Holiday Lights Around Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo and more!
Some of our favorite things to do during the holiday season is to go see the holiday lights with the family. There are so many locations across the Tampa Bay area that offers a great way to experience the Holiday Lights in 2018.
Check out our top list of places below.
More Holiday Articles:
1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is transforming into a world of winter wonder for their Christmas in the Wild event! For 18 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique, but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night. From the sights of stunning lights, the seasonal smells of holiday treats, the excitement of festive entertainment and the magic of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a uniquely immersive holiday experience.
New: Holiday Mini Sessions with an iconic zoo animal. Get your tickets before they are sold out!
Dates: Nov. 23- Dec. 30, 2018 on select nights.
Lights and activities start at 4 p.m. and the Zoo closes at 9 p.m. on most days. Some closures are at 8 p.m.
Cost: Included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership.
303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, Charlie Grimes Building at the Florida Strawberry Festival.
They will have many light displays, food, carnival rides, a Kidzone that will include letters to Santa, face painting, and ornaments, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos every night except Christmas Eve. There will also have Living Nativities each Thursday and Saturday night during which area churches will present a 30 minute living Nativity with live music, live animals, an outdoor set and an angel!
Live local entertainment every night and a children’s performer all but two nights of the event. Check out our Facebook page for updates.
Dates: November 23 – December 24, 2018 from 6-10pm from Thursday-Sunday
Cost: Admission tickets are $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 12 to 4, and free for those 3 and under.
Rides are a separate ticket.
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr. Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
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! Free entertainment for the entire family! A holiday celebration you won’t want to miss.
Dates: Nightly 6-9 p.m., November 10th through Dec. 31, 2018
4. Chick-fil-A Waters Ave. Holiday Lights & Performances
6299 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL
Chick-fil-A has a beautiful light display that they turn on every year for the Holiday Season. Stop in for a treat and enjoy the majestic lights, community performances and visit with Santa.
Dates: Dates coming soon. Holiday performances and Santa visits occur on select dates.
1602 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Take a family-friendly stroll through the shops at Hyde Park Village. Beautiful light displays and visits with Santa on select nights. Come visit Santa during the times listed on the calendar.
Dates: Lights are on at dark, Santa in the Village on select nights from Nov. 17- Dec. 24, 2018.
10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
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.
Dates: Nov. 16- Dec. 30, 2018. Park closing times will range from 10 pm to 1 am on select days. See exact hours for each day here.
Cost: Included in admission or Annual pass/Fun card
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover, FL 33527
The Wonderland of Lights is a Drive -Thru holiday light show that will surely amaze the young and the “young at heart”. Families will be able to park their cars at the end of the drive-thru experience and enjoy fun activities, pony rides, visit with Santa and many more holiday activities.
Dates: November 22 – December 29, 2018
Open Sunday – Thursday, 6-9 pm to Friday & Saturday 6 to 10 pm
Cost: $20-$75 per vehicle, plus cost for activities inside the park.
2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
The 2018 Oakdale Christmas Light Displays is among the best in the U.S. and Tampa Bay. Holiday Light Display features over half a million lights, including, a 70-foot-tall Christmas tree, more than 700 animated or moving objects, manger scene with more than 150 pieces and fun interactive displays.
The Oakdale Christmas light display has been featured HGTV and by the “Today Show” and has appeared on HGTV.
Dates: Friday, November 23, 2018 until January 3rd, 2019 6:00 -10:00 p.m.
9. River of Lights on the Pirate Water Taxi
Hop on the Pirate Water Taxi for Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration. View festive decorations, lighted bridges and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. River of Lights features whimsical narration, Christmas Carolers, hot chocolate and a holiday cookie for all! There is no better way to experience the Holidays in Tampa!
Dates: Select dates from Nov. 30-Dec. 30th
Cruise Length: 45 minutes
Ticket Prices: https://www.piratewatertaxi.com/events/river-of-lights-2018/
101 Central Park Dr,Largo, FL 33771
Gather at Largo Central Park for a stroll through the beautiful lights and entertainment. Enjoy a variety of crafts and activities throughout the month for all ages. Concession available each night. $5 for rides.
Dates: Nightly, Nov. 22, 2018- January 1, 2019 from 6-11 p.m.
Stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburgs waterfront and see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks. Don’t miss the Giant Greeting Card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens at St. Petersburgs Recreation Centers.
Dates: Nightly, usually the end of November until – January 1st.
2837 South Frontage Road, Plant City, FL 33556
Christmas Trail is a lighted walking trail ‘Tales of Christmas’ with over 1/4 mils of walking trail of over 150,000 lights. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment on select nights, a 25ft tall Christmas Tree, face painting, nightly snowfall, Christmas characters and much more. There will also be a Jack Frost Ice Palace and Ice Show with Live Snow!
Dates: Open December: 7,8,9,14,15,16,20,21,22,23 from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, However you must register on their website for free tickets in order to attend. $5 for parking.
NE Corner of Ft. Harrison Ave. & Drew St, Downtown Clearwater, Florida
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!
Dates: Saturday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, Times: 6 – 9 pm, Wed through Sun
Cost: Free, Small charge for some rides and refreshments.
12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL
Take a nice stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens to see the beautiful holiday lights. There will be 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.
Dates: November 23 to December 30, 2018, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation $5 (13 years and older)
Lake Park Estates, 102nd Ave & 109 Ave N, Seminole, FL 33777
The neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, generously decorate their homes and yards with over 3.0 miles of Christmas Lights and Decorations for the public to enjoy. Donations are accepted at the Suncoast Hospice Cart located along the route 100% of money donated goes to support their community activities.
Dates: Dec.1-31, 2018, daily from 6-9 p.m.
2302 N Dover Rd, Dover, Florida 33527
Our winter event features a ¼-mile walking trail through the shimming lights dancing to music. Walk at your own pace and stop as often as you like. Enjoy Winterland full of blue and white lights, penguins, bears, old man winter and other favorite scenes. Don’t miss the Nativity scene and Star of David in our religious area. Who can miss Santa and the reindeer in the Christmas area? Rest on one of the many benches conveniently placed along the trail or take selfies at one of our photo stops. Get in the holiday mood with seasonal music and themed areas.
Dates: November 24 to December 23, 2018, open Thursday-Sunday, Open at dark until 10pm.
Cost: $6 per person, ages 3 and under are free
Want to know of these events as they come up? Sign up for our weekend newsletter and we will let you know whats happening every weekend.
Check out our Community Event Calendar for daily events.