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There’s a feeling of excitement in the air - a bit of holiday magic some might say, as Pinellas County gears up for the season. Enjoy light displays, parades, tree lightings and more. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Lights of Lake Park Estates

SEMINOLE - The Lights of Lake Park Estates, a holiday light display in Seminole, will run through December. The lights are displayed Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. To reach the display from Starkey Road, go west on Bryan Dairy Road, turn right at the first traffic light at 109th Avenue North and follow the arrows. To reach the display from Seminole Boulevard, go east on 102nd Avenue North; cross the Lake Seminole Bridge, go to first traffic light at 97th Street North, turn left and follow the arrows.

Each year, the neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, generously decorate their homes and yards with more than three miles of Christmas lights and decorations for the public to enjoy. The annual display was created in 1993 by Eddie Dow to celebrate the life of his wife Ruby and honor the care she received from Suncoast Hospice. Donations are accepted at the Suncoast Hospice Cart located along the route. Donations benefit Suncoast Hospice. For information, visit facebook.com/LightsOfLakePark or lightsoflakepark.com.
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One of the best parts of living near the water is the annual holiday boat parades that have become a tradition in Pinellas County.

Boat parades are scheduled every weekend, Dec. 5-21, sponsored by municipalities with borders on the Gulf and local waterways.

The city of St. Pete Beach is hosting its annual tree lighting and holiday boat parade Friday, Dec. 5, at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, a movie in the park and a special visit from Santa. The park is the perfect place to view the boats decorated in their holiday finery.
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TAMPA - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of wintry wonder for Wild Wonderland, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities. Tickets are available online or at the Zoo’s front gate for Dec. 6, 12-14, 18-23 and 26-30.

For 15 delightful nights, the forecast calls for 100 percent chance of snowfall with “Florida flurries” and more than a million twinkling lights. Guests are invited to stroll through a festive array of animated displays, enjoy enchanting light shows choreographed to joyful holiday tunes, and find dazzling decorations and radiant lights throughout the Zoo’s pathways.
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LARGO - Even the butterflies are glowing, as Florida Botanical Gardens lights up for the 2014 holiday season.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens opens Friday, Nov. 28, and runs through Dec. 31, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Last year, more than 76,000 visitors from across the globe strolled through garden paths illuminated by more than 750,000 environmentally friendly LED lights. Oohs and aahs are common sounds as groups discover light displays tucked into garden beds, under bridges and on the water in the 30-acre venue.
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It’s almost time to say goodbye to the old year and embrace the new one. In the Tampa Bay area, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year. Following is a list of some planned events.

Clearwater

- The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and Frenchy’s will host its second annual Community Fireworks event on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, on Clearwater Beach. The event will take place at the stroke of midnight. For information, visit www.lightitupclearwater.com.
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ST. PETERSBURG - First Night is a family oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts bringing music, art and entertainment to more than 25 venues in downtown St. Petersburg. First Night St. Petersburg 2015 is Dec. 31, 4 p.m. to midnight.

Returning for its 22nd year, First Night is presented by The Rowdies.

Participants can walk from venue to venue along St. Petersburg’s busy, charming sidewalks and shops. Along the way, downtown boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars for patrons to enjoy throughout the evening.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Swingin' the New Year, a grand New Year's Eve celebration for all ages, happens at the spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The event features Mitch Woods and the Rocket 88’s. Enjoy dancing and celebrating from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Arrive early for an intro swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. No partner needed.

The celebration features a midnight countdown and balloon drop, plus a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest. There will be party favors and chocolates, prize giveaways, free parking and a full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available.
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GULFPORT - The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce is planning an exciting new level of fun as it hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration like none before.

The theme of “Glitz, Glamour & Glitter” will feature a variety of entertainment and surprises at an extravagant Gala on Dec. 31 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the celebration continues until 1 a.m.

The Gala will include dancing and live music by the popular party band “Daydreams,” as well as DJ dance music, party favors, a midnight ball drop, full cash bar, complimentary champagne toast, commemorative photo booth, roaming magician and balloon artist, sumptuous decorations, and more spectacles and surprises to be revealed that evening.

Guests are encouraged to dine at one of Gulfport’s many fine restaurants prior to the event and late night tapas will be served after 10 p.m.
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• Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
“A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol,” with book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music by Bruce Greer; Nov. 29 through Dec. 24, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time.
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A Christmas Story
“A Christmas Story,” by Philip Grecian; Dec. 5-21, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org.
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Bowzer’s Holiday Party
Bowzer’s Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Audiences will rock in the holidays with host Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (co-founder of Sha Na Na) and a legendary artist lineup including Herman’s Hermits Peter Noone (“Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “There’s A Kind Of Hush [All Over the World],” “I’m Into Something Good,” “I’m Henry the 8th”), Tampa Bay area resident Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (“Young Girl,” “Woman Woman”) and Joey Dee (“The Peppermint Twist,” “What Kind Of Love Is This,” “Shout”), along with Bowzer & The Stingrays and more.
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Christmas Amore
“Christmas Amore,” featuring the Sicilian Tenors; Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

“Christmas Amore” reunites Sam Vitale, Aaron Caruso and Elio Scaccio with the world’s best loved music to ring in the season and put joy in your heart.

The Sicilian Tenors provide an evening of non-stop entertainment to lift the spirits, gladden the soul, and celebrate the Christmas miracle. Wrapped in sparkling paper and festive bows, the timeless melodies of “Adeste Fideles” and “O Holy Night” combine with Italian classics to create a truly unique holiday concert.
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Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac, Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m., at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $46.25. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.amaliearena.com.
Holiday Classics Double Feature
Holiday Classics Double Feature, Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $7. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. The featured films will be “The Santa Clause” and “Scrooged.”
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Holiday Party of One
“Holiday Party of One,” by Alison Burns, Dec. 5-23, at New Stage Theatre & Conservatory, 11650 131st St. N., Largo. Performances are Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m.

Tickets are $30. Call 813-817-2585 or visit newstagelargo.org.
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Miracle on South Division Street
“Miracle on South Division Street,” by Tom Dudzick, Oct. 25 through Dec. 21, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.

Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.

Cost is $32 for dinner and the show.

Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Santa’s Holiday Revue
Santa’s Holiday Revue, presented by Stages Productions, Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
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She Loves Me
“She Loves Me,” by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff; Dec. 4-21, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.

Performances are generally Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets for nonmusicals are $21 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets for musicals are $26 for adults and $15 for students.
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St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts
ST. PETERSBURG – The inaugural St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts, a two-day art festival, is set Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21 at Straub Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free.

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the city of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts showcases the exquisite handmade and original artwork of local, regional and national artisans.

The show will feature art from works in such mediums as painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics and woodworking.

For more information, call 941-487-8061 or email Bill at admin@paragonartfest.com.
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• Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
“A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol,” with book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music by Bruce Greer; Nov. 29 through Dec. 24, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time.
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A Christmas Story
“A Christmas Story,” by Philip Grecian; Dec. 5-21, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org.
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Holiday Classics
Holiday Classics, Sunday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children age 11 and younger. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. The featured film will be “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
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Holiday Party of One
“Holiday Party of One,” by Alison Burns, Dec. 5-23, at New Stage Theatre & Conservatory, 11650 131st St. N., Largo. Performances are Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m.

Tickets are $30. Call 813-817-2585 or visit newstagelargo.org.
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For more music and concert events, visit the live music calendar.
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