Chocolate Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

  • Mahaffey Theater
    400 First St. S, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • This delicious take on the Tchaikovsky classic starts in 1950s Harlem and swings around the world with jazz and funk. The annual Life Force Cultural Arts Academy production is a community project and features more than 200 local children, plus local jazz and gospel singer Belinda Womack performing as Aunt Pearl.
     Price: $17-$37.   phone: (727) 892-5798         
  • More dates for this event:  December 18, 7:30 p.m. December 19, 3 p.m.

The Nutcracker presented by Moscow Classical Ballet with the Florida Orchestra.

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

  • Ruth Eckerd Hall
    1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater FL 33759
  • The dancers of Moscow Classical Ballet portray this classic E.T.A. Hoffman tale using choreography based on Vasily Vainonen’s 1934 interpretation, one that comes close to the original performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, more than 100 years ago.  Live music from The Florida Orchestra and participation by local children adds a special touch to this production. Help the homeless this holiday season. Donate three cans of food to the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) in Clearwater and get $5 off the price of one ticket. Price: $39.50-$57.  Phone: (727) 791-7400
  • More dates for this event:  December 18, 8 p.m.  December 19, 2 p.m.

Tampa Theatre’s Holiday Classic Movie Series: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

  • Tampa Theatre
    711 Franklin Street, Tampa FL 33672
  • The theater presents its annual holiday movie series. Warm up your singing voice. A Holiday Sing-A-Long with the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ with lyrics on the screen takes place before each movie. Songs include Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, Deck the Halls and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.Today’s movie:What would the holiday season be without the Jimmy Stewart classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Sure the most famous scenes involve Stewart’s George Bailey realizing what the world would be like if he had never been born (it’s not a very nice place). But there is so much more to this movie. Stewart grows from (almost) college man to young married man to father in the course of this film that will have you smiling, laughing and crying. There also are wonderful performances by Donna Reed as his wife Mary, Lionel Barrymore as mean old Mr. Potter, Thomas Mitchell as forgetful Uncle Billy, and of course Henry Travers as Clarence the angel. And the best part about seeing it on the big screen? No commercials!
  • Price: $9, $7 members.  Phone: (813) 274-8982
  • More dates for this event:  December 18, 7:30 p.m. “It’s a Wonderful Life”  December 19, 3 p.m. “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Madeira Beach Festival of Lights Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Maderia Beach City Hall
    300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach FL 33708
  • Up to 30 decorated boats are expected to participate in the 44th annual boat parade. Boats meet next to City Hall and travel through the Intracoastal Waterway and canals to the John’s Pass Bridge. Traffic over the Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway/Madeira Beach Causeway Bridge will be delayed for up to 15-minutes while the parade cruises under the bridge. Price: Free.  Phone: (727) 391-9951

Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

  • Holiday Inn Harbourside
    401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach FL 33785
  • You could see motor boats, sail boats, canoes and even row boats in this boat parade with awards by division. Anyone in the Bay Area is invited to decorate their boat and join the parade. It begins at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and heads north through the inner coastal canals to end at Harbor Drive N.  Price: Free.  Phone: (727) 595-6889

Downtown Saturday Morning Market

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.

  • Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field
    180 Second Ave. SE , St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants. This week features live music by the Gulfcoast Jazz Quartet. Plus there’s a holiday costume contest with prizes awarded for the most seasonal. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m.  Phone: (727) 455-4921

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m.

An Afternoon at the North Pole

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.

  • Treasure Island Community Center
    Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue, Treasure Island FL 33706
  • Treasure Island’s family holiday event includes visits with Santa (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), live holiday shows (11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.), food, cookie decorating, food, drinks and interactive entertainers. Price: Free  Phone: (727) 547-4575

Hot Off the Press Play Reading Series: “Section 60, A Rock Musical”

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

  • American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater
    163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • Hot Off the Press is a play reading series  of new plays by local playwrights. All readings are followed by a talkback with the playwright to help guide the plays to development. Section 60, A Rock Musical, with book by T. Scott Wooten and Todd Olsen, music by Waldo John Wittenmyer and lyrics by Waldo John Wittenmyer and Todd Olsen, is at once a song cycle of protest and a requiem for heroes. Price: Pay-What-You-Can.  Categories: Readings, Theater Phone: (727) 823-7529

