Downtown After Hours

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday, December 13

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
4pm – 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Barre in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In conjunction with the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to bring this free community fitness class to Tampa’s Downtown! Barre in the Park

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits. An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Lightning close out their four-game home stand with a match-up vs. Toronto. Get your tickets, support the Bolts, and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Winter Wonderettes
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
The Wonderettes are back! This social celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa goes missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run Rudolph Run, and Winter Wonderland. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Winter Wonderettes

Friday, December 14

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
4pm – 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

Free Winter Tasting with City Beautiful
6pm to 10pm
Lector Wine Shoppe & Social Club
The good folks from City Beautiful are back for another delicious tasting of wines perfect for winter! Free Winter Tasting with City Beautiful

Live & Local – Connor Zwetsch
6pm to 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Live & Local is a great opportunity to see the Tampa Bay area’s rising stars in our own backyard. Connor Zwetsch is a singer/songwriter based out of Tampa. She is currently working on her debut album. Live & Local – Connor Zwetsch

for KING & COUNTRY Christmas with Zach Williams
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
An exciting show for fans of Christian music. The band states: “It’s family, it’s hope, it’s God – and in turn, it’s the greatest celebration the world has ever known. Now is the time to pound on those drums, sing carols and anthems, ring in the glorious season together…. and who knows, maybe even see us play a few songs from our brand-new album Burn the Ships. We truly hope you can make it.”for KING & COUNTRY Christmas with Zach Williams

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
7:30pm to 9:45pm
Tampa Theatre
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year, and you’ll see a different message in it every time. On its face, it’s a heartwarmer about treating your fellow man with fairness and love, knowing that they will stand behind you when you need them. But it’s also a political movie about the destructive influence of consolidated wealth (Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter is one of cinema’s great villains); it’s nearly a tragic portrait of a talented dreamer who sacrifices himself completely for others and is almost destroyed by his own frustration; and in the tradition of Dicken’s three Christmas ghosts, it’s a look at the chilling consequences of all the paths not taken in a life. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Pure holiday magic you can’t buy at the mall, featuring the velvet voice of American Idol star and St. Pete native Michael Lynche. A perfect gift for the whole family. The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops

Winter Wonderettes
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
The Wonderettes are back! This social celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa goes missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run Rudolph Run, and Winter Wonderland. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Winter Wonderettes

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits. An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin

Saturday, December 15

Senior Fitness Walk
Begins 10am
Armature Works
Lace up those walking shoes and get ready for a fun program with fellow Tampa seniors. This senior fitness walking program gives participants a chance to get out and get fit! Walkers will meet at the tables in front of the market facing the Riverwalk entrance. Senior Fitness Walk

Fall Private Lesson Recitals
Begins 10am
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Performed by Patel Conservatory private lesson students, this free recital features solo and duet performances showcasing what students have learned this semester. Recitals will start every hour in the TECO Theater. Fall Private Lesson Recitals

37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
This Christmas event celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday, while encouraging a sense of community. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. With a different theme in every exhibit room, there is sure to be something for everyone! 37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
10am – 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Art Spot
11am to 2pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Let your imagination run free as the Museum’s art facilitators introduce exhibition-specific methods of art making filled with fun and creativity for you and yours. Art Spot

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Shows at 3pm and 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year, and you’ll see a different message in it every time. On its face, it’s a heartwarmer about treating your fellow man with fairness and love, knowing that they will stand behind you when you need them. But it’s also a political movie about the destructive influence of consolidated wealth (Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter is one of cinema’s great villains); it’s nearly a tragic portrait of a talented dreamer who sacrifices himself completely for others and is almost destroyed by his own frustration; and in the tradition of Dicken’s three Christmas ghosts, it’s a look at the chilling consequences of all the paths not taken in a life. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Winter Wonderettes
Shows at 3pm and 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
The Wonderettes are back! This social celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa goes missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run Rudolph Run, and Winter Wonderland. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Winter Wonderettes

