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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Nov. 21-27

Plenty of chances to get your holiday shopping done at Shopapalooza and the Cescent Oaks Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.
The two-day Shopapalooza Festival features more than 350 vendors and is expected to attract thousands to Vinoy Park this weekend.
The two-day Shopapalooza Festival features more than 350 vendors and is expected to attract thousands to Vinoy Park this weekend. [ SARA DINATALE | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 21

Shopapalooza: This LocalShops1 holiday shopping alternative features more than 350 small businesses including artists, makers, food trucks and nonprofits. Special sections and activities include shopping spree giveaways, holiday decor, beer and wine stations, food halls, live music, aerial performances, the Peace Flag Project, a popup $1 bookstore, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-637-5586.

This year's Nutcracker Ballet takes on a new name in solidarity with the Ukraine.
This year's Nutcracker Ballet takes on a new name in solidarity with the Ukraine. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet: In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Talmi Entertainment announces the company’s flagship production, “Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker,” has been renamed “Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet.” $57-$94. 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

12 Days of Christmas: This winter festival on the farm will have holiday hayrides, a gingerbread village, a Merry Market, photos with Santa and Christmas stories read by Mrs. Claus. Pony rides, gem mining and face painting are available for an additional fee. Advanced tickets can be found at rapragerfamilyfarms.com. $14.95, 2 and younger free. 3- 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Raprager Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa. 813-922-2799.

“The Colored Museum”: Watch 11 vignettes detailing satirical experiences of African American culture come to life on stage. $45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 813-520-0083.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The gardens sparkle with 1 million twinkling LED lights, along with laser lights and lighted figures. New this year is a children’s area with family-focused activities. This lighted display is visited by more than 100,000 guests annually. $10. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

Winter Village: The park transforms into a wintery wonderland with a cafe offering holiday treats, a shopping village housed in shipping containers, ice skating, curling, train rides, storytelling, sing-alongs and holiday-themed movies in the park (Dec. 16 only). Free, $17 skating, $200 (team) curling. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 4-11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-221-3686.

Symphony in Lights: The annual choreographed, dancing light show is set to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and includes snow festivities. Shows start at the top of the hour and run roughly 12 minutes. Free. 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. 813-994-2242.

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Celebration of Lights: The eighth annual drive-through light show with family entertainment includes a holiday train. Lights run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sundays from this Friday to Dec. 18 and Dec. 21 to 23. $20 carload, $3 train. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-233-2968.

Enchant Christmas: Tropicana Field has been transformed into a huge light maze including the new “Santa’s Magic Timepiece” created from over 4 million sparkling lights. There’s also a 100-foot-tall holiday tree, a unique ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits and a village marketplace. Kids are free on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14. $35 and up, $20 ages 3-17, $32 seniors/military. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field , 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-727-4077.

Visitors slide down the snowy slopes of Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in 2021.
Visitors slide down the snowy slopes of Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in 2021. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Snowcat Ridge: For a third year, the faux snow park in Dade City features sledding on Snowy Slopes, an indoor play area, ice skating and snowball play. It remains open on select days through Feb. 26. Tickets start at $26.95 at snowcatridge.com. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

The Shape of Dreams: The exhibit explores 500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted “the dream” state. The exhibition features a selection of art on loan from major galleries across the country in dialog with works from The Dalí's permanent collection. $29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Crescent Oaks Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: An evening of shopping and entertainment with dancing to music by DJ Gabrielle, an open-air photo booth, food and drink by area restaurants and a full liquor bar. Free. 5-9 p.m. Friday. Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. 727-937-4653, ext 31.

Hyde Park Village Shop Small Event: On Small Business Saturday, Hyde Park Village creates a festive atmosphere for holiday shopping with live music at Village Circle. Shops will give out complimentary Hyde Park Village tote bags, and there will be a range of perks and sales. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Hyde Park Village Parking Garage, 1610 W Swann Ave., Tampa. 813-251-3500.

Christmas Spectacular: Voted No. 1 by HGTV’s “All Out Christmas,” this religiously themed walk-through light display features 250,000 lights, 18 model trains, inflatables, holiday scenes, four giant Christmas trees, mirrored snowflake balls and a talking teddy bear. Free. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg.

St. Pete Shuffle: The historic shuffleboard courts are open for play. Club volunteers will help you get set up on a court and show you how to play while a fun music playlist keep things lively. You can bring your own food and drinks, but no glass containers are allowed on the courts. $10. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. 727-822-2083.

Shuffleboard discs and cues can be seen during an open shuffle event. The club has open shuffle events for the public every Friday night in St. Petersburg from 7-10pm.
Shuffleboard discs and cues can be seen during an open shuffle event. The club has open shuffle events for the public every Friday night in St. Petersburg from 7-10pm. [ SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times ]

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