Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 24

A group of turkeys move south on Keene Road during the 5K Wing Ding, the first event of the annual Times Turkey Trot.
A group of turkeys move south on Keene Road during the 5K Wing Ding, the first event of the annual Times Turkey Trot.
Published Nov. 21, 2016

Times Turkey Trot: Start Thanksgiving off with a buffet of races including the 1-mile Gobbler, Wingding 5K, the 5K Fun Run and the 10K Turkey Trot. The turducken of all these races is the Clearwater Challenge, with runners doing the 5K, 1 Mile and 10K all in one day. Register online or on site. All races end in Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School. Benefits local charities, and canned goods will be collected in the stadium on race day for food banks. 7 a.m., Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater. $12-$45. (727) 562-4700.

Wonderland of Lights: This 38 day event incorporates animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. Runs through Dec. 31. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20-$35. (813) 737-3247.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: Annual show offers bluegrass music during the three day event. Bring a covered dish at 1 p.m. for the family traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the ranch. Sertoma supplies the turkey. Camping sites available. 4 p.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Advance tickets for weekend, $75 or $85 at the gate; daily tickets $15-37. (828) 265-9929.

Ice Skating at Tampa's Winter Village: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Open every day through Dec. 25. New this year is a cafe from Mise en Place with holiday snacks like roasted chestnuts, festive sweets and a full bar with themed drinks. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

ThanksVegan Feast: Bring a vegan potluck dish to feed eight people, or, pay additional cost if not bringing food, to the annual vegan Thanksgiving dinner. 1:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome), 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $7 with vegan potluck dish, $20 without dish; seniors/students/children by donation. (813) 758-7419.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise: Leave the fuss and muss ashore as you cruise Tampa Bay and enjoy a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner with DJ entertainment and cash bar. 2 and 6 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $59.95, $29.95 children. (813) 223-7999.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Dec. 25 with seven pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC and CBS: This year, the parade celebrates 90 years with floats, giant balloons and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Anne of Green Gables, 8 p.m., PBS: A new TV adaptation of the classic story .

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, 8 p.m., ABC: Julianne and Derek Hough host a celebration from Walt Disney World with performances by Sofia Carson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson.

Christmas at the White House, 8 p.m., OWN: Oprah Winfrey interviews President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as the holiday preparations are made at the White House.


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