1. Tens of thousands of lights are on display at the Oakdale Christmas house in St. Petersburg, pictured in 2021.
  2. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  3. The two-day Shopapalooza Festival features more than 350 vendors and is expected to attract thousands to Vinoy Park this weekend.
  4. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  5. The downtown Tampa Winter Village has added a new “street curling” attraction that is free to play any time the holiday district is open in Curtis Hixon Park. They will even have a new curling league that is signing up teams now.
  6. The 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th Street," with Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood, will be among the holiday movies presented at Tampa Theatre. In addition to holiday movies, there will be an in-theater sock ball fight.
  7. A biologist from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium helps a recently hatched sea turtle find its way from the beach to the water. While sea turtle nests are up this year, the aquarium reported an alarming number of times the hatchlings were confused by artificial lights and headed to hotels and garages instead of the ocean.
  8. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  9. On Tuesday morning, Disney announced new park-specific prices that are set to go into effect Dec. 8.
  10. Bay Rocket blasts off on 45- to 55-minute thrill rides on Tampa Bay beginning Friday.
  11. Nate Najar will perform at the 32nd annual Suncoast Jazz Festival, Nov. 18-20 in Sand Key in Clearwater Beach.
  12. More than 50 area restaurants and bars are offering specials to help you celebrate Thanksgiving.
  13. A volunteer in 2020 takes turkeys and other meats from the freezer to distribute during the food drive and food distribution operation at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent in Tampa.
  14. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  15. Classic cars owned by Leroy Gonzalez, a real estate developer and classic car enthusiast who died in January at the age of 84, are parked at his office in Seffner. More than two dozen cars in this classic car collection will be auctioned on Dec. 3.
  16. Ryan Fouche, Aaron Schaub and Coral Carrasquillo will soon open La Setima, a new natural wine bar on the corner of E Seventh and Nebraska avenues in Ybor City.
  17. Recently poured concrete forms the shape for the North Bluff Walk, in foreground, as seen from the third floor of the Clearwater Main Library on Monday, Nov 7, 2022, which will provide access to Imagine Clearwater’s new 4,000-seat covered bandshell, in background, at Coachman Park.
  18. Shop local as holiday markets are popping up everywhere across the Tampa Bay area.
  19. Chaplain Charles Andriolo, of VFW Post 1617, salutes during a Veterans Day ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  20. Some of the best skateboarders in the world will make their way to the Skatepark of Tampa this weekend for Tampa AM, one of skateboarding's top annual contests.
  21. A manatee rises to the surface for air while people on a manatee tour float nearby in Crystal River.
  22. From left, Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, Koruna Pathak, 60, Sapana Amin, 43, Toshina Sethi, 49, and Rama Subramanian, 47, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of  Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers gave a sample of the performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
  23. Reservations at several restaurants in Tampa Bay, including Bern's Steak House, have become increasingly hard to get. Some blame informal swapping sites and online bidding services, but insiders say the answer is more complicated.
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