Hanukkah : The festival of lights started yesterday and runs through Dec. 10. There are several festive ways to celebrate, including Hanukkah in the City today from 5:30-7:30 at the Sundial (151 Second Ave N, St. Petersburg), with an appearance by Mayor Rick Kriseman, a menorah lighting, a trampoline show, live music, a gelt drop and complimentary potato latkes. Sunday, Let Your Light Shine at St. Petersburg’s Congregation B’nai Israel (300 58th St N). They’ll light the large menorah, sing songs, play dreidel games and have a latke bar .
Boat Parades: There are five, count ‘em five lighted boat parades this weekend, starting Friday with the St. Pete Beach Boat Parade (7701 Boca Ciega Drive); South Pasadena Boat Parade and Party, also on Friday (1600 Pasadena Ave.); the Tarpon Springs Boat Parade Craig Park and Bayou, also on Friday. Saturday, its Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade along Gulfport’s waterfront, and the Island Estates Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade in Clearwater under the Memorial Causeway to Coachman Park.
Music: Wednesday the Brian Setzer Orchestra play tunes from their latest rocking Christmas album at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($52.75 - $92.75). Thursday, eight-piece soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones hit the stage at St. Pete’s Jannus Live($25). Friday, it’s A Very Barry Christmas when Barry Manilow takes the stage at Tampa’s Amalie Arena($16-$246). Saturday, Dust in the Wind rockers Kansas play Ruth Eckerd Hall ($43.75-$160).
Manhattan Transfer-Herb Alpert: Multiple Grammy-award winning vocal harmony group known for their versatile vocals will perform a holiday show with the jazz icon and trumpeter and famed Brasil 66 vocalist Lani Hall at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($49-$75). rutheckerdhall.com.
Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas: The Glee comedian delivers Christmas cheer to Tampa’s Straz Center Saturday-Sunday with big band-style renditions of holiday classics ($49.75 and up). strazcenter.org.
The Florida Orchestra: Masterworks: Mozart and Sibelius: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the Florida Orchestra presents pieces by Mozart, Sibelius and Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday-Sunday at St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theater. $18-$48. floridaorchestra.org.
Broadway: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in the new production of Hello Dolly! Tuesday-Sundayat the Straz Center ($60 and up; strazcenter.org) Sunday, the gang’s all here, even the flying monkeys, when the Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall ($35-$150; rutheckerdhall.com).
Kids and family
The Family Blessing: Inspired by the Nutcracker, Jal Hinson’s community production follows a young boy who learns to appreciate having a family, and features hundreds of dancers performing a variety of styles. The performance happens Saturday at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater. $25-$45. themahaffey.com.
More to explore
Find all the holiday lights, Florida snow and more Hanukkah events a tampabay.com/thingstodo.