The Holidays in Tampa Bay

Find out the coolest holiday events in the Tampa Bay area
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Photo Credit: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

November 30, 2012 – December 23, 2012
Busch Gardens

Enjoy Busch Gardens’ Christmas celebration as they transform the park into a nighttime holiday wonderland. All of the rides will be open plus you can enjoy Santa’s House, Snow World, Sesame Street shows and other live entertainment, as well as seasonal food favorites.

The CW44 wants to help you get in the holiday spirit; that’s why we’re hosting a contest November 26, 2012 thru November 30, 2012 to win free tickets to this event! Find out more details HERE!

36th Annual Oakdale Christmas Light Display

November 23, 2012 – January 3, 2013
2719 Oakdale Street S., St. Petersburg, Florida

If you love the feeling and sight of Christmas lights, then this event is for you. This year’s light display is sure to be one of the best, featuring more items and lights than ever before. It will be up for the duration of the holiday season, so you can go whenever it’s convenient. The entire family can marvel at the incredible workmanship all for the unbeatable price of FREE. Checkout some of the past year’s displays here.

Santa Fest & Downtown Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Citrus Hixon Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Start the month off right by getting the whole family in the holiday spirit with holiday entertainment including make-n-take holiday crafts, hands-on games and activities, ice-skating, and a holiday parade. The parade starts at 11 am on Morgan Street and Kennedy Boulevard

Big Chanukah/Holiday Shopping Bazaar

Sunday, December 2, 2012 
Temple B’nai Israel
9:00 am – 2:oo pm

When we talk about the holidays, we can’t forget Hanukah! Come get all your holiday gifts and get in the Chanukah spirit with this shopping bazaar filled with jewelry, artwork, crafts, toys, home decor, and much more. There will also be food and vendors. What’s not to enjoy!

Art in the Park

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Centennial Park
9:00 am

This holiday event sponsored by the City of Tampa’s Parks and Recreations Department brings over 25 artists to Ybor City to showcase their works. There will also be live entertainment and several vendors.

The Nutcracker

December 6, 2012 – December 9, 2012
Polk Theater 

The Nutcracker is a winter tradition and holiday favorite. This year, check out the Florida Dance Theater’s rendition at the Polk Theater in Lakeland, Florida. Public performances are on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm. There will also be a special children’s performance on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10:00 am

Snow Fest Sarasota

December 14, 2012- December 23, 2012
Sarasota Fairgrounds

Sarasota’s annual event features plenty of cool activities like tubing, snow slides, and a bounce house. There will also be special guests, including Santa Claus and Frosty! This will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

Tampa Bay Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday December 15, 2012
HCC Dale Mabry Campus
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

You can come out to this family-friendly event that is also a good way to help others during the holiday season (not to mention working off those extra pounds from Thanksgiving). In addition to the 5K or 1 mile route, there will also be a holiday costume contest, kids activities, a Santa chase, and other kinds of food and entertainment. Check-in for the run begins at 7:30 am.

2013 New Year’s Eve Toast

December 31, 2012
Channelside Bay Plaza
9:00 pm

End the year right with lots of fun as Channelside hosts its annual New Year’s Eve party with food, live entertainment, and fireworks. It can be your last great hurrah before you make your resolution to party less!

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