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Snow in the Tampa Bay area? Check out these holiday events

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:25 AM

It may be 70-something degrees outside, but there's snow in the forecast around the Tampa Bay area this holiday season. Here's a list of events that allow you to play in the powder while still enjoying the mild Florida winter. 

Erick Morillo's Winter Wonderland - Colombian-born DJ and producer Erick Morillo is a legend in the world of house music. His DJ set in Ybor will combine high energy dance music with LED walls, lasers, confetti blasters and lots of "cascading snow." 10 p.m., Nov. 29, $25, The Ritz Ybor

Christmas Town – In addition to concerts, colorful lights and Sesame Street characters, Christmas Town features Coca-Cola SnowWorld, an area that Busch Gardens promises will bring "real snow" to Florida, allowing parkgoers to make snowmen, snow angels or just flop down in the soft white powder. 6 p.m., Nov. 30 to Dec. 23; $39.99 adults, $9.99 children; Busch Gardens

Jingle Jangle Jam – The fifth annual upscale holiday party benefits Eckerd, a non-profit working to help thousands of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The party features a seated gourmet feast, elaborate holiday decorations and "falling snow." 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, $150, T. Pepin's Hospitality Centre

Tree Lighting – The annual Christmas tree lighting will feature carols, desserts and a movie on the lawn, in addition to "snow." Guests are asked to bring a new toy or gift for the St. Nicholas Toy Drive, and an outdoor-friendly ornament to hang on the tree. 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1. Nativity Catholic Church, Brandon

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 a wintery scene. 6 p.m., through Dec. 31, free, The Shops At Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel

There's Snow Place Like Tarpon Ave. –The first annual city of Tarpon Springs Christmas celebration will bring live reindeer jingling down Tarpon Avenue as "snow" falls along their route. There's also storytellers, hay rides and craft vendors. 4 p.m., Dec. 7, free, starting at 153 East Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs

Snow Fest Sarasota –The 10-day festival billed as "Florida's only snow season" will bring in more than 70 tons of ice to feed through chippers, creating snow for snowmen, tubing and four giant snow slides. The event, which according to organizers drew nearly 15,000 people last year, will also feature ice skating, stage shows and a 20-foot snow globe. 5 to 10 p.m., Dec. 15 to 23, free, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota

Snowfest St. Pete –Close to 65 tons of chipped-ice "snow" will fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday festival that lets kids and adults make snowballs and ride an icy toboggan slide in downtown St. Petersburg. There's also a climbing wall, reindeer races and "glice" ice skating. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 1, $5, North Straub Park, St. Petersburg

Miracle on Cleveland Street –Downtown Clearwater's free monthly street festival gets dressed in white with ice-chipped snow falling on the Cleveland Street district. Santa Claus is scheduled to make a visit, and there will be live holiday music as well. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7, free, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater

Christmas Wonderland – Oldsmar gets into the holiday spirit with a "giant snow slope" that makes for some great sliding on the saucer-shaped discs that the event provides for free. Pictures with Santa, pony rides and food are available for purchase too. 6 p.m., Dec. 7, free, R.E. Olds Park, Oldsmar

Safety Harbor Snow Fest – All-you-can-ride wristbands are available to slide down the snow ramp with a sled, bounce in the inflatable bounce houses or go down the 37-foot inflatable slide. 4 p.m., Dec. 8, $2 entry or $7 wristband, Safety Harbor City Park.

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