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We're collecting nominations and making some of our own for the best places to see holiday lights. Know of some in your neighborhood? Just snap a picture and Instagram it to us with the tag #tampabayholiday. More details are on our lights page.


It's our 12th annual cookie collection!

We have 24 mouth-watering treats to help make your holidays bright. Plus we have tips for baking, videos and past recipes for you to try.



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From light displays to ice skaing rinks to holiday movies and performances, our Things to Do database has it all.

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5 things to do under $5: Holiday lights edition

This week's 5 under $5 list takes a side trip down a holiday path, and you should, too. We have made the tough call of picking five of our favorite places to see holiday lights. Michelle and Katie …


  1. Five things to know about St. Petersburg's high-stepping MLK Day parade on Monday


    This year, St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade has new organizers, a new name, a new route and aims to shine the light on collegiate futures as its central theme.

    The Florida A&M University band performs Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Orlando, during FAMU's season-opening football game against Mississippi Valley State
(AP Photo/John Raoux)
  2. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events around Tampa Bay


    A look at Martin Luther King Jr. Day events across the Tampa Bay area. 

  3. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend brings concerts from Kodak Black, Riff Raff and more

    Music & Concerts

    Over the past decade, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has evolved into a megasized weekend-long celebration for eagle-eyed hip-hop fans. Big-name rappers are in high demand for concerts and club appearances throughout the three-day (and then some) weekend. This year's highlight is a concert by 19-year-old Pompano Beach …

    Luis Santana  |   Times (1/18/2015 Tampa, FL)   Rich Homie Quan performs on stage at the Rich Gang Tour at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.[Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. FAMU band director talks historic performances and St. Petersburg MLK Day parade


    The last time Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band was in St. Petersburg for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was 2007. That was also the year the band backed Prince during one of the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

    The Marching 100 band will headline St. Petersburg’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on Monday. The band, which is 70 years old, has about 250 members.
  5. You can watch Disney World's New Year's Eve fireworks online Saturday


    For those of us who would rather curl up in our jammies on New Year’s Eve than brave the crowds, Walt Disney World will live stream the Magic Kingdom fireworks …

  6. New Year's Eve loungewear looks that say, "I'm comfortable yet FESTIVE."


    Who needs labels? Labels are overrated, designed to keep us in society's manufactured moat lines. 

    Just because your New Year's Eve is low key doesn't mean you can't wake up with a rad eye mask and a cool orange cat.
  7. Plan your weekend Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Outback Bowl, New Year's Eve parties, comics Ralphie May, Christian Finnegan


    Plan your weekend


    New Year's Eve: There are loads of parties and fireworks shows to choose from this year. Check our list at New this year is Tampa Theatre's Animal House-inspired NYE …

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 02:  Comedian Christian Finnegan  performs on stage during the 2009 All Points West Music & Arts Festival at Liberty State Park on August 2, 2009 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
  8. Stage Planner: Toasting the new year with ballet, waltzes and theater



    Even if the new year makes some of us feel a little old, here's one way to finish 2016 on an upbeat note.

    The State Ballet Theater of Russia brings Swan Lake to life at the Mahaffey Theater this week.
  9. Art Planner: Make a New Year's resolution to see more galleries, check out these

    Visual Arts



    Nearly 100 years ago, a group of surrealists were hanging out and were probably growing bored with the same old parlor games. So they came up with Exquisite Corpse, which began as a writing game in which players blindly contributed words that were strung together to form odd sentences. …

    The Craftsman House Gallery at 2955 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.
  10. Dining Planner: Looking for a low-key NYE destination? Here are 6 new spots

    Food & Dining

    Our office Christmas tree was festooned with pictures of all the beloved celebrities who died in 2016. We're a gallows-humor lot, but this year has been bumpy for many. Maybe you don't feel like whoop-di-whooping it this year with free-flowing champagne. For those of you who feel like taking the frenzy level down a few …

    On Swann’s beef ribeye