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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 …

    Price: Free.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: No Strings Attached

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Cuban musicians will collaborate with the Orchestra for two performances.

    The music will showcase the brass and wind sections of the orchestra with works by Dukas, Dvorak, Mozart, Barber and Grainger.

    Price: $10-$42.

  5. 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.

  6. Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party: Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

    Guy Harvey Outpost: A Tradewinds Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are out of town, but you can still cheer them on among fellow fans at a watch party with food and drink specials, giveaways and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls.

    Price: Free (food/drink/parking additional).

  7. Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Percussion Chamber Music

    Editor's pick

    Centro Asturiano

    Ybor City : 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33602

    Cuban musicians will collaborate with the Orchestra for two performances.

    Featuring works that explore Latin, tribal, rag time and other musical rhythms.

    Price: $10-$42.

  8. Gin Blossoms

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    Since the late '80s, this Grammy-nominated jangle pop outfit have been producing hits including, Hey Jealousy, Until I Fall Away to Follow You Down and As Long It Matters. This will be their first performance on the historic Clearwater stage.

    Price: $35-$45.

  9. Doug Benson: Solo Stand-Up Show

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Vegetable, Herb and Tropicals Tour

    Florida Botanical Gardens

    Largo : 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    Explore the vegetable garden, compost demonstration area, and learn how to grow food in a home garden. Best for adults. Registration required.

    Price: Free. Best for adults.

  12. Free Museum Admission for Veterans

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

    In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. veterans and active service military receive free admission to the museum for the entire month of November. The museum is closed Nov. 1, Thanksgiving Day and every Monday.

    Price: $18, $16 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

  13. Garden Club of St. Petersburg: Garden Tidbits and Hints

    Garden Club of St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg : 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Club meets with programs to help home gardeners enhance their outdoor spaces and learn more about horticulture and plants.

    Learn helpful hints and tips for successful gardening, in program by the Daylily Circle of the Garden Club.

    Price: Free.

  14. Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts: No Strings Attached

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts as Stuart Malina conducts the orchestra through a performance featuring Dukas' La Peri Fanfare, Dvorak's Serenade in D minor, Op 44 and Motzart's Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major.

    Price: $24-$42.

  15. Miracle on South Division Street

    Early Bird Dinner Theatre

    Pinellas Park : 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater, 33762

    In this holiday story, a family's longtime legend unravel when the famed sighting of the Blessed Mother may not be what it appears. Through Dec. 21.

    Price: $32 for dinner and show.

  16. Video Animation and Digital Arts Exhibition

    University of South Florida William & Nancy Oliver Gallery

    University Area : 13001 S Laurel Drive, Tampa, 33620

    A showcase of work in five categories: film, animation, digital fabrication, digital drawing and digital modeling curated from the VADA studio courses at USF.

    Price: Free.

  17. Think Pink Holiday Boutique: Power Lunch Series

    Doubletree Suites

    Rocky Point : 3050 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, 33607

    The 5th annual private shopping event hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay includes the chance to support other female-owned businesses, network over food and wine, indulge in mini-spa and make-up treatments and make holiday purchases from local vendors. The following day, members and guests wil …

    Price: $10, $5 members.

  18. Empty Bowls

    Lykes Gaslight Square Park

    Downtown Tampa : 410 Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    Help make a difference for the 700,000 Tampa Bay residents who don't know when their next meal will come. Enjoy a BBQ lunch by Sonny's, pottery crafted by local schoolchildren and an original, one-act play by Tampa Preparatory School.

    Price: $10, $100 table.

  19. Cup Challenge

    Belleair Country Club

    Belleair : One Country Club Lane, Belleair, 33756

    Dick Crippen serves as emcee for the four person scramble with a shotgun start including barbecue lunch and contests for closest to the pin, hole in one, longest drive and team putting. Benefits CharityWorks Give HOPE USA.

    Price: $200.

  20. Armadillo Factory Tour

    Armadillo Enterprises

    Town 'n' Country : 4924 W Waters Ave., Tampa, 33634

    The makers of Dean Guitars, ddrum and Luna Guitars invites the public to watch as they make their instruments. Reservations required.

    Price: Free.

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