2014 Guide to Holiday Events in Tampa Bay: Parades, Tree Lightings, Ice Skating, Pictures with Santa & More!

Tampa Bay knows how to celebrate the holidays with a wonderful offering of parades, tree lightings, Christmas trees, Santa sightings, train rides, ice skating and more! With this much fun…who needs snow?

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Parades

Macy’s Family Day Parade | Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. – Noon
Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

Join Macy’s for an exciting holiday parade on Paseo Drive, filled with balloon animals, costume characters, and Santa! Also be sure to visit the second floor for arts and crafts, reading circles and more, during the Macy’s Family Day Parade event! Visit Macy’s for more information.

St. Petersburg’s 88th Annual Santa Parade | Saturday, December 6, at 10 a.m.
St. Petersburg, Central Ave. and 5th St., east to Bayshore Dr., then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N

Free | St. Petersburg’s 87th annual Santa Parade starts the route on Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.

Santa Fest and Rough Riders Holiday Parade | Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Downtown Tampa, the parade will begin at Morgan Street and Madison Street travel west on Madison Street to Ashley Drive,  turn north and end at Ashley Drive and Cass Street.  Best viewing along Madison Street

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Free | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with lots of fun activities for the whole family. Along with non-stop holiday entertainment, there will also be free photos with Santa, make-and-take holiday card makings, hands-on games and activities, and a holiday market. Ice skating will be offered for $5/person.

Alafia Lighted Boat Parade & Chili Cook Off |Saturday, December 6th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Riverview, International Showman’s Club, 6915 Riverview Dr.

Free | Hosted by the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club, this parade and chili cook-off will have prizes for the best decorated boats along with free face painting, music, and lighted boats!

Dunedin Boat Parade and Tree Lighting | Saturday, Dec. 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Dunedin, Marina/Edgewater Park, 51 Main St.

Free | Decorated, lighted boats will leave Marker 1 Marina at 6 p.m. and proceed south through the Intracoastal Waterway to Marker 2, turn around and arrive at the Dunedin Marina at about 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Dunedin Boat Club, Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department and Marker 1 Marina. Festivities also include Holiday music, s’mores and Santa arriving on the last boat and preside over the tree lighting ceremony. Bring lawn chairs.

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade | Sunday, December 7, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tampa, Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard St

Free | Paddlers & Boaters alike are welcome and needed for this magical boat parade on the beautiful Hillsborough – anything that floats qualifies! Decorate your boat and put in at Lowry Park boat ramp at 6:00pm to be part of the parade that goes upriver with an incoming tide to the Sulphur Springs City Pool Park off Nebraska Ave. To ensure safety of all participants, paddlers lead this parade, followed by powerboats. Spectators may enjoy the parade of lights over the water -6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at: Lowry Park, from their riverfront docks (riverfront residents are encouraged to decorate their docks and enter their boats in the parade) or at Sulphur Springs City Pool Park – Nebraska Avenue south of Bird St., where there’s plenty of parking, room for viewing the parade.

Annual Tarpon Springs Holiday Illuminated Boat Parade | Friday, December 12, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Tarpon Springs, Tarpon Landing Marina 21 Oscar Hill Road

Free | The beautifully lit flotilla of boats begins at the Tarpon Springs Marina at 6:30 p.m., travels down the Anclote River, and arrives at Spring Bayou around 8:15 p.m.

2013 Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade | Saturday, December 13 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tarpon Springs, Craig Park 5 Beekman Way

Free | The parade begins at Winn Dixie parking lot (at Pinellas Ave. & Morgan St.) and the Parade route goes north to Craig Park. Children of all ages are also invited to the Candy Cane Hunt to be held at Craig Park immediately following the Parade. Play games and visit with Santa, too!

