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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. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade

    The Club at Treasure Island

    South Pinellas beaches : 400 Treasure Island Causeway , Treasure Island, 33706

    More than 40 decorated boats participate in this annual parade. Starts at The Club, goes through the Treasure Island Bridge into Boca Ciega Bay and follows the coast line to end at John's Pass. A pre-parade poolside party at the Club begins at 4:30 p.m. with visits with Santa, live entertainment …

    Price: Free. Donations required for pre-parade party.

  11. Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Tampa

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    Watch festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer as they motor and sail around Davis Islands, Harbour Island and through Garrison Channel. Best viewed from Channelside, the SS American Victory Ship, Davis Islands, Harbour Island and the Convention Center.

    Price: Free.

  12. 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.

  13. Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day

    University of South Florida Sun Dome

    University Area : 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

    Two of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music will co-headline an evening of joy and worship to usher in the 2014 holiday season.

    Price: $25-$75.

  14. Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade

    Holiday Inn Harbourside

    North Pinellas beaches : 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    You could see motor boats, sail boats, canoes and even row boats in this boat parade with awards by division.  It begins and ends at the Holiday Inn Harbourside.

    Price: Free.

  15. Fleetwood Mac

    Amalie Arena

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining her rock band mates as they launch their On With The Show Tour.  

    Price: $46.25-$176.25.

  16. 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.

  17. Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic

    Coachman Park

    Downtown Clearwater : 301 Drew St., Clearwater, 33756

    The 26th annual "Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic," features one mile, 5K or 10K race starting at Coachman Park. Participants will run a scenic out and back course over the Memorial Causeway bridge to Clearwater Beach. Includes an after race pancake breakfast, finisher medals and long s …

    Price: $24 advance; $30 race day. $10 ages 13 and younger.

  18. Zoo School: Drop and Shop

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    Do some secret Christmas shopping while your children are kept busy with educational activities including animal enrichment, zoo hikes and visits with reindeer. Registration required.

    Price: $30 one child, $10 each additional child.

  19. Holiday in the Gardens

    Nature Coast Botanical Gardens

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, 34606

    Stroll through the botanical gardens, among trees decorated by local groups and organizations, and vote for favorite tree and decorated wreaths (voting for trees continues through early January).

    Price: Free admission, $25 to sponsor and decorate a tree.

  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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