5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, December 30

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, December 30.

(1) City of Tampa Christmas tree collection

The City of Tampa will begin its Christmas tree collection service on Monday.

The service will run today through Friday, January 3, 2014. Residents are asked to remove all decorations and lights from their trees, cut tree limbs into four foot lengths, and then place the cut-up trees curbside on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day.

For more information about tree collection within the City of Tampa, call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.

Homeowners living elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area should call their county or city solid waste department for information on how to properly recycle or dispose of their Christmas trees.

(2) Pachyderm parade in Tampa

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its annual Pachyderm Parade through the streets of downtown Tampa on Monday.

The elephants will march from Union Station to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The animals will unload at 9:30 a.m. with the parade beginning thirty minutes later.

Families are invited to line the parade route. The walk will start at the railroad tracks near the corner of Nuccio Parkway and North Nebraska Avenue, next to Union Station.

The animals will then walk west on Cass Street, turn south (left) on Morgan Street and walk across the Forum Plaza and into the Animal Open House.

The Forum will host LEGENDS, the 144th edition of The Greatest Show on Earth beginning on Wednesday.

For more information, visit www.ringling.com.

(3) Outback Bowl Beach Day

Clearwater Beach will host the annual Outback Bowl Beach Day celebration on Monday.

Attendees to the beach bash will be able to meet Louisiana State University and University of Iowa football players, coaches, and cheerleaders and watch performances by the competing schools' marching bands.

Beach Day also features live music, skydivers and a tug-of-war contest between the two schools.

Today's celebration leads up to Wednesday's Outback Bowl game which sees the LSU Tigers facing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium.

Beach Day events will take place behind the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

For a complete list of Outback Bowl schedule of events, visit www.outbackbowl.com.

(4) Final Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Epcot will host the final Candlelight Processionals on Monday event.

The Processional is an annual holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre at the theme park.

Special guest narrator Amy Grant will tell the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem while surrounded by a full orchestra and choir.

Show times tonight will occur at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

(5) Final week for Tampa's Downtown on Ice

This is the final week Tampa's outdoor ice skating rink will be open for skaters at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Downtown on Ice will be open daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. through Sunday.
The cost for 90 minutes of skating is just $10 and includes the skate rental.

Parking is available at the nearby William F. Poe Garage. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntownonice.com.

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