Snow on 7th Holiday Parade | Saturday, December 13, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
 Ybor City, East 7th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets

Free | Get here early for great seats and watch the pre-parade entertainment starting at 6 p.m. along historic 7th Ave. Enjoy all of the sights and sounds of local performers as the anticipation fills the air awaiting arrival of Mayor Bob Buckhorn and family! The first family of Tampa will kick off the parade and snow turning the city into a winter wonderland!! Come cheer on all the floats, marching bands and live performers as snow falls throughout the parade for an experience unlike any other in Tampa. No parade would be complete without jolly old St. Nick ending the parade with photos in Centro Ybor near the Christmas tree. This is one of the fastest growing holiday events and also plays host to the largest number of local marching bands in the area! We proudly invite you to take part in all the winter merriment Ybor has to offer this night. Take advantage of the $5 event parking in the city garages!

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27th Annual St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade | Saturday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Vinoy Basin waterfront

Free | Join in the breath-taking views of the beautifully lit boats decorated in thousands of lights for the holidays. Hosted by the Rotary Club of St Pete, the annual Illuminated Boat Parade returns to downtown St. Petersburg on December 13, 2014.

Island Estates Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Kayak Parade | December 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Clearwater, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St

Free | Decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club’s judging stand. Prizes awarded for best decorated boats. This annual parade is held in memory of Island Estates Yacht Club members who died during the year. Contact information is: Scott Sanders at 727-461-3949, Laura Lee Bernard at 727-442-1978 or Sue Speck at 727-446-0682.

Twinkle in Tampa Bay Lighted Boat Parade | Saturday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Tampa, Channelside Bay Plaza, Channelside Dr., boat parade in the channel between Harbour Island & Davis Island

Free | This Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place along the water at the by Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. You will be able to see the parade along the stretch of land from Davis Island to Channelside near downtown Tampa.

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Tree Lightings & Holiday Lights

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, November 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Petersburg, North Straub Park, 300 NE to 400 Bayshore D/NE

Free | Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation, bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s holiday kick-off celebration. Mayor Rick Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown holiday Christmas Tree and lights. You’ll enjoy the St. Petersburg Community Band, Entertainment Review All Stars, and Radio Disney. Food concessions available. Blanket seating.

Waterfront Lights and Display | nightly
St. Petersburg, waterfront

While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks including the unique snowflake lights. Don’t miss the Giant Greeting Card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens at St. Petersburg’s Recreation Centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

Holiday Lights in the Garden | Opens Friday, November 28 at 5:30-9:30 p.m., nightly through December 31 
Largo, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd.

$4.oo donation, kids 12 and under free | The event is the largest fundraiser for the gardens and depends on volunteers, sponsors and donations to reduce the cost of offering this holiday tradition in Pinellas County. More than 450 volunteers and generous sponsor donations made last year’s Holiday Lights a success. Holiday Lights in the Gardens every evening. In addition to laser lights, flora and fauna displays and decorated trees, a seven-foot gingerbread house with more than 600 lights, a 3-foot tall white swan and a five-foot tropical parrot have been added to the tradition array of light-lines paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus.

Kresge Mega Light Display | Opens on Friday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., nightly through January 3
St. PetersburgKresge House, 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Free | This 38th annual display includes 10 trailer truckloads of lights (over 1/2 million lights) and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show as one of the top 3 Christmas lights displays in the United States. Check out the YouTube video from last year’s display. Opens on Friday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. and is open nightly from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. through January 3.

Night of Shimmering Lights | November 29 through December 30, Sunday – Thursday 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6:00 p.m.-10 p.m.
Dover, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. 33527

Monday-Wednesday, $15; Thursday-Sunday $20 | Nights of Shimmering Lights kicks off its 4th season in the Tampa Bay area with a spectacular light and sound show featuring nearly a million twinkling lights celebrating the holiday season. Drive through scenes like Enchanted Forest, Rainbow Lane and Undersea Adventure while listening to the sounds of the season on your car radio.

