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  1. 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.
  2. 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 through Jan.1 every night 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  3. You'll find menorahs in all shapes and sizes in celebration of Hanukkah.
  4. The Dinos & Dragons exhibit features more than 100 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and dragons, as well as rides, a dino dig pit and other features encompassing the entire field surrounding the Schwettman Education Center. The exhibit, which runs through February, is a fundraiser for the Museum of Archaeology, Paleontology & Science
  5. Chris Young will perform at the US 103.5 Country Jam at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Wednesday.
  6. Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar resort on St. Pete Beach offers pedicures, manicures and a host of other beauty services.
  7. Light decorations are on display during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  8. Hales Blackbrick, a new modern Chinese restaurant from chef Richard Hales, is now open in Tampa.
  9. Santa Claus leaves behind his reindeer and sleigh to board a boat for numerous lighted boat parades around the Tampa Bay area.
  10. "Home," by artist Matthew Mazzotta, a 21-foot floor-to-ceiling sculpture of a flamingo, has been a popular stop at Tampa International Airport. Mazzotta and the airport agreed that the character itself could use a nickname.
  11. Erin McKendry, center, a staff archaeologist with Cardno, points to an area that is believed to be the top of a coffin belonging to the erased North Greenwood Cemetery while Ryan Harke, right, an archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and Kerri Klein, an archaeologist with Cardno, watch on Feb. 10, 2021, in Clearwater. At 10 a.m. Saturday, a historic marker denoting the existence of the cemetery will be unveiled at the site.
  12. Consider the gift of an annual beach parking pass to Fort De Soto Park, whose North Beach is pictured. The pass is also good at Sand Key Park in Clearwater and Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
  13. Shop for a variety of plants and flowers offered up at the Florida Botanical Gardens gift and plant sale. [LARA CERRI, Times] -- 2011
  14. The class moves into the Reverse Warrior pose while balancing on paddleboards near the end of an evening on the water in Gulfport.
  15. Santa will be busy the next few weeks, making stops across the Tampa Bay area.
  16. The courts are filled as pickleball games get underway during the City of St. Pete Parks & Rec mixed doubles recreational league at Crescent Lake Park on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  17. Tens of thousands of lights are on display at the Oakdale Christmas house in St. Petersburg, pictured in 2021.
  18. The two-day Shopapalooza Festival features more than 350 vendors and is expected to attract thousands to Vinoy Park this weekend.
  19. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  20. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  21. The downtown Tampa Winter Village has added a new “street curling” attraction that is free to play any time the holiday district is open in Curtis Hixon Park. They will even have a new curling league that is signing up teams now.
  22. The 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th Street," with Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood, will be among the holiday movies presented at Tampa Theatre. In addition to holiday movies, there will be an in-theater sock ball fight.
  23. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
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