Boat parades: An armada of boats in Christmas lights cruises the waterways this weekend. Watch the oh-so-Florida spectacle Saturday in Apollo Beach, Gulfport, Madeira Beach, Tarpon Springs and downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday off Tampa's Lowry Park.
Brian Kilmeade: The Fox News host will give a talk and sign copies of his new book, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, at Books-A-Million in the Westfield Brandon mall Saturday. Free. (813) 571-2062.
Jingle bell rock: The week is chock-full of Yuletide shows, including Chris Tomlin on Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($35 and up); Jim Brickman on Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre ($35 and up); Peter White with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun on Thursday at Capitol Theatre ($42.75 and up); Bowzer's Holiday Party with Sha Na Na, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and more Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($38.75 and up); Bronx Wanderers on Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($18 and up); and the arena rock show of the holidays: the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with two shows Sunday at Amalie Arena ($33 and up).
Other music: For nonholiday tunes, check out local artists paying tribute to Old Blue Eyes at a Frank Sinatra Centennial at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa on Saturday ($12-$15), or Sister Hazel rocking out Jannus Live the same night to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation ($30).
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Snow on 7th Holiday Parade: Cheer on floats, marching bands and Santa on Saturday all while snowflakes fall on Seventh Avenue between 15th and 17th streets, Tampa. Free, $5 event parking. (813) 247-2555.
Pinellas Park Holiday Parade: On the other side of the bay the same day, bands, floats, soldiers, dancers and equestrian groups march down Park Boulevard to the Shoppes at Park Place. Free. (727) 373-8507.
Hanukkah on Ice: Young Israel of Tampa will have a menorah sculpted in ice lit for the seventh night of Hanukkah on Saturday at Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar. There will be ice skating to Jewish music around the menorah, food including latkes and a special raffle. $5, includes skate rental. (813) 854-4010.
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Find more holiday events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.