Holiday Events

Symphony in Lights | nightly, November 15 through Dec. 31
Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

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Grab the kids and your neighbors and come to The Shops at Wiregrass for the 2014 Première of Symphony In Lights. This amazing holiday light show, choreographed to music featuring Trans-Siberian Orchestra is Tampa’s newest holiday tradition. The 55′ tree is trimmed top to bottom with over 250,000 lights, 47 miles of wire, 2,000 watts of sound, and 10 tons of holiday decor. Watch as Center Court transforms into a Winter Wonderland of snow flurries. You won’t want to miss this magical show of light, sound and snow!

Holidays at the Village | November 29 -January 4, (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Closed Christmas, 1/1 and 1/2), Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.
Largo, Heritage Village 11909 125th Street N.

Free (donations welcome) | Share  the holiday season at Pinellas County’s Heritage Village, enchanting visitors to this 21-acre living history museum.  Historical houses will be decorated true to their time period, locality and  lifestyle, from an elaborately decorated  Victorian home to a simply adorned 1852 log cabin.

Victorian Christmas Stroll | Monday, December 1, daily from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. through December 23
Tampa, Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 seniors and $9 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 when admissions are reduced to $11 adults, $10 seniors, and $7 youths. | The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway.

Christmas in the Country  | Saturday, December 6 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tampa, Cracker Country, Florida State Fairgrounds 4700 Orient Rd.

Adult admission tickets are $7.00 each; students six to twelve years old and senior citizens tickets are $6.00 each.  Children five and under are admitted free. | Special Christmas Crafts: Stuff a cornucopia, dip a beeswax candle, paint a salt dough ornament, cut and glue a paper chain, pop popping corn over an open fire, write a letter our active troops through the A Million Thanks Program, print a post card on our antique printing presses, do laundry, churn and taste butter, and see our blacksmith at work. Parking: Enter the Fairgrounds via MLK. $6.00 per vehicle — Cash Only. Park near Gate 2 (Cracker Country entrance).

Snowfest – A Real Snow Event | December 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
St. Petersburg, North Straub Park, 300 NE to 400 Bayshore D/NE

Wristbands cost $5 and include all activities. | Sixty-five tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration! Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, reindeer races, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable games, cookie decorating, and more.

Wild Wonderland | December 6, 12-14, 18-23 & 26-30 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue

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$15 for Adults, $13 for Children (ages 3-11), FREE for children 2 and under | The Zoo transforms into a whimsical world of holiday magic with 16 nights of holiday delights. Meet Santa and his merry mammals – REAL REINDEER, and jump for joy in the Reindeer Games area. More merriment awaits with a million twinkling lights, a charismatic colony of African penguins, charming animated displays, Florida “flurries,” free Zoo rides and traditional holiday treats. Don’t miss this Tampa tradition with more ZOOhs and aaahs than ever before.

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs | Friday, December 12  4:00-9:00 p.m.
Tarpon Avenue, Downtown

Falling snow and real reindeer. Christmas hayrides, Horse & Carriage rides, children’s activities, holiday shopping, music, food and spirits and much, much more.  Bring your letters for Santa’s mailbox!

The Nutcracker | Saturday, December 13, Sunday, December 14 (2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) & Sunday, December 8 (2:00 p.m.)
Tampa, The Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Placenutcracker1314v4

Tickets from $20.50-$70.50. |  Internationally renowned guest artists perform along with the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet (NGB) and a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists. Choreographed by NGB Artistic Director Peter Stark, this production has “marvelous” costumes “with inventive, whimsical touches” (Tampa Bay Times). From the moment the lights dim, audiences are transported to a magical place filled with marching toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, giant mice and crystalline waltzing snowflakes. “This Nutcracker is a standout among many.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

12th Annual Victorian Christmas at the 1883 | December 19th and 20th, Friday 11 am-3 p.m., Saturday 5-8 p.m.
Tarpon Springs, Safford House 23 Parkin Court off Grand Blvd.

