1. Tampa's first Sweetgreen is opening Dec. 13 in Tampa Heights.
  2. Ponte Modern American, from chef Chris Ponte, opened Nov. 30 at Midtown Tampa.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. You'll find menorahs in all shapes and sizes in celebration of Hanukkah.
  6. 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.
  7. Chris Young will perform at the US 103.5 Country Jam at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Wednesday.
  8. Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar resort on St. Pete Beach offers pedicures, manicures and a host of other beauty services.
  9. Light decorations are on display during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  10. Hales Blackbrick, a new modern Chinese restaurant from chef Richard Hales, is now open in Tampa.
  11. Santa Claus leaves behind his reindeer and sleigh to board a boat for numerous lighted boat parades around the Tampa Bay area.
  12. "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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Shop for a variety of plants and flowers offered up at the Florida Botanical Gardens gift and plant sale. [LARA CERRI, Times] -- 2011
  16. The class moves into the Reverse Warrior pose while balancing on paddleboards near the end of an evening on the water in Gulfport.
  17. Santa will be busy the next few weeks, making stops across the Tampa Bay area.
  18. 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.
  19. Tens of thousands of lights are on display at the Oakdale Christmas house in St. Petersburg, pictured in 2021.
  20. The two-day Shopapalooza Festival features more than 350 vendors and is expected to attract thousands to Vinoy Park this weekend.
  21. 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.
  22. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
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