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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. Senior Hockey Tournament

    Tampa Bay Skating Academy

    Oldsmar : 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. N, Oldsmar, 34677

    50+ hockey tournament fundraiser benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters with raffles and silent auction.

    Price: $75.

  6. St. Petersburg Tree Lighting

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    Straub Park (Center)

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

    View the official ceremony to light St. Petersburg's Christmas tree. Then, stroll along the pedestrian walk way adorned with thousands of lights and this year's collection of giant greeting cards.

    Price: Free.

  7. Holiday Lights in the Gardens

    Editor's pick

    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.

  8. Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

    Sertoma Youth Ranch

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, 34602

    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the grounds while listening to music by Rhonda Vincent, Newtown, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and more during this annual festival that features music workshops, youth programs, camping and volunteer jams.

    Price: $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Honeymoon Island Walks

    Honeymoon Island State Park

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Rangers guide walks along the trails or beach areas for you to find plants and wildlife around the park.

    Price: Free (walk); $8 per carload up to 8 people, $4 one person in car, $2 walking (park entry).

  12. Holiday Glass Show and Artist's Open House

    Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery

    Seminole Heights : 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa, 33604

    Glass art and sculpture by Susan Gott, cast and blown giftware by studio artists, Black Friday BOGO specials and the chance to create your own blown glass art.

    Price: Free.

  13. Holiday Glass Show and Open House

    Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery

    Seminole Heights : 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa, 33604

    Tour the gallery to find Black Friday specials on glass gifts or try your hand at making your own blown glass art under the instruction of a master glass blower. Includes all materials.

    Price: Free, $65 glass blowing.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Charity Gift Wrap

    Light of Christ Catholic Church

    Clearwater : 2176 Marilyn St., Clearwater, 33765

    Spend more time Black Friday shopping and less time wrapping. Give yourself a break and let volunteers do your gift wrapping. Benefits Light of Christ Life Teen/Edge programs and Gracie G. Purdy Foundation.

    Price: Free, but donations appreciated.

  19. Sunsets at Pier 60

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    A Key West Mallory Square style nightly party celebrating sunset with arts and crafts vendors, street performers and live music.

    Thanksgiving weekend features extended hours with live music by Cardea.

    Price: Free.

  20. Senior Hockey Tournament

    Tampa Bay Skating Academy

    Oldsmar : 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. N, Oldsmar, 34677

    Seniors ages 50 and older can play ice hockey in this three day tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

    Price: $75, spectators free.

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