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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 30

By Times staff
Published: December 28, 2017 Updated: December 28, 2017 at 12:40 PM
PHOTO BY JIM GAVENUS -- 2011 -- Donna the Buffalo will be performing at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro on January 28th.

Donna the Buffalo: The groove-heavy dance band headlines this New Year’s Eve party. 21 and older only. 8 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $25-$40. (813) 971-0666.

WWE Live Holiday Tour: WWE superstars scheduled to appear include WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with the Singh Brothers, United States Champion AJ Styles, SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day, Randy Orton, Kevin Owens and many more. Card subject to change up until match time. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $20-$115. (813) 301-2500.

Outback Bowl Beach Day: Join the teams from the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they take to the beach adjacent to Pier 60 for a day of live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests. Stick around after the festivities for the Sunsets at Pier 60 celebration. 11 a.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (813) 874-2695.

Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet and specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and treats. Also, hand-crafted items, live entertainment, flowers and plants. 9 a.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921.

Winterfest: A winter wonderland with 20-tons of snow brings us sledding on a 60-foot snow covered hill, snowman building, ice fishing, frozen turkey bowling, snowball toss, skiing, bounce house and an ugly sweater contest. Sessions available from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. 12:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. $8, $15 both sessions; $22, $40 both sessions (family). (727) 785-1117.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert: The Florida Orchestra presents John Williams’ score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the entire film plays on a 40-foot screen 2 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $49-$99. (813) 229-7827.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo’s holiday party. 4 p.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: The Game Plan (PG): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 6 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Carl LaBove: One of the original Outlaws of Comedy, the veteran comic has also appeared on the Tonight Show, Seinfeld and Roseanne. 6 and 8:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.

Kid’s New Year’s Eve: Kids can countdown with a DJ dance party. 7 p.m., Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. $75, $65 seniors/ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (877) 350-5346.

Jordan Rock: He has a recurring role on the Judd Apatow series Love, on Netflix, and has appeared on Gotham Live and Last Comic Standing. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 864-4000.


Snow Days at the Aquarium: Enjoy real snow with a kids’ play area. Included with admission. Noon, Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site. (813) 273-4000.


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