Celebrate the Holiday’s in Tampa Bay: Holiday Events, Lights, and More!

holiday events

By Katelyn Schur & Sarah Rigby

Looking for Holiday Events can be a daunting task, there is so much going on one can get overwhelmed. We gathered up the best holiday events in Tampa Bay, Clearwater & St Pete this December to fuel your holiday date nights! Check out our Holiday Events List, view some Holiday Lights, take your loved one Ice Skating, or attend one of the many events happening this December in Tampa Bay!

**Continue checking back!! We will add new events as we find them! Last Updated Nov. 6, 2019

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Holiday Date Ideas:

Visit Curtis Hixon Winter Village

For years, the Curtis Hixon Winter Village has been a holiday events hit. For a fun evening out, you can head over to the Winer Village in Downtown Tampa and get some shopping done at the holiday shops, enjoy some nice drinks at the café, ice skate at the seasonal rink, and more. You’ll even be able to enjoy the views from the Tampa Riverwalk. More details in the event section below.

Explore Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Going to Busch Gardens is a Tampa bucket list item year-round. During the holiday events season, it’s even more enticing. With decorations strung out across the park, Busch Gardens Christmas Town is a holiday event like no other. You can enjoy the signature thrill rides at night, watch the holiday shows, eat at restaurants all around the park, and more. More details in the event section below.

Watch a Tree Lighting Show

Now this is an easy one for the holiday events list! Tree shows are popping up all over Tampa Bay at many outdoor locations including the Curtis Hixon Winter Village, the Shops at Wiregrass, and more. Take your significant other to watch these tree lighting shows and cross another item off the Holiday Bucket List. (See Holiday Lights Section Below)

Attend a Boat Parade

It’s always fun to see boats decorated full of holiday cheer with lights, inflatables and more. Throughout December, you can find many parades to check off your list, including the annual Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of LightsTarpon Spring Boat Parade, Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Treasure Island Boat Parade, Indian Rocks Boat ParadeReddington Beach and Indian Shores Boat parade and the Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting.

Go Ice Skating

It may not be that cold in Florida, but ice skating is still a must this holiday season. With a variety of seasonal and year-round rinks open for use, your date will be perfect. Most places even offer opportunities for food, games, or other fun to keep your date going. Beginner and experienced skaters alike can have a great time checking this off their holiday bucket list. (See Ice Skating Below)

Bake Cookies and Other Holiday Treats

Is it really the holidays if you haven’t baked some cookies? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, cookies are a holiday staple and definitely a holiday events list item for this holiday season. You and your date can make a day out of baking and maybe even gift some cookies to others.

Watch Holiday Movies

With so many great holiday movies, it’s no wonder that this is on the bucket list. Cuddle up and watch some holiday classics like Elf, Love Actually, the Polar Express, and more. You can even get some hot chocolate or make cookies to have during the movie. You can also find outdoor showings such as Holiday Movies in the Park at Vinoy Park.

Make Holiday Crafts

Whether your crafty or not, everyone loves a thoughtful, personalized gift. Take your date to a local pottery painting places and you can make gifts together for others or for each other. You can even stay home and make some DIY crafts or baked goods. And of course, making some ornaments for your tree is a must.

Volunteer

Helping those in need is in the spirit of the holidays and a great addition to your holiday events list. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, like Metropolitan Ministries (Ways you can help!), is a great way to give back. You can also help with Toys for TotsMeals on Wheels, or other local charities.

Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Check out our inclusive listing of NYE fireworks in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Pete and everything in between in our post on New Year’s Eve Fireworks.  For New Year’s Eve Events Check out The Best New Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay Clearwater St Pete


Holiday Lights

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Nov. 16-Jan. 6, various times

From mid-November until the end of December, Busch Gardens will begin its annual Christmas Town festivities. Included with park admission, guests can enjoy beautiful lights, seasonal shows, Yuletide shopping and a pit stop into Santa’s House. buschgardens.com

Symphony in Lights
Nov. 16-Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Check out the dancing lights, holiday décor and snow at The Shops at Wiregrass. Catch a free inspiring light show choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Shows are nightly on the hour. theshopsatwiregrass.com

Ybor Tree Lightning Ceremony
Nov 20, preshow begins at 6 p.m.
Gather the whole family and head to Centro Ybor for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Start off this holiday season with the lighting of the christmas tree and much more! There will be many holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy like hot chocolate, cookies, live holiday music and of course a photo with Mr and Mrs Claus! You wouldn’t want to miss out on this holiday extravaganza!

