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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. Dining Planner: Dunedin Orange Festival and celebrating Tampa Bay's best diners

    Food & Dining

    LIQUID GOLD: DUNEDIN ORANGE FESTIVAL

    Slice of orange
  2. Dress like you came to play on the Fourth of July

    Blogs

    Last weekend, I took part in the storied tradition of discount shopping suburbanites everywhere. I got stuck inside Super Target during a rainstorm. Scholars shall write volumes on it as a study in human behavior. Chapter One will chronicle the soaking wet toddler I saw dive headlong into a display of iced tea.

    She's cute.
  3. Temple Terrace ready to show off amenities on holiday

    Events

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Mayor Frank Chillura describes the Temple Terrace Fourth of July parade as an amenity that perfectly plays into the community's "Amazing City" tagline.

    Students from Terrace Community Middle School display their patriotic spirit during last year’s parade.
  4. Lutz takes the cake — and more — when it comes to the Fourth

    Events

    LUTZ — A 60-plus unit parade, a 5K race, a 1-mile family fun run, games, activities, a cake contest and the election of the next Guv'na of Lutz are part of the annual Lutz Independence Day Celebration.

    Layer and sheet cakes themed for the holiday will be auctioned.
  5. Downtown Tampa features two days of holiday celebrations

    News

    TAMPA — This Fourth of July weekend, downtown Tampa's Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park will be filled with the sounds of jazz, fireworks will fly over the Channelside Bay Plaza and Yacht Starship's Pirate Water Taxi will provide a new way to sail into the celebrations.

    The 2014 fireworks display draws oohs and ahhs at Channelside Bay Plaza. If you’re looking to watch this year’s display directly from the plaza, you will have to get a wristband. There are 2,500 available, first-come, first-served, beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday.
  6. Brandon Fourth of July parade organizers say event is largest in Florida

    Events

    BRANDON — The stage is set for what organizers bill as the largest Independence Day event of its kind in Florida.

    Last year’s parade theme was “Red, White and Blue.” This year, organizers are calling it the largest Independence Day event of its kind in the state.
  7. Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

    Food & Dining

    CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: DOG DAY

    July 4? Sure, sure, Independence Day. But in some circles, the main attraction is the annual Nathan's Famous International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, which dates back exactly 100 years to 1916. It's an annual tradition for a different brand …

    Customers enter Mel’s Hot Dogs on Busch Blvd. in Tampa. After 38 years of a cash-only policy, Mel’s Hot Dogs has started accepting credit cards recently.
  8. Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

    Events

    It’s time to party, patriot style. Pull out your favorite stars and stripes beach towel, pop open a beverage, gather the family and settle in for fireworks, food, dancing and revelry galore at locations all around Tampa Bay.

     

    People gather at the harbor to watch the Fourth of July fireworks finale at Channelside Bay Plaza Friday July 4, 2014.
  9. Gas prices reach record low just in time for July Fourth holiday weekend

    Retail

    Motorists who plan to hit the road for the Independence Day weekend can take advantage of the lowest summer gas prices in 11 years.

    Cars file by the Chevron gas station that sits at the Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and N. Central Avenue near I-275 North and South exits in Tampa, Monday, November 24, 2014.
  10. Here's your guide to July 4 sales

    Blogs

    Here's your exclusive look at Fourth of July sales. We'll update this post as we gather more intel.

    An ice cream phone case would sure quell the summer heat.