Boat parades: More of the quintessentially Florida holiday tradition happens this weekend. Treasure Island's Lighted Parade is a big one, happening Friday at the Club at Treasure Island. More than 50 decorated boats are participating, with live entertainment, a Santa visit and a cash bar. Saturday, motor boats, sail boats, canoes and even row boats will compete for awards by division on Indian Rocks Beach. It begins at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and weaves throughout the "fingers." Also Saturday is Hernando Beach's boat parade, which you can watch from the yacht club or enter yourself for a fee of one new unwrapped toy. Sunday it's Redington Beach/Indian Shores turn, starting on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway, and ends at Caddy's Pub for an awards ceremony and party.
Music: Tuesday, guitar legends including Steve Vai and Nuno Bettencourt shred at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Generation Axe tour ($32.75-$150). Wednesday, crooner Chris Isaak brings his holiday tour to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($89-$125). Friday,Bad Brains' front man HR plays the Brass Mug in Tampa ($18), while Tampa-based metalcore group Underoath play their first arena show at Tampa's Yuengling Center ($26-$31). Also Friday, smooth-jazz saxophonist Kenny G will perform holiday favorites and his hits at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($39.25-$83.25). Saturday, Reviverfest brings platinum-selling country artist David Lee Murphy and others for a free show at St. Pete's Jannus Live. Also Saturday, 93.3's Jingle Ball returns to Tampa's Amalie Arena, with headliners Shawn Mendes and Bebe Rexha ($41-$151). Sunday, 98 Rock's Not So Silent Night takes over St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater, with an all-female fronted lineup including headliners Halestorm ($53).
The Florida Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Led by conductor Jeff Tyzik and featuring St. Pete-based vocalist and American Idol, concerts happen Friday at Tampa's Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($18-$48). floridaorchestra.org.
Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas: Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin resonates the velvety vocal style of Nat King Cole with festive performances at the Straz Center Thursday-Sunday ($60). strazcenter.org.
Celtic Thunder: The Irish singing and dance group brings their Celtic Thunder X tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday ($48.50-$82.50). rutheckerdhall.com.
Kids and Family
Charlie Brown Christmas: The Peanuts gang put on their own Christmas play and find the true meaning of the holiday, in this production that happens Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday ($35-$150). rutheckerdhall.com
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