Our Favorite 2022 Holiday Lights in Tampa Bay
Look no further, your guide to the best 2022 holiday lights in Tampa Bay is here! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than touring one of the city’s beautiful Christmas light displays.
Note: Events are updated as 2022 dates are announced and are listed in order of opening dates. Keep in mind that dates and events are subject to change, so always check with the event website before heading out the door.
November 13, 2022 through January 2, 2023
Enjoy park-wide festive fun at this award-winning holiday event. The park becomes filled with holiday cheer as it transforms into Christmas Town and guests can enjoy holiday traditions with a twist. Ride the Holly Jolly Express train, view millions of twinkling lights from the top of a roller coaster, visit Santa in his workshop, and spend time with Rudolph and his friends from the classic holiday movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Guests can also enjoy festive live shows and take part in special holiday dining and shopping. Theme park admission is required. buschgardens.com
Symphony in Lights at The Shops at Wiregrass
November 13, 2021 – December 31, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
Experience a reimagined Symphony in Lights! Dazzling new lights, holiday harmonies, and spectacular snowfalls are just part of the enchanting holiday events. The Tree Lighting Celebration on November 13th at 5 p.m. will kick off the festivities, and will feature live music by Late Night Brass, stilt walkers, costumed characters, talented balloon artists, and Santa’s arrival. Symphony in Lights will continue nightly from 6-9 pm. theshopsatwiregrass.com
Christmas Lights at the Chick-fil-A on Waters Ave in Tampa
November 15 – December 31, 2021, 6:00-10:00pm (2022 Dates TBD)
This Chick-fil-A store has a tradition of taking Christmas lights in Tampa to a whole new level and they’re back at it again with this year’s Christmas lights display. Even Santa comes to visit! Add this annual Tampa Bay Christmas light event to your family’s Christmas light holiday bucket list! Visit the store at 6299 W Waters Avenue, Tampa FL 33634.
Follow their Facebook page here for updates.
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa
November 18, 2022 – January 4, 2023
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The park sparkles with lights and festive holiday decorations. Guests can skate along downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink while taking in views of the Tampa River Walk. The Shops of Winter Village will feature five boutiques from local markets and the Icicle Craft Kitchen of Winter Village will serve up some seasonal holiday treats. Admission to the Winter Village is free, but some activities like ice skating require tickets.
Holiday Spectacular on the Tampa Riverwalk and Water Works Park
November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (2022 Dates TBD)
Take a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk among the festive holiday lights as the area transforms into a winter wonderland. Highlights include a 35-foot-tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, a holiday selfie station at the Pirate Water Taxi ticket booth, a floating gingerbread lighted display, and a lighted pine tree forest. Hotels, restaurants, and bars along the Riverwalk will also have festive lighted displays. thetampariverwalk.com
Winter Beach St. Pete at St. Pete Pier
November 20, 2021 – January 17, 2022 (2022 Dates TBD)
The St. Pete Pier is decorated and dazzling for the holidays and of course, there’s the Bending Arc that lights up year-round! Go ice-skating, play in the snow, and meet Santa at St. Pete Pier’s inaugural Christmas event. Didn’t get a chance to meet Santa in person? Write him a letter and pop it into the Winter Beach North Pole Mailbox.
Holiday Lights & Rides at Largo Central Park
November 24, 2022 – January 1, 2023
101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771
The annual family-friendly tradition at Largo Central Park will feature a spectacular holiday light display of over two million dazzling LED lights. Guests can also enjoy a stunning carousel and a seven-story Ferris wheel that offers breathtaking views of the lighted park.
Rides are $5 each or 5 for $20.
It is free to park and stroll among the sparkly Christmas lights.
Wonderland of Christmas Lights & Santa’s Christmas Village
November 25, 2022 – December 25, 2022
The International Market World, 1052 US-92 in Auburndale
This is a drive through Christmas lights event near Tampa! First, you and your family will drive through Christmas lights for a mile to experience spectacular lights, and next if you choose, after seeing the drive through Christmas lights you can make a visit at Santa’s Village at the end of the drive through Christmas lights! Santa’s Village features rides, entertainment, a visit with Santa, and Holiday activities for children and adults of all ages!
Temple Terrace Drive-Bay Lights Display
Beginning November 25, 2021, every evening from 6:00pm-11:00pm (2022 Dates TBD)
This neighborhood is one of the top areas to go see amazing holiday lights in Tampa Bay! The community has been hard at work putting together a display you can watch from your car. Tune to 95.5 FM as you approach to listen the music as its synchronized with the lights. Visit their Facebook page here for more.