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$10.00 Adults, $6.00 Members & Children 3-17 | Ring in the Holidays and stroll through the 1883 Safford House beautifully decorated for the holidays in Victorian style. Enjoy refreshments and a unique holiday gift shop. Tour the house with “Governor Anson Safford” as he describes Victorian holiday traditions and life. Enjoy live performances of holiday music during your tour.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens | Christmas Town is open 23 select dates from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Guests can experience all of the Christmas celebrations throughout the day, and park closing times will range from 8 pm to 9 pm through out the event.
Tampa, Busch Gardens, 10165 N Malcolm McKinley Drive

bgholidaypic Busch Gardens® Tampa’s Christmas Town™ , the Bay area’s biggest Christmas celebration, is returning this year and is now included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.

Guests can look forward to special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and thousands of twinkling lights around every turn.

Christmas Train Ride |

November 29, December 13 and December 20, 2014 from 10 am – 4 pm

Pasco County, Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr Brooksville, FL 34610

$5.00 donation per person (unlimited rides) | Bring your family out for an old fashion train ride for Christmas.  Santa will be here, too.

Holiday FantaSea| December 26-30, 2014 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive

Continue the holiday celebration at the Aquarium and experience the coolest water wonderland ever at Holiday FantaSea! Enjoy a real snow play area for the kids, light shows, holiday themed activities and all of our exhibits will be open late.


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Noon Year’s Eve | Wednesday, December 31  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue 

Ring in the New Year family style at the annual “Noon” Year’s Eve daytime celebration hosted by the Zoo.  The party begins when the Zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more.  Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch the clock strike 12 NOON.  This event is included with daytime Zoo admission and is free for Annual Zoo Pass members.

Pictures with Santa

International Mall | during mall hours, through December 24
Tampa, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd

Picture packages vary. | Visit Santa at International Plaza in Grand Court through December 24 for family photos and is available during all mall hours with limited breaks daily. Santa generally takes a break to feed his reindeer for 30 minutes at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and for 1 hour on Sundays at 2:00 p.m

Sensitive Santa | December 7 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
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Other pictures with Santa opportunities available at Westshore Mall during regular mall hours.

Pet Photos with Santa | December 13, 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tampa, Humane Society of Tampa, 3607 North Armenia Avenue

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will be visiting our shelter and would love to hear what’s on your pets’ Christmas lists! So bring you two- and four-legged children for photos with the famous elf! After your photos, help us decorate and stuff stockings for each of our pets. We’ll need LOTS of help from young animal lovers for this project! We’ll provide the stockings and decorating supplies for the kids; you bring treats and toys to stuff! We’ll have food, drinks and music too. It’s going to be a fun and festive way to spend your afternoon! Photos with Santa: $10 suggested donation, provided by Photography by Norman Mark, Stocking decorating: Free (please bring treats/toys to stuff), More info: 813-876-4150

Pictures with Santa at Wiregrass | November 15-December 31, hours vary
Wesley Chapel, Center Court at The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive

Picture price vary. | Remember how much it meant to share your wish list in person?  Well, Santa and his busy elves are setting up shop at The Shops at Wiregrass from November 15th – December 31st.  Santa’s Village will be located in Center Court where digital portrait quality photos may be purchased. Pay online and skip the lines!

Breakfast with Santa

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Breakfast with Santa| Saturday, December 6, 9:00- 10:30 a.m.
Tampa, Westshore Plaza, 250 WestShore Plaza

$8.00/person, kids 2 and under free. Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. All proceeds benefit A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay.

Breakfast with Santa | November 29 9:00 a.m.
Dover, 215 Sydney Washer Rd, FL 33527

$5 | Join us at the main pavilion for a delicious breakfast and a chance to meet Santa! You are welcome to dress in your most festive holiday attire and take a picture with Santa. You do not have to participate in the Holiday Kickoff 5K to join us for breakfast. If running is not something of interest to you, just come out at 9:00 AM to start off your morning with a hearty breakfast and pictures with Kris Kringle himself.

