Top 15 events in the Tampa Bay area this week 20-26.  December

Top 15 events in the Tampa Bay area this week 20-26. December

River of Lights: Pass under low bridges to enter the Hillsborough River to see the illuminated bridges and downtown Tampa on a 45- to 50-minute cruise. Children can write letters to Santa while you are singing along. Captains provide narration and holiday stories along the route. $ 25, $ 20 children. Departs every hour 18.15 to 21.15 Monday-Friday and Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

Winter Village Tampa: The Tampa Bay Lightning brings the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays to Curtis Hixon Park. Includes ice skating rink, a café, shops, a gingerbread-themed candy store, a poinsettia trail and the Winter Village Express. Free (ice skating extra). 11.00 daily. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Winter beach: An 4,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink with real ice cream, shopping, food, holiday activities, Santa Claus observations, live concerts and views of Tampa Bay. Free (ice skating extra). 11-23 every day. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-289-8499.

Skates for rent are stored in the new pop-up skating rink at St.  Pete Pier and Winter Beach Village at Spa Beach.
Skates for rent are stored in the new pop-up skating rink at St. Pete Pier and Winter Beach Village at Spa Beach. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Snowcat Ridge: The world of snow returns to Dade City with slopes, an igloo, a new ice rink, Alpine Village and more. $ 26.95- $ 39.95. Skate Rental $ 9.95. 9.00-22.00 Monday-Thursday, 9.00-18.00 Friday, 9.00-22.00 Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

Holiday lights in the garden: The botanical garden sparkles with 1 million LED lights. Laser lights and illuminated figures round off the screen. $ 10 suggested donation. 17.30-21.30 daily. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.

Glorious Night – A Drive-In Christmas Light Show: A 30-minute drive-in light show with Christmas songs, a story of hope and thousands of programmed Christmas lights. For free. 6-10 every day. First Baptist Church Plant City, 3309 James L. Redman Parkway. 813-752-4104.

Oakdale Light Display: St. Petersburg’s annual religious-themed light exhibition features more than half a million candles, 18 model trains, fountains, a 70-foot-lit tree, animated puppets, flying planes, a bubble machine and more. The display has been shown on TV and inside People magazine. For free. 18: 00-22: 00 daily through Jan. 3, 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5562.

Seeing the decorations in the Kresge House, also known as the Oakdale Christmas House in Skt.  Petersburg, has been a holiday tradition for many since it was first decorated in 1977.
Seeing the decorations in the Kresge House, also known as the Oakdale Christmas House in Skt. Petersburg, has been a holiday tradition for many since it was first decorated in 1977. [ Times (2009) ]
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Candlelight: An almost 2-mile drive of continuous light, followed by a festive walking visit to Santa’s village. Florida-themed light displays and traditional winter holidays are complemented by representations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. $ 25 per car (up to eight people). 6-10 every day. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Brandon. 813-737-3247.

Lights of Lake Park: The entire neighborhood is decorating in an attempt to collect donations for the Hospice. Due to COVID-19, visitors will have to stay in their cars and sweets and dog treats will not be handed out. Donations appreciated. 6-9.30 every day. The Lights of Lake Park Estates, 109th Avenue N, Largo. 787-587-3213.

Riverwalk Holiday Hunting: Download the Mobile Adventures app and take the family to the Riverwalk to solve puzzles, complete holiday challenges, and answer Tampa trivia questions on this mobile-based scavenger hunt. Scan the QR code on the spot to get started. For free. Anytime daily through January 2nd. Along the Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa. 813-738-1490.

Christmas Eve Old School Reunion Party: This party features two money bars, hookahs, food vendors, MC Pat B on the microphone and dancing to music by Club Atlanta DJs. 35 and older only for this “Grown and Classy” event. 20 USD. 21.30 Saturday. Round Up / Avalon Event Center, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-0508-3544.

Holiday Classics at the Tampa Theater: The holiday film series returns with classic films and Christmas carol singing with the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ before the show. Monday to Thursday, the classic from 1946 It’s a wonderful life will have more screenings. Sunday features the comedy from 2003 Elf with Will Ferrell in the lead role. $ 10, $ 7 members. 19.00 Monday-Thursday, 15.00 Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre, on the top rope, is expected to appear on the WWE Live Holiday Tour at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday.
WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre, on the top rope, is expected to appear on the WWE Live Holiday Tour at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

WWE Live Holiday Tour: This holiday wrestling event features favorites from Friday Night Smackdown, including Drew McIntyre and The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Roman Reign and The Usos. $ 20- $ 120. 19.30 Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

A Christmas carol: The Nebraska Theater Caravan presents the Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Joakim. The show offers new arrangements and interpretations of the traditional songs. $ 29- $ 75. 19.00 Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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