Shimmering Lights Winter Festival at Sun Kissed Acres in Dover
November 26 – December 26, 6:30 – 9:30pm (2022 Dates TBD)
This is an outdoor walking trail that’s about 1/4 mile long, filled with shimmering lights, outdoor movies, games and holiday music. There will even be visits with Santa. Tickets are $7 for everyone 3 and older.
Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa
November 26, 2021 – December 30, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
Enjoy the magic of wildlife at night while celebrating the holiday season. The zoo will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland filled with lights, seasonal holiday treats and festive shows. There will be six illuminated zones of lights, two new light shows across the entire manatee circle, and a 30-foot Christmas tree with thousands of dancing lights.
Wander through the Ice Cavern in Africa as you’re surrounded by glowing lights. While you’re there, join Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for some reindeer games in Wallaroo, take a ride on the Candy Cane Carousel, decorate cookies at Mrs. Claus’s shop, and celebrate a Caribbean Christmas in Key West.
Be sure to make your way to Twinkle Town Marketplace to meet Santa and take a photo with him. The Animal Giving Tree, which is located next to the Binturong habitat, gives guests the chance to give a gift to the animals that call ZooTampa home.
Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field
November 25, 2022 – January 2, 2023
Become part of the magical story of “The Mischievous Elf” as you help save Christmas at the World of Enchant. Wander through the incredible dazzling display of lights, spin around on the ice-skating rink, and create some fun holiday crafts. Head over to Santa’s Landing to meet Santa himself. Nestled in a serene snowscape below a sky full of twinkling stars, it is an enchanting and memorable setting for a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. enchantchristmas.com
Raprager Family Farms Winter Festival and Christmas Extravaganza
Select dates November 26, 2022 – December 23, 2022
Raprager Family Farm is exploding with Christmas cheer! Lights and decorations blanket the farm. Go on a holiday hayride and take a picture inside a giant inflatable snow globe. Check out the lighted gingerbread village, hear stories from Mrs. Claus and pay a visit to Santa and take pictures with him at his workshop. In addition to holiday-themed attractions, there will be a petting zoo, corn pit, bounce pillow, and crop maze. While you are there, be sure to stop by the Sweet Shop for some warm cinnamon roasted nuts, hot cocoa, and Christmas fudge.
Christmas Under the Moon at HarvestMoon Fun Farm in Masaryktown
November 25th & 26th
December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 30th.
Head to HarvestMoon Fun Farm for their very first dazzling Christmas light display! You can also take a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane, visit with the animals in the petting farm, sip on some Hot Chocolate, munch on some Kettle Corn, and more!
Activities included with admission: Jumping Pillow, Petting Farm, Cow Train, Ball Zone, Hill Slide, Swings, Arts & Crafts, Photo Ops, and a NEW ATTRACTION, an enchanted hay ride.
Tickets are $10 per person for ages 3 and up. Kids ages 2 and under are free.
Christmas Lane in Plant City
Select nights from November 26, 2021 – December 24, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
The Florida Strawberry Festival fairgrounds is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland. Take in the wonder of the 1.5 million lights that adorn 200 Christmas trees from 4 to 40 feet. They will have rides, food, live entertainment, and a kids zone. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph will also be there to celebrate and take festive photos with guests.
Holiday Lights in The Gardens at The Florida Botanical Gardens
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
The gardens sparkle with one million LED lights that twinkle in a variety of bright colors. Vibrant laser lights and lighted figures are sure to wow guests of all ages. The Children’s Candy Cane Area will provide free kids crafts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.
The Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg
November 25, 2022- January 3, 2023
The house is located at 2719 Oakdale Street South, St. Petersburg, FL
Looking for a Christmas light display in St. Petersburg? Oakdale Christmas House in St. Pete offers an amazing walk through Christmas light experience that is bigger and better than before! You’ll be amazed by the Oakdale Christmas House’s half million twinkling lights which have been ranked as among the world’s best Christmas light displays!
Featured on both HGTV and The Today Show, this event is not to be missed.
Waterfront Lights in St. Petersburg
November 27, 2022 – January 2, 2023
Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting in North Straub park with Mayor Rick Kriseman and Santa! Stand along the pedestrian walkways at North and South Straub Parks in St Petersburg for this free light show on the water.
There will also be a Christmas lights and displays at Pioneer Park, Vinoy Park and the new St. Pete Pier.
Celebration of Christmas Lights 2021 in Shady Hills
Friday – Sunday nights, November 25, 2022 – December 18, 2022
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, December 21, 22, 23, 2022
11919 Alric Pottberg Rd., Shady Hills FL 34610
Enjoy great Christmas lights and holiday lights display in Port Richey! This Christmas light event takes place at the Concourse in Shady Hills in Pasco, a short Christmas light drive away from Tampa Bay! Take a ride on the Grand Concourse Railroad through the lighted Christmas Wonderland.
