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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3

happy dog wearing a new year party hat with confetti falling

happy dog wearing a new year party hat with confetti falling

New Year's Eve: Tampa Bay is full of parties to say hello to 2016, including fireworks in Channelside Bay Plaza, Clearwater Beach and at downtown St. Petersburg's First Night party. Find our huge event list at

Outback Bowl: It's the Tennessee Volunteers versus the Northwestern Wildcats in the 30th edition of the bowl game Friday at Raymond James Stadium ($80-$170). The teams, bands and cheerleaders have the Outback Bowl Beach Day at Clearwater Beach on Wednesday at the Hilton next to Pier 60, and Thursday brings the Outback Bowl Parade in Ybor City.

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The Producers: The musical based on Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film is on stage Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $35-$100.

Music: Jannus Live rings in the new year with a concert by reggae band SOJA ($40-$45 at Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks performs with his Freight Train Band on Thursday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($49.50). Australia's The Ten Tenors bring their Home for the Holidays show to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday ($41.25-$76.25). And for the hardcore scene, FYA Fest III will bring more than 20 bands to Ybor on Saturday and Sunday at the Orpheum ($35-$65).

Escher exhibit: This is your last week to see M.C. Escher's complex puzzle prints at the Dalí Museum. The 135-work exhibit closes after Sunday.

Romeo and Juliet: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings Shakespeare's tragic love story choreographed by Michael Lavrovsky of the Bolshoi on Saturday to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $32.50-$62.50.

kids and family

Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Open through Sunday, this is your last week to skate outside on ice in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive; $12 session for 90 minutes includes skate rental.

Snow Days at the Aquarium: Now through Thursday afternoon, Florida kids get a play area with 65 tons of snow and an ice slide at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The area is included with admission: $23.95, $20.95 for seniors and $18.95 for kids 3-12.

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There's a sleighful of new movies out, plenty of dining choices and lots of attractions, so our critics steer you to what's naughty and what's nice.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3 12/27/15 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2015 6:00pm]
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