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  1. Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival

    Editor's pick

    Bilmar Beach Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This annual competition is more than just making castles in the sand. Master sand sculptors work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand, shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes. The top four sculptures and a "people's choice' sculpture wi …

    Sculpting ends at 3 p.m. Music starts at 2 p.m. and ends when the fireworks go off at 10 p.m. An awards ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Vendors open all day.

    Price: Free.

  2. FMBC Semi-finals at Clearwater High School

    Clearwater High School

    Clearwater : 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater, 33764

    Clearwater High School hosts the semi-finals for the Florida Marching Band Coalition. Twenty-nine of the top high school marching bands will compete to move on to the state finals later that night. 

    Price: $14

  3. Dazzling Rummage and Estate Sale

    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

    Tarpon Springs : 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    The community is invited to this rummage sale in the hall next to the church.

    Price: Free.

  4. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    This hands-on, interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian will end its U.S. tour this weekend, parked by the main entrance to the zoo. It introduces visitors to the special relationship humans share with animals and was designed to inspire the next generation of veterinarians.

    Price: Free.

  5. Suncoast Jazz Classic

    Editor's pick

    Sheraton Sand Key Resort

    North Pinellas beaches : 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    With three days of concerts on five stages along Clearwater Beach, local and veteran jazz musicians will play traditional jazz, as well as swing, ragtime, rhythm & blues and Zydeco Cajun music. See the festival's website for lineup.

    Day two includes festival favorite Bob Draga and headliner Nate Najar.  

    Price: Tickets start at $40, $112.50 for weekend pass. Students $10 for weekend pass.

  6. 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.

  7. CraftArt 2014

    Editor's pick

    Florida CraftArt Galleries

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The juried fine craft art exhibition features handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media. Enjoy craft beers by area micro-breweries and food by area food trucks, watch artist demonstrations and bid on raffle items.

    Price: Free.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. Alpha Pleasurefest

    Editor's pick

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Tampa : 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, 33610

    Acclaimed radio show host Cigar "The General" Dave presents a show spearheading top Alpha Male topics including cigars, spirits and delicacies. Tickets include six premium cigars, Alpha buffet lunch, two drink tickets, craft beer and whiskey samplings, commemorative gift and unlimited  …

    Price: $150.

  11. Plant City Pig Jam

    Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex

    Plant City : 1500 S Park Road, Plant City, 33563

    Top barbecue teams fire up their grills for this state barbecue championship with a southside western and outdoor wear competition, music by five live bands, kids activities and other food.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  12. Dunedin Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival

    Editor's pick

    Highlander Park

    Dunedin : 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, 34698

    Put on your tams and kilts for this annual festival with live Celtic rock music on two stages, food, craft beers, a Scotch tasting (4-5 p.m.) and vendors with Celtic wares. Benefits Dunedin Middle School, Dunedin High School and the Dunedin Pipe Band.

    Price: $12 advance, $15 at gate, 11 and younger free with paying adult; $40 Scotch tasting and admission.

  13. Doug Benson: Doug Loves Movies

    Editor's pick

    Improv Comedy Theater

    Ybor City : 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The popular podcaster, known for his documentary, Super High Me and his new web series, Getting Doug With High, will take the Tampa stage with surprise guests.

    Price: $18.

  14. Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony and Street Party

    Hyde Park Village

    South Tampa : 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa, 33606

    Hyde Park Village celebrates the arrival of Santa and the lighting of their Christmas tree at this event including train rides, entertainment, cookies, cider, food trucks, a light show, DJ dancing and Santa.

    Price: Free.

  15. Cirque du Chill: Chillounge

    Editor's pick

    Straub Park (Center)

    Downtown St. Petersburg : at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This year's outdoor lounge party takes on a Cirque du Soleil twist adding contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, hand balancers, a high-flying daredevil and from America's Got Talent, John Nock's Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show Act with the artist floating under a giant helium orb. There will also …

    Price: $25 advance, $30 day of.

  16. Clint Black

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The country music great who reigned in the '90s with 22 No. 1 hits will be doing more than Killin' Time at this show with Mallary Hope opening.

    Price: $65-$85.

  17. Run for Wildlife

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    A 5K run through the park with the start/finish in the parking lot. Benefits SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

    Price: $30.

  18. Flea Market & Plant Sale

    Garden Clubhouse

    South Tampa : 4624 W Browning Ave., Tampa, 33629

    Find household treasures, an array of plants grown by the members, and, new this year, handmade crafts and baked goods, at Sunset Park Garden Club's annual sale, held on two Saturdays.

    Price: Free admission.

  19. Run For Life

    Zephyrhills Mainstreet Stage

    East Pasco : 38500 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, 33541

    Choose from a 5K or 1-mile race with live music, face painting, gift certificates and refreshments. Benefits the Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center. 

    Price: $15-$25.

  20. 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.

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