The Martins started decorating as soon as Halloween had passed.
Plenty of holiday cheer to choose from in the Tampa Bay area this week.
The area features boutique shops and regular seasonal events.


  1. Stewart Davis, 63, of Tampa, who is dressed as Santa, left, shares a moment with Lukas Yates, 8, of Ruskin, during Holiday Hearts, an event hosted by Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research at its Tampa center on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. About 50 Hillsborough County Public Schools students who are visually impaired returned to the event in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. In March 1974, Dick Greco resigned as mayor of Tampa. His replacement, Richard L. Cheney, died just months later.
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  4. Hugh Grant, left, and Martine McCutcheon in "Love Actually."
  5. Matt Bloom, instructor, top-center, talks to athletes after they go through training during a WWE tryout event at the IMG Academy East Campus in Bradenton.
  6. Ponte Modern American, from chef Chris Ponte, opened Nov. 30 at Midtown Tampa.
  7. Joe Haskins Bicycle Shop is closing after 62 years on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Tampa.
  8. Professional cosplayers like Ginoza Costuming, a pro cosplayer who has twice represented the U.S. in international cosplay competitions, will be at the Holiday Cosplay convention at the Tampa Convention Center Dec. 10-11.
  9. People stroll through 1 million LED lights during the nightly Holiday Lights in the Gardens event at the Florida Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Largo. The event, which only asks for a donation, will run from 5:30 to 9:30 nightly through Jan.1.
  10. You'll find menorahs in all shapes and sizes in celebration of Hanukkah.
  11. Charles Zidar gives a tour of the "Dinos & Dragons" exhibit at the Harry Schwettman Education Center in New Port Richey on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.
  12. FILE -  Kirstie Alley attends the premiere of HBO's "Girls" on Jan. 5, 2015, in New York.  Alley, a two-time Emmy winner who starred in the 1980s sitcom “Cheers” and the hit film “Look Who’s Talking,” has died. She was 71. Her death was announced Monday by her children on social media and confirmed by her manager. The post said their mother died of cancer that was recently diagnosed.
  13. Chris Young will perform at the US 103.5 Country Jam at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Wednesday.
  14. Salvador Martinez Ybor Jr. could have lived a comfortable life in Cuba, but he returned to the United States to enlist and serve his country in World War II. He was killed in action in the Philippines in January 1945.
  15. Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar resort on St. Pete Beach offers pedicures, manicures and a host of other beauty services.
  16. Though some of the macarons that Joshua Pramis makes are very elaborate, all start with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.
  17. "It's a hobby,'' Cathy Martin, shown here with husband Jim and dog Nora, says of the lavish holiday decorating she does every year.
  18. Hyde Park Village stretches several blocks in one of Tampa's most charming areas.
  19. The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
  20. This aerial view shows St. Armands Key and the shopping area known as St. Armands Circle. Circus magnate John Ringling bought the key, or island, in 1917 and built a causeway to it.
  21. Barbara Kingsolver's new novel is "Demon Copperhead."
  22. Matthew McGee as James Beard in Freefall Theatre's one-man show, "I Love to Eat," in February. McGee will star in American Stage's "Wonderful Life," another one-man show, Dec. 15-24 in St. Petersburg.
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