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Fun Holiday & Christmas Events for Tampa Bay Area Families

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Christmas Trees are in full bloom! It’s a great time to plan your family’s day and weekend outings during this festive season. There are so many Holiday events to choose from around the Tampa Bay area that you’re sure to find something to entertain each member of your family!

Below you will find some of our top picks for Holiday events to enjoy with your family. We list smaller events on our calendar and they capture just about every city in the Tampa Bay area. We have also included some favorite Holiday events outside of the Tampa Bay area.

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1. Holiday Ice Skating Around Tampa Bay

2. Places to Take Pictures with Santa around Tampa Bay




1. Pancakes, PJ’s & Putt-Putt (2nd Annual)

December 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Plantation Palms Golf Club23253 Plantation Palms Boulevard
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 United States

Join Family-Friendly Tampa Bay for a delicious pancake breakfast with your family on Saturday, December 7th at 8AM or 10AM. Feel free to come dress up in your favorite pj’s for a fun holiday event. Meet Santa, enjoy free crafts, miniature golf and more  […] Find out more »

Kids 3 & under eat & play FREE. Get your tickets here!



2. Enchant at Tropicana Field

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Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

November 22- December 29, 2019

Come experience the  World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market. Enter a luminescent land of larger-than-life sculptures as snow gently falls all around you.

Come enjoy:

  • Ice Skating Trail: Glide on a river of silvery ice through spectacular, larger-than-life light displays. Ice skate rentals are available on-site and come in all sizes – elf to adult.
  • Photo w/ Santa: Feel free to take pictures on your phone or camera
  • Christmas Market: Over 40 local artisans for holiday shopping
  • Dining: Food and holiday drinks that you’ll love

Tickets: Varies. Please visit website for more information.

3. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Photo courtesy: Busch Gardens

Christmas Town will run from Nov. 16, 2019 – Jan. 6, 2020

Cost: Included in admission 

Christmas Town is open until 10 p.m. on most dates.

Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town, where Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into a holiday wonderland of entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than two million twinkling lights. Come meet Santa and enjoy the most popular thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury™ Cobra’s Curse and more.




4. Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at  Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue

Cost: Included in daytime admission or zoo membership

November 29, 30 |  December 6-7, 13-15, 20-23 • Open til 10 p.m.

Celebrate Christmas with the animals! The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at ZooTampa at Lowry Park Zoo this holiday season! Enjoy the festival of lights shining brightly across the entire zoo. 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 their 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.



5. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Photo Credit: Winter Village

November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Cost: Free Admission. Ice Skating tickets is an additional fee. 

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Open daily through January 5, 2019. Come enjoy the lights, the playground, The shops and café area featuring specialty goods, food and drink for purchase. The ice rink requires paid admission to skate and for ice skating rentals. Learn more about Winter Village. 


6. SnowFest in Downtown St. Petersburg

Saturday, December 7
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sixty-five tons of snow are expected to fall in North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Join the fake snow fun from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. $5 Wristbands for kids to enjoy activities including 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.


7. 27th Annual Winter Wonderland in Clearwater

200 N Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater, Florida 33755

Dates: Wednesday- Sunday, December 7- 22, 2019 from 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free, however there may be a small fee for rides and food purchase.

Winter Wonderland is a complete Christmas village with lights, an entertainment stage, photos with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, a hot chocolate shop, a petting zoo, pony rides, playground, a Bouncy House, a Giant Slide and the Holiday Express Train!The event takes place at the corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Drew Street.





8. LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular


November 29-30, and December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-31, 2019

LEGOLAND,1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Cost: Included in the price of admission

Ring in the holiday season with a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, festive decorations, a life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, holiday-themed scavenger hunts with prizes, and opportunities to build with LEGO alongside our Master Model Builders. Meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier during daily park appearances and end the evening with a not-so-silent-night fireworks spectacular set to classic Christmas melodies.


9. ICE! featuring The Polar Express – Gaylord Palms 

November 25, 2019-January 5, 2020

6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Cost: Ranges from $14.99-$28.99 per child/adult. Discount Tickets Available
Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays.  Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree.  Everything is hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice!

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