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  1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 19-25.

Garen Scribner plays Jerry, an American G.I. on post-war Paris, and Sara Esty plays Lise, an elusive French ballerina, in the musical, An American in Paris. Courtesy of Garen Scribner.
Garen Scribner plays Jerry, an American G.I. on post-war Paris, and Sara Esty plays Lise, an elusive French ballerina, in the musical, An American in Paris. Courtesy of Garen Scribner.
Published Dec. 18, 2016

An American in Paris: The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and a European city in the aftermath of war comes to the Straz center in Tampa from Tuesday-Sunday ($39-$125). (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Vodka Latke: The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples is always held on Christmas Eve, which is Saturday. This year, Dec. 24 is also the first night of Hanukkah, so it will be especially festive at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, with music, food, games and a photo booth. Tickets are $36 advance, $45 at the door. (727) 530-3223. jewishtampa.com.

Pizza Menorah for Hanukkah: Chabad of Clearwater lights the 9-foot edible menorah made of pizza at this festival Sunday on Clearwater Beach, with music by the Freylekh Klezmer band, entertainment, dancing, singing, hot latkes, doughnuts, drinks, kosher pizza and gifts for children. It's free to attend, and is held on the Beachwalk in front of the Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulfview Blvd. (727) 265-2770. clearwaterjewish.com.

Date night

Music: Jackie Evancho: She exploded onto the national scene at 10 years old after her first performance on NBC's America's Got Talent, and now she's scheduled to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. She returns to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday ($39.50-$89.50).

Seasonal Sparkle: St. Petersburg Opera's celebration of all four seasons in a mixture of classical, popular and holiday music fills the halls of the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Monday ($22-$67). (727) 823-2040. stpeteopera.org.

Rockapella Christmas: The five-man contemporary pop vocal group brings its unique takes on classic holiday favorites and new originals to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday ($30-$59). (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Kids and family

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: The live version of the 1964 television classic involves puppets and brings its reindeer games to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday ($35-$125).

Wonderland of Lights: Have family in town? This display runs daily at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds through Dec. 31. The event incorporates animated and still-light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, a North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts ($20-$35). (813) 737-3247. brandonchamber.com.

More to explore

We have many ways to have fun with the family this week. Find them at tampa bay.com/thingstodo.

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