  5. Star Wars' Han Solo spinoff movie loses directors over 'creative differences'

    Blogs

    "I've got a bad feeling about this" is right.

    Christopher Miller, left, and Phil Lord have left the production in the middle of filming.