Yuletide Spirit: Holiday Bash
The folks at Tampa Bay Salvage know how to throw a party. Back in August they had an End of Summer sale where they gave out free tacos. So it only makes sense that they'd go big for the holidays, too. And they are, but in a really sweet way. They sponsor a charity called Be a Santa to a Senior. Customers "adopt" a senior and purchase a gift for them from the shop. It's been so successful that they've delivered gifts to seniors in two nursing homes. Because of that, they're throwing a Holiday Bash on Friday as a thank you to customers. In addition to storewide discounts of 15 percent off of their awesome home decor and vintage finds, they're having live entertainment, free food and drinks and giveaways. Kids will enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and everyone will delight in an Ugly Sweater contest. 7-11 p.m. 4825 US 19 Alt, Palm Harbor. (727) 942-2106. tampabaysalvage.com.
DIY Christmas: Blow Your Own Ornament
There's always room for one more ornament, right? Especially if you've made it yourself. Try blowing your own glass ornament at the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop, offering personalized glass experiences. The glass balls don't have to be limited to Christmas decorations either. I have several that look beautiful on my sunlit porch. They make great gifts too, or you could gift someone the experience itself. $75. Tuesdays through Sundays at various times. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 827-4527. moreanartscenter.org.
They're Everywhere: Market Round Up
It wouldn't be a normal weekend in Tampa Bay without a few markets to choose from.
Prost! German restaurant Hofbrauhaus hosts a Christkindlmarket, with handmade crafts from local vendors, live music, face painting and tons of beer and Gluhwein. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. 123 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg.
St. Pete art gallery and funky boutique Artpool adds more cool stuff for CraftyFest, when additional vendors set up outside. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2030 Central Ave. artpoolrules.com.
Shop amongst the kegs on Sunday when Pinellas Ale Works hosts a holiday market in their Barrel Aging room, with vendors carrying everything from pet stuff to original art. 2-6 p.m. 1962 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 235-0970. pawbeer.com.
Find more than 60 merchants at Largo Central Park, plus, holiday characters, cookie decorating, children's crafts and Christmas photo ops. Free. 3-9:30 p.m. Saturday. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 674-1464. largo.com.
The Jingle Bell Bazaar has live music, shopping, a fashion showcase, food vendors and visits with Santa starting at 1 p.m. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (866) 281-6703.