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Happy Holidays

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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Have you heard about #tampabayinspires? Just share a tweet a Facebook post or an Instagram with the tag anytime you see or participate in an act of charity or goodwill and we'll feature it on our tampabay.com/inspires page.

 

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. Help them out: Hillsborough charities in need of holiday donations

    Events

    Metropolitan Ministries

    If you have a food or toy donation you would like to drop off, Metropolitan Ministries' big white tent is now located just west of the N Nebraska Avenue and E Cass Street intersection. You can find more drop-off locations and ways to give or volunteer at metromin.org/holiday-central.< …

  2. 12 Blogs of Christmas: Hunter S. Thompson sets his tree on fire (w/ video)

    Blogs

    Maybe you're feeling down on Christmas, or maybe you just want to see a famous writer start a giant fire in their living room. 

  3. What to watch this weekend: 'Frozen' premiere on ABC, new Netflix originals

    Blogs

    Remember three years ago when Disney released Frozen and you couldn't go a day without hearing the astonishing Idina Menzel belt out Let It Go? Well, nothing has really changed. Frozen toys and merchandise are, literally, everywhere. Kids and adults still can't get enough of Elsa and Anna.

    Queen Elsa in Disney's Frozen.
  4. Child crushed after Santa tells him to 'lay off the hamburgers and french fries'

    Nation

    Anthony Mayse took a seat on Santa's lap, looked into his eyes, and told the elderly chimney-hopper exactly what he wants this Christmas: an iPod touch and a drone.

    Anthony Mayse told ABC affiliate WLOS, "When (Santa) got done, he said, 'Lay off the hamburgers and french fries.' And that really just disrespected me, and I felt awful." [WLOS photo via Washington Post]&#10;
  5. The 12 Blogs of Christmas: Huge news about TV's 'Yule Log'

    Blogs

    Half a century ago, Fred M. Thrower, president of New York's WPIX-TV had an idea. Film a few minutes of a log burning in a fireplace, loop it, and broadcast it for hours on Christmas morning.

    This photo shows a still from the original "Yule Log" broadcast from 1966.
  6. Warwick Davis, Matthew Lewis join Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

    Blogs

    Universal Orlando just announced its first wave of Harry Potter film stars set to attend its fourth Celebration of Harry Potter in January. 

    Warwick Davis and Matthew Lewis are among the first celebrity announcements for A Celebration of Harry Potter Jan. 27-29, 2017.
  7. How do you rent a reindeer in Florida? It's complicated

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Handlers in dark glasses whisked the stars toward the stage, past rubberneckers pulling out phones to steal a photo, past the Cheesecake Factory and under the shadow of the Panera Bread.

    One of Pat Lavery's reindeer looks on at a farm in Summerfield, Fla. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]
  8. Notable: Books about making 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Star Wars'

    Books

    Behind the scenes: Three new books about the making of beloved movies might be welcome gifts.

  9. Christmas at Disney World: Drones and lasers and ice castles

    Florida

    Christmas at Walt Disney World is amped up this year thanks to technology, adding a whole new gee-whiz layer of drones and lasers and ice castles to the world's biggest tourist attraction.

    Outside the parks

    Toy soldiers herald the arrival of spectacular holiday on Main Street USA at Walt Disney World.
  10. Plan your weekend Dec. 9-11: Adam Sandler and friends, Fray at Mistletoe Show, Ybor parade

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Comedy

    Adam Sandler and friends: Adam Sandler's Here Comes the Funny comedy tour surrounds him with old friends David Spade, Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson and a "surprise special guest." 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Straz Center's big Morsani Hall. The only tickets …