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin
Shows at 4pm and 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits. An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball 2018
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app. See some of today’s top stars performing live on stage in Downtown Tampa. 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball 2018

Sunday, December 16

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Begins 7am
Tampa Convention Center
America’s Sweetest Race features both 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distances and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants receive an award-winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, Hot Chocolate merchandise, and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, and tasty dippable treats! Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

Children’s Day at the Stroll
Begins 10am
Henry B. Plant Museum
The Victorian Christmas Stroll celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday, while encouraging a sense of community. Children and families will delight in activities ranging from paper crafts to a puppet show. Children’s Day at the Stroll

37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
This Christmas event celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday, while encouraging a sense of community. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. With a different theme in every exhibit room, there is sure to be something for everyone! 37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

Tea with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Begins 11am
Oxford Exchange
Join Santa & Mrs. Claus for tea and a read-along! This event will also feature tea, light fare, and Christmas cookie decorating. Bring your camera for a photo op with Santa. Tea with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
Noon – 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Winter Tour 2018
Begins 3pm
Amalie Arena
Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Downtown Tampa. The multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s twentieth anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” features founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Winter Tour 2018

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Shows at 3pm and 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year, and you’ll see a different message in it every time. On its face, it’s a heartwarmer about treating your fellow man with fairness and love, knowing that they will stand behind you when you need them. But it’s also a political movie about the destructive influence of consolidated wealth (Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter is one of cinema’s great villains); it’s nearly a tragic portrait of a talented dreamer who sacrifices himself completely for others and is almost destroyed by his own frustration; and in the tradition of Dicken’s three Christmas ghosts, it’s a look at the chilling consequences of all the paths not taken in a life. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin
Shows at 4pm and 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits. An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin

Winter Wonderettes
Begins 3pm
Stageworks Theatre
The Wonderettes are back! This social celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa goes missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run Rudolph Run, and Winter Wonderland. The result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Winter Wonderettes

Winter Village Express
Departs Whiting Street Station beginning at 3:25
Whiting St. Station and Centro Ybor Station
The TECO Line Streetcar has partnered with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to bring you a themed ride aboard the Winter Village Express. Riders can board the Express at Whiting Station or Centro Ybor on select Sundays to enjoy treats, music, and activities during the non-stop ride. Winter Village Express

Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater
Shows at 3:30pm and 6:30pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Step back in time and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Each character is based on actual hotel staff and guests. From the reminiscences of Henry Plant himself to the letters of a Spanish-American War soldier, you will learn more about the time period through each character’s particular vantage point. Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater

Yoga in the Park
Begins 5pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to continue it’s Sunday Yoga in the Park tradition with our newest addition, seasoned yoga instructors from Lucky Cat Yoga. Yoga in the Park

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

Nightlife & Music

Many of Downtown’s pubs, restaurants, and bars feature live music.
Check out this week’s line up! Be sure to check with each location to confirm.

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

Downtown Tampa Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 22
Tampa Riverwalk
See the river beautifully lit up with loads of holiday-themed boats. Nearly 100 lighted boats participated in last year’s parade, and this year will be another fan favorite. The route traditionally goes along the Tampa Riverwalk and down the Hillsborough River through Downtown Tampa. Downtown Tampa Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Activities on the Water

Yacht Starship Captain Larry’s Water Taxi eBoats Tampa
Olde World Sailing Line Urban Kai Paddleboarding American Victory Ship
FL Aquarium’s Wild Dolphin Cruise Tampa Bay Fun Boat
Riverwalk Boating Company Pirate Water Taxi Kraken Cycle Boats