Ice Skating

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park | December 6 & 7, 11-14, 18-23, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg, North Straub Park, 300 NE to 400 Bayshore D/NE

Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. | Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park.  Santa visits are free. Cameras allowed.

Shops at Wiregrass | November 15-January 4, Noon – 9pm Mon-Sat;  Noon – 7:00 p.m. Sun
Wesley Chapel, Center Court at The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

$9.00,  Special rate of $7.00 Monday to Thursday from 12 to 4:00 p.m. | Have fun ice skating at The Shops at Wiregrass!

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice | Thursday, November 20 and running through January 4, hours vary
Tampa, 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa

$10/90 minutes | Get ready, Tampa! Downtown on Ice is back! Here is your chance to go ice skating in Tampa. The cost is $10 for 90 minutes of skating, which includes the skate rental. Hours are Monday -Thursday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday: 12 n – 9 p.m.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees

Tampa Bay’s Farmer Market, 623 S. Macdill Ave. Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 876-7888
Hours:
Open 7 Days a Week.
Mon-Sat 8-7. Sun 8-6.

Great Lakes Christmas Trees, 5107 North 22nd Street Tampa, FL 33610
(813)238-8733
Hours:
Open 7 Days a Week
Starting November 23-December 23, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Christmas Trees in Tampa, 3328 Henderson Blvd, in Tampa FL 33609
813-419-8198
Hours: Open Daily

Ergle Christmas Trees, 3325 Treiman Blvd. (US 301), Dade City, FL 33523. Just 8 miles north of Dade City.
(352) 583-3647
Hours: Starting November 15 – December 24, 9:00 a.m. and 7:00p.m.

For more than 26 years, Ergle Christmas Tree Farm has been a holiday  tradition for Central Florida families by offering a variety of fresh trees  (cut your own, potted, and pre-cut), fresh wreaths, and Christmas cactus.

David’s Christmas Tree Lot, 106 E Lumsden Ave Brandon, FL 33511
813-843-8182

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Family Fun Runs

The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot | Thursday, November 27, starting at 7:00 a.m.
Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Avenue, Clearwater, FL

An annual tradition on Thanksgiving Day–this race benefits local charities. There are several races being held including the 5K Fun Run, the 1 Mile Gobbler, and the 10K Turkey Trot.ttheader2014

What holiday events did we miss? Tell us about them in the comments below…and Happy Holidays!

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22 Responses to 2014 Guide to Holiday Events in Tampa Bay: Parades, Tree Lightings, Ice Skating, Pictures with Santa & More!

  1. Bright
    Bright November 14, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    What a great list of Christmas to-do’s! Can’t wait to check some of these out!

  2. Sarah McConnell November 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Mangrove Software is giving away free toys (name brand) & pictures with Santa on December 18th. Visit http://www.everykidgetsatoy.com or Every Kid Gets Toy on Facebook for more information!

  3. Nicole November 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Christmas lane in Dover.

  4. Donna Malfroid November 15, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Hello, Love all your information here are a couple more wonderful things to do. International Plaza & Bay Street
    Nov 16th – Nov 23rd Pet Photos with Santa
    International Plaza and Bay Street

    Pet Photos with Santa
    Sunday mornings, November 16 & 23 from 7 to 9 a.m.

    Grand Court

    Have your dog or cat’s picture taken with Santa. All pets must be on a leash or in a lightweight cage with a harness. All pets must be up-to-date with their shots.
    Please park under Bay Street in the parking garage and enter through the double doors labeled Pet Photo Entrance.
    Sponsored by Urgent Pet Care of South Tampa.

    also they are having Signing Santa Day November 23 International Plaza and Bay Street

    Signing Santa Day
    11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    All children are invited to experience Signing with Santa in American Sign Language at the Ice Palace at Grand Court. Professional interpreters will be on hand throughout the Ice Palace experience to enhance the enjoyment for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The Ice Palace features a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages.

