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  1. Art Makers and Cocktail Shakers

    Carrollwood Cultural Center

    Carrollwood : 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33625

    In a two-hour session, students learn basic painting techniques, following step-by-step directions, while sipping cocktails and socializing. Includes all materials and one drink. Cash bar available.

    Price: $42, $38 members.

  2. Harry Potter Trivia Night

    Jack's London Grill

    St. Petersburg : 1050 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Test your wizardly knowledge at trivia event.

    Price: Free admission; menu prices vary.

  3. Pre-Party Friday

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Each Friday, this party on the third floor celebrates the art and life of Picasso. Spanish food and drink available at the Cafe Gala. Included with museum admission.

    This portion features string music by Take 2 with Kiley Astle.

    Price: $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children ages 13-17, $10 children ages 6-12. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

  4. Kelly's 25th Anniversary Party

    Kelly's for Just About Anything

    Dunedin : 319 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    The party spills over from Kelly's to the Chic-A-Boom Room to Blur nightclub. It includes holiday burlesque and live music from 6-Volt Rodeo, the Cadillac Bombers and Shane and Emily. Get pictures taken with the Dunedin Shame's Naughty Santa and his Naughty Elves. Toys and food will be donated t …

    Price: Free. Please bring an unwrapped toy, canned food or both.

  5. Palm Harbor Holiday Dinner Dance

    The Centre of Palm Harbor

    Palm Harbor : 1500 16th St, Palm Harbor, 34683

    Join for an evening of holiday festivities. The menu will feature ham or turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and Dutch apple pie.

    Price: $10.

  6. Finally Fridays on the Water

    Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

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

    Wind down and prepare for the weekend at this party with live music and food for purchase.

    Price: Free.

  7. Greet the Light: Winter Solstice Celebration

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    Escape the pressures of the holiday season at this party with dancing, live music and a viewing of Josephs Coat Skyspace.

    Price: $15, $10 members.

  8. Naughty and Nice Christmas Party

    Ybor City Social Club

    Ybor City : 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City, 33605

    Guys wear red if you've been naughty and green if you've been nice for this "Bear Party" with two DJ's, dancing on two floors and drink specials.

    Price: No cover.

  9. Christmas Wonderland Party

    Lake Vista Park & Center

    Pinellas Point : 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    The Gathering of Women will accept donations for low income children and families during the holidays. The Christmas Wonderland party celebrates to over 500 needy families with 440 children.

    Price: Donations accepted.

  10. Clearwater Snowsharks Holiday Party & Boat Parade

    Holiday Inn Harbourside

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

    The SnowSharks host a holiday party and a viewing of the Indian Rocks boat parade. Bring is a dish to share as well as BYOB.

  11. Synesthesia

    Ybor City Social Club

    Ybor City : 1909 N 15th St., Ybor City, 33605

    Area artists join together to celebrate the winter solstice with an evening of fashion, art, music and dance.

    Price: $5.

  12. Beth Israel Hanukkah Party

    Beth Israel Sun City Center

    Sun City Center : 1115 Del Webb Blvd East , Sun City Center, 33571

    No Hanukkah party is complete without potato latkes, so enjoy a dinner buffet and live jazz entertainment from the Scott Blum trio. A vegetarian option is available by request only.

    Price: $30, $25 members.

  13. MOSI Mess Fest

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    The comic S.T.E.A.M. punks step into Santa's Science Lab for an afternoon of messy fun. Watch from a safe distance or wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty guests witness eruptions of Elephant toothpaste and Mentos fountains, play with peppermint cloud dough and fizzing snowballs, make color …

    Price: Included with admission, $22.95 adults, $18.95 kids 6-12, kids five and under, and members, free.

  14. Blueberry Patch Holiday Party

    Blueberry Patch

    Gulfport : 4923 20th Ave. S, Gulfport, 33707

    Wear the ugliest sweater you own for this peace loving holiday party with live music by Cope.

    Price: $5.

  15. Vodka Latke

    Editor's pick

    Epic

    Downtown Tampa : 290 S Meridian Ave., Tampa, 33602

    The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples 21-45 takes on a magical theme with live street magic, dancing, DJ music, socializing, drinks, Yogurtpology truck and other desserts. Bring two non-perishable food items to benefit Tampa Jewish Family Services and Gulf Coa …

    Price: $25 advance, $36 at the door.

  16. Christmas Eve Senior Dinner

    Sunshine Senior Center

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 330 5th St N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Seniors and guests can share a holiday meal with friends. Meals may be free, depending on eligibility.

    Price: $5.

  17. Jingle Mingle

    Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

    St. Petersburg : 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33705

    A Christmas party for naughty and nice singles to share the holiday with others.

    Price: No cover.

  18. 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.

  19. Pre-Party Friday

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Each Friday, this party on the third floor celebrates the art and life of Picasso. Spanish food and drink available at the Cafe Gala. Included with museum admission.

    This portion features music by accordionist Nick Boutwell.

    Price: $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children ages 13-17, $10 children ages 6-12. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

  20. Finally Fridays on the Water

    Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

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

    Wind down and prepare for the weekend at this party with live music and food for purchase.

    Price: Free.

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