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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. Create an easy but classy holiday party menu for $10 per person

    Cooking

    Recently, friends and I were musing about holiday parties, how many there were in the past and so few now. None of us has big ones anymore. They have become so expensive, we all agreed. And can be stressful.

    Wow your guests with Baked Brie garnished with candied nuts and pomegranate seeds.
  2. On the 12th Day of Christmas Cookies: Black Mountain Cookies

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    There are cookies and then there are Black Mountain Cookies, also known as MRCs, meal replacement cookies.

    26. Black Mountain Cookie
  3. Your guide to holiday parades by land, sea

    Events

    This weekend is packed with holiday parades, both by land and by sea. So if you are wondering why all of Pinellas Park's traffic around Park Boulevard will come to a halt Saturday afternoon or why the bridge at Johns Pass is tied up Saturday night, you might as well stop and watch.

    
Boats light up the night Dec. 5 on Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena, during the annual St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade.
  4. Kresge house Christmas light display is bright as ever

    Human Interest

    MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times

    As the sky darkens, the lights come on — an invitation to explore the outdoor maze of Christmas displays at the Kresge house in St. Petersburg. Ted Kresge began it all with a few strings of lights 38 years ago. "Our power bills have run in the past as much as $4,400," he said. …

    [MAURICE RIVENBARK   |   Times]
As the sky darkens, the lights come on - an invitation to explore the outdoor maze of Christmas displays at the Kresge house in St. Petersburg. Ted Kresge began it all with a few strings of lights 38 years ago. "Our power bills have run in the past as much as $4,400," he said. These days, he uses a lot of energy-saving LED bulbs. The displays include 10 trailer-truckloads of lights, an HO scale model railroad, inflatables, bubble machines and a 70-foot tree. It's at 2719 Oakdale St. S, near the Chattaway restaurant. It's free and open 6 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3.
  5. Christmas musical all about 'Heart'

    Events

    A New Heart for Christmas, a Broadway-style Christmas musical on stage Monday at the Mahaffey Theater, will feature a choir of 150 voices from area churches.

  6. On the 11th day of Christmas Cookies: Oatmeal Carmelita Bars

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    A bar cookie is the answer for our hectic times.

    Oatmeal Carmelita Bars
  7. On the 10th day of Christmas Cookies: Dipped Gingersnaps

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    How do I love Dipped Gingersnaps? Let me count the ways.

    /2011 ST. PETERSBURG)  4. Dipped Gingersnaps. FOR TASTE SECTION.   TIMES PHOTO SCOTT KEELER
  8. On the ninth Day of Christmas Cookies: Peppermint Wands

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    Funny story about Peppermint Wands.

    They have the same flavor profile as the famous candy cane cookies, which I find impossible to make. You know the ones. A tender dough is divided in half and one is dyed red (or more likely an unfortunate shade of pink). Then skilled bakers make ropes of dough and wind them …

    peppermint wands cookies
  9. On the eighth Day of Christmas Cookies: Cherry Nut Slices

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    Don't turn your nose up at this cookie.

    Cherry Nut Slices are easily passed over on the cookie platter. They are sort of skinny, maybe too crispy for some. And then there's that whole candied cherry debate. Too sweet, maybe? Too gummy?

    21. Cherry Nut Slices Cookie
  10. On the seventh day of Christmas Cookies: Peanut Butter and Jam Bars

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    If you've got kids who love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they will love these cookies.

    Who are we kidding?

    Peanut Butter and Jam cookies