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USA 103.5 Country Jam: Multi-platinum global entertainer Chris Young and American rapper-singer Jelly Roll will join the cast, with more to be announced. Benefits of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. $103.50. 20:00 Wednesday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

South Pasadena is one of many towns that will hold a lighted boat parade this week.
South Pasadena is one of many towns that will hold a lighted boat parade this week. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

South Pasadena Lighted Boat Parade: It will begin at 6:30 pm on the northeast side of Pasadena Island outside of MarineMax St. Petersburg, then follow the coast of South Pasadena, passing under the Corey Causeway Bridge, then past the entrances next to Harborside Condominiums and Bay Island Condominiums, finishing behind. Causeway Village and The Fountains. for free 18:30 Friday. MarineMax St. Petersburg, 6810 Gulfport Blvd. S.

Old-time Christmas and festive parades: See Santa arrive at the Holiday Street Parade, and stay downtown for the festivities on Main Street and Broadway. There will be carriage rides, train rides, snowshoeing, children’s crafts, games, storytellers, face painting, street performers and singers, snow showers, visits with Santa Claus and live music by the Late Night Brass. The parade begins at 4:00 pm and travels down Douglas Avenue through Beltrees Street, north to Skinner Boulevard. for free 16:00 Saturday. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. 727-298-3266.

Christmas bonfire: This outdoor Christmas festival includes live readings of the Nativity, a petting zoo, camp bounty, rides, a screening of “The Star,” a snowball pit and a toy factory. for free 17:00-19:30 Saturday. Oak Ridge Wesleyan Church, 11000 110th Ave N, Largo. 727-393-9182.

For the King and the People: Grammy-winning brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone bring their annual Christmas show to Tampa. $24.99-$200. 7pm Fri. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

No rooms yet in the accommodation: Join others in singing at homeless shelters and other venues in downtown St. Petersburg before returning to the church for cookies and hot chocolate. for free 19:00-21:00 Friday. Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. 727-898-3294.

Dress up for the Jingle Bell Run that takes to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Friday.
Dress up for the Jingle Bell Run that takes to the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on Friday. [ Tampa Bay Times (2012) ]
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Jingle Bell Run: Runners and walkers wearing bells and Santa hats will run the 5K illuminated waterfront course with musicians along the route, food trucks, a sparkler area and snow. Leashed pets are welcome. Benefits Boley Center. $35. 19:30 Friday. St. Pete Pier Approach, Bayshore Drive and Second Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 727-821-4819.

Violin Black: The duo of classically trained string players will fuse stories, string melodies and hard-hitting rhythms to celebrate the holiday season on the Give Thanks tour. $35-$65 Sunday at 7 p.m. Morsani Hall David A. Straz Jr. at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Peace and Joy: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay presents its annual holiday concert featuring songs from various holidays and secular events celebrated in December. $20, $5 students. 20:00-22:00 Friday. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg. 813-767-2186.

Illegal: The Southern rock group known to fans as “The Florida Guitar Army” who have toured with The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones and more will perform. $39.50-$149.50. 19:30 Friday-Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Santa’s Holiday Revue: This fast-paced musical tours the world around the dances, songs and stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. Kids can sing and clap as they learn about the traditions and customs that make for the magic of the holidays. $7.50-$8.50. 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

Palm Harbor Holiday Parade: The annual Santa parade begins at Delaware and 12th Street. Hang out in the Harbor Hall parking lot for the gift market. for free 11:30-12:30 Saturday. 1190 Georgia Ave., downtown Palm Harbor. 727-771-6000.

Florida Orchestra: Holiday Pops: The Florida Orchestra performs Santa’s favorites in their most popular concert of the year. Directed by Bob Bernhardt. $18-$60. 8pm Friday David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-7827; 2:00pm and 8:00pm Saturday at the Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-300-2000; and 2:00 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-791-7400.

The Florida Orchestra presents its popular Holiday Pops performances this weekend at three venues.
The Florida Orchestra presents its popular Holiday Pops performances this weekend at three venues. [ MATT DINE | Courtesy of The Florida Orchestra ]

Parrandon Festival: This celebration of Puerto Rican culture features traditional food, music and family activities. $10, $50 VIP, 11 and under free. 15:00-23:00 Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.

Machine: Watch a screening of Lisa Hurwitz’s “The Automat,” a new documentary about Horn & Hardart, the beloved New York and Philadelphia restaurant chain that revolutionized American dining a century ago. Restaurant patrons slipped nickels into the slots, and lemon meringue pie, mac and cheese, baked beans, creamed spinach, and more magically appeared through a grid of gleaming chrome windows. Then there was the cafeteria’s 5-cent coffee, leaping from the dolphin-headed decorations. Slice of cake and coffee included. Registration is required at CBSclearwater.org/eventautomat-documentary. $10 Thursday at 19:00. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Jingle Bell Run: This is the 40th year and largest fundraiser for Boley Centers, which provides affordable housing for vulnerable residents, including veterans, the homeless and the mentally disabled. You’ll see runners in full Santa hats and costumes running through an illuminated maze with live bands and even “snow” swirls along the way. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bayshore Drive NE and Second Avenue NE in downtown St. Petersburg. $40 at boleycenters.org.



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