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Dec. 1-4

Friday, Dec. 1

Aly & AJ, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $38.

Opera Tampa: Romeo and Juliet, 8 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Morsani Hall at TBPAC. $29.50-$89.50.

Florida Orchestra, "A Christmas Spectacular,'' 8 p.m. TBPAC. Also 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Mahaffey Theater; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $17-$52.

Victorian Christmas Stroll, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa. $4-$10. (813) 254-1891; www.plantmuseum.com.

Main Street Holidays, through Dec. 3, $2; Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Cotee River. Downtown New Port Richey. (727) 842-8066.

Sing Out for AIDS with Betty, others, 7:30 p.m. Palladium. $15.

Papa Grows Funk, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse. $20.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Santa Fest and Krewe of Venus Holiday Parade, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., parade 4 p.m., Ybor City. Free.

Santa Parade and Snowfest, 10 a.m. Bayshore Boulevard and N Straub Park, downtown St. Petersburg. Free.

Cheryl Wheeler, 8 p.m. Octagon Arts Center. $18.

Bobby Rush, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse. $15.

Los Lobos, 8 p.m. Jannus Landing. $25.

Amahl & the Night Visitors, 7 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $15.

Santa's Holiday Revue, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Largo Cultural Center. $5-$7.

Crystal River Christmas Parade, 3:30 p.m. along U.S. 19.

Jesus Christ Superstar, 3 and 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $45-$65.

Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 3. Palladium. Free.

Heralds of Harmony Christmas Show, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ferguson Hall at TBPAC. $20-$30.

Retro-Rama Antiques & Collectibles Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gulfport Casino. $5. (727) 363-4852; www.hulahula.biz.

Winky Wright vs. Ike Quartey, 6:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum. $36.75 and up.

Sunday, Dec. 3

97X Next Big Thing 6, 10 a.m. Ford Amphitheatre. $34-$68.20.

Winter Classic Movie Series, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre. $7.50.

Powerman 5000, 8 p.m. State Theatre. $15.

Dec. 4-10

Monday, Dec. 4

Olivia Newton-John, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $44.50-$75.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

On Golden Pond with Tom Bosley and Michael Learned, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Morsani Hall at TBPAC. $26.50-62.50.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Cool Jazz Christmas with David Benoit, Jonathan Butler, more. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. $45-$55.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Johnny Winter, 8 p.m. State Theatre. $25.

Kathy Mattea, 8 p.m. Ferguson Hall at TBPAC. $20-$45.50.

Bellydance Superstars, 7 p.m. Jannus Landing. $24.99.

Safford House Candlelight Tour, 5:30-8 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 937-1130.

Friday, Dec. 8

Circle Jerks, 8 p.m. State Theatre. $14.99.

The Serpent, Jobsite production, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Shimberg Playhouse at TBPAC. $15.50.

The Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Also 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Mahaffey Theater. $27-$65.

Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $29.50-$45.50.

1940s Radio Hour, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $13-$15.

The Nutcracker, Guilfoil Ballet, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Palladium. $16.

Southern Monster Truck Showdown, 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 9. Hernando County Fairgrounds, Brooksville. $10-$12. (352) 796-4552.

Proof, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. American Stage. $26-$32.

St. Petersburg Lighted Boat Parade, 6:30 p.m., downtown. (727) 821-6443.

Shin Do Kumate XI, 8 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum. $16.75-$151.75.

Clearwater Holiday Parade, 7-9 p.m. Cleveland Street, downtown. (727) 562-4800.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Gretchen Wilson and Blake Shelton, 3 p.m. Rock Crusher Canyon, Crystal River. $40-$100. (352) 795-1313.

Dunedin Holiday Family Fest and Parade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Edgewater Park. Parade, 11 a.m. (727) 298-3260.

Inverness Christmas Parade, noon along Main Street.

Bouncing Souls, 6:30 p.m. State Theatre. $14.

Ozark Mountain Christmas Show, 2 and 7 p.m. Pasco-Hernando Community College, New Port Richey. $16-$20. (727) 816-3707.

Angels on High, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 16, Spring Hill Community Association. Donation. (352) 666-4746.

Merry Chriskwanzanukah! with Shana Banana, 11:30 a.m. Mahaffey Theater. $7.

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade, 6-8 p.m. Lowry Park to Sulphur Springs Tower. (813) 237-8497.

Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run and Festival, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Pete Times Forum. $15-$30. (813) 301-6590; www.tampabaylightning.com.

St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Boat Parade, 5:45 p.m. Merry Pier, St. Pete Beach.

Suzanne Westenhoefer, 8 p.m. Palladium. $20-$25.

The Oft Told Tale, 2 and 8 p.m. Also Dec. 10. St. Petersburg Little Theatre. $5-$10. (727) 866-1973; www.splt.info.

Tarpon Springs Bayou Boat Parade, dusk, Anclote River to Spring Bayou. (727) 942-5628.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade, 6:20 p.m. from Yacht Club Basin. (727) 367-4511, ext. 23

Winter Classic Movie Series, White Christmas (1954), 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre. $7.50.

