Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, Dec. 7

Barry Manilow brings his Christmas show and snow in Tarpon Springs.
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Barry Manilow will bring his “A Very Barry Christmas” holiday tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 7.
STILETTO Entertainment Barry Manilow will bring his “A Very Barry Christmas” holiday tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 7.
Published December 6

Barry Manilow: The pop music icon returns for a special “A Very Barry Christmas” engagement performing his greatest hits like Copacabana, Mandy and many others. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa. $16-$246. (813) 301-6500.

The Florida Orchestra: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the orchestra presents a selection of pieces by Mozart and Sibelius. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa. $18-$48. (800) 955-1045. strazcenter.org

Hello Dolly!: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the new production of the classic musical. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org

Bowzer’s Holiday Party: Jon Bauman of Sha Na Na returns to the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for his 11th Annual Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ‘N’ Roll Party starring legendary artists. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $38.75-$78.75. rutheckerdhall.com

Ballyhoo!: Rock, pop, punk, and reggae band that has five albums and more than 200,000 digital tracks with special guest Propaganjah. Free. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band: New Orleans drummer Jason Marsalis, from one of jazz’s great families, performs. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. General admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Reserved 46. (727) 822-3590 ; mypalladium.org.

Gallagher: The watermelon-smashing comic (and Tampa native) brings the Jokes on You Comedy Tour with veteran comic Artie Fletcher opening. 7-10 p.m. Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg. $10-$30.

Holiday Movies in the Park: Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in the holiday classic, A Christmas Story starting at 7 p.m. Free. Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg.

The Winter Wonderettes: The musical takes place at a Tupperware party and features holiday songs including Jingle Bell Rock and Winter Wonderland. Through Dec. 23. 8-10 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly: When the family gathers for the holidays, it’s bookish middle sister Mary’s turn for a chance at independence and love, in this sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Through Dec. 30. 8 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org

Ella Jet & Future Soul: One of Tampa Bay’s rising stars, Ella Jet will be performing songs from her debut EP Black Wave Diary as well as the forthcoming full-length album Love Sound. Special guest Ari Chi opens the show. 8-11:30 p.m. The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 433-5251.

First Friday: Art in the Heights: On the first Friday of every month, businesses in and around Seminole Heights extend their hours to 9 p.m. and feature artwork. 4632 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Free.

Death by Chocolate: Indulge in delectable chocolate creations from local restaurants and chocolatiers under the twinkling lights, with complimentary champagne to sip with the delicacies. Benefits local youth programs. 7 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $25 (727) 587-6793 ; largorotary.com.

Chopin Project Concert Solo pianist Arthur Greene performs a concert featuring Chopin favorites. 7 p.m., The Tampa Quaker Meeting, 1502 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $22-$32. .

D.R.I. and Deathwish: Crossover thrash legends will perform. 7 p.m., The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free.

Gilbert Gottfried: Don’t let the voice behind Aladdin’s Iago and the Aflac duck fool you, the comedian told the dirtiest joke in The Aristocrats, a documentary about the world’s dirtiest joke. 8 and 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 960-1197; sidesplitterscomedy.com.

National Theatre Live: Broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse, the multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III tells of the erratic behaviors and political downfalls of King George III. 12:55 p.m. Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 867-1166. ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

KIDS AND FAMILY

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs: Bring the family to this free holiday event with a snow play area, music, horse drawn carriage rides, children’s activities and a visit with Santa. 5-10 p.m. downtown Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 937-6109.

Hanukkah Celebration: The lighting of a 10-foot menorah with potato latkes, singing songs, learning, dancing, playing games and other activities. Bring your own menorah and candles and join in a simultaneous lighting ceremony. 7 p.m., Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 1701 29th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 345-7777 .

SnowBlast: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes for a day in the snow with activities including snowball fights, snow tubing, snow slide. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22 Ave N, St. Petersburg. $25, 2 and younger free. (727) 828-9584. snowblastfl.com

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. 4 p.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa. zootampa.org

Holiday Carnival: You’ll find rides, games, music and family fun. Tickets for carnival rides will be available at the event or visit DowntownClearwater.com for tickets. 5-10 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater. Free. myclearwaterparks.com

Kenneth City Tree Lighting: Kenneth City welcomes the holiday with music and a tree lighting. 6 p.m. Schleck Park, 6000 54th Ave. N, Kenneth City. Free.

Safety Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony: Listen to traditional holiday songs sung by local choirs, watch the huge Christmas tree being lit and visit with Santa Claus. 6-9 p.m. John Wilson Park and Gazebo, 401 Main St, Safety Harbor. Free. (727) 724-1530.

St. Pete Beach Boat Parade: The boat parade viewing party takes place in the park with music, hot chocolate, children’s art projects and a visit from Santa. 6 p.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 363-9245.

South Pasadena Boat Parade and Party: Join the City Commission for refreshments, music, visits with Santa and a boat parade. 6:15 p.m. Barbara Gilberg Habitat Park, 1600 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena. Free. (727) 384-0701.

Tarpon Springs Boat Parade: Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. Your best bet for viewing these holiday decorated vessels is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. The event is free and boats are expected to enter Spring Bayou around 8 p.m. 7-9 p.m. Craig Park and Bayou, St. Petersburg. Free. visitstpeteclearwater.com

to watch

RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, 8 p.m., VH1: The special has eight fan favorite female impersonators from past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race competing in holiday-themed challenges.

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