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Holiday Happenings

Amahl & the Night Visitors and Christmas with the Wilsons WTSP-Ch.10 anchor John Wilson narrates the story of Amahl, a crippled boy (played by Mary Anne Boone) who lives in a hovel with his mother (Mary K. Wilson) and the miracle he receives when he sacrifices his crutches as a gift for the Magi. The performance is produced by the Florida Lyric Opera, directed by Rosalia Maresca. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $13; TSPAC is at 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Call 727-942-5605.

Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales (863-676-1408). It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens' Christmas at Pinewood: Songs of the Season, where each of the Mediterranean Revival-style rooms are decorated to portray a favorite holiday song. The annual event is open through Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 24 and 25) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission costs $11 for adults, $6 for ages 5-12.

A Christmas Mess in Story Book Land Venue Actor's Studio offers a Holiday Showcase at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Sunshine Center. Young actors, from 4-year-olds to teenagers, present skits, monologues and other material developed in their acting workshops, including the one-act play, A Christmas Mess in Story Book Land. Tickets cost $5, $3 for seniors. The Sunshine Center is at 330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-321-6531.

Disney's Magic Kingdom, 1000 Buena Vista Blvd., Lake Buena Vista (407-W-DISNEY). Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the Magic Kingdom's popular holiday celebration, features marching toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, holiday shows and sweet treats, plus Santa and his reindeer. And of course, the park is dressed for the holidays. The party, complete with snow flurries, begins at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours) and continues until midnight. Advance tickets cost $33. The party takes place Dec. 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18.

The Gift of Christmas This program is a cantata for choruses, soloists, narrators and orchestra. The show is performed by the Eckerd Concert Choir and the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, the Eckerd Ringers and the Fellowship Ringers. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the First United Methodist Church, 212 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Admission is free, but freewill offerings are accepted. Call 727-864-8297.

Heralds of Harmony The fourth annual Christmas Celebration with the Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Ferguson Hall. Suitable for family entertainment, the show features the highly acclaimed Heralds of Harmony Barbershop Show Chorus and special guest performers. Shows are at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $20, $25 and $30. TBPAC is at 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-STAR.

Holiday Art Tour and Gallery Walk The St. Petersburg Downtown Art Association (DAA) holds its eighth annual Holiday Art Tour and Gallery Walk, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Nearly two dozen participating galleries on Central Avenue, Beach Drive and a few downtown side streets offer extended evening hours for strollers to check out their latest exhibits. For a complete list of galleries and addresses, contact The Glass Canvas Gallery at 727-821-6767.

Holiday Bash Swing Time throws a Holiday Bash at Centro Asturiano's Grand Ballroom in Ybor City on Friday, Dec. 7. Jazz band Pepper & Fine Thyme highlight the evening of music, dancing, gifts and prizes. A swing-dance lesson kicks off the evening at 8 p.m., followed by live music and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event is all-ages, smoke-free and a small cash bar is provided. The $10 admission includes parking and the dance lesson. Centro Asturiano is at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. (corner of Palm Avenue) Ybor City. Call 813-274-4950.

Holiday in New York The Sunday Goes Pop series at the Largo Cultural Center features a December show that's a potpourri of New York-centric holiday melodies. The show takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 727-587-6793.

Holiday Laser Show The Science Center of Pinellas County offers a holiday laser show at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., and free telescope viewing from 7 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 8. The laser show costs $2 per person. Planetarium presentations take place at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m., and cost $1 per person. The Science Center is at 7701 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-384-0027).

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