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Holiday lights and festivals open this weekend in Tampa Bay, along with great new theater, concerts, and more. Let Registry Tampa Bay help you pick the perfect activity this holiday weekend. Gobble Gobble!

 

Thursday

 

Acts of Faith by David Yee
American Stage, St. Pete

Courtesy of American Stage

From the African Copperbelt to the backwoods of Canada, acts of faith follows a young woman named Faith who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a revered religious leader attempts to take advantage of her plight, Faith begins using her ‘gift’ to right wrongs and punish the wicked. In this subversive and witty new play, she will face the ultimate test of her convictions in a final showdown between good and evil.

Now through December 17th
Find tickets, performance schedules, and more information HERE.

 

 

Friday

 

 

Holiday Lights in the Gardens 2023
Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo

Holiday Lights – Florida Botanical Gardens

I look forward to this every year. It’s one of the most expansive holiday lights displays in Tampa Bay (over one million lights), and with the beautiful Florida Botanical gardens as a backdrop, you can’t go wrong. It’s a lovely stroll that will surely get you in the spirit of the season. Kid and dog-friendly, you can bring the whole fam. It’s a fundraiser for the gardens so a $10 donation is suggested.

Opens Friday, November 24th – December 31st @5:30pm – 9:30pm Nightly
Find more information HERE.

 

 

Enchant Christmas- Reindeer Games
Tropicana Field, St. Pete

Courtesy of Enchant

Back for a fourth year, Enchant Christmas is an immersive holiday labyrinth that fills the Trop with over a million lights, a shopping village, and ice skating – all wonderful ways to open the holiday season. Reindeer Games is the theme this year for the visually stunning display that features a scavenger hunt. The dome is covered with the stars of a beautiful North Pole Night Sky. There is also a kids area and available VIP experiences.  It’s a truly memorable experience for the whole family. Tickets start @$34 with upcharges for ice skating, VIP, etc.

Opens Friday, November 24th – December 31st
Find tickets, hours, and more information HERE.

 

 

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
freeFall Theatre, St. Pete

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a classic on stage. Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio broadcast, Miracle tells the classic tale of Kris Kringle and begs the question, do you believe in Santa Claus? We know it, we all grew up with it, but that’s what makes it so wonderful – even a source of comfort – and that’s why it has become so much a part of our holiday sensibility.

Opens Friday, November 24th – December 24th
Find tickets, performance schedules, and more information HERE.

 

 

Saturday

Shopapalooza
Vinoy Park, DTSP

It’s one of the most popular small business-centric shopping festivals of the year and a great way to open the holiday season. Come down the Vinoy Park waterfront and support local vendors for all your gift giving needs and have a great time doing it.  There will be lots of food and music too, a Kids Zone, and Santa photo opps too, so mark your calendars. Admission is FREE.

Saturday & Sunday, November 25th & 26th @10am – 5pm
Find more information HERE.

 

 

32nd Annual Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival
Downtown Tarpon Springs

Courtesy of Krista Flood Glass Studio

If you find yourself in North Pinellas, Tarpon Springs has also been supporting local businesses and makers for over thirty years with a huge post-Thanksgiving arts & crafts festival. Remember, when you buy local, the proceeds stay in the community. Small business Saturday is the perfect time to fulfill your holiday gift list and support local.

Saturday & Sunday, November 25th & 26th @10am – 5pm
Find more information HERE.

 

 

95th Annual Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Straub Park North, DTSP

Downtown St. Pete Tree Lighting – Straub Park

For almost a century, St. Pete has opened the holiday season with this wonderful tradition. Join all your neighbors and friends as they gather downtown to see the Santa parade and watch the mayor flip the switch that lights DTSP in all its holiday glory. The parade starts at Albert Whitted Park and runs along Bayshore Drive to 5th Ave N. Tree lighting is immediately following the parade. This is a FREE event.

Saturday, November 25th @6:30pm
Find more information HERE.

 

 

Sunday and Beyond

 

Frogman Feast
3 Daughter’s Brewing, St. Pete

After your Thanksgiving Day Feast, head to 3 Daughters on Sunday for another one for a great cause. Some of the finest chefs in the country are coming to St. Petersburg, Florida to raise money and awareness for the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim & Navy SEAL Foundation. 20 award winning chefs will be cooking just for you. Event includes Food, Dessert, Beer, Wine, Signature Cocktail, Live Band, Silent Auction, and Raffle.

Sunday, November 26th @2pm – 5pm (Early entry @1pm)
Find tickets, schedules, and more information HERE.

 

 

Funny Girl
Carol Morsani Hall – Straz Center, Tampa

Courtesy of The Straz Center

The classic story of the fabled rise of singer – comedienne, Fanny Brice – it opened on Broadway in the 60s starting the legendary career of the iconic Barbra Steisand. It returned to Broadway last year to great fanfare and, now touring, comes to us here in Tampa Bay. You know the story, you love the music, so make sure you catch this limited run at the Straz.

Tuesday, November 28th – December 3rd
Find tickets, performance schedules, and more information HERE.

 

 

**Concert Corner**

 

Doja Cat – The Scarlet Tour w/ Special Gust Doechii
Amalie Arena, Tampa

Doja Cat

Friday, November 24th @7:30pm
Find Tickets and more information HERE.

 

Shaun Cassidy
The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater

Shaun Cassidy

Friday, November 24th @8pm
Find tickets and more information HERE.

 

Soul by the Bay Music Festival: The Outdoor R&B/jazz Concert
Tabellas Delaney Creek, Tampa

Saturday, November 25th @3pm
Find tickets, performance schedules, and more information HERE.

 

Have fun and stay safe out there!
Cindy

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