Enchant Christmas
Nov. 22-Dec. 29, various times

A world of Christmas wonder awaits at Tropicana Field! Unwrap new traditions and make memories as you explore the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, glide across the ice skating trail, visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus, take in the cheer of live entertainment, and more as you’re sure to find enchantment around every corner. Tickets are on sale now at enchantchristmas.com!

The Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village
Nov. 28-Jan. 4, various times
Experience Tampa’s holiday theme park located at the Hillsborough County Fair Grounds in Brandon. Enjoy a beautiful mile of decorated holiday displays and dazzling lights. Once your mile is up, check out holiday-themed attractions, a wolf exhibit, rides, and of course, photos with Santa. thewonderlandoflights.com

River of Lights Holiday Cruises
Nov. 29-Dec. 30, various times
Head over to the Hillsborough River and catch a Pirate Water Taxi for a unique way to celebrate the holiday season in Tampa. Guests will enjoy festive decorations, lighted bridges and more all along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy festive narrations, Christmas Carolers and yummy holiday treats, too. piratewatertaxi.com

Oakdale Christmas house
Nov. 29-Jan. 3, 6- 10 p.m.
Prepare to be dazzled by an array of half a million flashing colorful twinkles for a free holiday light display that garnered a top 3 showing as a finalist on NBC’s “Today” showCheck out an 18-train HO scale railroad, moving planes and carnival rides at the St. Petersburg home located at 2719 Oakdale St. S. christmasdisplay.org

Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Nov. 29-Jan 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Experience the holiday lights along the paths of Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Enjoy nightly entertainment and visits from Santa Claus at this largest fundraiser for the gardens. Event is free, but $5 donation suggested. For more information, call 727-582-2800. flbgfoundation.org

Waterfront Lights and Display in St. Pete
Nov. 30 – Jan. 1, times vary
Make your way to Straub park in St. Petersburg for St. Petersburg Parks and Rec “Holidays in the Sunshine City” holiday festivities. Enjoy a Santa Parade and tree lighting, snowfest, holiday movies in the park and more! stpeteparksrec.org

Christmas Lane
Select Nights Nov, 30-Dec. 24
Located at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds in Plant City you can enjoy free parking, entertainment, a live Nativity and over 1.5 million lights! There will be rides, concessions and a dedicated KidZone. Celebrate the holidays at Christmas Lane! christmaslane.com

Lights of Lake Park
Dec 1-31, 6-10 p.m.
Drive through this annual light show of Lake Park Estates. The neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, generously decorate their homes with over 3.0 miles of Christmas lights and decorations for the public to enjoy! Donations are accepted at the Suncoast Hospice Cart located along the route. lightsoflakepark.com

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights
Select days in December, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy only the best lights in the bay area. Listen and sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes while sipping on your drink of choice – because the best part is it’s BYOB! **Make sure to read the FAQ on what’s NOT included before you board. Get tickets at omgtrolley.com

Safety Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony 
Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. 
Gather with family and friends for the lighting of Safety Harbor’s giant Christmas tree by the gazebo at John Wilson Park. Choirs will warm up the crowd for a visit from Santa Claus arranged by the Safety Harbor Fire Department. Free. cityofsafetyharbor.com

Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Tampa’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a countdown to the tree lighting and a free movie in the park. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers and settle in for the evening. Dogs on leashes are welcome and there will be concessions available. tampagov.net

Festival of Lights in Zephyrhills 
Dec. 7, 4-9 p.m. 
Line up the fam along Main Street in downtown Zephyrhills in preparation for this year’s lighted parade to celebrate the holidays. This year’s parade theme is “Holidays Around the World”. Parade starts at 7 p.m. Free admission. mainstreetzephyrhills.org 

Largo Holiday Tree Lighting & Stroll 
Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m. 
Stroll through Largo Central Park and admire the beautiful holiday nights as part of this fun family-friendly holiday event. Enjoy a variety of crafts and activities, as well as live entertainment and the official Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. playlargo.com 

Tampa Downtown Tampa Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 
Dec. 21, 6:30-9 p.m.
Come on out to Tampa’s Riverwalk for a spectacular night of lights on the water. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will travel the Hillsborough River throughout downtown Tampa. thetampariverwalk.com

CHRISTMAS TRAIL ** 2019 Dates coming soon!


