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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 19-25

Have winter fun in Tampa’s Winter Village, or celebrate the longest night of the year at a Winter Solstice Celebration in Gulfport.
Sara Rivadeneira, 8, of Tampa, slides a stone while curling at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park's Winter Village in Tampa on Nov. 21, 2022. Winter Village continues this week.
Sara Rivadeneira, 8, of Tampa, slides a stone while curling at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park's Winter Village in Tampa on Nov. 21, 2022. Winter Village continues this week. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 19, 2022

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

Trolley Holiday Light Tours: Hop on the Jolley Trolley for a 90-minute tour to some of the area’s best light displays. Sit back and enjoy snacks or a drink as you sing along to holiday songs. BYOB welcome. The tours depart from Crabby’s Dockside and the Clearwater Historical Society. A rum bucket is included for guests who climb aboard at Crabby’s Dockside at Clearwater Beach. $19.99-$29.95. 6:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday. Clearwater Historical Society Museum and Cultural Center, 610 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. 727-445-1200.

Board a trolley to tour holiday light displays.
Board a trolley to tour holiday light displays. [ ZACK SMITH | New Orleans & Company ]

Vodka Latke: The party for young Jews ages 20 to 49 includes one drink, gourmet latkes, appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. Dressy casual attire required. $36-$45. 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Aloft, 100 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-264-9000.

Mega Hanukkah Celebration: The Beachwalk in front of the surf shop sets the scene for a giant Hanukkah party with introductions by Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, the lighting of a menorah, meet and greets with Tampa Bay Lightning mascot ThunderBug, hot latkes, doughnuts, a gelt drop by the Clearwater Fire Department, free gifts for every child and children’s entertainment. Free (RSVP required). 5 p.m. Tuesday. Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. 727-265-2770.

Winter Solstice Celebration: “Ignite Your Fire” on the longest night of the year to welcome the birth of light as the days begin to lengthen. Activities include chanting, dancing, drumming, singing, meditation, belly dance and fire dance to release the old and let in the new for the upcoming year. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd. 727-893-1068.

St. Petersburg Opera: The opera presents “Holiday Sparkle,” featuring Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Sung in English with a 20-piece orchestra. $35. 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Preis Hall, Opera Central, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-823-2040.

Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in Dade City is open select days through Feb. 26.
Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in Dade City is open select days through Feb. 26. [ 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 select days through Feb. 26. Tickets start at $26.95 at snowcatridge.com. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

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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, an ice skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits and a village marketplace. $35 and up, $20 ages 3-17, $32 seniors/military. 4:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 4:30-11:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-727-4077.

Light Up St. Petersburg: Hanukkah Parade: Cars with lit menorahs mounted on top parade from the Jewish Center to Beach Zone, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach, for the lighting of a giant menorah with music and latkes. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday. Chabad Jewish Center, 4010 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-344-4900.

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. daily. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

Trees are decorated with vintage ornaments for the annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum in 2020.
Trees are decorated with vintage ornaments for the annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum in 2020. [ SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Henry B. Plant Museum ]

Victorian Christmas Stroll: Stroll through the museum to see a variety of themes and displays in each exhibit room. The 41st Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll includes snow babies, tiny antique trees, vintage Santas and nutcrackers, antique goosefeather trees, vintage fashions and visitor favorites from years past. $18, $16 seniors, $12 youths, 3 and younger free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

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. For added fees you’ll find pony rides, gem mining and face painting. Advanced tickets can be found at rapragerfamilyfarms.com. $14.95, 2 and younger free. 3-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Raprager Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa. 813-922-2799.

Christmas Under the Moon at HarvestMoon: See a dazzling Christmas light display as you stroll through illuminated paths to visit Santa on the farm. Includes hayrides, caroling, a jumping pillow, Christmas tree trail, bail zone, hill slide, swings, petting farm, cow train and hot cocoa. $12.95, 2 and younger free. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. 800-373-4811.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Jones’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic features a cast of 23 performers, live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes. $29-$75. 7 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Scrooge sees ghosts in the Charles Jones adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."
Scrooge sees ghosts in the Charles Jones adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." [ GREAT LAKES THEATER | cleveland.com ]

Plaid Tidings: A heavenly phone call from Rosemary Clooney prompts The Plaid’s return to Earth for a posthumous Christmas performance to bring a little joy to the world. $20.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Jaeb Theater, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

EO: This 86-minute film (NR) follows a donkey named EO on a memorable journey. $9.63-$11.77. 2 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.