Menorahs made of marshmallows, break dancers and a giant dreidel running down the street are just a few of the fun community events that will mark the start of Hanukkah in Tampa Bay this year.
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Sunday and ends the evening of Dec. 14. It's one of the more whimsical holidays on the Jewish calendar, said Rabbi Levi Hodakov, director Chabad of Clearwater....
As the last of the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it's time to look at the holiday season ahead.
There are hundreds of parties, shows and parades in the coming weeks that can be found at tampabay.com/holiday for you to plan your calendars accordingly. We have sifted through the pile and came up with our top picks for can't-miss holiday fun in the coming weeks:...
The Orlando Eye has introduced Eye Glow, a new nighttime upgrade of $10 on top of the $20 admission that includes a wine, beer, cider or glass of champagne and access to the new Eye Glow lounge, before boarding the 400-foot observation wheel.
The Eye Glow lounge has bright lights, glow elements and a dance music party atmosphere.
"We wanted to provide a perfect option for our guests to transition from their restaurant dining experience to their night out on the town," said Robin Goodchild, general manager of the Orlando Eye, which is part of the newly opened International Drive and I-Drive 360 entertainment complex that also includes the Sea Life aquarium and a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. ...
5 things to do under $5 Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Free day at Glazer Museum, photography show, poet laureate story time11/25/15Events
1 Carousel No. 5 with Bill Yates: Inspired by an old-fashioned slide show, Green Bench Brewing Co. hosts the fifth installment of this series that gives photographers a wall and a forum to present their work. Special guest Bill Yates will talk about his series from Tampa's Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, which sat dormant for nearly 40 years until recently when Yates scanned the images and began sharing the work with the public. The compelling images are currently in an exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans that continues through Jan. 17. Yates comes to St. Petersburg on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. for a talk at Green Bench, 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Seating is limited. Bring blankets or beach chairs....
Things to Do Planner: Glazer Museum lights up, author David Maraniss, Christmas Town at Busch Gardens11/25/15Events
BRIGHT NIGHTS: Glazer lights up
The interactive Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park this week is opening a new after-hours playtime called Bright Nights. The museum's top exhibit areas are lit up and in tune with holiday classics set among a dazzling light show. Held Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 18, the evening playtime is $10 for members or $15 for general admission. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org....
Plan your weekend, Thanksgiving edition: Turkey Trot, Black Friday alternative, Seaboard Seafood Fest11/24/15Events
Plan your weekend
Turkey Trots: Earn your Thanksgiving calories at Turkey Day races. The Goody Goody Turkey Gobble, a 5K out and back course across the Platt Street bridge and along Bayshore Boulevard, benefits Tampa YMCA. $32 on active.com. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 784-2266. 7 a.m. Thursday. The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot features 1-mile Gobbler, Wingding 5K, 5K Fun Run and the 10K Turkey Trot. The turducken of all is the Clearwater Challenge, with runners doing three races. $14-$45 on t ampabay.com/turkeytrot. Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4700. 7 a.m. Thursday....
Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you just don't have a family. Maybe you have chosen a family of friends. Or maybe you just don't want to talk to your family at all.We got you covered. All week, we're bringing you our Guide to Lonely Thanksgiving. Our critics and writers have offered their best advice for going the holiday alone, from TV to reading to eating out. It doesn't have to be a pity party. If you do it right, you can be thankful for your solitude, too....
You can chill out at Ice!, the frosty feature of 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures opening Tuesday at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. This year the chilly walk-through marvel features a theme based on Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Since temperatures are kept at a wintry 9 degrees, visitors are given parkas and see six individual rooms depicting the story of Ma in her kerchief and Pa in his cap, and you can see the Chinese artisans at work in a live ice carving zone....
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, who earned his Super Bowl ring with the Colts and retired from the NFL, is still coaching … dads. They receive a "Play of the Day" in e-mail support from All Pro Dad, the nonprofit family organization he helped found in Tampa Bay in 1997.
On Saturday some 1,500 dads and their children are expected to attend an All Pro Dad mini training camp from 1 to 4 p.m. on the field of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where practical fatherhood tips will be slipped between games and pep talks from star athletes....
Plan your weekend Nov. 20-22: Sand sculptures on Treasure Island, TobyMac at the Sun Dome, Shopapalooza11/18/15Events
Plan your weekend
More than castles
Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival: Master sand sculptors have been working all week on works of art on Treasure Island's white sandy beach as they compete for $12,000 in cash prize and a "people's choice" pick at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival. It's free for spectators to check out the creations behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. Sculpting stops at 2 p.m. Saturday and the awards are announced at 7 p.m. The night ends with a fireworks display. The completed sculptures remain on display until 6 p.m. Sunday....
Florida residents can save on two- and three-day tickets at Universal Orlando available now and good through the next two months, Universal announced Wednesday.
The Hero ticket deal is available through Dec. 14 and can be used through Jan. 31, though some block-out dates apply. Florida residents can get a three-day ticket for $129 for one park, $163 for park-to-park tickets, a savings of more than $40. There is also a two-day ticket deal of $119 for one park, $153.99 for multipark tickets, a $30 savings ...
1 Best Shredder Contest: In the final installment of the countywide Best Shredder Contest, skateboarders will show off their best street style techniques and tricks at Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs Park in Tampa from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8612 Jackson Springs Road. Prizes for first, second, and third place and an overall Best Shredder will be named in each division. The contest features food trucks, music and prizes, and admission is free. Helmets and a notarized waiver are required to skate. Forms are available online at HillsboroughCounty.org/BestShredder, or call (813) 554-5064....
BEACHY KEEN: SAND SCULPTING
Once again, the massive expanse of beach at Treasure Island is about much more than making castles. Master sand sculptors have been working all week on works of art that will soon wash away. They have taken 150 tons of sand, using shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes to compete for $12,000 in cash prize and a "people's choice" pick at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival running through Sunday. It's free for spectators to check out the creations behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.. Sculpting stops at 2 p.m. Saturday before the awards are announced at 7 p.m. The night ends with a fireworks display. The completed sculptures remain on protected display until 6 p.m. Sunday before Mother Nature takes over. ...
1 Dunedin Dogtoberfest: Anything that features the "Running of the Wieners" as a highlight has got to be good. This annual dog-themed Oktoberfest party in Dunedin draws so many wiener dogs for the races that they have to run them in heats, releasing the long-bodied pooches to their owners at the end of the racetrack. There's also a doggie costume contest, photos with Santa, agility demonstrations and a "My Pet's Got Talent" competition. It's free, with $5 parking at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday....
Plan your weekend
BBQ and music
Ribfest: Get the napkins ready, Ribfest returns Friday through Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. In addition to more than a dozen ribbers hawking their wares, Poison frontman and reality-TV yeoman Bret Michaels headlines Friday at 8:30 p.m., with classic rockers Three Dog Night on Saturday and country stars Kip Moore and Chase Rice on Sunday. There's kettle corn, lemonade, funnel cakes, corn on the cob and, of course, barbecue. Tickets are $16 Friday and $20 Saturday and Sunday, with discounts available through Circle K and MetroPCS stores; otherwise it's $20/$25 at the gate. Paid parking ($10) is available in downtown lots and garages, including the Mahaffey Theater, Al Lang Field and the Sundial garage, with shuttles to and from the festival every 15 minutes. ribfest.org....