Dec. 11-17

Monday, Dec. 11

Glenn Beck, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $20-$90.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Sepultura, 8 p.m. State Theatre. $17.

The Colors of Christmas with Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Stephanie Mills, others. 8 p.m. Van Wezel. $45-$65.

Hairspray, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Morsani Hall at TBPAC. $30.50-$65.50.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Lucero, 7 p.m. State Theatre. $10.

Wonderful Town, 8 p.m. Also Dec. 14. Van Wezel. $45-$55.

Tierra Verde Lighted Boat Parade, starts sundown, Billy's Stone Crab. (727) 542-3900.

Klezmer Conservatory Band, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $27-$45.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas, 8 p.m. Morsani Hall at TBPAC. $19.50-$32.50.

Moscow Boys Choir, 7:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $23-$25.

Black Nativity, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Historic Asolo Jewel Box Theater at Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. $19-$28. (941) 363-9300.

Friday, Dec. 15

Tony Bennett, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $60-$125.

Florida Orchestra, "Beethoven's Immortal Ninth," 8 p.m. Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, $35. Also 8 p.m. Dec. 16, Mahaffey Theater, and 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Ruth Eckerd Hall, $17-$52.

Coolio, 8 p.m. Jannus Landing. $18.

Melissa Ferrick, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse. $15.

Altar Boyz, 8 p.m. Also Dec. 16. Van Wezel. $35-$45.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Michael W. Smith, 8 p.m. Also 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall. $39-$80.

A Celtic Yuletide, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Largo Cultural Center. $15-$25.

Ellington Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Palladium. $20.

Sunday, Dec. 17

BT with Thomas Dolby, 8:30 p.m. State Theatre. $18.

NCAA Division I Basketball Series: Florida Gators vs. FAMU, 6 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum. $11.75-$31.75.

Winter Classic Movie Series, Holiday Inn (1942), 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre. $7.50.

Dec. 18-31

Monday, Dec. 18

Mandy Patinkin, 8 p.m. Van Wezel. $40-$60.

Kenny Rankin, 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at TBPAC. $20-$25.50.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Peter White, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $35-$45.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Orlando Ballet: The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 22-23. TBPAC. $18.50-$54.50.

Deck the Halls With Divas, 8 p.m. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $18.

Friday, Dec. 22

The Chocolate Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 23. Mahaffey Theater. $22-$47.

Saturday, Dec. 23

Red Elvises, 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse. $12.

A Christmas Carol, 2 and 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $25-$36.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Winter Classic Movie Series, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre. $7.50.

Friday, Dec. 29

'70s Soul Jam, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $36-$75.

The Fixx, 9 p.m. State Theatre. $14.99.

NCAA Division I Basketball Series: Florida State vs. Providence and USF vs. Wake Forest, 7 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum. $11.75-$31.75.

Die Fledermaus, 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 30. Palladium. $15-$50.

Saturday, Dec. 30

The Doodlebops, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $20-$35.

Lewis Black, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $37.50-$45.

Outback Bowl Beach Day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Noon Year's Eve, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo. $10.50-$14.95.

Winter Classic Movie Series, The Muppet Movie (1979), 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre. $7.50.

Sevendust, 8:30 p.m. Jannus Landing. $32.50.

First Night St. Petersburg, 2 p.m.-midnight, downtown. $8-$10 adults, $5 under age 12. (727) 823-8906; www.firstnightstpete.com.

TECO Energy Parade and Outback Bowl Band Blast, 5:30 p.m., Ybor City. Free.

WMNF-FM 88.5 New Year's Eve With Donna the Buffalo, 9 p.m. Coliseum, St. Petersburg. $35-$45. (727) 892-5202.

Salute to Vienna, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall. $39-$60.

New Year's Eve Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.Florida Aquarium. $70-$90. (813) 273-4000; www.flaquarium.org.

Contact info

American Stage, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org

Florida Orchestra, (813) 286-2403, toll-free 1-800-662-7286; www.floridaorchestra.org

Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. (813) 740-2446; www.fordamp.com

Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2276; www.jannuslanding.net

Largo Cultural Center, Largo. (727) 587-6793

Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa. (813) 935-8552; www.lowryparkzoo.com

Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767; www.mahaffeytheater.com

Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater. (727) 531-7704; www.uuclearwater.org

Outback Bowl events, (813) 874-2695; outbackbowl.com

Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590; www.mypalladium.org

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com

St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa. (813) 301-2500; www.stpetetimesforum.com

Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. (813) 977-6474

State Theatre, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (TBPAC), Tampa. (813) 229-7827; www.tbpac.org

Tampa Theatre, Tampa. (813) 274-8982; www.tampatheatre.org

Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center and Cultural Center. (727) 942-5605

Ticketmaster, (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100; www.ticketmaster.com

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota. Toll-free 1-800-826-9303; www.vanwezel.org

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