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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

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    Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress roars into Tampa's Amalie Arena on Friday ($45.75-$195.75). amaliearena.com.

  2. Wild weather expected, 2 boat parades canceled

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    Boat parades that were planned tonight in South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach have been canceled because of weather fears.

  3. Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

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    It's time to observe the Festival of Lights, starting at sunset Tuesday and ending Dec. 20. • Many congregations seem to be having a great time, because Hanukkah celebrations this year are hilarious. There's a menorah made of fidget spinners at Hanukkah on Ice in Westfield Countryside, and a falafel menorah …

  4. From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

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    At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It's not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns into a towering Christmas tree before melting into golden bolts of …

  5. Three shades of comedy this week: Game Grumps Live, Harlem Globetrotters, Liberal Redneck comedy tour

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    VIDEO STARS: Game Grumps Live

    You thought video game players were wasting their time, but these days professional players are packing stadiums and making more money than you'll ever see. They also give us hilarious shows like Game Grumps Live, coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday (yes, the big room …

  6. 5 things to do under $5: Sunday Bicycle Rides, Werks and Passafire at Jannus Live

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    1Winter Village Express: The holiday setup on the riverfront at Curtis Hixon Park this year features a new holiday-themed streetcar ride from Ybor City. Hop on at Centro Ybor after enjoying some games, holiday activities and treats, with special holiday surprises on board as you travel to Whiting Station. …

  7. This Disney food is delicious: 5 holiday treats only available in December

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    One thing Walt Disney World has mastered in recent years is driving the public into a frenzy for over the top food. It's often offered for a limited time or, like the creamy Dole Whip, at a limited number of food stands.

    Sandy Claws Orange-Vanilla Cake Push-Pop is one of the holiday treats that are only going to be available through the end of December, and this one will only be in the Magic Kingdom


Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  8. Top things to do this week: Val Kilmer as Mark Twain, Ukulele Festival, Florida 'snow' and boat parades

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    WARMEST WISHES: Snow, boat parades

    Lit for the holidays, boats cruise on Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena, during the annual St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. This view is from the St. Pete Beach Community Center on Boca Ciega Drive.
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Cat film fest, free Glazer Museum admission, Ybor City Cigar Heritage Festival

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    1 Cats Film Festival: The elaborate holiday decorations are enough to draw us to the Florida Botanical Gardens this time of year, but Saturday brings a family-friendly, 70-minute reel full of wild and hilarious cat antics curated from the Internet's funniest videos. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 12520 …

    Tampa,Fl.-11/21/09-Cigars line on tables at the  11th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival (Scott Iskowitz/Staff)
  10. Top things to do this weekend: Lindsey Stirling, Faizon Love, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

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    PULLING STRINGS: Lindsey Stirling

    Dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling will perform from her new Christmas album Friday, Nov. 24, at the Straz Center.