Gasparilla Bowl: The postseason college football game at Tropicana Field on Thursday brings Florida International University from Conference USA to play the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference. ($40-$80). gasparillabowl.com. The 8 p.m. game will air on ESPN.
Vodka Latke: The biggest social event of the year for young Jewish singles and couples happens every year on Christmas Eve, which is Sunday. The event at Tampa’s Franklin manor includes food, unlimited Tito’s vodka and games. $36-$45 advance, $54 at the door. jewishtampa.com.
Music: Rockabilly trio Reverend Horton Heat performs a holiday show Wednesday at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live ($28 advance, $30 day of), where on Friday, 97X holds its free holiday-themed concert featuring indie pop group AJR.
The Florida Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah: The orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay perform Thursday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz ($30), Friday at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater ($15-$55) and Saturday at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Beach ($30). floridaorchestra.org.
Seasonal Sparkle: St. Petersburg Opera presents a celebration of all four seasons at the Palladium in St. Petersburg today and Tuesday, bringing a mixture of classical, popular and holiday music featuring the St. Petersburg Orchestra ($22-$67). stpeteopera.org.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze: The cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show comes to the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday ($35-$65). themahaffey.com.
Cirque Musica Holiday: A Cirque du Soleil-style show set to holiday music performed by an orchestra flies through Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday ($25-$85). amaliearena.com.
Gabriel Iglesias: The comedian brings his Fluffymania tour to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Friday ($37.75-$82.75). sundomearena.com.
Kids and Family
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice and Yukon Cornelius bring the musical version of the TV favorite to life on stage at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($35-$100). rutheckerdhall.com.
The Family Blessing: Inspired by the Nutcracker, this dance production that follows a young boy named Michael returns to the Mahaffey on Saturday ($22-$42). themahaffey.com.