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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day)

CAPTION:  (12/2/05 STORY SUMMARY: Five month old Sarah Gabold, (cq) gets a close up look at a Christmas tree light display with her father Eric, both of Largo at the Holiday Stroll Around the World; International holiday cultural display at Largo Central Park on Friday December 2, 2005.  Sarah's mother Jennifer and grandparents also joined the two.  Jennifer's parents Carolyn and Paul Schilling of St. Petersburg celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary with the crew at the Holiday Stroll.  "They were sweet enough to bring us along," Carolyn said.  Musicians performed and food was available during the evening.  More than 250,000 lights are on display at the park. (photo by Kathleen Flynn)

CAPTION: (12/2/05 STORY SUMMARY: Five month old Sarah Gabold, (cq) gets a close up look at a Christmas tree light display with her father Eric, both of Largo at the Holiday Stroll Around the World; International holiday cultural display at Largo Central Park on Friday December 2, 2005. Sarah's mother Jennifer and grandparents also joined the two. Jennifer's parents Carolyn and Paul Schilling of St. Petersburg celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary with the crew at the Holiday Stroll. "They were sweet enough to bring us along," Carolyn said. Musicians performed and food was available during the evening. More than 250,000 lights are on display at the park. (photo by Kathleen Flynn)

Light Up Largo Central Park: Tonight will be the first night families are invited to walk among dazzling light displays of more than 1 million lights in Largo Central Park, forming trains, toy bears, carolers and soldiers. Starting Friday, most nights will feature a campfire to enjoy. Concessions are available for purchase. Remains on display through Jan. 3. 5 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 586-7415.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner: This is an open house style event. There is no RSVP required and there are no eligibility requirements. 12 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 347-1226.

Free Thanksgiving Meal: Hungry needy people are needed to eat a free Thanksgiving meal. In turn, volunteers with an open heart are need to serve the meal or visit with the needy. 1 p.m., Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission, 1763 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 545-8282.

ThanksVegan Feast: Bring a vegan potluck dish to feed eight people (include ingredient list), or, pay additional cost if not bringing food, to tenth annual 'ThanksVegan' celebration, sponsored by Florida Voices for Animals. Cash or check only, plates and utensils provided. Volunteers needed for setup or food prep. 1:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $7 adult with vegan potluck dish, $19 without dish; seniors, students and children, by donation. (813) 758-7419.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the grounds while listening to music of the Darrell Webb Band, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Breaking Grass, Little Roy & Lizzie, Flatt Lonesome, Goldwing Express, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, and more during this annual festival that features music workshops, youth programs, camping and volunteer jams. 2 p.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $23-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger. (352) 754-3082.

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.

Ice!: The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they supply you with heavy parkas. Still, gloves and warm socks are recommended. This year features a Twas the Night Before Christmas theme, ice slides and artisans at work in the live carving stations. Take time afterward to walk around the resort's gardens sprinkled with more than 2 million twinkling lights, holiday displays and its famous 54-foot Christmas tree. Runs through Jan. 3. It its open today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 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.

Mote Marine Aquarium: Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. The aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Admission $19, $18 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. Call (941) 388-4441.

TO WATCH

12 Gifts of Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel. The network's deluge of schmaltzy, made-for-TV holiday films actually started on Halloween, but you can be forgiven for waiting until Thanksgiving for this flick starring Katrina Law, Aaron O'Connell and Donna Mills.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) 11/25/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:14pm]
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