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. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Photo courtesy: Busch Gardens

Christmas Town will run for 20 select dates from November 25 & 26, December 2-3, 9-11 & 16-31, 2016.

Cost: Included in admission or Annual pass/Fun card

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.

Guests will also have the opportunity to ride some of Busch Gardens, meet Santa,  take photos with Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at the all-new Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland located in Celestial Crossing.   ’ most popular thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury™ and the newest family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse.  Christmas Town is included with any Busch Gardens pass membership, Fun Card or daily admission.Play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the beloved story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to life.


2. Christmas in the Wild at Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue

Cost: Included in daytime admission or zoo membership

November 25-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23 and 26-30, 2016 • Open til 10 p.m.

The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at Tampa’s 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.


3. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park


November 18- December 25, 2016

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

Cost: Ranges

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 December 25th Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm-9:00pm Fridays: 4:00pm-10:00pm Saturdays: 10:00am-10:00pm.


4. Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad Christmas Train Ride

christmas train

November 26 & 27, December 10 & 11 and December 17 & 18, 2016. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake r Brooksville, FL 34610

Cost: $6.00

Bring your family out for an old fashioned train ride for Christmas. Santa will be here, too. Food vendors will be on hand to provide food for purchase.



5. 35th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at Henry B. Plant Museum 


DEC. 1-23, 2016, 10 A.M. TO 8 P.M.

Henry B. Plant Museum,401 W Kennedy Blvd,Tampa, FL

Cost:$15 for adults, $13 seniors & $9 youths (4-18 years)

Come visit the Christmas exhibit at Henry B. Plant Museum as it is fully decorated to celebrate the Christmas season. Carolers sing everyday at 6 p.m., and warm apple cider and cookies are served to visitors on the museum veranda.

Discount Days (Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13)



6. Tampa Bay’s Wonderland of Lights


Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover, FL 33527

November 24 – December 31, 2016

Open Sunday – Thursday, 6-9 pm to Friday & Saturday 6 to 10 pm

Cost: $20-$75 per vehicle

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 and stroll through

Santa’s Village that will be filled with entertainment, food, vendors, the North Pole Express, Train Ride, Pony & Wagon rides, and much more.


7. Florida State Fair Grounds Christmas in the Country

December 10, 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $8 for adults, $7 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).

Go back in time and experience an old fashion country Christmas in the heart of Tampa. Learn how the holiday traditions of the 19th century differ from those of the 21st through hands-on historical interpretations, Holiday crafts and ornament making and exploring historical structures.


8. LEGOLAND Christmas Bricktacular


December 17-18, 24 -30, 2016

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 A Charlie Brown Christmas – Gaylord Palms 


November 18, 2016-January 1, 2017

6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Cost: Ranges
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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