The complete holiday happenings list

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Christmas Cabaret A family-friendly musical revue of Christmas favorites and unusual holiday numbers, from "12 Pains of Christmas" to "Santa Brought Me Prozac." 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 31. $29.50. Jaeb Theater-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (see Address Box).


Journey to the Manger A Christmas musical about a man who journeys back through Christmas celebrations of the past and discovers the real meaning of the time-honored holiday. 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15 and 17. Free admission. First Unity Church, 469 45th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727/527-2222,

Venue Actors Studio Youth Theatre Holiday Showcase Featuring performances of Peter Pan, Princess Impossible and Vanished — The Case of the Missing Santa by members of Venue Little Bits Theatre, Venue Young Actors and Venue Teen Theatre. 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 16-17. $7 general (family five-packs are $30). Venue Actors Studio, Mainlands Plaza, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park, 727-822-6194.

Tampa Bay Children's Chorus 18th Annual Holiday Concert: A Season for Singing Featuring more than 150 talented young singers. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 16. $15 Ferguson Hall-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Tampa Theatre's Winter Classic Movie Series Holiday Inn, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17; It's a Wonderful Life, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24. $7.50 adults/$6 students, seniors and military. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 813-274-8286,

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. Find out what really happened when the rest of the reindeer speak up in Jeff Goode's dark Christmas comedy; produced by Gypsy Productions and directed by Trevor Keller. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 17. $18. Suncoast Theatre, 3000 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-644-7077.

A Gorilla Winter Gorilla Theater produces a program that includes The Long Christmas Dinner, Thornton Wilder's play that follows an American family through 90-years worth of Christmases, and Maury Yeston's December Songs, a song cycle about the resilience of the human spirit. 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., through December 17. $20-25 adults/$15-$20 seniors and students. Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Ave., Tampa, 813-879-2914.

It Had To Be You This touring revival of the hit Broadway comedy — written by and starring Renée Taylor — is about a struggling B-movie actress who takes a successful television commercial director hostage on a snowy Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Mon.-Tues., 2 and 8 p.m. Wed. and Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18-24. $30. Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

Christmas on Broadway Six Bay area actors and singers performs songs like Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Happy Christmas Little Friend" as well as works by composers Jerry Herman, Meredith Wilson, Frank Loesser and Jason Robert Brown. 7 p.m. Tue., 2 and 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 19-20. $17. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 727-587-6740.

The Nutcracker Another version of the holiday classic, this one performed by Orlando Ballet with more than 100 students from Tampa and Orlando dance schools, and featuring live accompaniment by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21-23. $18.50-$54.50. Carol Morsani Hall-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

The Chocolate Nutcracker Enjoy an evening of jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop and gospel music as more than 250 local students perform alongside professional dancers in this unique adaptation of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22-23. $32-$52. Mahaffey Theater.

Pinellas Opera League Dance Video Presentation: A Christmas Carol Featuring the Northern Ballet Theatre. 1:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 23. Free admission. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Auditorium, SPC-Tarpon Springs, 600 Klosterman Road, Palm Harbor.

A Christmas Carol A large stage production of the Charles Dickens' classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas. 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 23. $25-$36. Ruth Eckerd Hall.


Hanukkah Musical Extravaganza: Revolt in Modi'in. Fri., Dec. 15. Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. For more information, call 727-726-8626.

Hanukkah Bowl Chabad of Brandon hosts an afternoon of bowling, air hockey, foosball and arcade games. A grand dreidel game is planned and attendees also enjoy hot latkes and other treats. 1-3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. $10 per person ($36 per family). Brandon Crossroads Bowl, 609 Crater Lane, Brandon. To R.S.V.P., call 813-657-9393.

Hanukkah Concert Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg. 5 p.m. Mon., Dec. 18. Free. 6151 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-344-4900.

Let There Be Light Chabad of Tampa Bay and Brandon host this Hanukkah celebration with the lighting of a giant menorah, live music by Benny Friedman, hot latkes, popcorn and cotton candy, a prize drawing and more. 6-8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 18. Downtown Tampa City Hall Plaza, Franklin Street and Kennedy Boulevard. Call 813-963-2317 for more information.

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