Ice Skating

Curtis Hixon Winter Village 

The ice skating rink at the Curtis Hixon Winter Village is one of everybody’s favorite holiday events. It allows you to skate with beautiful views of the Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River. If you don’t have your own ice skates, never worry, skate rental is included in your ticket purchase! Besides ice skating, you can also enjoy some warm drinks at the café, stroll through the shops of the village, or take the Winter Village Express for a holiday streetcar experience.

Open Nov. 22-Jan. 5 | Tickets for ice skating are $15 and include 90 minutes of skating time plus your skate rental. Don’t forget your socks! wintervillagetampa.com

Shops at Wiregrass Ice Skating

Head over to the Shops at Wiregrass for a date full of skating, shopping and fun. This is perfect for a first date or for a longtime couple. The ice skating rink is located in between shops at the outdoor mall, making it a perfect attraction. You can walk through the different stores and get some holiday shopping done while spending time with your significant other. If you’re feeling a little hungry, you can stop at one of the many restaurants for a quick meal or dessert. You can even enjoy some holiday fun at the tree light show. And of course, head over to the ice skating rink to skate around.

For holiday skating, head over to The Shops at Wiregrass from Nov. 15 to Jan. 5.  theshopsatwiregrass.com

Brandon Ice Sports Forum

Ice skating never gets old at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. Throughout the week, there are different public skating session available. On select nights you can even skate with a live DJ playing music. Once you’re tired of skating, you can play some laser tag, eat at the café or grill and sports bar, or play some games at the arcade. No matter what you do, your date will be lots of fun.

Admission for ice skating is $9, $14 with skate rental. Public skating times vary. theicesportsforum.com

Florida Hospital Center Ice

This rink makes the list of perfect holiday events for your holiday skating date. With over 15 different public skate sessions, you’ll be able to find a perfect time for your date. The Top Shelf Restaurant and Bar makes for a perfect pre- or post-skating meal. You can also get some shopping done at the Tampa Premium Outlets, just a few minutes down the road.

Including skate rental, admission is $15. Without skate rental, admission is $10. floridahospitalcenterice.com

Tampa Bay Skating Academy and Clearwater Ice Arena

At any of the three locations of the Tampa Bay Skating Academy, you can skate your heart out on a beautiful date. You and your significant other can skate for 90 minutes and spend the rest of the day together getting a meal at the Bar and Grill or leave the TBSA to explore the area around you and find some other fun event to keep your date going.

Admission for skating varies depending on the skating session you choose. tampabayice.com


Holidays The Theme Park Way!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Select Nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 7 p.m. to midnight

Head over to Walt Disney World for another festive party thrown by Mickey Mouse. Starting on select dates in November throughout December, join Mickey, Minnie and the gang for an evening full of yuletide and cheer! Enjoy the Magic Kingdom as it is beautifully decorated for the holiday season, full of seasonal parades, fireworks, characters and festive treats, this event will surely enhance your holiday season. disneyworld.com

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Nov. 16-Jan. 6, various times

From mid-November until the end of December, Busch Gardens will begin its annual Christmas Town festivities. Included with park admission, guests can enjoy beautiful lights, seasonal shows, Yuletide shopping and a pit stop into Santa’s House. buschgardens.com

Check out our Feature Article —>Tampa’s favorite Christmas Town is back!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Nov. 16-Jan. 5, various times
Bring the whole family out to Universal Studios and join the Minions and Santa Claus for a Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Join your favorite characters from “Madagascar” and “Shrek” and enjoy the holiday festivities throughout Universal Orlando Resort, including huge balloons resembling the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York as well as floats, dancers and entertainment. universalorlando.com

Grinchmas
Nov. 16-Jan. 5, various times
Head over to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort for “warm fuzzies with a side of sarcasm” at Seuss Landing. Enjoy holiday festivities and cheer as you immerse yourself in Dr. Seuss’ Whoville. Enjoy the hilarity of The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of the beloved story of the Grinch with music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests will even have the opportunity to meet the Grinch himself for an autograph and a photo. universalorlando.com

