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  1. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    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

  2. Holiday FantaSea

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    At this party between Christmas and New Year's, the aquarium will have extended hours until 6:30 p.m., light shows and a snow play area for children that opens at noon. Included with daily admission.

    Price: $23.95, $20.95 for seniors 60+, $18.95 for kids 3-12. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site.

  3. 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.

  4. Wild Wonderland

    Editor's pick

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Mangrove Light Display

    Mangrove Software

    South Tampa : 1501 S Church Ave., Tampa, 33629

    Mangrove broadcasts the sounds of the season on a low range frequency channel (87.9 FM) and matches it to the dancing lights on their building. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1.

    Price: Free.

  8. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

    Amalie Arena

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Price: Ticket prices vary by game.

  9. Safe Sitter Class

    St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Pavilion

    Tampa : 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., fourth floor, Tampa, 33607

    This class covers the basics of babysitting including minor to life-threatening situations, infant/child choking rescue, EMS, safety, behavior and entertainment. Students must be at least 11 years old and bring a bag lunch and drink to class.

    Price: $55.

  10. Smoking Cessation Class

    St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Pavilion

    Tampa : 3030 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., fourth floor, Tampa, 33607

    This two-hour class provides valuable tools to help you eliminate tobacco from your life. It covers a quit plan, coping with craving and physical and emotional symptoms associated with quitting.

    Price: Free.

  11. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    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

  12. Holiday FantaSea

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    At this party between Christmas and New Year's, the aquarium will have extended hours until 6:30 p.m., light shows and a snow play area for children that opens at noon. Included with daily admission.

    Price: $23.95, $20.95 for seniors 60+, $18.95 for kids 3-12. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site.

  13. Ringling Bros. Animal Walk

    Editor's pick

    Union Station

    Downtown Tampa : 601 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33602

    The Ringling Bros. circus train officially arrives in Tampa today. Animals and performers are expected to unload at 9:30 a.m. next to Union Station. At 10 a.m. they begin the walk west on Cass Street, turn south on Morgan Street, cross the arena plaza (in front of the Amalie Arena), and parade a …

    Price: Free.

  14. 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.

  15. Wild Wonderland

    Editor's pick

    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.

  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. Donna the Buffalo

    Skipper's Smokehouse

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    The five-piece outfit will take over Skipper's for three days of original, as well as cover songs, from Zydeco and folk/rock, to country and reggae.

    With Latin group, Lanzallamas.

    Price: $25-$30.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Mangrove Light Display

    Mangrove Software

    South Tampa : 1501 S Church Ave., Tampa, 33629

    Mangrove broadcasts the sounds of the season on a low range frequency channel (87.9 FM) and matches it to the dancing lights on their building. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1.

    Price: Free.

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