SPC Concert Chorus: Candlelight Concert

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

  • Palladium Theater
    253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • Under the direction of Vernon Taranto, the 120 voice choir presents the annual Candlelight Concert: A Christmas Season Spectacular. Price: $5.  Phone: (727) 341-4301

Florida PowerFest

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

  • State Theatre
    687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • Nuclear Blast and Blind Guardian headline the second annual fest featuring power metal, heavy metal and progressive metal bands. Holy Grail, Seven Kingdoms, Theocracy, Great Awakening, Halcyon Way and Sanctum round off the lineup.
      Price: $35 in advance; $45 at the door; $65 VIP.  Phone: (727) 895-3045

Cactus Flower

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.

  • Catherine Hickman Theatre
    5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport FL 33701
  • Academy Award-winning comedy by Abe Burrows opens The Island Community Theatre’s season. In the swinging ’60s, a philandering bachelor finds himself caught up in his own game of lies and deceit. Audience members are urged to bring nonperishable food items or unwrapped gifts for the women and children who have taken refuge at CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). Price: $15, two for $20 on Thursdays, $10 students.  More dates for this event: December 19, 2 p.m.

The Santaland Diaries

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.

  • American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater
    163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • David Sedaris’ Christmas reality check, told by Crumpet, the unemployed, chemically dependent writer who takes a job as a help elf at Macy’s Santaland. Part of the American Stage After Hours series of holiday productions, this year Santaland is running in repertory with A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. Drinks and food will be allowed in the seating area, and special show themed alcoholic beverages offered for sale along with the usual open bar. Through December 22.  Price: $25, $40 for a two pack (purchasing single tickets to both productions). Pay what you can nights are Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.  Phone: (727) 823-7529  More dates for this event:  December 19, 7 p.m., December 20, 9 p.m., December 22, 9 p.m.

Holiday Stroll Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.

  • The Pier
    800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • A day filled with cookies, cider and Santa starts with the Pier Aquarium’s Big Tube Fish Restocking Ceremony. High atop a scaffolding, aquarium staff and curator of exhibits Butch Ringelspaugh will plop fish into the Pier’s 20-foot tall fish tank. Other activities include music by Bedazzles, tap dancing by That’s Dancing!, visits with Santa, prize drawings and refreshments. Read about how they’ll restock the tank. Price: Free.  Phone: (727) 821-6443

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Detroit Lions

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.

  • Raymond James Stadium
    4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33607
  • In a season that many predicted to be a rebuilding year, the Bucs have surprised fans and pundits alike with a scrappy season that still has them in the hunt for a wild card berth. Led by second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, the team has found a way to win, even with significant injuries to some of its best starters. Price: $35.  Phone: (800) 282-0683  More dates for this event: December 26, 1 p.m. Seattle Seahawks

Redington Beach/Indian Shores Lighted Boat Parade

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

  • McDonald’s Restaurant (Maderia Beach)
    650 150th Ave., Madeira Beach FL 33708
  • This year’s parade with boats decorated in the themes of “Caribbean Christmas” or “Bucs Football” starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway, tour the shores of Redington Beach, North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, passes through the Park Boulevard drawbridge and proceeds north along the Intracoastal Waterway through Indian Shores and ends at the Pub Restaurant for an awards ceremony and party. Price: Free. Phone: (727) 397-5538

2010 Many Moods of Christmas Concert: Art to Heart Messiah

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.

  • First Presbyterian Church St. Petersburg
    701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg FL 33707
  • The Messiah presented here with more than 170 works of western art. The art on view resonates with the emotional content of the music and the added narration results in a meaningful, memorable experience. The First Presbyterian Church chancel choir performs the oratorio, accompanied by an orchestra of players from the Florida Orchestra. The Chancel Handbell Ringers will also perform.Price: Free will offering, benefits St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Phone: (727) 822-2031