Its the most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The Holidays are just around the Corner and there are so many things to squeeze in the Calendar!
Some of our favorite things to do this time of year is to go see all of the beautiful lights and enjoy Holiday events! The cooler weather, and the variety of unique local experiences that go with it, makes it the PERFECT time to be outside enjoying this beautiful Florida weather with your family.
Whether you are looking for a parade to watch or a local Holiday event to enjoy, we have put together this list of fun, festive local happenings for you to enjoy with your family & friends.
(All Events and Parades are subject to change; please confirm with location before heading out for the fun)
Photos Courtesy of Busch Gardens, Curtis Hixon Winter Wonderland, Miracle on Cleveland Street, Pirate Water Taxi, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Oldsmar Winter Wonderland and other special local events.
Winter's Wonderland at Clearwater Marine Aqarium
249 Windward Passage Clearwater, FL 33767 (727) 441-1790
Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter's Wonderland
Now through Jan. 8th
Holiday Light in the Garden
12520 Ulmerton Rd. Largo, FL 33774 (727)582-2117
The annual "Holiday Lights in the Gardens" is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout the Botanical Gardens highlighting plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays.
Now through Dec 30th begins at 5:30 pm and a $5 suggested donation
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade December 7th
150 Marina Plz, Dunedin, FL 34698 (727)738-2920
Ring in the holidays during Dunedin's annual waterfront celebration as boats parade through Dunedin at approximately 7 pm. Enjoy holiday music and s'mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City's Christmas tree.
December 1st 6-9pm at Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park
Miracle on Cleveland Street Sunday December 1st
800 Cleveland St. Clearwater, FL 33767
This Free holiday festival returns for the 12th year when the 400-600 blocks of downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus ($5 per photo).
Snowfest at North Straub Park December 1st
5010 81st Ave. N. Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Our ever popular Snowfest celebration will be on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m in North Straub Park. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide and a Kiddyland area designed especially for preschoolers with inflatable train and more. Wristbands are $5 and include all activities.
Safety Harbor Tree Lighting December 7th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
401 Main St. Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Bring out family and friend to enjoy the lighting of Safety Harbor's giant Christmas tree. Choirs will warm up the crowd for a visit from Santa Claus!
Theres Snow place like Tarpon Springs- December 7th 5-10PM
Tarpon Ave Tarpon Spring, FL 34689
The biggest Christmas event in north Pinellas returns to beautiful, historic downtown Tarpon Springs on Friday.
This FREE event gets bigger and better every year! Carriage Ride & Hayride, Photo Opportunities with Inflatable Characters, Snow plat area with 20 tons of Blown Snow, DJ and Christmas Music, Christmas Movie (elf) and so much more...
Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade December 8th
Watch the Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade from Coachman Park, waterfront restaurants, hotels and private homes along the route from 6:30-10PM.
Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade December 14th
400 Treasure Island Causeway Treasure Island, FL 33706
Like Las Vegas on the water! This year's dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John's Pass.
Safety Harbor Holiday Parade December 15th
Main St. Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Head over to Main Street in Safety Harbor for amazing floats, old fashioned cars & a visit from Santa himself! The free fun starts at 1 p.m.
Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade December 15th
This annual holiday parade weaves through downtown Tarpon Springs starting at 10 a.m. Parade route: starts at Manatee Plaza and goes north on E. Lemon Street, then south on Ring Ave and finishes its last leg on Tarpon Ave. all the way to Spring Bayou.
Tarpon Springs Candy Cane Hunt December 15th
300 South Spring Blvd. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon Springs (approximately 11:30 a.m.), stick around and head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for whole family!
Christmas Wonderland December 7th
R.E Olds Park 107 Shore Dr W, Oldsmar 813-749-1155
Annual Christmas Wonderland with Santa, Snow Slope and Inflatables. Admission is FREE. You can purchase Santa photos for $3each. Fun begins at 5pm and Christmas Carols at 6:30PM.
River of Lights- Tampa Water Taxi
At our Convention Center dock on the Tampa RiverWalk
Hop on the Pirate Water Taxi for Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration. View festive decorations, lighted bridges and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. River of Lights features whimsical narration, Christmas Carolers, hot chocolate and a holiday cookie for all! There is no better way to experience the Holidays in Tampa!
December 1-2, 7-9, 13-16, 20-24, 26-30 Departing at 6:00PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 9:00PM & 10:00PM Adult $28.00 Child $18.00
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Cruise December 22nd
At our Convention Center dock on the Tampa RiverWalk
Reserve a front row seat to Tampa’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Your ticket includes a 75-minute cruise with spectacular views of the boat parade and downtown Tampa. New for 2018. Early Cruise: 6:15PM – 7:30PM (Late Cruise SOLD OUT) Adult $29.95 Child $19.95.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa
Great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shoppings and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos and the park will be open until 10 p.m
Evenings Now through Dec 30th included with Park admission
Saturday with Santa Now through December
Florida Aquarium Tampa
Santa visits the Aquarium every Saturday until the end of the year for photo ops and fun. We’ll have diving elves in our exhibits and a flurry of other experiences, including holiday 4-D movies in our theater. Saturdays 10:30-1:30PM
Symphony of Lights at Wiregrass Now through December 31st
The Shops at Wiregrass invites you to the 10th Anniversary Symphony in Lights Holiday extravaganza! Symphony in Lights is an amazing holiday light show, choreographed to music featuring the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Free entertainment for the entire family! Nightly from 6-9PM
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park Now through January 5th
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink welcomes families and friends to share in this holiday tradition with a view of the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River. See site for Hours and Rates $.
Christmas in the Wild Now through December 30th
Lowry Park Zoo Tampa
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… as ZooTampa at Lowry Park transforms into a world of holiday cheer for Christmas in the Wild! The event celebrates its fourth year as one of Tampa Bay’s most beloved holiday traditions. From the stunning sights of thousands of twinkling lights, delectable seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, to the wonder and enchantment of wildlife at night – Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a whimsical holiday experience. See site for Rates$ and Hours.
Lighted Boat Parade Downtown Tampa December 22nd
This Free holiday event along the Riverwalk has a new route this year and route will include the downtown waterfront from Armature Works to Sparkman Wharf.
Starting at 6:15PM until 7:30 arriving at Sparkman Wharf
Tree Lighting at Armature Works December 1st
1910 N Ola Avenue Tampa, FL 33602 813-250-3725
The first annual Holiday Tree Lighting. 6:30-7:30 on Saturday to kick off the Holiday season with the lighting of our tree. Live Music, Visits from Santa Claus and activies for kids all while spreading holiday cheer. Tree lighting will happen at 7PM.
Crews Lake Celebration of Lights Now through December 23rd
Once again Celebration of Lights will shine at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion in Shady Hills much to the delight of Children and families in the Tampa Bay area. After driving through stop by Safety Town for more Holiday activities: Food Vendors, Miniature Train Rides, Holiday music and games.
Sundays through Thursday 6-9PM, Fri & Sat 6-10PM $10 per car load, $40 for a 14 passenger van
Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad Christmas Train
16739 Crews Lake Dr Spring Hill FL 34610
Unlimited mini train rides through the Scenic Park and visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Food & Drinks will be available for purchase. Saturday & Sunday December 8 & 9, 15 & 16 10am - 4pm. $6 per person (12months and under Free).