Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 22

A lighted boat parade on the Tampa Riverwalk, Cirque du Soleil on ice and a top ballet company performs ‘The Nutcracker.’
Elaborately decorated boats will be parading through the river in downtown Tampa on Saturday. Times (2010)
Elaborately decorated boats will be parading through the river in downtown Tampa on Saturday. Times (2010)
Published December 19 2018

Lighted Boat Parade: Nearly 100 lighted boats are expected around 6:30 p.m. along the Tampa Riverwalk and down the Hillsborough River through downtown Tampa and over to Sparkman Wharf. The Tampa Convention Center will be open for public use of restrooms. The Sail will be hosting four food trucks. 6-9 p.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.

Cirque du Soleil: Crystal: This new show features synchronized and freestyle ice skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, hand balancing on chairs and hand to hand. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa. $39-$140. (813) 301-6500.

Next Generation Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Internationally renowned principal dancers from Miami City Ballet and New York City Ballet perform with NGBs award-winning young dancers. 2 and 7 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30 and up.

Sound Of Music: The hills are alive with the new Broadway production of the classic musical that features favorites, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi and Edelwiess. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

Chris Porter: Best known as a finalist on Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing he had one of Netflix’s top-rated specials for three years. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Av.e, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 864-4000.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet and specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and treats. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg.

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

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. 3 and 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., #151, Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org

Live & Local Sarah Morey: The free series continues with this 18 year old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Tampa playing on the Riverwalk. She has opened for The Bellamy Brothers,and plays often around the Tampa Bay area, including the Florida Strawberry Festival and the Gasparilla Music Festival. 5-8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827.

Pollyanna Winter Extravaganza: A new celebration of talent, entertainment and inspiration to benefit Pollyanna Inc., a program devoted to creative diversity. Ticket includes dinner, drink, gift bag and raffle ticket. Also an art show, a vendors alley, music, dance and comedy. 5-11:30 p.m. Pollyanna INC, 2883 21st Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20; includes meal, drink, raffle ticket and gift bag. (727) 520-4678. \

Daryl Hance Powermuse: Better known as the right hand man to Mofro frontman JJ Grey, Hance has embarked on a tour with his band. 7-11 p.m. Blue Note, 1510 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $7-$10.

G Herbo & GlokkNine: The Chicago rappers have gotten a lot of buzz among hip-hop fans. 7-10 p.m. The Ritz YborTampa. $22-$100.

Howie Day: The singer who enjoyed enormous success in 2004 with the hit single Collide is known for self-financing and self-releasing his music. 7-11 p.m. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30-$40.

A Very Misfortunate Christmas: The improvised murder mystery is based on the movie Clue. 8-9:30 p.m. Spitfire Theater, 14 18th St S, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 329-6290. spitfiretheater.com

Victims of Circumstance: Ska band. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St., Dunedin. Free.

German Soccer Watch Party: Grab a beer and join the HB Bayern Munich Fan Club to watch Eintract Frankfurt take on Bayern Munich. The first 50 people get a free 1/2 liter of German beer. Game starts at 11:55 a.m. Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg, 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 898-3333.

kids and family

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

Holiday Lights at Largo Central Park: Millions of lights in the 70-acre park with a ferris wheel and a carousel. 5-11 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free, rides additional. (866) 666-3247. largo.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.-10 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686.

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.-10 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. $89 online, 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com

Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Balmy St. Petersburg has a real ice rink in Albert Whitted Park through Jan. 7. Closed on Christmas Day. 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. 1-9:30 p.m. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, St. Petersburg. $10 per hour includes skate rental. (727) 893-7441.

to watch

Isle of Dogs, 8 p.m., HBO: Wes Anderson’s Golden Globe-nominated movie makes its television debut. The animated saga follows a boy attempting to rescue his pet from an island where dogs have been quarantined after an outbreak of canine flu.

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