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With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to make your next date night as festive as possible. And what better way to celebrate while spending time together than to find and enjoy the best holiday lights in Tampa? Here’s our guide to find some of the best light shows and boat parades in Tampa Bay!

Check out Tampa’s Boat Parades and Light Shows!

Treasure Island Boat Parade

  • December 14, 2018
  • The Club at Treasure Island from 6:20pm to 8:20pm
  • Pre-parade party with live DJ, food, beverages and Santa visit

Tarpon Spring Christmas Parade

  • December 15, 2018
  • Starting at 10am
  • Manatee Plaza to Spring Bayou

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade

  • December 15, 2018
  • Starts at 1pm
  • Includes floats, old-fashioned cars, a Santa visit and more
  • Free

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

  • December 15, 2018
  • Starts at 7pm

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade

  • December 16, 2018
  • Starts at 6pm
  • From Tom Stuart Causeway to Caddy’s Pub

Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

  • December 22, 2018
  • Tampa Riverwalk at 6:30pm to 9pm
  • Also visit Curtis Hixon Winter Village

Holiday Light Boat Parade on Victory Ship

  • December 22, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm
  • View the Parade of Lights aboard the American Victory Ship
  • Tickets are $12 per person

Wonderland Of Lights

  • Through December 29, 2018
  • Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
  • Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm

Christmas Trail

  • December 14-16 and December 20-23
  • Thursday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 10pm
  • South Frontage Road in Plant City
  • Features trail of lights, snow, ice show, laser tag and more

Holiday Lights in the Garden

  • Through December 30, 2018
  • Florida Botanical Gardens from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Suggested donation $5
  • Entertainment most nights and pets are welcome

Symphony In Lights

  • Through December 31, 2018
  • The Shops at Wiregrass from 6pm to 9pm
  • Nightly shows on the hour

Lights Of Lake Park

  • Through December 31, 2018
  • Lake Park Estates subdivision from 6pm to 10pm
  • Drive through light show

River Of Lights Holiday Cruise

  • Select nights through December 30, 2018
  • Water taxi cruise departing from Tampa Convention Center
  • includes cookies, hot chocolate and carols

Waterfront Lights and Display

  • Through January 1, 2019
  • Vinoy Park, Al Lang Park, Albert Whitted Park, Pioneer Park, North Straub Park  and South Straub Park in St Petersburg
  • ice skating, giant holiday greeting cards, holiday movies in the park, pedestrians only
  • Free

Celebration of Lights

  • Through December 23, 2018
  • At the Concourse in Spring Hill
  • Sunday to Thursday 6pm-9pm; Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm
  • $10 per carload

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights

  • Through December 24, 2018
  • Friday through Sunday at 6:30pm or 8:30pm
  • BYOB event

Christmas Lane

  • Through December 24, 2018
  • Florida Strawberry Festival grounds in Plant City
  • Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm
Christmas Lane Facebook Page

Oakdale Christmas Display

  • Through January 3, 2019
  • Oakdale Street in St Petersburg from 6pm to 10pm
  • Free

Holiday Lights In Largo Central Park

  • Through January 1, 2019
  • Largo Central Park from 6pm to 11pm
  • Park admission free, rides $5 per rider
  • Ferris wheel, carousel, concessions

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

  • Through December 31, 2018
  • Busch Gardens during park hours
  • included with admission
  • Winter Village, multiple holiday light walk-throughs


Haven’t had enough of the holiday fun? Try checking out Celebrate the Holidays in Tampa Bay: Holiday Events, Lights and More! and A Holiday Date Night at Busch Gardens Christmas Town!


Feature Image Credit: thetampariverwalk.com

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