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  1. Tampa Bay prepares for 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah with break dancers, giant marshmallow menorah


    Menorahs made of marshmallows, break dancers and a giant dreidel running down the street are just a few of the fun community events that will mark the start of Hanukkah in Tampa Bay this year.

    DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD (CLEARWATER 12/21/08) Children skate around an inflatable menorah Sunday during the Chabad of Pinellas County's third-annual Chanukah on Ice Celebration at Tampa Bay Skating Academy at Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater. The program began with open skating around the 9-foot-tall menorah to contemporary Jewish music and classic Chanukah songs.
  2. Mark your calendar: Here are the top holiday parades, shows and events now till New Year's


    As the last of the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it's time to look at the holiday season ahead.

    Busch Gardens Tampa transforms into Christmas Town with twinkling light sculptures of flamingos and palm trees, Christmas trees, dancing lights, holiday-themed entertainment, attractions and shopping.
  3. Things to Do Planner: Glazer Museum lights up, author David Maraniss, Christmas Town at Busch Gardens


    BRIGHT NIGHTS: Glazer lights up

    The interactive Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park this week is opening a new after-hours playtime called Bright Nights. The museum's top exhibit areas are lit up and in tune with holiday classics set among a dazzling light show. Held Thursday and …

    Kailey Katow makes a toy sandwich at the Glazer Children’s Museum. The museum is offering Bright Nights playtime Thursday and Friday evenings.
  4. Review: 'The Good Dinosaur' is just that — good, not great


    The Good Dinosaur is Disney-Pixar's obligation gift for the holidays, hoping moviegoers remember it's the thought that counts.

    The Good Dinosaur pairs wild child human Spot (voice of Jack Bright) with and agriculturalist Apatosaurus Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) in a quest to get back home after a flash flood.
  5. 9 degrees of fun return Tuesday for Gaylord Palms' Ice!


    You can chill out at Ice!, the frosty feature of 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures opening Tuesday at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. This year the chilly walk-through marvel features a theme based on Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    Ice!, with 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures in Kissimmee, also features four ice slides contained within the event and an Alpine Rush snow tubing attraction for an extra charge.
  6. All Pro Dad, the fatherhood support started by Tony Dungy, takes to the field Saturday


    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, who earned his Super Bowl ring with the Colts and retired from the NFL, is still coaching … dads. They receive a "Play of the Day" in e-mail support from All Pro Dad, the nonprofit family organization he helped found in Tampa Bay in 1997.

    Some 1,500 dads and their children are expected to attend an All Pro Dad mini training camp at Raymond James Stadium.
All Pro Dad
  7. Universal Orlando announces new deal for Florida residents


    Florida residents can save on two- and three-day tickets at Universal Orlando available now and good through the next two months, Universal announced Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  8. Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' is dark, organic and deep


    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 concludes the scrappiest movie franchise to emerge from the post-Harry Potter run on young adult lit adaptations.

    Natalie Dormer as Cressida, left, and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.” (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)
  9. Things to Do Planner: Sand sculptures, Chillounge, bourbon and beer fests



    Once again, the massive expanse of beach at Treasure Island is about much more than making castles. Master sand sculptors have been working all week on works of art that will soon wash away. They have taken 150 tons of sand, using shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration …

    Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson seen at the Twentieth Century Fox 2015 Presentation at Cinemacon on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)
  10. Busch Gardens Tampa's baby rhino finally has a name


    Busch Gardens' baby rhino gets a name

    Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest baby rhino to be christened Nyota was born Oct. 16.