    Signing Santa reindeer break from 2 to 3 p.m.
    Thank You, Donna

    • Dania November 30, 2014 at 12:49 am #

      Didn’t see much for Brandon and since I am new to the area not sure if most events take place in Tampa or perhaps there is another forum I can check for Brandon thank you.

  5. Paula November 15, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Do you have a list of best neighborhoods for Christmas light displays in Pinellas?

  6. Barbara Soranno November 15, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Great Post of Christmas things to do. Help to many who do not know all that is going on in this wonderful time of year

  7. Barbara Soranno November 15, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Wonderful!

  8. Nancy Everhart November 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Any thing going on in Plant city ?

  9. Janis Gillrie November 16, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Night in Bethlehem
    Free
    West end of LutzLake Fern road at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    A live nativity, gorgeous music, live animals, an immersive experience to enjoy the Christmas spirit.
    December 18th to the 21st 2014, shows every half hour starting at 7 p.m. until 9

  10. ashley November 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Curtis Hixon park tree lighting and movie in the park Dec. 5 not sure of the time.

  11. Lisa Coultas November 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Come see a spectacular family friendly musical performance by the all-star cast of Entertainment Revue on Saturday, November 29 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, November 30 at 2:00 pm. The even is held at the beautiful Palladium Theater in St. Pete. Purchase tickets at http://www.mypalladium.org.

  12. Christa D November 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Such WONDERFUL info and a great way to spend family time together! At any age!

  13. Terri November 18, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Just to add is Christmas Lane in Dover on South Dover Rd. Light display, small train rides for children. Hot chocolate and cookies. Wonderful lights and Chriatmas displays.

    Barrington Oaks subdivision on Lumsden Rd in Brandon just east of John Moore Rd. Many of the homes decorated with lights and displays.

    Kings Avenue Baptist Church on Kings Ave. south of Lumsden Rd has a display titled Walk Thru Bethlehem. Dec 11 6:30-9:30, Dec 12 6:30-10:00; Dec. 13 4:00-10:00 and Dec 14 4:00-9:00.

  14. Cara November 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Ovations School for the Arts, a non-profit private arts school, is hosting it’s 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser on December 13, 2014 10a-2p.
    Join us for food, fun, music, and more. This fun Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors from all your favorite independent sellers. There will be Swag Bags gifted to the first 50 attendees to bring a new or gently used Children’s book donation to our Toys for Tots Donation drop.
    There will be a Gift Wrapping station for all your wrapping needs, bring your perfect gifts and let us provide the finishing touches.
    Need to get some Christmas Shopping done without the kids? Enjoy our Stay and Play Activity Center drop-off service. For a nominal fee kids will be served food and a drink, watch a movie, participate in Christmas Crafts and create a make & take gift for their loved ones.
    The Holiday Bazaar will be located at Grace Connection Church, 635 64th St South, St Petersburg, FL 33707. For more information email [email protected]

  15. Marisa November 21, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    You left out Hyde Park Village! Lots going on there this year too!

  16. Amanda November 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Rawls Road in Northdale/Carollwood Area has a great light display that has a walk thru area and goes with the music. My family has been going there for over 15 years, it never disappoints!

  17. chrissy November 26, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    There will be a winter festival on Dec 14th. I was going to share the flyer with the info but it wouldn’t let me. If there is someway to get u the flyer so u can announce our event that would be great!

  18. Steven November 26, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    WOW! What a great post. You’ve gone above & beyond for us looking for an awesome Holiday season. (Especially for us new to Tampa.)

    🙂

  19. Roosie November 29, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    There is a terrific drive thru display that is free at Symphony Isle in Apollo Beach. It is held on one night only in December. Do you have that date? Thanks.

  20. Brittany Ruiz December 2, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Missing Winter Wonderland! Photos with Santa, petting zoo, live music, dog
    Tricks show, bounce house, train rides, food and more. Drew and Osceola in Clearwater.!

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