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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 13-19

Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings back their annual rock holiday, and prepare to get “shnockered.”
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec.  19.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 19. [ (Times 2014) ]
Published Dec. 13, 2021

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The rock group celebrates the 25th anniversary of its hit holiday album Christmas Eve and Other Stories. $39.50-$89.50. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Holiday Shnockered: Dress in your worst holiday sweater or outfit for burlesque, fire and comedic entertainment starring Mayven Missbehavin, Ruby Vesper, Tila Topaz and Mister Cister. Takes place as part of the Ugly Sweater Party, so prizes will be awarded for ugliest and sexiest outfits or sweaters. No cover (food/drink additional). 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Mastry’s Brewing Co., 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. 727-202-8045.

Sarah Brightman brings the glam and glitter of her Christmas tour to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday.
Sarah Brightman brings the glam and glitter of her Christmas tour to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. [ TNS ]

Sarah Brightman: The soprano partners with Swarovski to embellish her Hymn tour with more than 600,000 sparkling crystals in her dresses and tiaras. $53.75-$253.75. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Lewis Black: The award-winning standup comic and longest-running contributor to The Daily Show on Comedy Central, whose credits include comedy specials on HBO and Showtime and the movie Inside Out, in which he voiced Anger, performs. $39.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Antonio Rey: The Grammy-winning Spanish Flamenco guitarist performs. $35. 4 p.m. Sunday. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-229-2214.

Redington and Indian Shores Boat Parade: Decorated boats will move through the Intracoastal Waterway from just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway Bridge (Redington Beach) to Caddy’s of Indian Shores restaurant. Optimum viewing locations are R.O.C. Community Park in Madeira Beach, the 161st Avenue causeway in Redington Beach, Del Bello Park in Redington Shores and the Park Boulevard Boat Ramp in Indian Shores. Free. 6 p.m. Sunday. R.O.C. Community Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. 727-391-9951.

Gather at R.O.C Community Park in Maderia Beach for good viewing of the lighted boat parade Sunday.
Gather at R.O.C Community Park in Maderia Beach for good viewing of the lighted boat parade Sunday. [ TNS ]

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 presentations representing Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. $25 per car (up to eight people). 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Brandon. 813-737-3247.

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Snowcat Ridge: The world of snow returns to Dade City with snowy slopes, an igloo, an ice skating rink, the Alpine Village and more. $26.95-$39.95. Skate rental $9.95. 3-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

Lighted gingerbread people in the Cottage Garden overlook the Wedding Garden in a display in the Florida Botanical Gardens holiday lights display in Largo.
Lighted gingerbread people in the Cottage Garden overlook the Wedding Garden in a display in the Florida Botanical Gardens holiday lights display in Largo. [ Times (2015) ]

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The botanical gardens will sparkle with 1 million LED lights. Laser lights and lighted figures round out the display. Suggested donation: $10 for ages 13 and up. 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.

Glorious Night — A Drive-In Christmas Light Show: This 30-minute drive-in light show features Christmas songs, a story of hope and thousands of programmed Christmas lights. Free. 6-10 p.m. daily. First Baptist Church Plant City, 3309 James L. Redman Parkway. 813-752-4104.

Riverwalk Holiday Hunt: Download the Mobile Adventures app and take the family to the Riverwalk to solve puzzles, complete holiday challenges and answer historical Tampa trivia on this mobile-based scavenger hunt. Simply scan the QR code provided on site to begin. Free. Anytime Friday-Sunday. Tampa Riverwalk. 813-738-1490.

Santa Paws Pup Crawl: Dress your four-legged friend in holiday attire and join a four-stop pub crawl with Santa Paws photos, best dressed contest and pet vendors. Stops include 3 Daughters Brewing, Pinellas Ale Works, Cage Brewing and the Dog Bar. Benefits the Mercy Full Project. $20. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-495-6002.

Family Blessing: Hundreds of local youths perform ballet, jazz, hip-hop, African, Mexican, Brazilian dance and more to tell the story of a young girl and her grandmother’s memories. $30-$50. 3 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Oakdale Light Display: St. Petersburg’s annual light display, with religious themes, features more than half a million lights, 18 model trains, water fountains, a bubble machine and more and has been featured on TV and in magazines. Free. 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3. 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5562.

Nutcracker: Young dancers from Next Generation Ballet combine with principal dancers from powerhouse companies for this performance. $30 and up. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

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