St. Nick does double-duty in parades Saturday: He's the star of the Santa Parade in downtown St. Petersburg, which begins at 10 a.m., followed by Snowfest in North Straub Park on the waterfront. Then, the Jolly Ol' Elf crosses the bay for Santa Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ybor City, followed at 4 p.m. by the Krewe of Venus Holiday Parade through Ybor. For more holiday parades and public frivolity, see Quick Takes on Page 2E.
The Big Thing is also the hot thing
Some of the hottest alt/punk/emo bands take the stage Sunday during the 97X Next Big Thing 6. Acts include My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, 30 Seconds to Mars and OK Go. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa. $34-$68.20. (813) 740-2446.
Memories of Christmas on film
Tampa Theatre kicks off its Winter Classic Movie Series on Sunday with the 1947 Miracle on 34th Street at 3 p.m. The theater is at 711 Franklin St. $7.50. The series includes White Christmas (Dec. 10); Holiday Inn (Dec. 17); It's a Wonderful Life (Dec. 24); and The Muppet Movie (Dec. 31). (813) 274-8981; www.tampatheatre.org.
Music that skips the holiday carols
On a nonholiday note, concerts include Aly and AJ at 7:30 tonight, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $38. (727) 791-7400. Papa Grows Funk, 8 tonight, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $20. (813) 971-0666. Los Lobos, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. $25.(727) 896-1244. Alan Jackson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. $35-$59.50. (813) 740-2446.
If you prefer seasonal sounds
But if it's holiday music you must have, some highlights: Florida Orchestra's Christmas Spectacular, Richard Kaufman, conductor. 8 tonight, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, (813) 222-1000; 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, (727) 892-5798; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $17-$52.(727) 791-7400. Heralds of Harmony Christmas Show, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Ferguson Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. $20-$30. (813) 222-1000. Florida Lyric Opera and John & Mary K. Wilson perform Amahl and the Night Visitors and Christmas favorites. 7 p.m. Saturday, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. $13-$15. (727) 942-5605. Tampa Oratorio Society's Christmas with the Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet, 2 p.m. Sunday, Fletcher Lounge at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 253-1333.