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Nov. 16-Jan. 5, various times
Enjoy a Harry Potter Christmas in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure this holiday season. Start at Universal Studios to see Diagon Alley and London transformed with brilliant lights and festive décor. Enjoy holiday treats before you head to King’s Cross station to hear your favorite holiday favorites. Make your way to Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and enjoy decorated shops, The Frog Choir singing seasonal tunes, treats and drinks, and witness the unfolding of the holiday spirit at The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. universalorlando.com

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration
Nov. 23-Dec. 31, various times
Head to SeaWorld Orlando to make new holiday memories with festive shopping, delicious food and dazzling live shows inspired by the natural world. Stroll the lakeside Christmas Market and pick out unique, artisan-crafted gifts. The Christmas Celebration is included with park admission. seaworldorlando.com

Candlelight Processional at Epcot
Nov. 29-Dec. 30, various times
If you love Epcot and you love classic holiday music, head over to the Candlelight Processional at Epcot at Walt Disney World. This holiday tradition features the retelling of the Biblical story of Christmas featuring a celebrity narrator, 50-piece orchestra set and magnificent choirs. disneyworld.com


More Holiday Events

The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market
Nov. 7-10, various times

‘Tis the season of giving and shopping! From Nov. 7 – 10, the Junior League of Tampa will host its largest fundraiser, Holiday Gift Market, at the Florida State Fairgrounds featuring more than 200 merchants. Net proceeds fund the League’s community projects around Tampa Bay, focusing on child welfare and education. For more information and tickets, visit jltampa.org/hgm

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Bring in the holiday season with a bang! With colorful new acts, cool holiday scenes, unique performances and special appearances from Santa himself, this is a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss. themahaffey.com

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Nov. 22-Jan. 5, various times

Celebrate the holidays starting in November and lasting into the New Year at Curtis Hixon Park. Come see the transformed waterfront park decked with sights, sounds and activities full of holiday cheer for children and adults of all ages. Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink will be back again this year as another must-do for Tampa residents and guests alike. wintervillagetampa.com

Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Nov. 25-Jan. 5, various times

Experience everything Christmas in one place as part of this interactive spectacle on ICE! At Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. Check out the new ICE theme with 2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures and slides featuring “Polar Express.” There will be snow tubing, a gingerbread decorating corner and more. christmasatgaylordpalms.com

Next Generations’ “The Nutcracker”
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, various times

What better way to bring in the holiday season than to see the classic “Nutcracker?” Next Generations’ version will feature top dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet as well as NGB’s award-winning young dancers. Join Clara and the Nutcracker as they go on a journey with a world of magical dancing sweets and more! strazcenter.org

Christmas in the Wild
Nov 29-30 Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, various times

Enjoy a special festival of lights to launch the holiday season at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Indulge yourself with stunning lights, seasonal smells of holiday treats and the excitement of festive entertainment as you enjoy the magic of wildlife at night. zootampa.org

7th Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oxford Exchange is hosting their annual Holiday Gift Bazaar featuring a wide variety of vendors. Head upstairs where the second floor will be transformed into a bustling shopping venue just in time for the holidays. oxfordexchange.com 

Brian Setzer Orchestra at Ruth Eckerd Hall  
Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 
Join musical extraordinaire and Grammy award winner Brian Setzer and his orchestra in his 16th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Enjoy classic holiday hits as well as featured music from their latest holiday album “Rockin’ Rudolph.” rutheckerdhall.com 

Tampa Theatre’s Holiday Classics
Dec. 1-29, various times
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Tampa Theatre! This year, the theatre will offer five weekends worth of programming of Holiday Classics such as Miracle on 34th StreetElfIt’s a Wonderful Life, and for the first time – the SING-ALONG version of that annual favorite, White Christmas. Or, if holly jolly fun isn’t your speed, their popular late-night REWIND series is also offering three holiday titles during the month of December for the Scrooges, Grinches and coal-filled stocking recipients among us. tampatheatre.org

Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum 
Dec. 1-23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Experience the grandeur of a Victorian Christmas during this signature event of the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. Visit decorated exhibit rooms while enjoying complimentary cider and cookies. Tickets are $16 adults and $10 youth with discount days Dec. 2-3 and 9-10. Proceeds fund the hotel’s restoration and preservation efforts. plantmuseum.com 

93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball at Amalie Arena  
Dec. 1, 7 p.m. 
Don’t miss this year’s 11th Annual Jingle Ball at Amalie Arena. This year expect performances by Sam Smith, Lizzo, Normani, French Montana, Why Don’t We, MAX and AJ Mitchell. Tickets starting at $40. amaliearena.com 

Holiday Concert: Celebrating 15 Years
Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
The Patel Conservatory turns 15 years old on Dec. 4, and they are celebrating with a holiday showcase of their music, dance and theater students. Joy, goodwill and plenty of holiday cheer accompany these exciting performances as we celebrate the season and the Patel Conservatory’s 15 years of outstanding arts education.

The evening will include a look back at the past 15 years and will feature visits by special guests including Judy Lisi, Fred Johnson, Drs Kiran and Pallavi Patel and others who helped make the Patel Conservatory all it is today. Including a holiday celebration of dance, featuring dancers from Next Generation Ballet, the cast of Patel Conservatory Theater’s production of White Christmas and performances by the Patel Conservatory’s many music ensembles including excerpts from The Many Moods of Christmas. Special appearance by one of their Education Partners, the teen program at Metropolitan Ministries. strazcenter.org

A Celtic Angels Christmas at Capitol Theatre 
Dec. 5, 7 p.m. 
Join the Celtic Angels at the Capitol Theatre for a Celtic Angels Christmas, sure to captivate all who step foot inside. Enjoy vocal and instrumental seasonal favorites, and world class Irish dancing. rutheckerdhall.com 

St. Petersburg City Theater presents A Christmas Carol 
Dec. 6-15, various times 
Don’t miss out on this timeless Dickens classic with beloved characters such as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all of your favorite ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Benefits support the local arts association and local non-profit theater companies. Come be reminded of the importance of compassion and love for all this holiday season. spcitytheatre.org 

Jingle Bell Run 
Dec. 7, event times vary 
Be part of the longest-running holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere. The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way celebrate your festivity for the holiday season. Race to help raise awareness and funding for America’s #1 cause for disability. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday costumes. The celebration will continue after the race with food and drinks (including beer and mimosas), entertainment, kid’s zones, a holiday-themed costume contest, silent auction, and much more! All participants will receive an official long-sleeved Jingle Bell T-Shirt, jingle bells and access to all activities and post-race party. There is also a 1-mile route for runners or walkers. events.arthritis.org

38th Annual Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade and Santa Fest  
Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Come out to Curtis Hixon Park for an afternoon of fun for all. Curtis Hixon will be decorated for the Holiday season and transformed into a winter wonderland. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Madison and Morgan Streets and will travel west towards Ashley Drive, ending at Cass Street. Don’t miss free photos with Santa, entertainment, crafts, games and activities. tamapgov.net

15th Annual BAD SANTA BAR CRAWL
Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to Midnight

One of St. Pete’s top charity pub crawls. There will be raffle prizes, costume contests, and more! Tickets are $25, register online. For updated information go to eventbrite.com.

10th Annual Westchase Holiday Market
Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Westchase in their 10th Annual Holiday Market. Support your local artists and craftsmen as they showcase their work. This holiday market brings everyone together for a good cause and all proceeds will go towards Autism Speaks. westchaseholidaymarket.com

Indie Flea St. Pete Holiday Street Fair
Dec. 7, Noon to 4 p.m.
Stop by Green Bench Brewing for the Indie Holiday Street Fair for all things indie and local this holiday season. With over 100 vendors attending, the St. Pete Indie Holiday Street Fair will be sure to have the perfect present for that picky person. facebook.com/theindieflea

The Florida Orchestra-Holiday Pops 
Dec. 13, 8 p.m. 
Don’t miss this one-night-only event at the Straz Center. This is holiday magic you won’t find anywhere else this season, perfect for the whole family. strazcenter.org 

