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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress roars into Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday ($45.75-$195.75). amaliearena.com.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights begins Tuesday, bringing fun celebrations including Hanukkah in the City at the Sundial St. Petersburg with blues music, menorah lighting, a fire eater, stilt walker and face painting (free, chabad
sp.com). Also Tuesday is the Grand Family Hanukkah Celebration in Clearwater with a falafel menorah, live multilingual music and a "Mad Science" show, (free; jewishclearwater.com). Sunday, it’s Hanukkah on Ice at the ice rink at Westfield Countryside, with free skating, a menorah made of fidget spinners and build-your-own Lego dreidel. Free, but RSVPs required. (727) 789-0408. yichabad.com.

Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade: More than 50 decorated boats launch from the Club at Treasure Island and end at John’s Pass. Bring unwrapped new toy or cash donation for a preparade poolside party at the Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday. theclubti.com.

Date night

Music: Tuesday, Petula Clark, known for her hit Downtown, plays at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center ($34.50-$49.50). Friday, punk icon and founding member of the Cro-Mags, Harley Flanagan takes the Orpheum in Ybor ($15), while country/folk singer John Prine performs at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd ($67-$107).

Comedy: Despite G-rated roles as Aladdin’s Iago and the Aflac duck, Gilbert Gottfried has a downright dirty standup show Thursday-Saturday at Side Splitters in Tampa ($20-$25). Michael Carbonaro brings magic and comedy to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater on Sunday ($29). themahaffey.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The multiplatinum band brings an updated presentation of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to Amalie Arena on Sunday ($32.25-$72.25).

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Holiday Pops: The orchestra presents a collection of yuletide favorites and a holiday sing-along with shows Friday at the Straz, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($15-$45). florida
orchestra.org.

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera comes to the Straz Center Tuesday-Sunday ($45 and up). strazcenter.org.

Kids and family

A Charlie Brown Christmas: A stage adaptation of the classic animated television comes to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($35-$100).

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17