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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 21-27: Boat parade, Outback Bowl Players Nighter, night hike, free movies on the beach

1New view of Largo lights: A new feature this year at Largo Central Park is Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides from 6-9 p.m. today through Sunday and Dec. 28-30. A $5 ticket gets you a ride on a wagon pulled by horses to view a light display that includes a life-sized blue whale among 2 million LED lights. Also new this year are Holiday Specs, similar to 3D glasses, that transform holiday lights into magical snowmen, candy canes, snow flakes or Santa images. The glasses can be purchased every night now through Jan. 1 for $2 while supplies last. Returning this year are $5 ferris wheel and carousel rides. The light display is open 5-11 p.m. today-Jan. 1. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

2 Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Boat Parade: More than 100 boats of all sizes came out for this last year. Small boats that can pass under bridges cast off from Rick’s on the River at 6 p.m. to meet up with larger boats and sailboats at the Sail at 7:15 p.m. The parade ends at the American Victory Ship public viewing area. 6 p.m. Saturday. Rick’s on the River, 2305 N Willow Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-0369.

3 Outback Bowl Players Night: To get ready for the Jan. 1 game, you can watch Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks teams compete off the field by bowling at Splitsville on Wednesday. Then join them for an evening of informal bowling matches. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bowling opens for the public to join the players at 7:15 p.m. Splitsville, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $5.50 per game, shoes additional. Free to watch. (813) 514-2695.

4Night Hike: After dark, park rangers take you on a hunt for bats, alligators and scorpions. 6 p.m. Friday. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $5, $3 children. (727) 893-7326.

5 Winter Solstice Candlelight Yin Yoga: This donation-based yoga session Friday will honor the winter solstice with the meditative practice of yin yoga, a slow-paced style with postures that are held for longer periods of time — for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one for five minutes or more. From 6-7:15 p.m. Friday, Bring your mat to Sun Yoga Tampa 19026 Geraci Road, Lutz. (813) 955-1262. facebook.com/sunyogatampa.

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