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What’s happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? | December 21-23

Posted at 3:14 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 15:14:21-05

TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (December 21-23), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, December 21

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

When: Now - December 31
Where: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay at 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa
Cost: Click here for more
Info: Busch Gardens transforms into a beautiful Christmas wonderland with 3 million sparkling lights, holiday shopping, festive foods and even Santa's reindeer. Enjoy some of the park rides at night for a unique thrill. Christmas Town runs November 19 through December 31 on select nights.


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Jannus Live at 200 1st Avenue North, St. Pete
Cost: Free
Info: 97XMAS will feature a free acoustic show with Barns Courtney, Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October and Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind! Don your ugliest Christmas sweater and cozy up with some ice cold Pacifico with us at Jannus Live in Downtown St. Pete on December 21st. It’s time for the most epic sing along this holiday season! The event is totally FREE! But, you must you must be 21 or older! First come, first served.

Florida Orchestra: Home Alone in Concert

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Cost: $29
Info: A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Florida Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

Saturday, December 22

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

When: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: The Tampa Riverwalk
Cost: Free
Info: Get ready for the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade! This free event will showcase over 100 boats with Christmas lights along the Tampa Riverwalk. The parade begins at Harbour Island, runs up the Hillsborough River to Armature Works and ends at Sparkman Wharf.

Cirque du Soleil presents "CRYSTAL"

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $49
Info: Cirque du Soleil returns to the Tampa area with Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with fluidity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.

Sunday, December 23

The Sound of Music

When: 4 p.m.
Where: Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Cost: $35
Info: THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Free Movie in the Park: Polar Express

When: 6 p.m.
Where: Station Square Park at 612 Cleveland Street, Clearwater
Cost: Free
Info: Enjoy a free movie night in the park this weekend! Grab the family and head to Station Square Park in Clearwater on Sunday and watch The Polar Express. A special someone in a red suit will be on site watching the movie and talking to all the boys and girls! There will be some movie-themed sweets provided.