Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker: Internationally renowned guest artists join the cast of dancers and gymnasts to present the holiday classic Saturday-Sunday at Tampa's Straz center ($40 and up). (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The symphonic rock act, one of the most successful touring acts in the world, will bring its annual holiday road show to Tampa's Amalie Arena for two performances Sunday ($32 and up). amaliearena.com.
Free Ferry Rides: The Cross-Bay Ferry is offering free rides for the 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown. St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center on Sunday. The rides are first come, first served and can't be reserved in advance. Launches from the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. Visit crossbayferry.com for departure times.
Music: Tuesday, Wouldn't It Be Nice to go see The Beach Boys, featuring original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, perform hits and holiday tunes at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall? ($40-$75). Saturday, rap-reggae singer-songwriter Matisyahu plays Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($25-$30). Also Saturday is the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball at Amalie Arena. Performers at the annual holiday concert include Pitbull, The Chainsmokers and DNCE featuring Joe Jonas ($20-$150).
Florida Orchestra: Legend of Zelda. Under Amy Andersson's direction, the orchestra presents a video game concert celebrating 30 years of The Legend of Zelda at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Friday. Costumes welcome ($25-$95).
Garrison Keillor: America's master storyteller, humorist, author, musician and former host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion brings his heartening tales and thought-provoking perspectives to Ruth Eckerd Hall today ($40-$65).
One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody: This homage to the Dark Knight trilogy takes audiences on a comedic joyride, from Batman's origins to his epic battles against Gotham's super villains Friday at the Straz ($25-$35).
Kids and family
Largo's Holiday Stroll: Let it Snow. The event starting Friday at Central Park features 2 million LED lights, entertainment, family activities, a snow play area ($5), a carousel and a seven-story Ferris wheel, which will run nightly through Jan. 2 for $5 per ride. largo.com.