Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from a lighted boat parade to Scrooge on stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
AT THE MOVIES
Scotch-loving newsman Ron Burgundy (he's kind of a big deal) returns to the news desk along with his co-anchor wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
NO LAWYER JOKES, PLEASE
Former Wall Street lawyer and investment banker Paul Mercurio headlines four nights of stand-up comedy at the Tampa Improv. Mercurio won an Emmy as a writer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Tickets are $15 to $17.
WHERE IN THE WORLD
Rockapella, the a capella group that melds rock, pop, R&B and doo wop courtesy of five distinct, rich voices (and served as the house band on “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”) performs at the newly-restored Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $30 and $45.
IT'S SO WONDERFUL
(Friday to Sunday)
“It's a Wonderful Life,” the 1946 classic about a guardian angel, who gives a frustrated George Bailey (James Stewart) a look at life without him in it, screens at Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $10.
TWINKLE IN TAMPA BAY
A long parade of boats decked in elaborate holiday lights cruises the downtown Tampa waterfront near Harbour Island and the Channelside District. The parade can be seen all along the waterfront, but the Sail Pavilion is hosting a free viewing party.
HALLUCINATION AT CZAR NATION
The annual Hallucination Before Christmas dance party, billed as “the place where Christmas and Halloween collide in holiday havoc,” returns to Czar Nightclub (now located in the newly-renovated Ritz Ybor. More than 20 DJs will get the crowd moving under the club's new, 40-foot LED screen. Tickets are $20.
(Saturday and Sunday)
The Railfair and Model Train Show chugs into town with dozens of dealers selling and exhibiting items to make “rail buffs,” and “modelers” go choo-choo at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
A WICKED HOLIDAY
It's sure to be a “Blue Christmas” – in a good way – when Chris Isaak takes the Mahaffey Theater stage to perform classic tunes sprinkled with holiday favorites. Tickets are $39.50 and $69.50.
Watch as three ghosts guide Scrooge down the road of redemption in “A Christmas Carol” at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $35 to $75.
ON THE CHEAP
Art walk: Shop and browse from a variety of artsy vendors while enjoying a beautiful waterfront location; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $3 parking, free admission; Harbour Island waterfront, 800 Post Harbour Drive, Tampa; (813) 451-7936
Desserts with Santa: Take care of some last-minute shopping of vintage and new items and enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus. Complimentary desserts, craft tables and face painting; 3 p.m. Saturday; free; Stained Market Place, 2106 E. 15th Ave., Tampa,; (813) 501-3238
Ikea Kids Academy: When school is out, fun is in at the Ikea Kids Academy for ages 12 and younger. Stop by for a free meal from the cafeteria, free T-shirt and craft activity; 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday; free; Tampa Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St.,Tampa; (888) 888-4532.