1 Battle at the Beach: The Gasparilla Bowl is coming to Tropicana Field on Dec. 21, but before that the bands, cheerleaders and dance teams from Florida International University and Temple University will have a day of beach-related games and competitions. It’s free to watch from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday at Treasure Island’s Gulf Front Park, Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. The game will air at 8 p.m. on ESPN or you can get tickets, $40 and up, at tickets.com.
2 Hanukkah on Ice: The Festival of Lights runs through Wednesday, but first Sunday brings this fun annual family event on the ice rink at Countryside Mall. There will be free ice skating to Jewish music, a menorah built entirely of fidget spinners, hot latkes, doughnuts, gelt and build-your-own Lego fidget dreidels. 5:45-7:45 p.m. Sunday. 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Free, but reservations are required. (727) 789-0408. yichabad.com/ice.
3 Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday: Tampa’s Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library will celebrate the life of the man who became known as the father of Black History Month. 1 p.m. Saturday. 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 273-3652.
4 Ugly Sweater Food Truck Rally: Get out your ugliest Christmas sweater Friday for the monthly food truck rally in Albert Whitted Park with snow, Santa, a screening of Elf and free elf hats to the first 300 people. 6 p.m. Friday, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.
5 Boat parades: Rudolph will need some water wings for parades coming this week. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, brightly decorated boats will head out on from the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, to John’s Pass. There are parades planned for 6 p.m. Saturday at Homosassa Springs Marina, 10806 W Halls River Road, Homosassa; Indian Rocks Beach starting at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St.; and Sunday at 6 p.m. at Redington Beach and Indian Shores starting on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ending at Caddy’s Pub for an awards ceremony and party, 20025 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores. Free.