Family Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

Family Friendly Holiday Events in Tampa Bay

Exciting holiday events are happening all around the Tampa Bay Area this time of year. From ice skating to light shows to flying Santas… this list holds a great selection of family friendly events throughout the month:

Candy Cane Acres
Friday, Nov 29 – Saturday Dec 21, 6pm-10pm
The Christmas event includes Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children’s games, Santa’s workshop and a Florida-style sleigh ride. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. Admission: $10 per carload which includes 10 free tickets, which can be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each.
Hernando County Fairgrounds | 352-796-4552 | 6436 Broad St. Brooksville

Ice Palace at International Plaza
Tuesday, Dec 3 – Tuesday, Dec 24, 10am
International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show, snow globes, glistening icicles and footage from BBC Earth’s Frozen Planet. Ice Palace entertainment includes roaming snow princess characters, visits with Santa and family photos on an ice throne. Admission: Free.
International Plaza | 2223 M West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
Wednesday, Dec 4 – Jan 5, 4pm
Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 5. Admission: $10.
Curtis Hixon Park | 600 N Ashley Dr. Tampa 33602

Symphony in Lights
Thursday, Dec 5- Tuesday Dec 31, 6pm-9pm
A holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Admission: Free.
The Shops at Wiregrass | 28211 Paseo Dr., Wesley Chapel, 33543

Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Dec 6, 6pm
Festivities begin with music by the Late Night Brass, a  Secret Santa Giveaway and the countdown to tree lighting with the mayor. Afterward, there will be a free showing of National Lampoon’s  Christmas Vacation. Visitors are asked to bring a teddy bear that will be donated to children. Admission: free.
Curtis Hixon Park | 600 N Ashley Dr. Tampa 33602

Second Annual Tampa Christmas Market
Friday, Dec 6, 5pm & Satruday Dec 7, 11am
Held in conjunction with Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Fest, the event features booths of artisans, gift and craft vendors. Admission: free.
Curtis Hixon Park | 600 N Ashley Dr. Tampa 33602

Free Christmas Celebration Concert
Friday, Dec 6 – Sunday, Dec 8, Fri 7pm, Sun 4pm
Classical Christmas Carols
Hyde Park United Methodist Church | 813-253-5388 | 500 W. Platt St. Tampa |

Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival
Friday, Dec 6, 6pm-9pm
The Christmas celebration includes a DJ, Smokey Bear’s house, Christmas carolers, a performance by John Leggio’s dance troupe, a cakewalk and an appearance by Santa Claus. There will be children’s games and activities, a silent auction and food vendors. Admission: Free.
Ridge Manor | Sunrise Plaza | 352-796-0697 |

Annual Festival of Trees Craft Show
Friday, Dec 6 – Saturday, Dec 7
The annual event, sponsored by the GFWC Brooksville Woman’s Club and St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, includes an array of vendors, decorated trees, photos with Santa, food, musical entertainment, storytelling and other activities. The church kitchen will be open. Admission: Free
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Brooksville | 352-796-6026 | 20428 Cortez Blvd.

Town N’ Country Holiday
Friday, Dec 6, 5pm
Enjoy all the holiday favorites including, a tree lighting and Santa Claus, with music from Bay Crest and Davis Elementary Schools.  Admission: Free.
Town N’ Country | 7606 Paula Dr., Tampa, 33615

A Carrollwood Christmas
Saturday, Dec 7, 3pm
This charity fundraiser for Toys for Tots will feature specialty vendors, live music performances, an outdoor theater, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a one-night only performance of Somebody Stole Christmas, a Christmas themed mystery dinner show boasting a 3-course meal. Free admission.
Empress Tea Room and Bistro | 12924 N Dale Mabry, Tampa 33618

Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, Dec 7, 10am-8pm
Ethnic Food, Arts & Crafts
Polish American Club | 727-857-3931 | 4616 Darlington Rd.

