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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Feel the warmth at a tropical Parrothead concert by Jimmy Buffett, or cool down on the ice at Winter Beach
Jimmy Buffett brings his Cheeseburger in Paradise to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday.
Jimmy Buffett brings his Cheeseburger in Paradise to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. [ MICHAEL LAUGHLIN | Sun-Sentinel/TNS ]
Published Nov. 29, 2021

Jimmy Buffett: The quintessential Florida artist who brought us Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise performs. $32-$142. 8 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Winter Village Tampa: The Tampa Bay Lightning brings the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays to Curtis Hixon Park for adults and children of all ages to enjoy. Includes ice skating, a cafe, shops, a gingerbread-themed sweet shop, a poinsettia path and the Winter Village Express. Free (skating additional). 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday and various times through Jan. 2. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Skates for rent are stored in the new popup ice rink on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the St. Pete Pier and Winter Beach village at Spa Beach.
Skates for rent are stored in the new popup ice rink on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the St. Pete Pier and Winter Beach village at Spa Beach. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Winter Beach: A 4,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink with real ice, shopping, food, holiday activities, Santa sightings, live concerts and a view of Tampa Bay. Free (skating additional). 4-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and various times through Jan. 17. St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. N. 727-289-8499.

Tampa Santa Fest and Holiday Tree Lighting: A parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday beginning at Morgan and Madison streets. It travels west on Madison to Ashley Drive, turns north and ends at Ashley Drive and Cass Street. After the parade, head to Curtis Hixon Park for Santa Fest (3:30-5:30 p.m.), where Santa and Mayor Jane Castor light the holiday tree (5:30-6:25 p.m.). A screening of the 2018 version of The Grinch follows (roughly 6:30 p.m.). Free. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-221-3686.

Tony Orlando: The Grammy Award nominee whose hits include Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree brings his show, “A Christmas Auld Lang Syne,” to the bay area. $30 and up. 8 p.m. Sunday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Martina McBride will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg Sunday night.
Martina McBride will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg Sunday night. [ Red Light Management ]

Martina McBride: The country music artist with 20 top 10 singles brings her Joy of Christmas tour. $49.50-$99.50. 7 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Hanukkah in the City: The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg holds the 19th annual event with a menorah lighting, aerial show, music, doughnuts and latkes. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. North Straub Park, 400 S Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. 727-344-4900.

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Gasparilla Concours d’ Elegance: Put on your vintage or dapper clothing and join in the fun at a display of rare, original, historically important cars and motorcycles at this upscale automotive event. Friday features the car display with a cocktail party and charity auction. Car display only Saturday. $20 Friday, $25 Saturday. 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. TPC Tampa Bay, 5300 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz. 813-714-1019.

Gasparilla Concourse d' Elegance, an upscale automobile event, takes place Friday and Saturday in TPC Tampa Bay Golf Course. It also features a car owners driving tour Sunday.
Gasparilla Concourse d' Elegance, an upscale automobile event, takes place Friday and Saturday in TPC Tampa Bay Golf Course. It also features a car owners driving tour Sunday. [ Courtesy of Joanne Pistorius ]

Holiday Classics at Tampa Theatre: The holiday movie series returns with classic films and Christmas carol sing-alongs with the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ before the show. This portion features a sing-along for 1954′s White Christmas, with the words shown on the screen. $13, $10 members. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

St. Pete Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: The glowing holiday procession begins near Egan Park and travels south to the Bayway Bridge. Good seats can be found at the viewing party in Horan Park, with live music by Yacht Rock. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. 727-363-9245.

Festival of Lights: A nearly 2-mile drive-thru of continuous light features followed by a festive walking visit to Santa’s Village. The elaborate light displays themed to Florida and traditional winter holidays are complemented by individual representations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. $25 per car (up to eight people). 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and select nights through Dec. 26. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Brandon. 813-737-3247.

Largo Central Park will be aglow this holiday season.
Largo Central Park will be aglow this holiday season. [ Times (2016) ]

Largo Holiday Tree Lighting and Stroll: Enjoy a maze of light displays and performances by entertainers from around the world. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m., and Santa arrives at 7. Free. 6 p.m. Saturday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. 727-586-7415.

Pioneer Christmas: All the museum buildings are open and decorated. Most docents are dressed in holiday period attire. Children’s activities include reindeer games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating and pony rides. There’s also a vintage market with holiday gifts. $5, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

Winter Wonderland: A live Nativity with animals, outdoor lights, live music, fire trucks, Santa and a Christmas marketplace with food and craft vendors. Free (donations appreciated). 5-9 p.m. Saturday. St. Jerome Early Childhood Center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. 727-596-9491.

Downtown St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks: The parks light up with thousands of holiday lights and decorations. Displays can be found in North Straub Park, South Straub Park, Pioneer Park, Vinoy Park and at the St. Pete Pier. 6 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. Near 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

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