8th Annual Snow on 7th
Dec. 14, 7 p.m.
Head on out to Ybor City to celebrate the holiday season! Snow on 7th is a holiday celebration for the whole family. Enjoy the parade featuring seven marching bands, local dance teams and even see some snow! Come see the parade and see the man himself – Santa Claus! The pre-show starts at 6 p.m. and the parade starts at 7 p.m. ybor.org 

Peter White Christmas
Dec 14, 8 p.m.
Returning by popular demand, It’s A Peter White Christmas everyone! All the jazz lovers this one’s for you. Come out to Bilheimer Capitol Theatre and enjoy some classical Christmas tunes and celebrate the holidays the right way!  rutheckerdhall.com

4th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl – St. Pete
Dec. 14, 5 p.m. to Midnight
Dig out your ugliest holiday sweater and enjoy an evening of fun. Check in from 5-8pm at Thirsty First! Ticket Includes: Signature Koozie at registration, Decorative Santa hat, Registration party to kick off the crawl, Professional photographer on site to capture the fun, DJ’s playing holiday music at multiple stops, Themed Discounted Drink specials at participating bars, Ugly Sweater Crawl Map to help guide you bar to bar, Hundreds of crawlers dressed in the ugliest holiday gear. Visit evensi.us for the latest info.

12 Bars of Xmas
Dec. 14, 4 p.m. to midnight
Head over to Ybor to start the craziest bar crawl of the holiday season. Be sure to check in before the event to get your official crawl wristband and choose the bars you wish to visit and the drinks you wish to enjoy! crawlwith.us

The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops
Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Florida Orchestra takes on the holiday season! In sunny Florida everyone is longing for the cold holiday season and the Florida Orchestra will make it feel like a “Winter Wonderland” as they bring all the holiday classics to you! rutheckerdhall.com

Trans-Siberia Orchestra at Amalie Arena 
Dec. 15, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
Experience the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their 2019 Winter Tour returning to Tampa at the Amalie Arena. The event sells out year after year as the group’s “must-attend” holiday tradition. This year’s tour will host an unforgettable presentation of “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” amaliearena.com 

An Old Florida Christmas at Manatee Village
Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
This family-friendly festival celebrates heritage and old-fashioned holiday traditions with musical entertainment, food vendors, a special Christmas exhibit in the Stephens House, vintage silent films in the Courthouse, and “make-and-take” seasonal crafts for adults and youth—something to delight every age! Every corner of Manatee Village will be decorated in colorful and exquisite Victorian-inspired holiday décor. Shop local and buy your Christmas gifts from local artists selling their wares throughout the Village. $5 for adults, 12 and under are free. manateevillage.org 

2019 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Run
Dec. 15, various start times
Sponsored by Allstate the Hot Chocolate Run is a day full of fun! Get your heart pumping and reward yourself after the race with a chocolate party! Including music, hot chocolate, merchandise, chocolate fondue, and other yummy treats. The 5k will start at 7:00 a.m. and the 15k will start at 7:45 a.m. For more information visit hotchocolate15k.com

Cirque Musica Holiday Wishes
Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Mixing Cirque Musica with a full symphony orchestra to bring your favorite holiday tunes to life! Enjoy acrobats, aerialists, tricks and fun as this full theatrical performance comes to life. amaliearena.com 

Lindsey Stirling
Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
This amazing and talented electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist is making her way to Ruth Eckerd Hall for this holiday season! Touring around the world on her Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour it sure set Florida up for a night full of holiday tunes in the sunshine state. rutheckerdhall.com

A Christmas Carol at Ruth Eckerd Hall 
Dec. 21, 7 p.m. 
Share a holiday tradition with the family as this musical adaptation of the Dickens classic arrives at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Meet up with the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future as they guide Scrooge on a journey to find the true spirit of Christmas. rutheckerdhall.com 

Christmas with Rockapella at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Dec. 22, 7 p.m. 
Head to the Capitol Theatre for some holiday vocal magic by Rockapella featuring their critically acclaimed acapella sound with holiday classics that you won’t find anywhere else. rutheckerdhall.com 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey Theater 
Dec. 26-27, various times 
See an exquisite production of the ballet classic featuring a company of 40 world-class Russian artists with lush, awe-inspiring sets and elaborately detailed costumes onstage at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. themahaffey.com 


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