Hit the lights
Before the Thanksgiving leftovers have gone cold, the holiday lights will start glowing. Checking them out is a great way to get the relatives out of your house if needed.
Holiday in the Park
If you are ready to walk off those Thanksgiving calories, the Largo Central Park display opens Thursday with loads of lights, a Ferris wheel, carousel rides, holiday caroling, food vendors, giveaways and visits with Santa. 6-11 nightly. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Free. (727) 586-7415.
St. Petersburg's Santa Parade and Tree Lighting
In a new nighttime routine, the Santa Parade has a new route this year, starting in front of the Dalí Museum, traveling north to Fifth Avenue and dispersing at North Shore Pool. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE. Mayor Rick Kriseman lights the tree in North Straub Park at approximately 8 p.m. Free.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo have hit a perfect combination of easy strolling and eye candy with more than 1 million colorful, twinkly LED lights, plus laser lights and lighted figures, music synchronization, and Florida-style displays, entertainers, visits from Santa, and food, drinks and ice cream from vendors for sale. Opens Friday and runs 5:30-9:30 nightly. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $5 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.
Ybor Tree Lighting
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn counts down for the annual tree lighting ceremony. A preshow with a holiday-themed performance and caroling starts at 6 p.m. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 28. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave. Free. (813) 274-7936.
Christmas in the Wild
ZooTampa's annual holiday party opens this weekend with carolers, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, a holiday hoedown, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a Candy Cane Lane. 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission ($34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free) or $24.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. (813) 935-8552.
COMEDY: Ian Bagg
Canadian comedian Ian Bagg loves to tell politically incorrect jokes, then act as if he's astonished when he elicits groans along with the laughter. It's so Canadian of him. The Last Comic Standing alum has appeared on Late Night, The Tonight Show and The Late Late Show and in the films The Cradle Will Rock, MVP 2 and MXP. He has specials on Comedy Central and HBO and recently released his first one-hour special on Showtime. Catch him at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
STEP UP: Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular
From modern holiday hits like Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You to Christmas favorites like Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, the energetic choreography, vocalists and marching bands of the Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular from historically black colleges will put a holiday spin on the pulsating force of the drumline. 7 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.