This Port Richey Christmas light event happens weeknights 6pm-9pm; Weekends 6pm-10pm.
River of Christmas Lights in Tampa with Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa
Select dates in November and December | Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is on December 17, 2022
Don’t miss this water taxi cruise to view Tampa’s Christmas lights and holiday decorations. The Christmas Light cruise departs from the Tampa Convention Center, and the Christmas Light cruise includes Holiday Christmas carols and visit with pirate elves! Write a letter to Santa and pop it in the North Pole buoy. There is also a special Christmas light cruise for the Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on December 17, 2022. Ticket booth is located at the Tampa Convention Center by the Tampa Marriott Waterside; you can enter PWT7 – Convention Center/Marriott Waterside, Tampa, FL 33602 into google maps. PirateWaterTaxi.com
Hyde Park Village Lights the Park
December 1 – December 26, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
Hyde Park Village in South Tampa will light up with beautiful lights along Snow Avenue. It’s a perfect hot cocoa strolling type of event for the entire family. The event is in support of Make a Wish sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital. hydeparkvillage.com
Victorian Christmas Stroll at Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa
December 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023
The Victorian Christmas Stroll is back for it’s 40th year! It’s the perfect way to step back into time at the Henry B Plant Museum and be dazzled by the beautifully decorated rooms, each with a different theme. This year, they will have a display of 40 vintage Santas in honor of 40 years. Take in the beauty of a 14′ Christmas tree and travel back in time to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. You just might be inspired by one of the beautiful trees! Face masks are required for all visitors as this is an indoor event. plantmusuem.com
St. Petersburg Drive By Christmas Lights Neighborhoods in Seminole, St. Pete
December 1 through December 31, 2021, 6:00 – 10:00pm (2022 Dates TBD)
Drive through 3+ miles of St. Petersburg Christmas lights’ neighborhoods from 6pm to 10pm for a St. Petersburg Christmas light display and Christmas light show you’ll never forget! This 3.2 mile Christmas light drive by tour takes place in the Seminole/St Petersburg subdivisions of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, where these St. Petersburg residents generously decorate their homes and yards with beautiful Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, and even more Christmas lights for Tampa Bay to drive by and enjoy! Short drive by or drive across Tampa Bay for families looking to see some beautiful Christmas lights near Tampa and Clearwater. 102nd Ave & 109 Ave N, Seminole FL 33777 LightsofLakePark.com
Sylvan Ramble Christmas Light Show in South Tampa
Select dates starting December 3, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
Sylvan Ramble creates an unforgettable light show for a worthy cause. Each show lastsBrie about 20 minutes and guests can experience the incredible light display as it is set to popular music. Proceeds from the shows will go to Where Love Grows, a charity that helps fight childhood hunger. The shows are about 20 minutes long. sylvanramblelights.com
Hunsader Farms Country Christmas in Bradenton
Select nights December 10-19, 2021 (2022 Dates TBD)
Enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas as the farm lights up in a dazzling display of over 300,000 lights. Enjoy activities such as hayrides, train rides, campfires, Christmas music, snow tubing, and a display Christmas village. Watch Christmas movies on the big screen, say hello to Santa, and warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Parking is free and tickets are $10 per person. Kids 5 and younger are free. hunsaderfarms.com
Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 17, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Tampa’s largest boat parade begins at the southern tip of Davis Islands, travels through the Convention Center basin and up to the Heights where the boats will turn around and head to Sparkman Wharf. Boats will be judges by pairs from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the sailboat and motorboat competitions will each receive a trophy. Many viewing spots along the Riverwalk between Armature Works all the way through the Sail Pavilion and over by Sparkman Wharf provide fantastic views of the parade. thetampariverwalk.com
Safety Harbor’s Harbor Holiday Nights
December 9, 10, 16, 17, 2022, 5:00-9:00 pm
Enjoy holiday lights, a campfire, children’s activities, a trolley light tour, shopping, crafts, and more! Harbor Holiday Nights is FREE. The Trolley Light Tour has a ticket fee of $5/person. cityofsafetyharbor.com
The Christmas Trail in Plant City
CANCELED for 2021, will return in 2022
Tthis Plant City Christmas light display has over 100,000 Christmas lights. This east Tampa Christmas light display also features a Christmas Tree Light show, a Jack Frost ice show, and more! Learn more about this Tampa Christmas light show at TheChristmasTrail.com
For more holiday date ideas, check out:
- Celebrate the Holidays in Tampa Bay: Holiday Events, Lights, and More!
- 25+ Free Holiday Events in Tampa Bay for a Festive Date
- The Best New Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay Clearwater St Pete
This article originally appeared on Tampa Bay Parenting
Feature image credit: The Christmas Trail