The jingle bells are ringing and thoughts of sugar plums (and getting packages in the mail, finishing the shopping, decorating the tree, baking cookies, and sending cards) are gleefully dancing in our heads. There are a bunch of things to do around the Tampa Bay area during the Christmas season. Here’s a small sample.
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Lowry Park Zoo’s Christmas in the Wild
Select nights in November and December
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of winter wonder for our brand new Christmas in the Wild event! For 19 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night. From the sights of stunning lights, the seasonal smells of holiday treats, the excitement of festive entertainment and the magic of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a uniquely immersive holiday experience.
FREE First Tuesdays at the Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida
12:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Every first Tuesday is free admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum courtesy of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Enjoy all the hands-on exhibits including their current Pop Art exhibit, which teaches kids screen printing, stamping, and other techniques to create their own portrait for the gallery wall.
Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Clearwater and Oldsmar
Clearwater Ice Arena: 13940 Icot Blvd, Clearwater; (727) 536-5843
Westfield Countryside Mall: 27001 U.S. 19 North, Clearwater; (727) 723-7785
Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar: 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. North, Oldsmar; (813) 854-4010
Get out of the heat and out on the ice this summer. Enjoy either catching hockey players and figure skaters practicing or getting out on the ice yourself during one of their public sessions. Sessions cost $11.00 with a $5.00 skate rental. Mondays are $6.00 “cheap skates” sessions with $5.00 skate rental. Visit www.tampabayice.com to view their full schedules.
Spend some time with the family exploring nature and God’s creation. Information about park and beach locations near you is available at:
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/facilities
Pinellas County Parks and Preserves, http://www.pinellascounty.org/park
Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/index.aspx?NID=296
Polk County Parks and Recreation: http://www.polk-county.net/boccsite/departments/parks-and-recreation/
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources: https://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/parks-and-recreation.html
Get Ready for the Holidays!
Ruth Eckerd Hall is offering two live stage reenactments of these children’s classics:
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Saturday, December 16, at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida.
Shows begin at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life – all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical”
Friday, December 22, at Ruth Eckerd Hall on McMullin Booth Road.
Shows begin at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC.
Order online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com/Broadway or call 727-791-7400. Dining options available.