Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: This is the first night for this transformation of the park into a holiday wonderland with Christmas-themed entertainment, a "Christmas Time Tree Show," music by the Holiday Hills Band, photos with Santa, festive treats and holiday shopping. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.
Gallagher: Joke's on You: The Tampa-bred comic brings his infamous Sledge-O-Matic to smash watermelons and tell jokes with the help of Artie Fletcher and Traci Kanaan. 6 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20 general admission, $30 reserved seating; $40 Splash Zone. (727) 895-3045.
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.
Bright Nights: Play in an enchanted holiday land as the museum's exhibits take on a light show set to holiday classics. Takes place Thursday and Friday nights through Dec. 18. 5:30 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $15, $10 members. (813) 443-3861.
Mayhem and Watain: The bands unite to co-headline Black Metal Warfare part II with opener, Rotting Christ. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $25-$30. (813) 248-9500.
Patrick Garrity: He refers to himself as a "comedic composer", orchestrating "symphonies of laughter with his versatility." 8 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.
Lil Duval: The Jacksonville comic named himself after the city's county, and found success when he was noticed by Cedric the Entertainer. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 864-4000.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The pianist became a viral pop sensation after creating a series of YouTube videos that transform hits like Miley Cyrus's, We Can't Stop into a '50s style doo-wop number or Macklemore's, Thrift Shop into a '20s jazz feel. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$55. (813) 229-7827.
No Money Down: The blues band returns to Skipper's, this time as a headliner with opener, Southern Train. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a decorated gazebo on select nights. New this year, a lighted six-and-a-half-foot tall snowman and his family will add to the holiday theme. Check flbg.org for complete schedule. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; under 12 free. (727) 582-5800.
Gott Glass?: The holiday glass show and studio open house features an exhibition of Susan Gott, with an opening reception on Friday from 6-9 p.m. and glassblowing demonstrations throughout the weekend. 10 a.m., Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery, 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa. Free. (813) 237-3473.
Boots, Brews and BBQ: Dust off your cowboy boots for an indoor/outdoor party with live country music, punkin chuckin', horseshoes and other games, craft brews and barbecue for sale, "Love Your Truck" truck show, Duck Dynasty photo booth, and kids area with bounce houses. 5 p.m., The Barn Theatre at Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. Free admission, food/drink extra. (727) 674-1464.
Candy Cane Acres: The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, Parade of Trees, sleigh rides, crafts to make and take home, Florida-style sleigh ride, light displays set to music and games. Hot chocolate, apple cider, water and soda will be available. Continues through Dec. 19. 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.
SEASON PREMIERE Unforgettable, 8 p.m., A&E. Did you remember Unforgettable? The Poppy Montgomery crime serial, cast off by CBS, launches Season 4 on its new cable home. Skeet Ulrich joins the cast.
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