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14 cosas para hacer en Tampa Bay en Nochebuena

Published: December 24, 2017 Updated: December 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM
FOTO: AMY SCHERZER | Foto de Times Amy Stein, izquierda, Brian Lieberman y Erica Siegel se divierten en Vodka Latke el 24 de diciembre en el atrio Met West en el área de Westshore, organizado por Tampa JCC & Federation y la Federación Judía de los condados de Pinellas y Pasco.

Vodka Latke: The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples includes food, unlimited Tito’s vodka and games. Benefits the Jewish Federations and Tampa Jewish Family Services. The party goes on until 1 a.m. 9 p.m., Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa. $54. (813) 769-4723.

The Little Prince: Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella, an aviator who crashed in the Sahara Desert meets a little prince who has left his home on Asteroid B-612, leaving behind its only inhabitant, a single rose. Through Dec. 24. 2 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$37. (727) 498-5205.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors offering farm fresh produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods, plants, handcrafted items, live music, then stop in for breakfast or lunch at the nearby restaurants. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland with Rudolph, Sam the Snowman, Christmas-themed entertainment and visits with Santa. 9 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission: $99, $79 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free. 1-888-800-5447.

Santa’s Workshop: MOSI’s Idea Zone is transformed into a video game and animation inspired winter wonderland where “elves” create mini movies, glowing cards and wood works. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Included with admission: $12.95, $10.95 seniors, $7.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (813) 987-6000.

Ice Skating at Tampa’s Winter Village: For Christmas Eve the skating rink will close early at 6 p.m. Opens 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $13 (includes skates). (813) 221-3686.

Polar Express 4-D Experience: The 4-D experience combines the screening of a 3-D Polar Express with sensory effects such as bubbles, wind and scents. 10 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Included with admission: $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (813) 273-4000.

Let It Snow: The planetarium’s 32-minute holiday show features festive classics with a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. 1:15 p.m., Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Included with museum admission. $19, $17 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (941) 746-4131.

Largo Holiday Lights: Carriage Rides: Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides from 6-9 p.m. It’s a $5 ticket. 5 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free to see lights, $5 ferris wheel and carousel rides. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Forbes Family Holiday Light Display: More than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to synchronized music with a 24-foot decorated tree, leaping arches, 21 singing mini trees and a giant light wall. 5:30 p.m., Masonic Park and Youth Camp, 18050 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. Free. (813) 634-1220.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights, music synchronization, lasers and Florida-style displays, entertainers and visits with Santa along the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

Wonderland of Lights : Dozens of animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, the North Pole Express, a petting zoo, holiday mural coloring, games, camel and pony rides, visits with Santa and holiday food. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20, $75 buses. Toll-free 1-800-377-4625.

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, carols and Christmas carols. Departs hourly between 6 and 10 p.m., Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (813) 223-7999.

Lights of Lake Park: Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates and Lake Seminole Village have collected donations for Suncoast Hospice from motorists touring the 3-mile route of elaborately decorated homes. 6 p.m., Lake Park Estates, Bryan Dairy Road and 109th Terrace N, Largo. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 467-7423.