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‘Snow’ in the forecast? See it at Tampa Bay area events


Published:   |   Updated: December 3, 2013 at 06:07 AM

You wouldn’t know it from the temperature outside, but there’s “snow” in the forecast for the Tampa Bay area in the coming weeks. We’ve put together a list of events that will let you enjoy a white Christmas season, without sacrificing the mild Florida winter weather.

Symphony In Lights – More than a quarter million lights dance in concert to the music of Trans Siberian Orchestra, while sporadic “snow flurries” fall on the crowd, transforming the center court of the shopping center into an authentic holiday scene. 6 p.m., through Dec. 31, free, The Shops At Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel

Ice Palace - Step inside the 30-foot dome featuring a light show, a 360-degree “arctic immersion” via video footage from BBC Earth’s “Frozen Planet,” giant snow globes and falling snow. Finish up with a visit to Santa. During mall hours, through Dec. 24, free, International Plaza

Christmas Town - Hundreds of Christmas trees, more than 1,000,000 lights, and, most importantly, 108,000 cubic feet of soft “real snow” transform Busch Gardens into a wintery wonderland. The Snow World attraction tripled in size this year, allowing for even more slides, snow angels and snowball target practice. 6 to 11 p.m., Nov. 26 to Dec. 23. $24 to $30, Busch Gardens

Winter’s Miracle on Cleveland Street - A blanket of snow will cover the Cleveland Street district for this holiday event featuring a snow slide, an outdoor skating rink and the official lighting of the new Capitol Theatre sign. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 6, free, 400 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater

Snow Place Like Tarpon Avenue - Tarpon Springs brings back this young holiday tradition for a second year, featuring real jingling their way down Tarpon Avenue as snow falls along their route, plus hay rides and music. 4 p.m., Dec. 7, free, East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs

Snowfest - More than 65 tons of chipped-ice snow are blown into the park to accommodate “glice-skating,” icy toboggan rides and snowball making in downtown. There’s also a climbing wall, reindeer races and a kiddie land for ages 3 to 5. 10 a.m., Dec. 7, $5, North Straub Park, St. Petersburg

Snow on Seventh - Ybor City creates a snowy holiday evening out with a parade of horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, street performers and snow falling on historic Seventh Avenue. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his family will lead the parade, which wraps up with photos with Santa near the Ybor City holiday tree. 6 p.m., Dec. 14, free, Centro Ybor.

Old Fashioned Christmas - Snow flurries will fall at dusk during this holiday festival with a snow slide, carriage rides, old-fashioned games and crafts. 4 p.m., Dec. 14, free, Main Street in downtown Dunedin

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