Downtown After Hours

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thursday, December 6

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

Rock the Park
6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Pohgoh, Fever Beam, and Mighty Jai. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. Rock the Park

Art on the Rocks
Begins 6pm
Tampa Museum of Art
This new event offers Museum Members an opportunity to mix and mingle on the Museum Terrace, taking advantage of the best waterfront views in Downtown Tampa. Sip on complimentary Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails while enjoying Rock the Park. Food available for purchase from Riverwalk Cafe by SaltBlock Hospitality. Art on the Rocks

Home Free – A Country Christmas
Begins 7pm
Tampa Theatre
Home Free is bringing new music, new production, more country and holiday favorites to the Tampa Theatre stage for a spectacular live performance! Home Free – A Country Christmas

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the visiting Boston Bruins in a downtown showdown. Get your tickets, support the Bolts, and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

Winter Wonderettes – Preview
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 7

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

Live & Local – Taylor Reed
6pm to 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Taylor Reed is a recording artist who tours regionally and nationally. She currently resides in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and fur baby. Her formative influences range from Russian opera pop, to classic and modern day R&B, to Johan Sebastian Bach, cutting her teeth as a violinist in a gypsy jazz improv troupe showcasing in downtown Ybor. Live & Local – Taylor Reed

Barry Manilow
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Pop music icon Barry Manilow will take the stage in Downtown Tampa for “A Very Barry Christmas.” Fans are in for a treat when they hear Manilow perform his greatest hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” as well as Christmas favorites. Manilow has sold over 85 million albums and has 50 Top 40 hits. Do not miss the chance to hear the legend in person! Barry Manilow

The Florida Orchestra – Mozart & Sibelius
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mozart’s beautiful Sinfonia Concertante will melt your heart, with TFO’s Nancy Chang on violin and Derek Mosloff on viola. Also: Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov’s Night on Bald Mountain. Stuart Malina conducts. The Florida Orchestra – Mozart & Sibelius

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

Saturday, December 8

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

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

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

8th Annual Winter Wonder Ride with onbikes
Ride Departs at 4:30
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Every year during the holiday season onbikes sets out on a bike ride through scenic Downtown Tampa, out alongside the cool waters of Bayshore Boulevard, before returning to Curtis Hixon park for an incredible Post-Ride Celebration, where you, your friends, and your family, dance the night away! 8th Annual Winter Wonder Ride with onbikes

Jane Lynch A Swingin’ Little Christmas
Shows at 4pm and 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning comedian extraordinaire Jane Lynch delivers a big, shiny sack of Christmas cheer in this delightfully kitschy, retro-amazing concert of swing and big band-style renditions of holiday classics. She stars with her See Jane Sing concert tour compatriots, Kate Flannery from The Office; Tim Davis, known for his work with Josh Groban, Childish Gambino, Pentatonix, and Lady Gaga; and Southern California jazz staple The Tony Guerrero Quintet. Jane Lynch A Swingin’ Little Christmas

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

Live & Local – Danielle Mohr
6pm to 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Born and raised in Dunedin, this native Floridian is an acoustic guitarist, vocalist, and soul-pop singer/songwriter who is quickly gaining traction in the music world. She has been a featured artist on WMNF’s 88.5 Florida Folk Show, Musician’s Wanted, and Acoustic Peace Club. She performs all over the bay area and is starting to tour the country. Live & Local – Danielle Mohr

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Avalanche make their yearly visit to Downtown Tampa to face the Bolts. Get your tickets, support the Bolts, and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche

Celeste Barber
Begins 8:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Actor, comedian and social media superstar Celeste Barber is the self-proclaimed queen of everyday sophistication and low-budget lifestyle aspirations. In this exciting live show experience, Barber explains the stories behind some of her most famous celebrity photo parodies, her new relationship with famous people, and the stalkers, fans and comments that get under her skin. Celeste Barber

Sunday, December 9

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

Jane Lynch A Swingin’ Little Christmas
Shows at 3pm and 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning comedian extraordinaire Jane Lynch delivers a big, shiny sack of Christmas cheer in this delightfully kitschy, retro-amazing concert of swing and big band-style renditions of holiday classics. She stars with her See Jane Sing concert tour compatriots, Kate Flannery from The Office; Tim Davis, known for his work with Josh Groban, Childish Gambino, Pentatonix, and Lady Gaga; and Southern California jazz staple The Tony Guerrero Quintet. Jane Lynch A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Elf (2003)
3pm to 4:45pm
Tampa Theatre
This holiday favorite begins with a tragic misunderstanding on a Christmas long ago. As Santa is making his rounds, a human orphan crawls into his sack and accidentally hitches a ride to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, he’s at least four feet taller than most of the other elves, and eventually he decides to go to New York City and seek out his birth father. Rarely are Christmas movies smart, funny, and full of heart, but Elf delivers on all three. Elf (2003)

Christmas Tree History
Begins 3pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
The first written mention of a Christmas tree dates from 1561 when the citizens of Alsace were forbidden to have “for Christmas more than one bush of more than eight shoes’ length.” How did that evolve into today’s much-loved tradition of decorated holiday trees? Learn the story behind this and other myths surrounding the evolution of Christmas tree ornaments, lights, and traditions. Christmas Tree History

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

Tampa Mayoral Candidate Forum: Presented by Walk Bike Tampa
Tuesday, December 11
Sparkman Wharf
Walk Bike Tampa, Inc hosts an evening with the mayoral candidates to discuss pedestrian and bike safety, creating walkable spaces, neighborhood sidewalks, and the downtown urban core. Ernest Hooper from the Tampa Bay Times will moderate. Partner organizations including Tampa General Hospital, Sidewalk Stompers, and other local businesses will develop questions related to community health benefits of active transportation, safe routes to school, bicycling conditions, and the business case for locating in walkable areas. Tampa Mayoral Candidate Forum

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 Boston Bruins – December 6
Barry Manilow – December 7
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche – December 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers – December 10
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
Fleetwood Mac – February 18, 2019
P!nk – March 3, 2019
Shawn Mendes – July 27, 2019

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
Code-A-Palooza – Through December 9
Developmental Checkups – December 10
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

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
Music Store Sunday – November 25
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
Sewing at the Library – Tree Skirt – December 6
Outside the Lines: Coloring for Adults – December 7
Movies @ the Library: The 15:17 to Paris – December 7
DIY Stained Glass Candle Holders – December 10
Book Discussion: Stoner by John Williams – December 12
Recording Studio Open House – December 13
Movies @ the Library: Spider-Man: Homecoming – December 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

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Hello, Dolly! – Through December 9
Live & Local: Taylor Reed – December 7
The Florida Orchestra – Mozart & Sibelius – December 7
Celeste Barber – December 8
Live & Local: Danielle Mohr – December 8
Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas – December 8 and 9
Holiday Music Concert – December 11
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

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
Home Free – A Country Christmas – December 6
Elf – December 9
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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DOWNTOWN AFTER HOURS is your guide to planning your downtown after hours activities, brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. A supplement to your Monday Morning Memo, After Hours is a weekly publication issued every Thursday afternoon.
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