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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 20-26

This week features a heaping scoop of Christmas events, with a dash of professional wrestling.
Christmas lights decorate the Pirate Water Taxis seen along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Christmas lights decorate the Pirate Water Taxis seen along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 20, 2021

River of Lights: Pass beneath low bridges to enter the Hillsborough River for a view of lighted bridges and downtown Tampa on a 45- to 50-minute cruise. Kids can write letters to Santa as you join in sing-alongs. Captains provide narration and holiday stories along the route. $25, $20 children. Departs hourly 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

Winter Village Tampa: The Tampa Bay Lightning bring the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays to Curtis Hixon Park. Includes ice skating, a cafe, shops, a gingerbread-themed sweet shop, a poinsettia path and the Winter Village Express. Free (skating additional). 11 a.m. daily. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

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). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-289-8499.

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

Snowcat Ridge: The world of snow returns to Dade City with slopes, an igloo, a new ice skating rink, Alpine Village and more. $26.95-$39.95. Skate rental $9.95. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The botanical gardens sparkle with 1 million LED lights. Laser lights and lighted figures round out the display. $10 suggested donation. 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: A 30-minute drive-in light show featuring 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.

Oakdale Light Display: St. Petersburg’s annual light display, with religious themes, features more than half a million lights, 18 model trains, fountains, a 70-foot lighted tree, animated dolls, flying planes, a bubble machine and more. The display has been featured on TV and in People magazine. Free. 6-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3. 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5562.

Seeing the decorations at the Kresge house, aka the Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg, has been a holiday tradition for many since it was first decorated in 1977.
Seeing the decorations at the Kresge house, aka the Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg, has been a holiday tradition for many since it was first decorated in 1977. [ Times (2009) ]
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Festival of Lights: A nearly 2-mile drive-thru of continuous light features followed by a festive walking visit to Santa’s Village. The light displays themed to Florida and traditional winter holidays are complemented by representations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. $25 per car (up to eight people). 6-10 p.m. daily. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Brandon. 813-737-3247.

Lights of Lake Park: The entire neighborhood decorates in an effort to collect donations for Hospice. Because of COVID-19, visitors must stay in their cars and candy canes and dog treats will not be distributed. Donations appreciated. 6-9:30 p.m. daily. The Lights of Lake Park Estates, 109th Avenue N, Largo. 787-587-3213.

Riverwalk Holiday Hunt: Download the Mobile Adventures app and take the family to the Riverwalk to solve puzzles, complete holiday challenges and answer Tampa trivia questions on this mobile-based scavenger hunt. Scan the QR code provided on site to begin. Free. Anytime daily through Jan. 2. All along the Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa. 813-738-1490.

Christmas Night Old School Reunion Party: This party features two cash bars, hookahs, food vendors, MC Pat B on the mic and dancing to music by Club Atlanta DJs. 35 and older only for this “Grown and Classy” event. $20. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Round Up/Avalon Event Center, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-0508-3544.

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. Monday through Thursday, the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life will have multiple screenings. Sunday features the 2003 comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell. $10, $7 members. 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre, on the top rope, is expected to appear in the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday.
WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre, on the top rope, is expected to appear in the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

WWE Live Holiday Tour: This holiday wrestling event featuring favorites from Friday Night Smackdown, including Drew McIntyre and The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Roman Reign and The Usos. $20-$120. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

A Christmas Carol: Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents the Charles Jones adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic tale of Scrooge. The show features new arrangements and renditions of the traditional songs. $29-$75. 7 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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