Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1 | will it snow in florida

Hamilton: The blockbuster musical that blends hip-hop, R&B and Broadway and is based on the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton returns to Tampa. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Light It Up Clearwater: Ring in the new year with fireworks at midnight. Sand Key Park will be closed and used as the launch point. The best viewing is the southern part of Clearwater Beach. Free. 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. 727-588-4852.

New Year's Eve fireworks in downtown St. Petersburg usher in 2022. This year's fireworks show is Saturday.
New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown St. Petersburg usher in 2022. This year’s fireworks show is Saturday. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

City of St. Petersburg Fireworks: The City of St. Petersburg welcomes 2023 with a 20-minute fireworks display launched from Vinoy Park at midnight. The best viewing locations can be found along the downtown waterfront. Free. 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

Snow Days: Put on your hat and gloves and join in snow-related activities including a snow maze, snowball fight, winter wonderland dance party and more. $32.45, $29.20 seniors, $27.70 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-273-4000.

WWE: Final Friday Night Smackdown: The final Smackdown of the season will be broadcast live on Fox from Tampa. See Drew McIntyre, The Usos, The New Day, Smackdown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan, Sheamus and more. The lineup is subject to change. $20-$120. 7:45 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

KOLO Dance Show: U.S. and world professional theater arts and ballroom champions tell the story of the spirit of modern Ukraine through dance. $45 and up. 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Drag Queen Christmas: Includes performances by Nina West and Trinity the Tuck, contestants from the Emmy Award-winning TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” $43-$83. 8 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Black Male Kwanzaa Summit: This year’s summit celebrates the Kwanzaa principle of Nia: purpose. Enjoy speakers, music and fellowship. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. Enoch Davis Center and Park, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7812.

Dino and Dragons: Walk among more than 100 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at this exhibit. $20-$50. 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Harry Schwettman Education Center, 5520 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. 727-859-3152.

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Enchant Christmas: Tropicana Field has been transformed into a huge light maze with more than 4 million lights. There’s also a 100-foot-tall holiday tree, ice skating, entertainment, Santa visits and a village marketplace. $35 and up, $32 seniors/military, $20 ages 3-17. 4:30-10:30 p.m. daily. Tropicana Field , 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-727-4077.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Enjoy 1 million LED lights, laser lights, lighted figures and a children’s area with family-focused activities. $10. 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

Ice! Take a 20,000-square-foot immersive walk through 2 million pounds of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”-themed ice sculptures and slides. There is no time limit, but at 9 degrees you may not want to stick around too long. $19.99-$39.99. 9 a.m. daily. ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-2000.

Snowcat Ridge: For a third year, the faux snow park in Dade City features sledding on Snowy Slopes, an indoor play area, ice skating and snowball play. It’s open on select days through Feb. 26. Tickets start at $26.95 at 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.

Take a slide down the slopes at Dade City's Snowcat Ridge.
Take a slide down the slopes at Dade City’s Snowcat Ridge. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The Shape of Dreams: The exhibit explores 500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to the 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted the dream. The exhibition features a selection of art on loan from large art institutions across the country, as well as several works from The Dalí’s permanent collection. $29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Dolphintopia: Saturday is the last day to see Dolphintopia, a multifaceted immersive exhibition that explores the science of dolphins and their connection with humans. The collection includes dolphin art displays, activities, interactive exhibits and colorful photo ops. Included with admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.

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