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5 places to start your holiday shopping in Tampa Bay this weekend

Plus, the Mother of All Baby showers and an unclaimed clothing sale.
On Sunday, Christmas Under the Oaks will highlight Bless the Children Jewelry at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus. [Courtesy of Bless the Children Jewelry]
On Sunday, Christmas Under the Oaks will highlight Bless the Children Jewelry at St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus. [Courtesy of Bless the Children Jewelry]
Published Nov. 6, 2019
Updated Nov. 7, 2019


Boom, just like that, it’s time to start your holiday shopping. These events will help.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Pinellas chapter presents Christmas Under the Oaks, featuring holiday gift ideas from local nonprofits that help the world, including shawls and ponchos made in the Andean mountains, hand-stitched bags, jewelry and ornaments from Africa, inspirational bracelets made from recycled T-shirts and jewelry from the rain forest, pictured. Free. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. (727) 804-3673.

The Junior League Holiday Gift Market is a big one, with more than 200 merchants sell clothing, jewelry, food, art and children’s items. Benefits the Junior League of Tampa. $10. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 254-1734.

If home renovations are on your holiday wish list, check out the Home and Holiday Show at the Tampa Convention Center. It’s one-stop shopping for all your home and holiday needs, along with a wine tasting, art exhibit and pet adoption. $5-$12. Noon Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (305) 677-9991.

Coastal Market 607′s Christmas in November is in conjunction with Marcotte’s Design Holiday Bash and Reveal. Features exclusive sales, Debbie Lou’s Food Truck, pet Christmas photos and holiday adult beverages. First 25 customers will receive a swag bag of goodies. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 607 Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo. (727) 587-6607.

The Indian Rocks Christmas Market at Indian Rocks Baptist Church happens during their Indian Rocks Jamboree. Featuring local artisans. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo.


Load up on designer label business suits, dresses, men’s dress shirts, sweaters, blouses, ties, trousers, linens and bedspreads at Sun Country Cleaners’ Unclaimed Clothing Sale. Thousands of freshly cleaned items will be on sale for $5 per item for this popular PARC fundraiser. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-9111.


Think of it as a different kind of date night. Kids aren’t allowed at the Mother of All Baby Showers, an adults-only night out for new and expectant parents that includes “Try It Before You Buy It” baby products and services, spa treatments, giveaways and food sampling. $20, $30 for two. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.


  1. A new Publix in the Channell district located on the corner of E Twiggs Street and N Meridian Avenue in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times] ["OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Meanwhile in Tampa, the Westshore store could open soon.
  2. The Sears at University Mall near the University of South Florida in Tampa is in the process of being torn down to make way for a new mixed-use development project. [RD Management]
    This is what developers plan for the old Sears stores at University Mall and Citrus Park.
  3. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The massive fandom was built on the strength of a universe that continues to expand beyond the movie theater.
  4. Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
    Plus, a pre- Gasparilla fashion and hair event and markets dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Jan. 13• Arts & Entertainment
    Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN  |  Columbia Records]
    Celine Dion brings her pipes to town, the Gasparilla children’s parade starts rolling and bands get ready for next week’s big MLK parade.
  6. Creating a sand mandala such as this one, from 2017, Buddhist monks use small tools to make intricate shapes in colored sand. [Times (2017)]
    Watch as a beautiful sand mandala is created by Buddhist monks, see a polo match on the beach and Let Your Voice Be Heard.
  7. Jennifer Pearce of Ocala guides Leslie, an Afghan hound, around the ring in 2015 during the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Dog Show at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    Watch one of the biggest dog shows in the state, get some pet care tips, look through MOSI’s telescopes and more.
  8. A photo taken during a previous Cocktails and Couture, the art and fashion party that will revisit the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Jan. 11. [Courtesy of Okie Tilo]
    Plus, a mock wedding to help nail the big day and a night market at Daddy Kool Records.
  9. This June 15, 2005, file photo shows a Pier 1 Imports store in Dallas. Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online. The home decor company said Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. It didn't say where the store closures would occur, but it operates stores in the U.S. and Canada. Pier 1 also plans layoffs at its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File) [DONNA MCWILLIAM  |  AP]
    The chain has 12 locations between Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
  10. A camera crew films a manatee rescue at ZooTampa at Lowry Park as part of National Geographic show "Secrets of the Zoo." [ZooTampa at Lowry Park]
    The third season of ‘Secrets of the Zoo’ centers on the staff and the animals, from a baby koala to manatee rescues.