Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Dec. 15

Pop stars at the Jingle Ball, Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder and Florida Orchestra plays Holiday Pops with American Idol star.
Shawn Mendes performs at a California Jingle Ball on Nov. 30. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Shawn Mendes performs at a California Jingle Ball on Nov. 30. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Published December 14 2018

Jingle Ball: The annual pop showcase features Shawn Mendes, Marshmello, Khalid, NF, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41-$151 (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com

Celtic Thunder: The Irish singing group known for its theatrical sets. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.50-$82.50. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

Florida Orchestra Holiday Pops: Jeff Tyzik, conductor, and vocalist Michael Lynche of American Idol have a jolly good time with this essential Florida Orchestra tradition. 2 and 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48 (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com

Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas: Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin resonates the velvety vocal style of Nat King Cole. 4 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 NW MacInnes Place, Tampa. $60 (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org

Reviverfest: Reviver Records’ first foray into concert production will include performances by David Lee Murphy, Josh Gracin and Haley & Michaels. The free showcase also benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts: Artists from across the nation display their works, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

Gary Drayton: The treasure hunter is currently featured on the History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, and he will be giving a free talk and passing along info on hunting along Florida’s beaches for lost Spanish treasure. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Dick’s Sporting Goods, 6775 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 290-4476.

Margritte & Dali: A first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Runs through May 19. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students/ages 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade: Help welcome Santa to Safety Harbor as he makes his way down Main Street in the holiday parade that includes Shriners, antique cars, fire trucks, high school bands and scout troupes. 1-2:30 p.m. Main Street, 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free.

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet and specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and treats. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. No cover (food/drink additional).

Adaliah: It’s a farewell tour for Adaliah’s final show with special guests Barrier, Losing Vision and Suitcase City Madtown. 5 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15.

Crafty Fest: Funky shopping for “all things local” including handmade and vintage items. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. Free.

Drag Brunch: Fresh Start host Adriana Sparkle and Nicole T. Lane, winner of Miss St. Pete Pride, bring glitter and sass to breakfast. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $28 (727) 258-8753.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Enjoy classic holiday films with a non-perishable food drive before each show. Benefits Metropolitan Ministries. 3 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $10. (813) 274-8286. artstampabay.com

Florida Brass Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps Holiday Concert:

Free concertn, performing your holiday favorites and more as the sun sets along the glowing waterfront. Coachman Park, Clearwater. 4-6 p.m.

Holiday Lights at Largo Central Park: Millions of lights in the 70-acre park with a ferris wheel and a carousel. 5-11 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free, rides additional. (866) 666-3247.

River of Lights Christmas Cruise: Board the Pirate Taxi for a 45-minute cruise up the Hillsborough River to see festively lighted bridges and shimmering downtown skylines. Includes hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m. 6-10 p.m. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa. $28, $18 children. (813) 223-7999.

Dusty Slay: He’s appeared on Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and was TMZ’s featured comedian. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Godfrey: The comedian and actor has appeared in the feature films Zoolander and Soul Plane, his television credits include Louie and Benders and he has stand up specials on Showtime and Comedy Central. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Applebutter Express: Shannon and Kyle Biss bring you good-time ukulele funk as the Applebutter Express 8 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10-$13.

Artrageous: A troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of finished paintings. 8 p.m. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park. $24. (727) 369-5746. pinellas-park.com

KIDS AND FAMILY

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. Included with admission, or $24.95 after 4 p.m. on event days. Runs through Dec. 30 on select nights. 4 p.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org

Winter Village: The riverfront park turns into a winter wonderland with a 360 degree light display set to holiday music, ice skating, the Winter Village Express, 10 pop-up boutiques, food and drink. Hours given are for the ice rink, other hours vary. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental/trolley additional). (813) 221-3686.

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 Jan. 6. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. $89 online, 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com.

SnowBlast: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes for a day in the snow with activities including snowball fights, snow tubing, snow slides, make and take crafts, entertainment, games, stage shows, holiday music and karaoke. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25, 2 and younger free. (727) 828-9584.

To Watch

Christmas Pen Pals, 8 p.m., Lifetime: The feel-good holiday movies just keep coming. In this one, the creator of a dating app (Sarah Drew) heads home for the holidays and runs into her high school boyfriend (Niall Matter). We’ll let you figure it out from there.

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