2016 Guide to Holiday Events and Shows in Tampa Bay

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Christmas in the Wild | November 25th & 26th, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23 and 26-30 | Open until 10pm

The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo this holiday season! Be immersed in a festival of lights shining brightly. Encounter amazing animals at night, enjoy Christmas carolers and live entertainment, and marvel at the skills of artisans. Sample holiday treats and seasonal refreshments at our Christmas Lodge. Visit Santa, and have a merry and memorable evening at this magical holiday event in the unique setting of the Zoo at night.

Babies First Christmas | Babies R Us | November 5th, 12th and 19th |10-11am

Join Us on the Saturday corresponding to your baby’s birth month so you can meet other local parents with babies the same age. (Can’t make your date? Feel free to come to one you can! Siblings welcome, too.) Participate in fun, free holiday activities including turning a Koala Baby bodysuit into baby’s first “ugly Christmas sweater” and creating Baby’s First Wish List. Plus, find great gift ideas and more! Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Sponsored by Pampers.

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Christmas Under the Oaks |  November 13th | 9-4pm

Christmas Under the Oaks is a traditional holiday season opener.  This fundraising event will be held at beautiful, waterfront Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater, Florida. The show runs from 9-4pm, and features over 150 artists, crafters, and food vendors.  

Festival of Trees | November 18th – November 20th |  9-5pm

Hosted by the Arc Foundation, the Festival of Trees has become renowned in the Tampa Bay area as a holiday festival in a family centered fantasyland. 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.

Santa’s Workshop at MOSI | Begins November 25th and runs through January 3, 2017 | 7-10pm |

Stop by MOSI’s Idea Zone as it transforms into a toy workshop

where visitors will use their creativity and building skills to create imaginative toys to give to family and friends. The Idea Zone® is included with MOSI admission.

Holidays at the Village | November 26th- December 31st |  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Closed December 25 and January 1

Located in Pinellas County, come enjoy the beautifully adorned 1907 House of Seven Gables, and garland and greenery throughout the Village.

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball | Barnes & Noble Brandon December 9th | 7pm

Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways.

Santa’s Holiday Workshop December 17th | 11am

Come and join Center Place Brandon for a fun day filled with decorating cookies, crafts and a visit from Santa.


Holiday Shows

Brandon Ballet Presents The Nutcracker | Barnes & Nobles | November 13 | 1pm

Barnes & Noble is proud to welcome Brandon Ballet as they perform excerpts of The Nutcracker Ballet. Bring the family to see the performances (first performance at 1pm; second performance at 2pm), with a special reading of The Nutcracker and a meet and greet with the costumed characters

A Christmas Carol | December 2nd-18th | Times vary

Join the Carrolwood Players Theatre as they retell this classic holiday story.

A Starry Night 2016 | December 17th-18th | 3 pm and 7 pm

Join the Bay Area Chorale & Orchestra as we celebrate the holidays with 70+ voices, live orchestra, guest narrators, and holiday favorites from around the world!

Jingle Ball | December 17  | 7pm

Amalie Arena hosts the biggest touring concert of the year, stuffed with more pop talent than you can shake a sprig of holly at. 2016’s edition of the Jingle Ball is topped by Charlie Puth and Fifth Harmony.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve | December 18th  |  3pm and 7pm

This brand-new Trans Siberian Orchestra show has to be seen to be believed. The story is about a runaway girl who takes refuge in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve, and meets the Ghosts of Christmas, and learning her own worth in the meantime. They are bringing the show on the road for the first time at the Amalie Arena.

The Nutcracker | December 27 |  2 pm

An enchanting holiday classic performed by your local ballet company at the Carol Morsani Hall.






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