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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 5-11

Plenty of holiday cheer to choose from in the Tampa Bay area this week.
Chris Young will perform at the US 103.5 Country Jam at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Wednesday.
Chris Young will perform at the US 103.5 Country Jam at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Wednesday. [ Courtesy of Jeff Johnson ]
Published Dec. 5, 2022

US 103.5 Country Jam: Multiplatinum global entertainer Chris Young and American rapper-singer Jelly Roll will be among the performers, with more to be announced. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. $103.50. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

South Pasadena is one of many towns to hold a lighted boat parade this week.
South Pasadena is one of many towns to hold a lighted boat parade this week. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

South Pasadena Lighted Boat Parade: Kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on the northeast side of Pasadena Isle just outside MarineMax St. Petersburg, then follows the coastline of South Pasadena, going under the Corey Causeway bridge, then through the inlets near Harbourside Condominiums and Bay Island Condominiums, ending behind Causeway Village and The Fountains. Free. 6:30 p.m. Friday. MarineMax St. Petersburg, 6810 Gulfport Blvd. S.

Old Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade: Watch Santa arrive during the Holiday Street Parade then stay downtown for the festivities along Main Street and Broadway. There will be carriage rides, train rides, a snow slide, kids crafts, games, storytelling, face painting, street performers and singers, snow flurries, visits with Santa Claus and live music by Late Night Brass. The parade begins at 4 p.m. and travels along Douglas Avenue from Beltrees Street, heading north to Skinner Boulevard. Free. 4 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. 727-298-3266.

Campfire Christmas: This outdoor Christmas-themed festival includes live Nativity readings, a petting zoo, a campfire, hayrides, a screening of “The Star,” a snowball pit and a toy factory. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oak Ridge Wesleyan Church, 11000 110th Ave N, Largo. 727-393-9182.

For King and Country: Grammy-winning brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone bring their annual Christmas spectacle to Tampa. $24.99-$200. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Still No Room in the Inn: Join others to sing at homeless shelters and other sites in downtown St. Petersburg before returning to the church for cookies and hot chocolate. Free. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. 727-898-3294.

Get decked out for the Jingle Bell Run, which hits the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Friday.
Get decked out for the Jingle Bell Run, which hits the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Friday. [ Tampa Bay Times (2012) ]
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Jingle Bell Run: Runners and walkers wearing bells and Santa hats will run along the 5K lit waterfront path with musicians lining the trail, food trucks, a glow zone and snow. Leashed pets are welcome. Benefits Boley Center. $35. 7:30 p.m. Friday. St. Pete Pier approach, Bayshore Drive and Second Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 727-821-4819.

Black Violin: The classically trained duo of string players will fuse storytelling, string melodies and hard-hitting beats to celebrate the holiday season on their Give Thanks tour. $35-$65 7 p.m. Sunday. Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Peace and Joy: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay presents their annual holiday concert featuring various songs from holidays and secular events celebrated in December. $20, $5 students. 8-10 p.m. Friday. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg. 813-767-2186.

The Outlaws: The Southern rock band known by fans as “The Florida Guitar Army,” who have toured with The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones and more, perform. $39.50-$149.50. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Santa’s Holiday Revue: This fast-paced musical takes an around-the-world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. Kids can sing and clap along as they learn traditions and customs that instill holiday magic. $7.50-$8.50. 11 a.m. Saturday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

Palm Harbor Holiday Parade: The annual Santa parade starts at Delaware and 12th Street. Stick around for the Gift Market in the Harbor Hall parking lot. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. 1190 Georgia Ave., downtown Palm Harbor. 727-771-6000.

Florida Orchestra: Holiday Pops: The Florida Orchestra performs all of Santa’s favorites at their most popular concert of the year. Bob Bernhardt conducts. $18-$60. 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-300-2000; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-791-7400.

The Florida Orchestra presents their popular Holiday Pops performances at three venues this weekend.
The Florida Orchestra presents their popular Holiday Pops performances at three venues this weekend. [ MATT DINE | Courtesy of The Florida Orchestra ]

Parrandon Fest: This celebration of Puerto Rican culture features traditional food, music and family activities. $10, $50 VIP, 11 and younger free. 3-11 p.m. Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.

The Automat: Catch a screening of Lisa Hurwitz’s “The Automat,” a new documentary about Horn & Hardart, the beloved restaurant chain in New York City and Philadelphia that revolutionized American dining a century ago. Restaurant patrons inserted nickels into slots, and slices of lemon meringue pie, mac and cheese, baked beans, creamed spinach and more magically appeared from a grid of gleaming chrome windows. Then, there was the eatery’s signature 5-cent coffee, cascading from ornate dolphin-headed spouts. Includes a slice of pie and coffee. Registration required at CBSclearwater.org/eventautomat-documentary. $10. 7 p.m. Thursday. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Jingle Bell Run: This is the 40th year and the biggest fundraiser for the Boley Centers, which provides affordable housing for vulnerable residents, including veterans, the homeless and the mentally disabled. You’ll see runners in Santa hats and full costumes as they make their way through a lighted maze with live bands along the path and even “snow” flurries. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bayshore Drive NE and Second Avenue NE in downtown St. Petersburg. $40 at boleycenters.org.