The complete holiday happenings list

Art exhibits, benefits, parades, lights

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Seventh Annual Wild Wonderland Lowry Park Zoo's winter festival features seasonal lights and holiday displays throughout the zoo, live reindeer appearances, a "Jingle Bell Narrated Carriage Ride," holiday carolers and live bands, themed games, visits with Santa and more. $13 adults ($9.95 members)/$11 ages 3 to 11 ($7.50 members; children 2 and younger enter free). 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14-17, 20-23 and 26-30. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 813-935-8552,

Trees & Traditions A collection of holiday trees decorated in colorful global themes dot the Heritage Village Visitor Center galleries, and holiday decorations adorn buildings throughout the village. Through Dec. 31. Free admission (donations accepted). 11909 125th St. N., Pinewood Cultural Park, Largo, 727-582-2123.

ICE! Gaylord Palms hosts this annual holiday attraction, a winter wonderland hand-carved from nearly two million pounds of ice. The display includes interactive environments and scenes, like a holiday train and depot and life-size nativity as well as larger-than-life, three-dimensional ice monuments and sculptures. On display through Jan. 2; Call for hours. $16.99-$24.99 adults/$9.99 ages 4-12. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-586-4423,

Seasonal Sensations — an Illuminated Garden More than 425,000 lights adorn the Florida Botanical Gardens in celebration of the holidays. 5-10 p.m. nightly, through Jan 3. Free admission. 12175 125th St. N., Largo,

The Christmas House Owners Ted and Kim Kresge have been putting on the lights at this St. Petersburg mainstay since 1977 and the shining spectacle has only grown each year. The extensive display takes at least three months to complete and features 400 moving and animated figures, a huge manger scene, artificial snow flurries, a wall of lights, fiber optic forest and much more. 6-10 p.m. nightly, through Jan. 3. Free (donations gratefully accepted). 2700 Oakdale St. S., St. Petersburg. Visit for directions.


The Moscow Boys Choir: Christmas Around the World The repertoire includes lively carols from Russia, Europe and North America — many performed in their original language — along with classic holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14. $15 general/$13 members and students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605.

An Elvis Christmas Elvis impressionist Doug Wilson performs with the Fabulous TCB Legends Band. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14. $24 in advance/$27 day of show. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 727-587-6793.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas A holiday concert by the nine-member New Orleans-based band. 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14. $19.50 and $32.50. Ferguson Hall-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (see Address Box).

A Celtic Yuletide Famed Irish tenor Michael Londra (Riverdance) performs with other Irish musicians in an evening of Christmas music and dance. 5 and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 16. $22 in advance/$25 day of show/$15 students. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 727-587-6793.

Ellington Christmas The Nate Najar Trio and guests perform jazzified holiday favorites and a new adaptation of the Ellington "Jazz Nutcracker." 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16-17. $20. Palladium Theater.

Holiday Swing Presented by the 18-member Ten O'Clock Swing Band. 2 and 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. $14 in advance/$17 day of show. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, 727-587-6793.

Many Moods of Christmas Concert The Chancel Choir and an intimate orchestra of woodwinds and brass perform this holiday concert with a program that includes a cantata with narrative, "Together for Christmas," by Pepper Choplin as well as "Emmanuel," "Silent Night," "The Snow Lay on the Ground" and many others. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. Donations gratefully accepted to benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 701 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-822-2031.

A Peter White Christmas Featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair. 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 20. $35-$45. Ruth Eckerd Hall (see Address Box).

Deck the Hall with Divas! The larger-than-life women's song and dance ensemble performs nostalgic favorites and funny ditties, including "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Chanukah Hoedown" and "Santa Brought Me Prozac This Year." 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 21. $18 general/$16 members and students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605.

Holiday Jazz with Fred Johnson The acclaimed jazz musician performs holiday favorites in a festive cabaret setting. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 22. $10-$15. Ruth Eckerd Hall.

A Rockapella Holiday The a cappella quintet performs doo-wop harmonies and pop-rock-jazz arrangements of seasonal standards. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 22. $30 adults/$21 children 12 and younger. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 813-274-8286,

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