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The Best Holiday Season Events in Tampa Bay

There is so many festive and fun things to do in the Tampa Bay Area, from sparkling light shows, to spectacular boat parades, and so much more!


The Best Holiday Season Events in Tampa Bay

While near-freezing temperatures inhabit so many cities throughout the country for winter, Tampa Bay remains warm and sunny. The Bay Area’s mild temperatures are ideal for getting out, exploring, and experiencing everything this holiday season, just without mittens!


Check out our holly jolly list of must-do holiday events in the Tampa Bay Area!


TROPICANA FIELD  ENCHANT CHRISTMAS

Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field

Now – Dec. 31, 2023

Imagine illuminated lands, sparkling tunnels, and ice skating complete with a magnificent 100-foot-tall Christmas tree that spreads the season's spirit all around. You can transport yourself to this holiday wonderland in an all-new story-themed festive light maze, where Santa's magical timepiece enchants you at Enchant Christmas, taking place at Tropicana Field in St Pete.


BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY CHRISTMAS TOWN

Busch Gardens TAMPA BAY Christmas Town
Now – Jan. 7, 2024

Millions of twinkling lights illuminate the night at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Christmas Town. Experience Florida's most thrilling rides after dark, indulge in seasonal food and drink, and explore a world of fantastically festive live entertainment, including Christmas On Ice and a chance to meet the little one's favorite Sesame Street characters.


TAMPA RIVERWALK HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular
Now – Jan. 2024

Make your way to the iconic Tampa Riverwalk for the annual holiday celebrations with engaging activities, floating light displays, and even a floating gingerbread display for all to enjoy. Friends of the Riverwalk invites you to enjoy the Holiday Spectacular at the iconic Tampa Riverwalk. Enjoy the festive holiday lights along the Riverwalk, and floating light displays too, including a floating gingerbread display for all to enjoy.


HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL

Henry B. Plant Museum Victorian Christmas Strol
Now – 23, 2023

A holiday tradition four decades in the making, Tampa Bay's Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum offers a unique glimpse into the magic of Christmas past. A 14-foot tree decked out in stunning antique ornaments anchors rooms and halls bursting with decorations old and new, with complimentary cider and cookies completing the festivities.


ZOOTAMPA CHRISTMAS IN THE WILD

ZooTampa Christmas In The Wild
Select Nights Now – Dec. 2023

Christmas in the Wild returns bigger, better, and more joyful than ever this year at ZooTampa. Immerse yourself in six different festive realms, see incredible shows, explore the Twinkletown Marketplace, and get up close and personal with ZooTampa's exotic wildlife for a family-friendly Christmas experience unlike any other.


WATER STREET TAMPA WINTER SEASON

Water Street Tampa Winter Season
Now – Dec. 23

Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland at Water Street Tampa, where thousands of shimmering lights create a magical atmosphere for unforgettable moments. Dive into the holiday spirit with interactive workshops and captivating festive entertainment and explore a vibrant seasonal market showcasing a rich selection of local crafts and unique gifts.


CURTIS HIXON PARK WINTER VILLAGE

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Now – Jan. 1, 2024

Outdoor ice skating – in Florida? Festive magic makes it possible at Curtis Hixon Park's Winter Village. The picturesque waterfront park shines in Downtown Tampa for a celebration full of jubilation and festive cheer. Take to the ice, discover seasonal shopping, or hop aboard the Winter Village Express for a merry journey through downtown, complete with onboard cookies and milk!


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Festival of Lights at Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

Now – Dec. 31, 2023

With presentations representing Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa, the Tampa Bay Festival of Lights enchants visitors in its wintery wonderland of more than one million lights. Featuring a two-mile drive-thru of twinkling displays and fun Florida themed displays. You can also experience Santa’s village filled with fun rides, a winter market, and the Hometown Hillsborough Historical Village.


TAMPA RIVERWALK HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 23, 2023

On December 23, the Tampa Riverwalk will shimmer with the sparkle of Tampa Bay's largest lighted boat parade. Stroll the 2.6-mile-long riverside pathway, soak up the spirit of the season, and enjoy a celebration that is uniquely Tampa Bay.


Tampa Bay's largest lighted boat parade

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