2015 Holiday Guide to Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay has so much to enjoy over the holidays…parades, tree lightings, Christmas trees, Santa sightings, train rides, ice skating and more!HolidayGuideTampaBay

Parades

Macy’s Family Day Parade | Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – Noon
Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

Join us for the Macy’s Family Day Parade on Saturday, November 21st from 10:00a to Noon at The Shops at Wiregrass followed by children’s activities in the Macy’s Wiregrass Children’s Department (2nd Floor). For information contact Macy’s at The Shops at Wiregrass at 813-528-4300.

Hernando Beach Yacht Club Annual Christmas Boat Parade | Friday, December 4th starting at 6:30pm
Hernando County | HBYC, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. Hernando Beach, FL 34607

Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Friday, Dec 4, 2015 leaving our dock at 6:30 p.m. It will be traveling down Marlin canal, Cheeks Creek canal and return, then Tarpon canal ending at the boat ramp.   You are invited to participate.  Decorate your boat. Awards to be given.  Entry fee is one unwrapped child’s toy.  Registration will be open Dec 2 and Dec 3 from 3-6 pm at our clubhouse at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.  You are invited to view the parade from our deck or dock. Come and enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and some Christmas cheer. Our clubhouse will be open from 5 pm until after all boats have returned and awards announced.

Illuminated Boat Parade/There’s Snow Place Like TarponFriday, December 4th starting at 4:00-9:00 pm
Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs

The boat parade comes into Spring Bayou around 8:00 pm, as always, but we now have live reindeer, falling snow, food, vendors, carriage and hay rides!  With the full three blocks of fun, from Ring Avenue to Spring Bayou and down Safford Street.  The kids’ area will also have Christmas movies, as well as inflatables, games, food and a lot of fun!

The 26th Annual Boat Parade will be held on Friday, December 4th, following Snow-Place Like Tarpon Springs. Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats to the children in Spring Bayou. There is no charge to participate, but all vessels must be registered to enter. Registration forms may be obtained at the City Marina and at the Recreation Division administrative office. Trophies will be awarded to the best decorated boats. Call 942-5628 for more details. Best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. Boats enter Spring Bayou between 8:30 and 9pm.

St. Petersburg’s 89th Annual Santa Parade | Saturday, December 5, 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 89th annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 5, at 10 a.m. The route from Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.

Santa Fest and Rough Riders Holiday Parade | Saturday, December 5, 10 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|Saturday, December 5th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Gibsonton, William’s Park Boat Ramp, S Tamiami Trail, 33534

Free | Boat Parade is happening Dec 5 at 5 pm leaving from William’s Park boat ramp, going all the way to the “Diddy” ending at River’s Edge Bar for award ceremony! Looking for decorated boats, will make stops at AJ’s and the Beer Shed along the way. Asking for donations to our International water project. For more info, contact Mike Broussard at 813 716 5341.

Dunedin Boat Parade and Tree Lighting | Saturday, Dec. 5, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Dunedin, Marina/Edgewater Park, 51 Main St.

Free | Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Marina 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. Limited seating, bring lawn chairs. (Boat Parade Route: From Marker 1 south to Dunedin Marina. Boats arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00pm. Limited viewing along Bayshore and Edgewater Drive.)

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Street Parade | Sunday, December 6, starting at noon
1507 Bay Palm Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

The parade starts at East Gulf Blvd. and winds through the neighborhood. Following the parade, the City will hold the Children’s Holiday Party in the Civic Auditorium with refreshments and snacks.

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

Free | Join us for our annual holiday parade. Parade Route: Starting at Manatee Plaza (Old Winn Dixie) Goes North to E. Lemon St., turns right, goes to S. Ring Ave., turns left, goes to E. Tarpon Ave., turns left, and takes Tarpon Ave., all the way to Spring Bayou. After the parade, join us in Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. We will have crafts, hot chocolate and even a visit from Santa.