Christmas Tour Of Homes
Saturday, Dec 7, 4pm-9pm
Advance Tickets $12
First United Methodist Church NPR | 727-842-7674 5901 | Indiana Avenue
New Port Richey

Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 7 8am-10:30am
Beef O’Brady’s Fishhawk Location | 813-731-0269 | 6773 Fishhawk Blvd. Lithia

Sensory Friendly Santa
Saturday, Dec 7, 9am-3pm
Free event
Hillsborough County Bar Association | 813-892-5601 | 1610 N. Tampa St.

Sensory Friendly Santa
Saturday, Dec 7, 9am-3pm
Free event
Hillsborough County Bar Association | 813-892-5601 | 1610 N. Tampa St.

Wild Wonderland
Saturday, Dec 7-Monday, Dec 30, 6:30pm
The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 for the annual evening winter festival on select nights with live reindeer, an ice slide, a million twinkling lights, rides, games and holiday treats. New this year, stroll the Treats & Treasures Hometown Village and an array of shops.
Lowry Park Zoo | 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
Sunday, Dec 8, 5:30pm
Watch the parade from land or bring boats, canoes, paddle boards or kayaks to the Lowry Park Boat Ramp and be a part of the evening on the river. The parade will go up river to Sulphur Springs Park where the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood Association holds a party to welcome the parade.
Lowry Park | 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa, 33604

Fly with Santa
Sunday, Dec 8, Dec 15 & Dec 22, 12pm
Kids can see Santa fly without using reindeer as they bounce with him on trampolines. Admission: $16.95
Airheads Trampoline Arena | 5072 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa

Joe-Ho-Ho Lunchtime Concert Series
Friday, Dec 13, 11am
Have a festive Friday lunch in downtown tampa with food trucks, Toys For Tots and holiday music from the Rampello Downtown Partnership School Orchestra. Admission: Free.
Joe Chillura Courthouse Square | Kennedy Blvd. and Morgan St., Tampa, 33602

Presents for Primates
Friday, Dec 13, 11:00am
Watch zoo primates open specially wrapped presents given them by zoo staff. The presents contain enrichment items: dried cereal, peanuts, fruit, peanut butter, children books, stuffed animals, blankets, and clothing. Included with daily admission.
Lowry Park Zoo | 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

Snow on 7th Holiday Parade
Saturday, Dec 14, 6pm
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his family lead a parade of 14 marching bands, horse drawn carriages performert to turn historic Ybor City into a winter wonderland including snow. It all takes place on Seventh Avenue between 14th and 20th streets.Admission: Free.
Snow on Seventh District | Seventh Ave. between 15th and 17th Streets, Tampa, 33602

Avalon Aglow
Saturday, Dec 14, 5pm-8pm
Local music, food, pictures with Santa
Avalon Park West | 813-364-4918 | 5227 Autum Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel

Christmas Train Ride
Saturday, Dec 14 & Dec 21, 10am-4pm
$3 donation, Bring camera
Crews Lake Wilderness Park | 727-267-7161 | Shady Hills Rd. |

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec 14, 9am
Tickets Purchased at the door $12 per child, $15 per adult
MOSI | 813-987-6000 | 4801 E. Fowler Ave |

Ugly Sweater Party
Sunday, Dec 15, 2pm
Don your most appallingly hideous apparel for the Ugly Sweater contest (judging at 5:30 p.m.), with prizes for ugly adult and dog sweater pairings, plus ”yappy hour” drink specials, live entertainment at pet-friendly and family-friendly party. Admission: Free.
Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk | 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

Christmas Card Lane
Tuesday, Dec 17, 6:30pm
Come to opening night for this week-long holiday card display featuring entertainment and refreshments. Admission: Free.
Lutz Community Center | 98 First Ave. NW, Lutz, 33549

Elf Party
Friday, Dec 20, 6:30pm
Bring the family, blankets and chairs for an outdoor showing of Elf on the Riverwalk, with drink specials, snack bar, candy bar, and Sail Grill menu items available for purchase. Admission: Free
Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk | 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 3360

Noon Year’s Eve
Tuesday, Dec 31, 9:30am
Count down to noon with Radio Disney to celebrate the New Year with the entire family. Activities include games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays and more. Kids get to blow noisemakers, wear hats and toast in the Noon Year with juice. Included with regular zoo admission.
Lowry Park Zoo | 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604








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