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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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Click here to find hundreds of holiday events

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 5 patriotic and summer movies of the 1980s

    Movies

    Sometime this Fourth of July holiday weekend, you're going to need some down time. Picnics, beaches, fireworks — it's just too much. So start planning ahead for couch time with suitable movies for the occasion. Here are our top 5 favorite movies for a patriotic holiday and top 5 favorite movies for the …

    Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase (front) portray Mom and Dad, with Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall as their kids in the frenzied cross-country comedy, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
  2. 5 non-exploding ways to entertain kids for July 4

    Events

    For the littlest ones, especially those younger than 5, it can be hard on July Fourth to find diversions that capture their attention, but don't involve lighting something on fire. Some alternatives:

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  3. Where to see fireworks around Tampa Bay for July 4

    Events

    Here's a quick guide to where to see the rockets' red glare this weekend. Sunset is at 8:30, and most fireworks shows begin at 9 p.m. but the weather could push back the starting time.

    Early adopters

    Crowds flock to St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront and parks to watch festive Fourth of July fireworks illuminate the night sky.
  4. Don't be a bad neighbor: July Fourth etiquette rules for noise, fireworks

    Events

    If you must ignore the law and can't ignore your urge to blow something up on the Fourth of July, at least do your neighbors and their pets a favor by being considerate.

    Colin Hayter of Clearwater shops with his father, Ron Hayter, at Phantom Fireworks in Tampa.
  5. Dining Planner: Where to eat on the Fourth of July, plus a showing from Dr. BBQ

    Food & Dining

    For most of us, Saturday evening will culminate in looking skyward while saying, "Oooooohhhhhhh." July Fourth fireworks displays are preceded in large measure by backyard barbecues, but if you find yourself peckish preshow, here are some dining suggestions.

    DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG

    Chef Ted Dorsey grills lobster at the Copperfish Restaurant located at 1502 S Howard Ave, Tampa.
  6. #CookHack: Tips for getting your charcoal grill started

    Cooking

    If you have a charcoal grill but you don't have a chimney starter — a metal cylinder that is used to light the charcoal — it's worth getting your hands on one. But if you need to light a fire on the grill without it, here's a tip for doing it in a pinch. Crumple up about 10 pieces of newspaper and place them …

  7. Recipes for unexpected grilled sides: avocado, peach panzanella, fruit kebabs

    Cooking

    Add some sparkle to your traditional barbecue fare this Fourth of July with unexpected grillables.

    Grilled Watermelon Caprese is a refreshing summer dish.
  8. Why we have 10 outdoor cookers and what each ones does

    General

    I have this recurring vision of a producer from the TV show Hoarders knocking on our door, saying they heard we have six grills around our patio and they think it's time for an intervention.

    The Traeger Texas Elite Wood Pellet Grill is big enough to smoke eight chickens at once.
  9. #CookClub: Grilled Pork Chops With Grilled Honey Carrots for Fourth of July

    Cooking

    A couple of weeks ago, our cover story told you how to make the perfect burger, tips that will surely come in handy this Fourth of July weekend. And for this week's #CookClub recipe, I've chosen another grilling standby: pork chops. They come together so easily, I'm wondering why I don't make them more …

    Give the burgers a rest and try Grilled Pork Chops With Grilled Honey Carrots.
  10. Notable: American history

    Books

    Notable

    American history

    For Independence Day, here are three books with unique insights into our nation's past.