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  1. Ice Palace at International Plaza

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza and Bay Street

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's Frozen. Ice Palace entertainment includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne. …

    Price: Free.

  2. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

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    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    The park is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland with miles of lights, special food and treats, entertainment, a bottle Christmas tree, live music and holiday shopping. This year, Christmas Town is included with daily admission.

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  3. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 4.

    Price: $10.

  4. Ice!

    Gaylord Palms Resort

    Kissimmee : 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 34746

    The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they supply you with heavy parkas. Still, gloves and warm socks are recommended. This year features a Nutcracker theme, ice slides and artis …

    Price: $28.99-$29.99, $26.99-$28.99 seniors, $14.99-$16.99 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. $18 parking fee (validated if dining at resort restaurant).

  5. Water Ski Show

    Tower Lake

    Oldsmar : 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar, 34677

    Skiers ages 6-60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Come early for a pre-show.

    The final show for the winter is a "Holiday" themed show.

    Price: Free.

  6. Holiday Lights in the Gardens

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    Florida Botanical Gardens

    Largo : 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. This year, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a decorated gazebo on select nights. Check for complete schedule.

    Price: $4, 12 and younger free.

  7. Nights of Shimmering Lights

    Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

    Brandon : Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon, 33567

    Drive your vehicle through a light and sound show including more than 2-miles of lights with 750 larger-than-life lighted scenes, tunnels and dancing lights. Open at dusk daily through Dec. 30.

    Price: $15 Mon.-Thur, $20 Fri.-Sun. per car load.

  8. Kenny Rogers: Christmas & Hits

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    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota : 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34236

    The legendary music icon performs hits like The Gambler, Lady and Lucille plus holiday favorites.

    With special guest, Linda Davis. $15-$75.

  9. Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

    Sertoma Youth Ranch

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, 34602

    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the grounds while listening to music by Rhonda Vincent, Newtown, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and more during this annual festival that features music workshops, youth programs, camping and volunteer jams.

    Price: $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger.

  10. Jingle Bell 5K

    Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

    Brandon : Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon, 33567

    Runners can wear a holiday themed costume, jingle bells or antlers in this festive 5K run/walk and one mile kids run to benefit Brandon Swim and Aquatic Center (BSAC). Stay after the race for the Breakfast with Santa.

    Price: $18 advance, $25 after October 31, 2014.

  11. Wildflower Garden Club

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Bring garden gloves, hat and dig in the garden with the Friends of Brooker Creek. Light snacks usually provided.

    Price: Free, but registration required.

  12. Guided Photography Hike

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Local photographers and master naturalists highlight the seasonal features that help participants capture the natural beauty of the preserve. Then, hit the trails and boardwalk looking for shots that reflect the season.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  13. Downtown Saturday Morning Market

    Editor's pick

    Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants.

  14. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Cast members take months to get ready for one special guest to throw the giant switch on the seasonal display. Features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music that decorate the New York street scene of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Included with daily general admissi …

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  15. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration


    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld's celebration welcomes guests with everything from a sparkling Sea of Trees, classic holiday tunes, an ice skating show, Holiday Reflections fountain and fireworks show, a Christmas market, Elmo's Christmas Wish show and a special Shamu's "Christmas - Miracles" show. Remains o …

    Price: $95, $87 ages 3-9.

  16. Our Wildest Place Hike

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Take a guided walk along the trails to discover why the preserve has been called "Our Wildest Place''; wear closed toe shoes, hat, bring water. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by adult, and younger than age six may find the hike challenging.

    Price: Free.

  17. Holiday Glass Show and Artist's Open House

    Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery

    Seminole Heights : 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa, 33604

    Glass art and sculpture by Susan Gott, cast and blown giftware by studio artists, Black Friday BOGO specials and the chance to create your own blown glass art.

    Price: Free.

  18. Holiday Glass Show and Open House

    Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery

    Seminole Heights : 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa, 33604

    Tour the gallery to find Black Friday specials on glass gifts or try your hand at making your own blown glass art under the instruction of a master glass blower. Includes all materials.

    Price: Free, $65 glass blowing.

  19. Azalea Community Fresh Market

    Science Center of Pinellas County

    Tyrone : 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

    This new market in St. Petersburg's Tyrone area offers fresh produce, local and handcrafted foods, local artist's crafts and entertainment.

  20. Small Business Saturday

    Blind Tiger

    Ybor City : 1901 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    A safari themed bus tour stops at Hyde Park Village for a cash mob before moving on to the Ybor City Saturday Market. RSVP required by Nov. 24.

    Price: Free.

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