Arts and Culture Spotlight

Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs – December 13
For King & Country Christmas with Zach Williams – December 14
93.3 Jingle Ball – December 15
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 16
Cirque du Soleil presents “Crystal” – December 19 to 23
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers – December 27
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – December 29
WWE Live Holiday Tour – December 30
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus Blue Jackets – January 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes – January 10
Winter Jam 2019 – January 12
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs – January 17
Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks – January 19
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights – February 5
Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues – February 7
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins – February 9
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames – February 12
Michael Buble – February 13
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars – February 14
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – February 16
Fleetwood Mac – February 18
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres – February 21
TobyMac Hits Deep 2019 – February 24
Tampa Bay Lightning vs LA Kings – February 25
P!nk – March 3
Bob Seger – March 15
Shawn Mendes – July 27

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1 – Through January 11, 2019
Day by Day: 1968 – Through December
Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon – January 15 to April 15

Glazer Children’s Museu
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
Outside In – Through December 15
Gingerbread Village – December 15 to 30
Nutcracker Tea – December 16
Cooking Class with SaltBlock Catering & Events – December 19
Museum Closed – December 24 and 25
Downtown Countdown – December 31
Camp Imagination: Merry Making – January 2 to 4
Children’s Board Free Tuesday – January 8
Scouts Workshop – Juniors – January 12

Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Imperial Designs – Through December 31
Victorian Christmas Stroll – Through December 23
Children’s Day at the Victorian Christmas Stroll – December 16

Jobsite Theater
Othello – January 11 to February 3
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] – March 15 to April 17

The John F. Germany Public Library
Exploration Club – Tuesdays
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Wrap Your Presents @ the Library – Through December 22
ABCs and 123s of Yoga – December 19
Recording Studio Open House – December 13
Movies @ the Library: Spider-Man: Homecoming – December 14
All Day Holiday Closing – December 24 and 25
Living with Legal Lingo – January 5
Movies @ the Library: UFO – January 11
3D Printing Open House – January 14

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
The Winter Wonderettes – December 6 to 23
Ready Steady Yeti Go – February 7 to 24
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie – March 21 to April 7
Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria – May 30 to June 16

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin – December 13 to 16
Live & Local: Connor Zwetsch – December 14
The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops – December 14
Fall Private Lesson Recitals – December 15
Amythyst Kiah – December 17 Patel Conservatory presents Jazz Jam – Fall – December 18
Latin Nights – December 20
Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker – December 21 to 23
Live & Local – Sarah Morey – December 22
A Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour – December 28
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry – December 28
Hundred Days – January 15 to March 24
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – July 9 to 14

Tampa Bay History Center
Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story – November 10, and December 8
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – December 29
Nell Ward Lecture in Cartography: Florida on the Map: Selections from “A History of America in 100 Maps” – January 29

Tampa Museum of Art

The Classical World: Selections from the Permanent Collection – Ongoing
The Classical World in Focus: Animals in Ancient Art – Ongoing
Monday Meditation at the Museum – Mondays
Teen Open Studio – Tuesdays
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling – Through February 14, 2019
Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite, and the Lure of Antiquity: Through January 6, 2019
Season of Love – Through March 17, 2019
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective – October 25 to March 17, 2019
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – January 31 to May 27, 2019
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – March 23 to August 19, 2019
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution – April 11 to August 11, 2019
Echoing Forms: American Abstraction – April 13 to August 18, 2019
Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – June 20 to October 6, 2019

Tampa Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life – December 14
Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles – December 18
White Christmas – December 23
NYE Wrap Party 2018: Austin Powers – December 31
Raffi – Januaury 19
Bert Kreischer: Body Shots Tour – February 14
Winefest 2019 – February 22 and 23
Hollywood Awards Night – February 24
Welcome to Night Vale – February 28
Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour – March 8

Outside is In - Public Space

First Wednesday, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
Rock the Park
First Thursday, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

– Free Weekly Community Fitness Classes at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park –

VKNG Drip – Monday, 6pm to 7pm
Zumba in the Park  – Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp – Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm
Yoga in the Park – Sunday, 5pm to 6pm
– Free Seasonal Programs –
Do the Local Motion – First and third Friday, noon to 1pm (October to May). Walking tours take off from Poe Plaza, Jackson and Franklin streets.

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