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Friday, 12/11


Tampa's Downtown On Ice (All Weekend)
Each holiday season Tampa's downtown area gets a winter kiss with the limited time ice skating rink. From November 20, and through January 3 enjoy a winter tradition. Monday -Thursday: 4- 9pm. Friday: 4-10pm. Saturday: 10am-10pm. Sunday: noon-9pm. $12 per person (90 minutes of skating). The rink is located at 600 North Ashley Drive.

Art on the House at Tampa Museum of Art
Visit the Museum on Friday night and enjoy the exhibitions on display. 4-8pm. Pay-as-you-will admission. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 West Gasparilla Plaza. 

Holiday Pops – The Florida Orchestra at Straz Center
Share this Florida Orchestra tradition with friends and family and get into the spirit of the season by celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with everyone’s favorite Christmas carols, yuletide tunes, musical chestnuts and more. Begins at 8pm. Tickets are $15-$45. Straz Center, 1010 N WC MacInnes Place.

Damon Fowler Group with Vanessa Collier at Skipper's Smokehouse
With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In recent years “Best of Tampa” poll, Creative Loafing magazine has named him “Best Guitarist… And Slide Guitarist… and Lap Steel Player… And Dobro Player.” Vanessa Collier is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. Show starts at 8pm. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

This Wonderful Life at Stageworks Theatre (All Weekend) 
One actor inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him. Runs from Dec. 3-20. CLICK HERE for tickets. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 East Kennedy Boulevard. 

Bow Ties and Clutches: The International Style Night Party at The Vault
The Fashion Movement invites you to Tampa Bay's premier fashion/style party. This is a night for fashion lovers, stylish party goers, and those looking for an exquisite evening where they can dress their fashionable best, mingle, connect and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere with great ambiance.Gents, get those stylish suits and tuxedos…pop on a bow tie and head on out. Ladies dress their fashionable best, accessorized with the famous clutch of course. A night of great music, great drinks, delicious appetizers, desserts, chocolates and total fun.BENEFITING THE FRIENDS OF JOSHUA HOUSE a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children in the Tampa Bay community. Event runs from 9pm-2am. $40-$80. Click here to get your tickets. The Vault, 611 North Franklin Street. 


Saturday, 12/12

Brain Tumor Alliance: BrainDeer 5k at Gadsden Park
Join the Brain Tumor Alliance this Saturday and help support an amazing cause for the Holiday Season. There will be a timed/untimed 5k, and 1 mile fun run. Registration opens at 8am. Race starts at 9am. $35 per participant. Event takes place at Gadsden Park, 6901 South MacDill Avenue. 

Gasparilla Music Fest Instrument Drive at Channelside Plaza
Give the gift of music this holiday season and donate your neglected musical instruments to the Gasparilla Music Festival Recycled Tunes Program. You'll receive a free 2-day GA to Gasparilla Music Fest. in exchange! The drive will feature live music and games! You can donate from 11am-2pm. Channelside Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.

Santa In Hyde Park Village: Pottery Barn Kids
Santa pays a visit to Pottery Barn Kids in Hyde Park Saturday from 1-5pm. Pottery Barn Kids, 804 South Village Circle. 

Francesca Giorgianni – Live & Local on the Riverwalk
Francesca started playing and studying classical piano when she was 6-years old, and her passion for music was born. Within a couple of years, she incorporated rhythm and bass guitar, along with numerous other instruments, to her musical talents. Inspired by a spectrum of artists in pop, R&B, and Christian Rock music, Francesca began writing and performing original songs. As her song-writing abilities blossomed, her musical catalog grew. She performs on the Riverwalk outside The Straz Center from 1:45-3:45pm. FREE to attend. Riverwalk outside of Straz, 1010 N WC MacInnes Place.

The Nutcracker at USF Theatre 1
Experience the classic holiday play, The Nutcracker, at USF this weekend. Two performances: 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets start at $50. USF Theatre 1, 4202 East Fowler Avenue. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Straz Center
The beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters 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. Performances at 1pm and 4pm in Morsani Hall at TheStraz. Tickets from $20-$45.50. Straz Center, 1010 N WC MacInnes Place

Kamelot with Dragonforce
Kamelot stops in Tampa and will be joined by metal icon Dragonforce. Doors open at 7pm. $31.25. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 East 7th Avenue. 

The Black Dahlia Murder at The Orpheum
The Black Dahlia Murder, Artificial Brain, Entheos and Iron Reagan perform at The Orpheum Saturday night. Doors open at 6pm. $17. The Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue. 

WMNF Presents: Frank Sinatra Centennial
Not many singers are remembered on their 100th Birthday, years after they have passed, but when you’re a Grammy winning, multi-million record seller, whose career spanned from the Swing era in the 40’s to the new wave 80s and you are often referred to as The Voice—people remember.  Especially the people at WMNF, who like to recognize the greatest musicians with multi-band tribute shows. Don’t miss what could be the greatest selection of songs ever at one show. Begins at 7pm. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

Ghashee w Mashee at Straz Center
As if Im Hussein hasn't already endured sufficient setbacks and struggles to fill years of stage plays, playwright Najee Mondalek sets her up for another crisis – dealing with the ignorance of her know-it-all husband. Tucked in between the lines of the main story are other issues that affect the Arab American community: divorce for infertility, drug abuse, conflict between two generations, welfare fraud, and more. 8pm. Tickets from $57. Straz Center, 1010 N WC MacInnes Place.



Sunday, 12/13

Santa in Hyde Park Village: Color Me Mine
Santa visits Color Me Mine in Hyde Park on Sunday from 1-5pm. Color Me Mine, 1609 West Snow Circle. 

River of Lights Cruise
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to experience our River of Lights Christmas Cruise. Step aboard the beautifully decked halls of Yacht StarShip for a cruise up the Hillsborough River and see the new beautifully lighted bridges and decorated Tampa Harbor. On board, experience a traditional holiday buffet freshly prepared by our executive chef and cap the night off with a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, and Santa’s Favorite holiday cookies! 6-8:30pm. $59.95 for adults, $29.295 for children. Yacht Starship launches from 603 Channelside Drive. 

Sarasota Slim and Friends Featuring Bryan Lee at Skipper's Smokehouse
The blues guru Sarasota Slim performs at Skipper's on Sunday. The show begins at 5pm. Tickets are $7. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

An Evening with Sutton Foster at Straz Center
Triple-threat talent Sutton Foster won Tony Awards® for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  She currently stars in the hit television show Younger following her standout appearances on Bunheads and Flight of the Conchords. Show begins at 7:30pm. $35.50-$55.50. Straz Center, 1010 N WC MacInnes Place. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" at Amalie Arena
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's (TSO) 2015 Winter Tour featuring the group's beloved stories performed in their own renowned audio visual manner is coming back to Tampa! This year's enchanted Yuletide tale is "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve." They will perform two shows on Sunday: 3pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from $33-$70.25. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 




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