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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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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: Restaurants and bars to celebrate St. Patrick's this year

    Food & Dining

    Easy being green: Celebration spots

    Eleanor Buist, left, Anne Slattery and Pat O’Reilly Hauser toast during a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at Four Green Fields.
  2. So, how Irish are you? Tell a family story this St. Patrick's Day

    Pop Culture

    How Irish are you?

    The answer this week is probably "very," especially if you enjoy green beer and outrageous amounts of corned beef and cabbage. But it's also possible you're a good bit Irish year-round, given that Irish is the second most common ancestry among Americans, according to the Census Bureau. (Edging …

  3. Find things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Tampa Bay, including festivals, pub parties and green beer

    Events

    It's been awhile since St. Patrick's Day fell on a Friday, but that doesn't seem to matter since the party scene this year extends all weekend, with the Hillsborough River turning green and parades awash in emerald spectacles as spectators wash down green beer.

    The city of Dunedin's St. Patrick's Day Celebration will return Friday and Saturday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD]
  4. Here's where to let the good times roll for Mardi Gras

    Events

    Just about every party this month gets called Mardi Gras, but next week brings the actual Fat Tuesday celebration of Carnival that is supposed to be your one last hurrah before Lent. If you can't make it to New Orleans, there are plenty of Cajun-flavored goodies to "laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the …

     Bryana Armstrong and friend Chelsea Castleberry scream to get the attention of bead tossers during Dunedin's Mardi Gras parade in 2012.  [Luis Santana | TIMES]
  5. Awww, the Obamas get all mushy on Twitter for Valentine's Day

    National

    Former President Barack Obama returned to social media on Tuesday to wish his wife, Michelle, a happy Valentine's Day.

    President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama as they await the arrival of President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at the White House on Jan. 20. [Associated Press]
  6. In search of a dance partner, some find love and a song for life

    Human Interest

    Mike Unwin doesn't know much about love, but he does know a good love song.

    Pauline Gylund, 85, and Gary Gylund, 78, of Tarpon Springs waltz on a recent Friday at the Cabaret Dance Club in Palm Harbor. They met six years ago on the dance floor.
  7. Bon Jovi's Tico Torres and David Bryan talk longevity, love songs and Richie Sambora

    Music & Concerts

    Breakups are always hard, especially around Valentine's Day. So for a lot of Bon Jovi fans, today's concert at Amalie Arena might feel bittersweet, considering it'll be the band's first in Tampa without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora.

    Bon Jovi performs tonight at Amalie Arena, their first Tampa show without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora.
  8. For Valentine's Day: Can pomegranates, oysters and chocolate from Tampa Bay restaurants boost your sex life?

    General

    Like so much of our language, we have the Greeks to thank for the term "aphrodisiac." Ancient Greeks celebrated Aphrodite, the goddess of love, with festivals called "aphrodisia."

    A Pomegranate Daisy cocktail served at Mise en Place in Tampa. The cocktail has pressed pomegranate grenadine, fresh lime juice, Carpano Bianco vermouth, Stolichnaya vodka and dry sparkling wine.
  9. Review: '50 Shades Darker' light on plotty, heavy on naughty

    Movies

    Fifty Shades Darker is what you'd expect from encoring a regrettable one-night stand. Not a keeper, but nothing to gnaw off your arm about.

    Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, left, and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades Darker." (Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures via AP)
  10. Movie Planner: '50 Shades Darker' and the sexy movies that went before it

    Movies

    OPENING THURSDAY: FIFTY SHADES DARKER

    Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back as Christian and Anastasia in Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.