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

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.

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.

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.

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 ;

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.

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.

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 ;

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;

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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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