Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Dec. 29

Ventriloquist Terry Fator, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Grammy-winning DJ Ben Benassi are on Tampa Bay stages tonight.
America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator, shown here on Nov. 18, 2014, will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 29, 2018. [Photo by Tomek Pleskaczynski]
America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator, shown here on Nov. 18, 2014, will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 29, 2018. [Photo by Tomek Pleskaczynski]
Published December 28 2018
Updated December 28 2018

Terry Fator: The ventriloquist got his big break when he won season two of America’s Got Talent, which scored him a headlining gig at the Mirage Hotel. Among his 100 voices are Elton John, Elvis and President Donald Trump. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25-$83.25. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze: The Broadway-style musical and family holiday spectacular features acrobatic and theatrical costumes and production. The Boston Globe called it “Las Vegas meets family entertainment.” 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35-$65. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com

New Year Prediction Run: End your year predictably by estimating your finish time in this 5K or 10K race. The runners that finish closest to their predicted times win. No watches, GPS timers or other timing devices allowed. The race starts on the bike path adjacent to Whiskey Joe’s. Benefits Africa Vital Living. 8 a.m. Whiskey Joe’s Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $35. (813) 505-1405. nypredictionrun.racehawk.com.

Benny Benassi: Grammy-winning Italian house legend performs at the Ritz Ybor, as part of its four night series of killer DJs leading up to 2019. Tickets are $20 and up. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.

Stephanie K with La Lucha: The jazz vocalist based in Germany has performed at many international festivals throughout Europe, Tunisia, and the United States. Backed by La Lucha. 7:30 p.m., Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. Advanced $18-$28. (813) 645-7651. firehouseculturalcenter.org.

Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Balmy St. Petersburg will have a real ice rink in Albert Whitted Park through Jan. 7. Sessions are $10 for an hour and include ice skates. Bring your own socks, or you can purchase socks at the ice-skating rink for $2 per pair. 1 p.m. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, St. Petersburg. $10 per hour includes skate rental. (727) 893-7441. stpeteparksrec.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!): Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform a combination of every Christmas story ever told. Through Dec. 30. 2 and 8 p.m. freeFall Studio Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com

Masquerade Bar Crawl: You can put on a mask and party early at this pre-New Year’s Eve bar crawl with a free shot at each stop and bus transportation between stops. Masks recommended. 4 p.m. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa. $25-$120. (650) 440-2390. eventbrite.com

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Pirate Taxi for a 45-minute cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festively lighted bridges and shimmering downtown skylines. Includes hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m. 6 p.m. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa. $28, $18 children. (813) 223-7999.

Brian Scolaro: The actor and stand-up comedian is most known for his half hour Comedy Central special and for playing Doug on TBS’s Sullivan and Son, and as Stuart on Fox’s Stacked. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$16.50 (813) 960-1197.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens: The Lightning host the Canadiens for the first time this season. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa. $52.25. (813) 301-6500.

Cocoa Brown: Best known for her lead role in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, the actor and comedian has appeared in acclaimed films and television shows, including American Crime Story, 9-1-1, Breaking Bad and Lakeview Terrace. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

kids and family

Snow Days: See the otters frolic in the snow at the aquarium at 10:30 a.m. and kids get a snow play area from noon to 5 p.m. The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $23 and up for general admission, free for 2 and younger. (813) 273-4000.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (PG-13) on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo’s holiday party with carolers, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, a holiday hoedown, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a Candy Cane Lane. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. Included with admission, or $24.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. 4 p.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Jan. 6. 10 a.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. $89 online, 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com.

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Hours given are for the ice rink, other hours vary. 10 a.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686.

to watch

A Midnight Kiss, 8 p.m., Hallmark: And you thought the touchy-feely TV movies were over after Christmas. Nope. In A Midnight Kiss, a party planner (Adelaide Kane) has only one week to put together a big New Year’s Eve bash. Yes, there’s pressure — but romance too.

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