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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 6-12

Snow will fall at Sparkman Wharf and Broadway plays return to the Straz Center this week
Sparkman Wharf will be decorated with lights and look like a ski lodge for Snowed Inn this Thursday night.
Sparkman Wharf will be decorated with lights and look like a ski lodge for Snowed Inn this Thursday night. [ Sparkman Wharf ]
Published Dec. 6, 2021

Snowed Inn: Sparkman Wharf turns into a ski lodge complete with falling snow, swings transformed into ski lifts, bonfires, a Feelin’ Pine Hot Toddy Bar, oversized holiday cards and the Snow Queens Drag Extravaganza on a log cabin stage. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-618-5844.

A national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" returns to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
A national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" returns to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. [ Matthew Murphy ]

Cats: After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, traveling Broadway shows return to the Straz Center. Cats tells the story of a magical night when a tribe of cats gathers for a ball to decide who is reborn. $36.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Bowzer’s Holiday Rock and Roll Party: The 13th annual musical celebration features Jon Bauman of Sha na na, Peter Noone’s Hermans Hermits and more. $41.75-$81.75. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Ricky Skaggs: The bluegrass artist with more than 21 Grammy Awards performs. $37.50-$57.50. 8 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Holiday Hayride: Families can play games, hunt for candy canes and watch holiday movies before catching a hayride followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Ride times are 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. Free (registration required). 6:15-10 p.m. Thursday. Forbes Recreation Center, 6401 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. 727-369-5684.

The story of P.T. Barnum and his traveling circus takes on a holiday twist in "The Greatest Showman: A Christmas Remix."
The story of P.T. Barnum and his traveling circus takes on a holiday twist in "The Greatest Showman: A Christmas Remix." [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]

The Greatest Showman: A Christmas Remix: This live musical-style stage show puts a holiday spin on the popular story of P.T. Barnum and his circus. $10-$25. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Crossover Church, 1235 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-971-8887.

Pinellas Park Christmas Parade: The 48th annual one-sided parade travels east on Park Boulevard from the 58th Street railroad tracks to Park Place shopping center. Santa and hundreds of Star Wars stormtroopers have been known to make an appearance. Eastbound lanes will be closed to traffic. Westbound lanes will be open to two-way traffic. Free. 6 p.m. Saturday. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. 727-369-0700.

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River of Lights: Join in sing-alongs as you pass beneath low bridges to enter Hillsborough River for a view of lighted bridges and downtown Tampa on a 50-minute cruise. Kids can write a letter to Santa and mail it in a floating buoy box. Captains provide narration and holiday stories along the route. $25, $20 children. Departs hourly 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

Christmas Under the Moon: Walk through a light display and along a Christmas tree lane, meet Santa and check out the petting zoo, ball zone, hill slide and arts and crafts. $10 ages 3 and up. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. 727-326-3256.

Damon Wayans: The comedian, actor and author performs. $58. 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 6 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

St. Pete Winter Market: Stroll or ride along the Pinellas Trail between 22nd and 28th streets S to shop among more than 150 artists, makers and galleries. When the sun sets, luminarias light up the trail and set the scene for DJ dancing, live performances and story time with Santa and his helpers. There will be food trucks on site. Free. 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Pinellas Trail, between 22nd and 28th streets S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5665.

Decorated and well lit boats take to the waters near Boca Ciega Bay on Saturday.
Decorated and well lit boats take to the waters near Boca Ciega Bay on Saturday. [ Times (2015) ]

Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Lighted Boat Parade: The holiday parade enters the Gulfport Municipal Marina at about 6 pm. and then travel past the Williams Pier and Casino in Gulfport, past the beaches and into the canals of Town Shores, Pelican Bay, Skimmer’s Point and Bayview Circle, past a portion of Kipps Colony and near PYCC, then along Dolphin Boulevard to Pasadena Golf Club Estates before swinging across the bay to Isla del Sol and returning to the club’s slips. To enter, donate two unwrapped, new toys or write a check to Operation Santa in any amount. Free 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Drive S, Gulfport. 813-323-5852.

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl: Get out that ugly sweater and put on some loud, tacky pants for this bar crawl with two free shots, Christmas movie trivia, virtual bingo, themed drink discounts, DJ dancing and swag for the first 100 participants to check in. $15-$25. 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Thirsty First, 119 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-317-3333. Other crawls take place from 4-11:30 p.m. Saturday and depart from Park & Rec — DTSP, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg; MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa; and Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Each of these crawls costs $20. 702-692-1982.

Breakfast With Santa: The day begins with a pancake and eggs breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus and includes crafts, selfie stations, a goody bag, photos with Santa and mimosas for adults. Benefits Inti-Nest and the GFWC Tampa Junior Woman’s Club projects. $40 children, $15 additional child, $10 adults. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tampa Woman’s Club, 2901 Bayshore Blvd. 813-777-5131. Other Breakfast With Santa events take place from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. $9, $6 with a rec card. 813-749-1152; and the Pinellas Park Public Works Building, 6250 82nd Ave. N. $5 (registration required). 727-369-5684.

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts: More than 100 artisans from across the United States showcase original artwork, from paintings, photography and sculpture to jewelry, ceramics and fiber art. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Williams Park, 350 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 954-815-1186.