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  1. Ice Palace at International Plaza

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    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. 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. Phantom of the Opera

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    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    After an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and scenic designs described as stunning. A cast and orchestra of 52 perform songs like Music of the Night and Masquerade in the tale of a beautiful soprano who …

    Price: $25-$128.50.

  5. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

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    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. 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 flbg.org 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.-Wed., $20 Thur.-Sun. per car load.

  8. Santa in St. Petersburg

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    North Straub Park

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

    Kids get that wish list ready. Santa and his sleigh will be appearing on select nights in St. Petersburg for visits with area children. After visiting Santa, stick around for "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink.

    Price: Free; $5 skating.

  9. Winter Wonderland

    Downtown Clearwater (Drew Street and Fort Harrison)

    Downtown Clearwater : Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, 33755

    Winter Wonderland is a complete Christmas village with tens of thousands of sparkling lights, live entertainment, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, pony rides, train rides, a bounce house, slide and a hot chocolate shop.

    Price: Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated).

  10. Wild Wonderland

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    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 for the annual evening winter festival on select nights with live reindeer, Santa, a million twinkling lights, rides, games, African penguins, animated displays and "Florida snow." Select nights through Dec. 30.

    Price: $15, $13 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  11. Phantom of the Opera

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    After an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and scenic designs described as stunning. A cast and orchestra of 52 perform songs like Music of the Night and Masquerade in the tale of a beautiful soprano who …

    Price: $25-$128.50.

  12. Holiday Charity Drive and Tacky Sweater Party

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    Crowbar

    Ybor City : 1812 N 17th St., Tampa, 33605

    Donning your tackiest sweater, dance to live music by The Heavy Pets featuring Roosevelt Collier and Greenhouse Lounge. Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes like local art and concert tickets and bring a new, unused toy or food donation at the door and receive a limited edition  …

    Price: $9, $12 day of show.

  13. Gregory Porter

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    Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    The jazz vocalist and songwriter won the 2014 Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Vocal Album", Liquid Spirit.

    Price: $35.50-$45.50.

  14. Holidays at Universal Studios

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Get into the holiday spirit at Universal Studios with the Macy's Holiday Parade including balloons and floats, and the "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular" live stage show based on the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    Price: Single Day Admission: $85, $79 ages 3-9, one-park Florida resident pass purchased online. See the website for more details.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Santa's Workshop

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI's Idea Zone is transformed into Santa's satellite workshop where kids can create sentimental gifts for their family. Daily through Jan. 4. Included with admission.

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  18. Victorian Christmas Stroll

    Henry B. Plant Museum

    Tampa : 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Experience an old-fashioned Christmas as you stroll the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, with its Grand Hallway, 14 exhibit rooms and other areas decorated in Victorian splendor, with costumed characters and a 15-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies and listen to carolers perform. Ben …

    Price: $15, $13 seniors, $9 youths 4-18; Discount Days: $11, $10 seniors, $7 youth 4-18 (Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 only).

  19. Holidays Around the World

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

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

    The World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Meet Pere Noel (France), La Befana (Italy), the Daruma doll (Japan) and many other characters. Each day ends with an extended holiday version of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Included with admission.

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

  20. Teddy Bear Round-Up

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Bring a new Teddy Bear to MOSI to donate to the Rough Riders and get one free children's admission free.

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

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