Snow on 7th Holiday Parade | Saturday, December 12, 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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The Annual St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade | Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Viewable from: Vinoy Basin, Spa Beach, Pier Approach waterfront, St. Petersburg, Florida

Free | Enjoy one of the city’s most beautiful holiday traditions as boats festively decorated with thousands of twinkling lights sail through the Vinoy Basin and along Bayshore Drive on the downtown.

Island Estates Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Boat Parade | December 12th, 6:30 p.m.
Clearwater, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St

Free | The decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel located between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the lead boat will proceed northward through Mandalay Channel. Then the parade will weave in and out of many of the Island Estate canals before heading over to Coachman Park around 8:00 p.m. From there the boats will go under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel before navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club. Cash and gift certificate prizes, donated by many area businesses, will be awarded to the best decorated boats. There is no parade entry fee. If you are interested in participating, contact IEYC Commodore Paul E. Lightfoot at (727)-781-7275 or [email protected].

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade | Sunday, December 13, parade begins 6:00 pm, arriving upriver at Sulphur Springs Park @ approximately 7:00 pm.
TampaLowry Park Boat Ramp, Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard St

Free | The 16th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade happens Sunday, December 13th. All boaters and paddlers of canoes, kayaks, etc. in the Tampa Bay area are invited to JOIN the FUN at the Boat Parade for everyone! Paddlers and boaters are needed to help create this FREE community event, sponsored for the 16th consecutive year by Friends of the River. This annual community tradition celebrates another year of life in a city with a restored, beautiful river running through it.  This event begins and ends at 2 City of Tampa Parks: Begins at Lowry Park Boat Ramp. 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.

Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade | Saturday, December 19 at 6:45

The Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is an annual favorite. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 at the Holiday Inn Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach, boats of all sizes join in this parade. The parade begins at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and continues north through the coastal canals ending at Harbor Drive North. Come enjoy these beautifully lit boats as the participants compete for prizes in various size categories.

Twinkle in Tampa Bay Lighted Boat Parade | Saturday, Dec. 19 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.

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade & Band Blast | Wednesday, December 31, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ybor City, Tampa | along East 7th Avenue

The official Outback Bowl parade and pep rally features floats, college cheerleaders and more than 20 marching bands. Free family-friendly event. Sponsored by United Healthcare, Budweiser, 970 WFLA, 93.3FLZ Radio, 620 WDAE and the City of Tampa.IMG_2538

Tree Lightings & Holiday Lights

Centro Ybor Tree Lighting Ceremony | Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Centro Ybor, 1600 East 7th Avenue

Start the holiday countdown with Santa as we light the 34’ tree in Centro Ybor! Each year we take time to recognize a local children’s charity and give children their first gifts of the season. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate from Hamburger Mary’s. Bring your camera for photo opportunities with Santa by the tree. Listen to the sounds of the season with live carolers and performers.

Festival of Trees |  Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22
The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., 727-797-8712

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$5 | Festival of Trees, has become renowned in the Tampa Bay area as a holiday festival in a family-centered fantasy land, and a signature event supporting The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. Discover over 125 exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths and countless decorations created by local artists, businesses and community leaders, all perfect for holiday giving or keeping! Enjoy holiday music and songs, live entertainment and visits with Santa while strolling around. Get creative in Santa’s Children’s Village where little ones can create holiday crafts and special memories to take home.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, November 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Petersburg, North Straub Park, 300 NE to 400 Bayshore D/NE

Free | Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s holiday kick-off celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown holiday Christmas Tree and lights on Friday, November 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy on stage entertainment provided by Musicstars and the St. Petersburg Community Band. Children will also enjoy the entertainment and interactive games. Food concessions available. Blanket seating. Free to the public. Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation in North Straub Park. For more information, call (727) 893-7441.

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 27 – December 31, 2015 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Largo, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd.

