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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 7

The Book of Mormon: The critically-acclaimed, religious satire musical written by the creators of South Park has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Through Dec. 10. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $33.75 and up. (813) 229-7827.

DTSP Night Market: Discover all downtown St. Pete has to offer - shop the curated selection of local artists, crafters and other local businesses, while enjoying wine or craft beers for sale, at pet-friendly Night Market, the first Thursday of the month, through Dec. 6 p.m., Plaza Tower and Courtyard Shops, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free admission.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert: Sounds of Celebration: Enjoy coffee and doughnuts as the orchestra presents pieces by Verdi, Elgar and Tchaikovsky. 11 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $24-$42. (727) 893-7832.

Let It Snow: The planetarium’s 32-minute holiday show features festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, with a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Included with museum admission. 1:45 p.m., Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. $19, $17 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (941) 746-4131.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Jan. 5 with 10 pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. 4 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: Stroll through the gardens with more than 1-million twinkly lights, music synchronization, lasers and Florida-style displays, entertainers and visits with Santa along the pathways. 5:30 p.m., Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Donation of $4 suggested; 12 and younger free. (727) 582-5800.

Forbes Family Holiday Light Display: More than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to synchronized music with a 24-foot decorated tree, leaping arches, 21 singing mini trees and a giant light wall. 5:30 p.m., Masonic Park and Youth Camp, 18050 U.S. 301 S, Wimauma. Free. (813) 634-1220.

North Pole Express: All Aboard for an express trip to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole. Passengers can sing with carolers throughout the journey. Santa greets every child upon arrival at the North Pole and presents them with a special gift. 5:30 p.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $20.50-$49.50, 1 and younger free. (877) 869-0800.

Wonderland of Lights : This 32 day event incorporates dozens of animated and still light displays, as well as a Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, the North Pole Express, a petting zoo, holiday mural coloring, games, camel and pony rides, visits with Santa and holiday food. 6 p.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $20, $75 buses. Toll-free 1-800-377-4625.

Santa and Ice Skating in St. Petersburg: Santa and his sleigh will be appearing on select nights in St. Petersburg for visits with area children. After visiting Santa, stick around for "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free; $5 skating. (727) 893-7441.

ArtFlix: White Christmas: A film series that features art-related documentaries and feature films. In White Christmas, a successful song and dance team become romantically involved and attempt to save a failing inn. 6 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Winter Wonderland: A playground of holiday fun with cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, baby animals, pony rides, the Holiday Express train, a 20-foot slide and bouncy house. Donations of non-perishable food and unwrapped toys benefits area charities. 6 p.m., Downtown Clearwater (Drew Street and Fort Harrison), Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater. Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated). (727) 442-2099.

North Pole Express: All Aboard for an express trip to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole. Passengers can sing with carolers throughout the journey. Santa greets every child upon arrival at the North Pole and presents them with a special gift. 7 p.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $20.50-$49.50, 1 and younger free. (877) 869-0800.

Paul Mecurio: The comic and writer has won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.

Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy gets an update by placing lovers Beatrice and Benedick against the backdrop of the Florida Keys as World War II is drawing to a close. Through Dec. 10. 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529.

Bobby Slayton: "The Pitbull of Comedy" has numerous radio, television and film credits, including The Rat Pack and Get Shorty. 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

TO WATCH

Toy Story That Time Forgot, 8:30 p.m., ABC: A post-Christmas playdate with all the toys takes a scary turn when the gang discovers a village of delusional dinosaur toys .

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