Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of December 26th – January. 1

Hamilton: The blockbuster musical that blends hip-hop, R&B, and Broadway returns to Tampa based on the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Wed 7:30pm, Thurs 1:30pm & 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 1pm & 7pm. David A. Straz Jr. Performing Arts Center, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Light up Clearwater: Ring in the new year with fireworks at midnight. Sand Key Park will be closed and used as a launching point. The best viewing point is just south of Clearwater Beach. free. Saturday night at 11:59. Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. 727-588-4852.

New Year's Eve fireworks in the center of St. Petersburg ushered in 2022. This year's fireworks display is Saturday.
New Year’s Eve fireworks in the center of St. Petersburg ushered in 2022. This year’s fireworks display is Saturday. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

St. Petersburg City Fireworks: The city of St. Petersburg ushered in 2023 with a 20-minute fireworks display from Vinoy Park at midnight. The best viewing spots can be found along the downtown waterfront. free. Saturday night at 11:59. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

snow day: Don your hat and gloves and take part in snow-related activities, including a snow maze, snowball fights, a winter wonderland dance, and more. $32.45, $29.20 seniors, $27.70 ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under. Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-273-4000.

WWE: Final Friday Night Smackdown: The final Smackdown of the season will be broadcast live on Fox in Tampa. Watch Drew McIntyre, The Usos, The New Day, Smackdown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan, Sheamus and more. Lineups are subject to change. $20-120. Friday night at 7:45. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

KOLO dance performance: American and world professional theater arts and ballroom champions tell the story of the modern Ukrainian spirit through dance. $45 and up. Thursdays at 3pm and 8pm. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Drag Queen Christmas: Includes performance by Nina West and Trinity the Tuck, a contestant on the Emmy Award-winning TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” $43-83. Thursday night at 8pm. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Black Men’s Kwanzaa Summit: This year’s summit celebrates Nia’s Kwanzaa principle: Purpose. Enjoy speakers, music and friendship. free. Friday 5:30-8pm. Enoch Davis Center and Park, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7812.

Dinosaurs and Dragons: Walk among more than 100 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in this exhibit. $20-50. Tues-Sat 4-9pm. Harry Schwettman Educational Center, 5520 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. 727-859-3152.

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Charming Christmas: Tropicana Field has been transformed into a giant maze of lights with over 4 million lights. There’s also a 100-foot holiday tree, ice skating, entertainment, visits from Santa, and a country market. $35 and up, Senior/Military $32, Ages 3-17 $20. 4:30-10:30 pm daily. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-727-4077.

Holiday Lights in the Garden: Enjoy 1 million LED lights, laser lights, light-up characters and a kid’s zone with family-focused activities. USD10. 5:30-9:30 pm daily. Florida Botanic Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.

ice! Take an immersive stroll through 20,000 square feet of 2 million-pound “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”-themed ice sculptures and slides. There is no time limit, but at 9 degrees you probably don’t want to stay too long. $19.99-39.99. Every morning at 9 o’clock. ice! At Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-2000.

Snow Cat Ridge: For the third year, Dade City’s Artificial Snow Park offers snow slopes, an indoor play area, ice skating and snowball fights. It is open on select days until February 26th. Tickets start at $26.95, Daily from 9am to 10pm. Snowmoolyeong, 27839 Sanjo-ro, Daedeok-si. 813-576-1450.

Roll down the slopes at Snowcat Ridge in Dade.
Roll down the slopes at Snowcat Ridge in Dade. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The shape of dreams: The exhibition explores 500 years of dream painting from the 16th century to the 20th century, showing how artists of all ages have depicted dreams. The exhibition features a selection of artworks on loan from major art institutions across the country, as well as several works from Dalí’s permanent collection. $29. Daily from 10am to 6pm. Dali Museum, Dali Avenue 1, St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Dolphin Paradise: Saturday is the final day to see Dolphinland, a multifaceted immersive exhibit that explores the science of dolphins and their connection to humans. The collection includes dolphin art displays, events, interactive exhibits and colorful photography. Included in the entrance fee. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.