Suggested donation $4 (13 years and older)Sponsored by Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, Inc., Bright House and the Tampa Bay Times; Holiday Lights in the Gardens every evening. The tradition array of light-lines paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus. 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 make the Holiday Lights a success.

Kresge Mega Light Display | Opens on Friday, November 27 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 a previous 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 | Via Facebook:Due to an unfortunate turn of events, we will not be operating this year. We will return in 2016 at a new location on Dover Rd in Dover, FL.”

Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony | Friday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Downtown Tampa, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Attend Tampa’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the dynamic sounds of the Late Night Brass.  The evening will also include a Christmas Market and free movie in the park featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Wilderness Wonderland, Celebration of Lights – Drive Thru Event | ThursdaySunday, December 10 – 13, 2015 and December 17 – 20, Gates open 6:00 p.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., Port Richey, 34655 pasco

$2 fee/car | Drive thru and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday season in the great outdoors. There will be a display of dancing lights coordinated to popular festive Holiday music. (727) 861-3033

Holiday Events

Symphony in Lights | nightly, from 6-9 pm, November 14 through Dec. 31
Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

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The Shops at Wiregrass invites you to the November 14th Premiere of the ALL NEW Symphony in Lights holiday extravaganza presented by Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel! Join us for the tree lighting celebration and Santa’s Arrival on November 14th from 5-9pm. Enjoy a lively array of dancing lights, dazzling décor, and snow, too! Symphony in Lights is an amazing holiday light show, choreographed to music featuring the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and BRAND NEW selections from you, our guests. Free entertainment for the entire family. Music by Late Night Brass. A holiday celebration you won’t want to miss.

Ybor Community Holiday Decorating Day | Sunday, November 15 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Headquarters at Reservoir Bar, 1518 E 7th Ave, Ybor

Come help spread the holiday cheer throughout the district by participating in the annual Community Holiday Decorating Day! Each year over 100 volunteers come together to set the stage by hanging holiday décor on all the lamp posts thought out the district. T-shirts and a light breakfast will be provided!

Christmas Under the Oaks | Sunday, November 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., 727-725-1414

Join us November 15, 2015 for the 39th Annual Christmas Under the Oaks. North Pinellas Woman’s Club presents the annual Christmas Under the Oaks Arts & Crafts show at beautiful, waterfront Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater, Florida. Show proceeds benefit community scholarships, grants, and projects. Gates open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $2 donation, kids under 12 free.

Holidays at the Village | November 28 -January 3, (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Closed Christmas, 1/1), 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 | every day from Dec. 1–23, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily
Tampa, Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Boulevard

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 seniors and $9 youths (4-18 years) | Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel during the Henry B. Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll. During the Victorian Christmas Stroll, visitors explore the museum transformed by Christmas trees ranging in height from a few inches to more than 14 feet, 40,000 lights and hundreds of feet of garland. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, hand-painted ballet pointe shoes and fanciful ornaments. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. Guests can enjoy live music each evening from 6–8 p.m.
The museum will host a number of special performances during the Victorian Christmas Stroll. Included are:

  • Dec. 1: Member Appreciation Day, Bay Voices choir 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 12: Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 13: Bits ‘n Pieces Puppet Theater 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: Music in the Museum 11 a.m.

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs | Friday, December 4 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!

Christmas in the Country  | Saturday, December 5 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tampa, Cracker Country, Florida State Fairgrounds 4700 Orient Rd.

$7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children (6-12), children 5 years old and younger will be admitted for free. Parking: Enter the Fairgrounds via MLK. $6.00 per vehicle — Cash Only. Park near Gate 2 (Cracker Country entrance). |Bring the family for a great day experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of an old fashion country Christmas. Learn how the holiday traditions of the 19th century differ from those of the 21st through hands-on historical interpretations, crafts, carols, traditional decorations and more!

Snowfest – A Real Snow Event | December 5 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 on December 5, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating, and more.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer | Saturday, December 12, (1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.)
Tampa, The Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes PlaceRudolphShowpage

Tickets from $20-$45.50. | The beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Fun for the whole family!

