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  1. Tens of thousands of lights are on display at the Oakdale Christmas house in St. Petersburg, pictured in 2021.
  2. ZooTampa at Lowry Park's Christmas in the Wild event runs 16 select nights in 2022.
  3. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  4. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  5. Shadow and Stella are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  6. The downtown Tampa Winter Village has added a new “street curling” attraction that is free to play any time the holiday district is open in Curtis Hixon Park. They will even have a new curling league that is signing up teams now.
  7. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  8. On Tuesday morning, Disney announced new park-specific prices that are set to go into effect Dec. 8.
  9. Bay Rocket blasts off on 45- to 55-minute thrill rides on Tampa Bay beginning Friday.
  10. Grocery prices have risen some 13 percent, according to government reports, and bird flu has made turkey prices soar. But there are ways to curb your spending without curbing your appetite for a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
  11. A volunteer in 2020 takes turkeys and other meats from the freezer to distribute during the food drive and food distribution operation at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent in Tampa.
  12. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  13. Frida and Gangster are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  14. Beefaroni and Maddie are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  15. A manatee rises to the surface for air while people on a manatee tour float nearby in Crystal River.
  16. From left, Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, Koruna Pathak, 60, Sapana Amin, 43, Toshina Sethi, 49, and Rama Subramanian, 47, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of  Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers gave a sample of the performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
  17. The first St. Pete Reads! Lit Festival was born from community conversations around reading and literacy in the historic Deuces neighborhood in St. Petersburg, said Cultured Books founder Lorielle Hollaway. The event will kick off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  18. At the 2018 Sanding Ovations competition, Carl Jara of Clevaland created a piece that mimics people's constant expressions. He was among several artists from around the world sculpting for the annual sand sculpture event in Treasure Island. This year's event is Nov. 17-20. The sculptures tend to last for weeks afterward.
  19. The Drug Enforcement Administration recently warned parents about brightly colored fentanyl pills that they say are designed to entice children into addiction. Some prominent public officials including Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody have gone further and linked the risk to trick or treating on Halloween.
  20. Friends dance to music while waiting out a rain delay after thunderstorms delayed the game between Zephyrhills and IMG Academy for over an hour on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 in Zephyrhills.
  21. Broc Turner of Tampa slides down a single lane of the Snowy Slopes attraction with his cousin, Bishop Griffin, 4, of Jacksonville while visiting the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park in November 2021. The snow park will reopen Nov. 11 in Dade City.
  22. The company, which has 130 locations, is converting many of them to haunts across the country, but this is the only one in the Tampa Bay area.
  23. Ophelia and Walker are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
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