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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 23 (Black Friday)

Michael McDonald's new holiday tour will come to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Nov. 23, 2018. Photo: Timothy White.
Michael McDonald's new holiday tour will come to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Nov. 23, 2018. Photo: Timothy White.
Published Nov. 23, 2018

Michael McDonald: The five-time Grammy winner performs a holiday show in support of new album Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $84-$100. (727) 791-7400.

KC and the Sunshine Band: Grammy award-winning band plays hits like Get Down Tonight, That's the Way (I Like It), Shake Your Booty, and Boogie Shoes. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50-$150. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

Ian Bagg: The Canadian comedian has appeared on Comedy Central Presents as well as his own Showtime special. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo's holiday party with carolers, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, a holiday hoedown, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a Candy Cane Lane. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. 4 p.m., ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free; $24.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. (813) 935-8552.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: 11:30 a.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $20-35; camping sites available. (828) 265-9929; sertomayouthranch.com.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Sherlock Gnomes (PG): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036; sunsetsatpier60.com.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa in his house. Included with admission through Dec. 31. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386; buschgardens.com.

Winter Village: Featuring light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686; wintervillagetampa.com.

Largo Holiday Lights: 5 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free, $5 rides. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $5 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800; flbg.org.

Wonderland of Lights: 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20-$25. Toll-free 1-800-377-4625; thewonderlandoflights.com.

Holiday in the Park: 6 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 586-7415.

Queen Najia: R&B singer. 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20-$65. (813) 248-9500; theorpheum.com.

Tampa Bay Lightning: vs. Chicago: 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Ticket prices vary by game. (813) 301-6600; lightning.nhl.com.

Seven Lions: Record producer. 10 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 247-2555; ritzybor.com.

TO WATCH

Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns, 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS: Ready or not, the blizzard of yuletide specials is about to begin. Tonight, you can chill out with Frosty and its inferior sequel.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m, NBC: And then there's the 1966 classic about the green ol' grouch who is as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel.

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  1. As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
  2. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. [kissagator.com]
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  3. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  4. Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
    Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
  5. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  6. Ari Shipley, 5, (left) reads to a golden retriever named Turbo, while her brother, Jett, 3, looks on. Reading to Turbo is a new program at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    Specially trained therapy dogs help youngsters grow their reading skills.
  7. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] [YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT]
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  8. A cat named Karma finds a comfortable spot in the lap of Taylor McKenzie during the Kitty Cats and Yoga Mats wellness activity at the Land O' Lakes Library. [Michele Miller]
    Two Pasco County agencies partner to bring the interactive activity to local libraries.
  9. Spanx founder and Clearwater native Sara Blakely will be the keynote speaker at the Synapse Summit 2020 innovation convention, scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (Times file photo)
    Organizers say the Clearwater native is a game-changer for the event on Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. It is expected to draw more than 6,000 entrepreneurs.
  10. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
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