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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. 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.

  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. Anberlin

    Editor's pick

    House of Blues Downtown Disney West Side

    Lake Buena Vista : 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    After performing at the Vans Warped Tour in St. Petersburg in July, the Central Florida alternative rock heroes will play their final two shows ever, one in St. Petersburg, followed by one in Orlando. Copeland and '68 will open.

    Price: $24-$27.

  5. Lil Boosie

    Editor's pick

    Jannus Live

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The rapper recently released from prison and now calling himself Boosie Badazz, performs with fellow Baton Rouge hip-hop artist Webbie.

    Price: $55-$100.

  6. Coral Reef Communities

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    Children in kindergarten through 8th grade can explore different ocean communities while focusing on area reefs. One additional family member is invited to join the fun for an afternoon boat tour of Clearwater's estuary community.

    Price: $90, $75 member.

  7. 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.

  8. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

    SeaWorld

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Tasty Traditions

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission.

  11. Symphony in Lights

    The Shops at Wiregrass

    Wesley Chapel : 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, 33543

    A holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.

    Price: Free.

  12. Metropolitan Opera Encore in HD: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    Park Place Stadium 16

    Pinellas Park : 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, 33781

    The MET series encore features Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Under the direction of Michele Mariotti, the score features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera. Also being shown at Hyde Park Cinebistro in Tampa and Citrus Stadium 20 in Tampa.

    Price: $25, $23 seniors, $19 child (price varies by location).

  13. Rock the Yacht

    Yacht StarShip

    Channelside : 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Party like a "yacht" star on these 21 and older only music party cruises with live music and entertainment on two decks.

    This week adds a "Thanksgiving Eve R&B Party" with live music by the Bus Stop Band.

    Price: $30.

  14. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vs. New York Rangers

    Amalie Arena

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Price: Ticket prices vary by game.

  15. Drag Queen Bingo

    Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

    Ybor City : 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    Drag queens call the numbers for 10 games of flamboyant bingo with drink specials. Benefits Tampa Pride.

    Price: $10.

  16. Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor

    Editor's pick

    American Stage Theatre Co. at Raymond James Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Get an inside look at the writers room with Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart and other legends of early TV, inspired by Simon's youth writing on Caesar's Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top …

    Price: $39-$59.

  17. Thanksgiving Eve Party

    Shephard's Beach Resort

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    An Electric Tiki Beach 2 party with music by 3LAU and a deep house lounge. The party goes on until 2:30 a.m.

    Price: $15-$20.

  18. Maryellen Hooper

    Improv Comedy Theater

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

    The American Comedy Awards' 1998 Female Comedian of the Year has appeared on The Dennis Miller Show, The Martin Short Show and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

    Price: $15-$17.

  19. Swingtime Pre-Thanksgiving Swing Bash

    Gulfport Casino

    Gulfport : 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Dance the night away before filling up from your Thanksgiving Day meal, or meals, with live music by two bands, Liz Pennock $ Dr. Blues Quartet and rockabilly trio, Hairdresser on Fire. Optional dance lessons from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. including Balboa and swing.

    Price: $10.

  20. Thanksgiving Eve Party

    Bradley's on 7th

    Ybor City : 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Make room for the big feast by dancing the night away at this party with music by DJ Steve Brooks and an '80s themed drag show starring Joey Brooks, Beverly "Cyndi Lauper" Wilde and Esme Russel.

    Price: No cover.

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