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Help find Tampa Bay's best Christmas light displays

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 …

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  1. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: 'Rick and Morty' mobile, Wanderlust 108, Howl-O-Scream

    Events

    WARP SPEED: Rick and Morty's Rickmobile

  2. See ghost tours and scary movies at Tampa Theatre leading up to Halloween

    Movies

    Neat trick, Tampa Theatre, packing so many Halloween treats into the fifth annual Nightmare on Franklin Street.

    While Tampa Theatre was sure to include some classics, the lineup also features some exciting detours from nostalgia. 
Universal Pictures and Times files
  3. Pumpkin spice: gateway drug to candy canes

    News

    Think Christmas creep, but orange: A slew of pumpkin-flavored products inspired by fall are turning up earlier each year, arriving in July and August as a harbinger of a season that this year doesn't officially begin until Friday.

    It’s here: You can eat pumpkin-spice foods all day.
  4. Halloween Horror Nights show director talks bringing fresh scares, cult horror to Universal Orlando

    Blogs

    Charles Gray is the man behind the screams at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.

    At last year's Halloween Horror Nights, horror fans screamed in terror when  confronted by Twisty the clown in the American Horror Story house.
  5. Tips for throwing dinner parties from a seasoned pro

    Cooking

    I was cocky. I had nearly finished cooking school, I could make a genoise and a decent hollandaise. But, in much the way an amateur juggler who has mastered the basic three-ball cascade assumes she's ready for four, I was overconfident. In juggling, difficulty increases exponentially as you add objects. I'm pretty sure …

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  6. Red Mesa restaurants closing now to get ready for Hurricane Irma

    Food & Dining

    Tampa Bay restaurants are adopting a "better safe than sorry" strategy with the approach of Hurricane Irma. Peter Veytia, co-owner of Red Mesa, Red Mesa Cantina and Red Mesa Mercado, all in St. Petersburg, is closing as of tonight until further notice.

  7. Insider tips: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a deal if you go early

    Florida

    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already spooking up the Magic Kingdom on select nights, and it can offer a rare chance to play in the world's busiest theme park for under $100.

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  8. Restaurant review: Bayshore Mediterranean Grill brings Turkish fare, and ballooning lavash bread, to Tampa

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    The signature dish alone is worth the trip. They will tell you about it: oven-baked hummus ($10.99). Mmm, okay. Pureed chickpeas with tahini, only warm? Hummus is so ubiquitous these days it's probably offered as a Lunchable.

    Kebabs make up the bulk of the menu at Bayshore Mediterranean Grill, such as this ground lamb Beyti kebab, set on lavash bread and napped with tomato sauce and tangy yogurt.
  9. With new restaurants, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino wants to become a "culinary destination"

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — New Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino president Joe Lupo has big plans. This was evident in April when the complex unveiled its 700-space Orient Road parking garage and 26,000-square-foot Mezzanine Level Casino, with its "Rock Walk" of 40 new pieces of memorabilia from artists like Beyoncé, Carrie …

    A 120-seat fine-dining American grill, yet to be named, will debut on the Hard Rock’s new mezzanine level this winter.
  10. Labor Day travelers brace for busier roads, higher gas prices

    Tourism

    Bags packed, playlist set and pumped to hit the road? Well, get ready.

    Experts are predicting this could be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008. And drivers could face higher gas prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey - with potential delays for pipeline deliveries, refinery closures and widespread flooding throughout Texas and parts of Louisiana. | [Dirk Shadd, Times]