Annual Victorian Christmas at the 1883 | December 18th and 29th, 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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$14.00 Adults, $6.00 Children | Tour the Safford House with the Safford family and friends beautifully decorated for the holidays in grand Victorian style. Enjoy live musical entertainment, refreshments and a festive holiday gift shop. Take a photo with our Victorian Santa! Children will enjoy making crafts, singing carols and so much more! Start a new family tradition with the Saffords!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens | Christmas Town is open 20 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

bgholidaypicUnwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens® Tampa transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than a million twinkling lights for 20 select dates from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31.

Christmas Train Ride |Sat Nov 28 10am – 4pm, Sun Nov 29 Noon – 4pm, Sat Dec 12 10am – 4pm, Sun Dec 13 Noon – 4pm, Sat Dec 19 10am – 4pm, Sun Dec 20 Noon – 4pm

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.

Outback Bowl Beach Day  | Wednesday, December 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave.

Free | Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After Beach Day stick around for Sunsets at Pier 60 featuring artisans, music and more while you watch the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Noon Year’s Eve | 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. The party starts 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. Monday – Saturday: 10-9, Sunday: 11-6

Signing Santa Day | November 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tampa, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd

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. Reindeer break from 2 to 3 p.m.

Sensitive Santa | December 6 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tampa, Westshore Plaza, 250 WestShore Plaza

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Other pictures with Santa opportunities available at Westshore Mall during regular mall hours.

Pet Photos with Santa | December 6, 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 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! Photos with Santa: $10 suggested donation, More info: 813-876-4150

Pictures with Santa at Wiregrass | November 14-December 24, 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 14th – December 24th.  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

Donuts with Santa | Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 9:00-11:00 am

Sky Zone Tampa, 10137 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619

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$10 | Come join Tampa Bay Moms Blog at Sky Zone Tampa for a morning of fun!

There will be donuts, sweets for the parents, OJ, Coffee, Crafts, jumping and of course the Jolly Ol’ Man himself Santa with be there for pictures and story telling!

Breakfast with Santa |Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:00am
Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Rd , Largo, FL 33370

$6 | Santa is making his list and checking to see if you will join him for breakfast! Santa’s helpers will be serving up delicious food, helping with crafts and taking pictures. Santa will be there for photo opportunities!

Ice Skating

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park | 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 5 & 6, 9 through 13, and 17 through 23
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.

Skating at Wiregrass | November 13-January 3, during mall hours
Wesley Chapel, Center Court at The Shops at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100

Cost:  $10.00 plus tax for 30 minutes (skates included in price of admission) | Synthetic Ice-Skating
Open Mall Hours Please contact Synthetic Ice Concepts for additional information or to book a party. 727-222-3022 / [email protected]

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice | November 20 and running through January 3, hours vary
Tampa, 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa

$12/90 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, 1718 W. Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 (new location!)
(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

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 14 – December 23, 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For almost 30 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 26, starting at 7:00 a.m.
Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Avenue, Clearwater, FL

ttheader2015An 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.

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

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5 Responses to 2015 Holiday Guide to Tampa Bay

  1. Bronwyn Fowler November 13, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Promise Love Foundation’s Pictures With Santa! For $25 families can get their photo with Santa and be sent the digital files after the event. We’re having people sign up for timeframes to avoid lines so come join us and get a treat for the kids while supporting adoption this holiday season!

  2. Beatriz Maxson November 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    I love shopping local for the holidays and supporting small businesses! Great Explorations Chldren’s Museum (non-profit hands-on museum that donates over $750k in services to the community/year) and Sunken Gardens (100 year old botanical garden and living museum) are teaming up on Dec. 10th from 4-8pm with local boutiques featuring items for everyone on your list – from mom and dad, to kids, and even pets. Free champagne, treats and gift wrap provided as well!

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