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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Jingle Ball brings Sam Smith, Normani and Lizzo, plus several turkey trots before Thanksgiving dinner and the 10th edition of Shopapalooza.
Sam Smith poses for photographers at the Brit Awards in London on Feb. 20. [JOEL C RYAN  |  Invision/AP]
Sam Smith poses for photographers at the Brit Awards in London on Feb. 20. [JOEL C RYAN | Invision/AP]
Published Nov. 25
Updated Nov. 25

93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball: The star-studded concert’s lineup featuress Oscar- and Grammy-winner Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony singer Normani and breakout pop star Lizzo, in addition to French Montana, Why Don’t We, Max and A.J. Mitchell. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

Run now, gobble later: Start working off those inevitable Thanksgiving munchies during the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot (Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave.) or the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble (Amalie Arena) at 7 a.m. Thursday, plus the Coffee Pot Turkey Trot (North Shore Elementary School, 200 35th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg) at 7:30 a.m. Hosted at St. Petersburg brewery 3 Daughters, 222 22nd St. S, the Gobblin’ and Hobblin’ Turkey Trot at 6 p.m. Wednesday is another opportunity to get a run in before the big meal. Prices and distances vary.

Shopapalooza Festival: More than 225 local businesses drive this 10th annual festival from LocalShops1 highlighting hundreds of artists and makers over two days. Activity and kids’ zones, a lounge, a Christmas tree display, entertainment and a food hall complete the fun. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5586.


Incubus: Behind radio hits like Wish You Were Here and Nice to Know You, these alt-rockers perform in celebration of their 1999 album Make Yourself’s 20th anniversary. Sold out. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Incubus will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30. [PMK BNC]

Cannibal Corpse: The death metal legends wrap up their fall tour at the Orpheum on Thanksgiving Eve. The Art Is Murder and Perdition Temple open. $27 and up. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Chevelle: The rock group make their triumphant return to St. Petersburg to get your Turkey Day merriment started at the 98ROCK Gobble Rocker. $34.50 and up. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: Expect an all-star bill of bluegrass acts, including Appalachian Road Show, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Rekindled Grass, Gypsy Wind and Carolina Blue. This three-day music celebration kicks off with a turkey dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday (bring a dish). Camping is available with a separate fee. Runs through Saturday. $25 and up, $5 ages 10-16, 9 and younger free. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (828) 265-9929.


Chris Tucker: The actor known for his roles in Friday and Rush Hour took a break for a while, but he’s back with a new standup tour. $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater.

Chris Tucker will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 29. [Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater]

The Four Italian Tenors: Viva Italia: Don’t miss this heartfelt tribute by four rising stars that salutes the Italian opera giants: Caruso, Pavarotti, Bocelli and Lanza. $45.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Kortney Shane Williams: A standup comedian from Seattle who has appeared on Comedy Central and NBC. $20. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker: Principal dancers from powerhouse companies like New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre team up with award-winning NGB dancers to present this family favorite. Opening at the Straz Center at 7 p.m. Friday, the story transports you to the world of whimsical characters and some of ballet’s most iconic music. Runs through Sunday. $30 and up. For showtimes, visit

Next Generation Ballet performs "The Nutcracker."


Kidz Bop: The popular music brand for young’uns offers an all-ages concert ahead of the release of its new album Kidz Bop 40. $28.75 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Holiday Classics: Sing along to yuletide tunes played on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ with your family, then enjoy the screening of 1947′s Miracle on 34th Street. You can take a free commemorative photo with Santa beforehand. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

SHAMcGiving: The Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center’s third anniversary and Thanksgiving bash showcase an “Eat the Rainbow”-themed potluck, plus aerial art, poetry, a “Flower Power”-decorated umbrella parade and live music. Bring a dish. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. 706 Second St. (727) 725-4018.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: One million LED lights, in everything from lasers to sparkling figures, illuminate the Florida Botanical Gardens starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Runs through Jan. 4. $5, 12 and younger free. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 582-5800.

Enchant Christmas is billed as the world’s largest Christmas maze. [Enchant Christmas]

Enchant Christmas: Billed as the world’s largest Christmas light maze, this holiday spectacle at Tropicana Field also has an ice skating trail, a food hall, live entertainment and a market. Runs through Dec. 29. $14.99 and up, 3 and younger free. 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.


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  1. A rendering of Iron Gwazi, the hybrid wooden and steel roller coaster coming to Tampa theme park Busch Gardens in 2020. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
    Deck the halls and the roller coasters. There’s a tree atop the Iron Gwazi, the hybrid steel and wooden roller coaster now under construction.
  2. Vendors at a previous Indie Noir Market, which will return on Dec. 14. [Courtesy of Camille Washington]
    Plus, the St. Petersburg Pier Marketplace vendors have been selected.
  3. Earlier today• Arts & Entertainment
    The Boley Centers' annual Jingle Bell Run will return to Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
    CeeLo Green headlines the Winter Wonder Ride, plus holiday-themed runs and parades fill the calendar.
  4. Lighted boats cruise along Boca Ciega Bay in South Pasadena in 2015. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    More boat parades, prancing horses, a fashion show and free fitness classes provide free and cheap fun.
  5. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. []
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  6. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform during their 2019 tour, which will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15. [Courtesy of Jason McEachern]
    The Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes a local stop, as do John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for Meet 'n' Grease. Plus, more boat and holiday parades are planned.
  7. Chewbacca stands in front of the Millennium Falcon at the Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Now that Rise of the Resistance is complete, the 14-acre land is complete. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times]
    Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is finally complete at Hollywood Studios, we have some tips on when to go and how to make the most of your time.
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World, will open in 2021. Guests will feel as if they are aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser. This is an artist's rendition of the ship’s main deck atrium. [DISNEY/LUCASFILM  |  Disney/Lucasfilm]
    Disney has revealed details on Epcot films, a Star Wars hotel, a new Mickey ride and more.
  9. From left: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry in "Waves." [Courtesy of A24]
    It is the third time production company A24 has shot here.
  10. A sign outside the new Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge shows the virtual queue closed on opening day, Dec. 5. [Luis Santana]
    Disney’s newest ‘Star Wars’-themed ride saw its virtual queue filled by 8:30 a.m. on opening day, with no other ride options available. The park’s scheduled open time was 9 a.m.