Opportunites abound for things to do this holiday season in the Tampa Bay Area. Offered below are events with a purpose. You can have fun and benefit a charity at the same time. Sounds like a “win-win”. Get out your calendar and make holiday memories!
Annual Winter Wonder Ride
December 10th, 2016- The 6th Annual Winter Wonder Ride, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 2PM.
Get Frosty Tampa offers bicycle riders a chance to ride through downtown Tampa and along Bayshore Boulevard before returning to Curtis Hixon Park for the now-famous Post Ride Celebration. Snowman attire is strongly recommended. Proceeds go towards the purchase of bicycles for at-risk and foster kids throughout Tampa Bay this holiday season. www.813area.com/tampa/downtown-tampa/events/245660/the-5th-annual-winter-wonder-ride-2016.htm
8th Annual Ladies Christmas Tea Party and Brunch
Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 10:00am 8th Annual Ladies Christmas Tea Party and Brunch
Location: Bayanihan Arts and Events Center located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626. Expecting up to 500 women, this event will be honoring Ladies with Special Needs, 14 and up and their respective female caretakers. All proceeds of our event will go towards Night to Shine. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs.
Operation Christmas Gift
December 11th, 2016 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm –Christian Family Church, Central Park Village Youth Services and the Radiant Group, will be hosting the Annual Christmas Event: “Operation Christmas Gift”. This holiday festival includes gifts for all the children, cookies and hot chocolate, games, live entertainment and special prizes. With a special guest appearance by Santa Clause.
With thousands expected to attend this FREE event, local children and families surrounding Ybor and downtown Tampa will be benefited.
Jingle Bell Run
December 17th, 2016 at 7:30am join The Arthritis Foundation for the 2015 Jingle Bell Run at Yankee Steinbrenner Field Complex, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, FL 33614. This walk/run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.
Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members…. Be a Champion of Yes! http://jbr.org/tampa
Tampa Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race
December 18, 2016 from 7:30am to 11:30am starting at Channelside Bennigan’s at 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 race to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This USATF-certified even hits Tampa for the first time this year. For either the serious or the recreational runner, after the race you’ll be treated to a mug loaded with fondue and hot chocolate, pretzels, Rice Krispie treats, cookie straws and bananas. More than 4,000 pounds of chocolate are prepared for each race.
Registration is open until Thursday, December 15th, 2016. Cost for the 5K is $54.00 while the extended distance fee is $79.00. http://tampa.eventful.com/events/sweetest-race-town-tampa-hot-chocolate-15k-5k-roa-/E0-001-098255405-09
- Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a place for parents to stay when their children receive care away from home.
Christmas In The Attic
December 23, 2016, 7PM, Christmas In The Attic Benefiting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
Join Rock Brothers and The Attic for a Christmas Party and Jazz concert. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to place under the tree to donate to the children receiving care there during the holidays. With your donation, you will receive a complimentary craft beer in the venue. Participate in the Silent Auction to benefit this worthy charity. All ticket sales will benefit the hospital.
- This charity is dear to my heart as my son was a recipient of this toy drive when he was in the hospital. It was heartwarming to be remembered for Christmas even though we weren’t able to be home. These gifts give families comfort and help them to celebrate the season despite their surroundings.