Tampa’s Best Holiday Lights

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 holiday lights

Photo credit: Shops at Wiregrass Facebook

Wonderland of Lights

  • Through December 30, 2017
  • Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
  • Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm

Christmas Trail

  • Through December 23, 2017
  • Thursday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 10pm
  • South Frontage Road in Plant City
  • Features trail of lights, snow, ice show and more

Holiday Lights in the Garden

  • Through December 31, 2017
  • Florida Botanical Gardens from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Suggested donation $4
  • Special themed nights include Monday Paw’s Night for pets, Tripod Tuesday with cameras, and Wacky Wednesdays for holiday outfits

Symphony in Lights

  • Through December 31, 2017
  • The Shops at Wiregrass from 6pm to 9pm
  • Nightly shows on the hour

Lights of Lake Park

  • Through December 31, 2017
  • Lake Park Estates subdivision from 6pm to 10pm
  • Drive through light show

River of Lights

  • Select nights through December 30, 2017
  • Water taxi cruise departing from Tampa Convention Center
  • includes cookies, hot chocolate and carols

Waterfront Lights and Display

  • Through January 1, 2018
  • North and South Straub Parks in St Petersburg
  • Pedestrian only walkways
  • Free

Celebration of Lights

  • Through December 23, 2017
  • At the Concourse in Shady Hills
  • Weeknights 6pm-9pm; Weekends 6pm-10pm
  • $10 per carload

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights

  • Through December 30, 2017
  • Friday through Sunday at 6:30pm or 8:30pm
  • Tickets available here

Christmas Lane

  • Through December 24, 2017
  • Florida Strawberry Festival grounds in Plant City
  • Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm

Oakdale Christmas Display

  • Through January 3, 2018
  • Oakdale Street in St Petersburg from 6pm to 10pm
  • Free

Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park

  • Through January 1, 2018
  • Largo Central Park from 5pm to 11pm
  • Park admission free, rides $5
  • Ferris wheel, carousel, concessions

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

  • Through December 31, 2017
  • Busch Gardens during park hours
  • included with admission


Photo credit: The Tampa Riverwalk Facebook

Clydesdale-Drawn Carriage Rides

  • December 21-24, 2017 and December 28-30, 2017
  • Largo Central Park from 6pm to 9pm
  • Tickets $5 purchased onsite
  • Other activities include Ferris wheel, carousel and concessions

Tampa Cruis A Cade Club Annual Boat Parade

  • December 23, 2017
  • Tampa Cruis A Cade Club at 3pm

Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

  • December 23, 2017
  • Tampa Riverwalk at 7:30pm to 9pm
  • Also visit Curtis Hixon Winter Village


Haven’t had enough of the holiday fun? Try checking out A Magical Night at Busch Gardens Christmas Town and The Tampa Bay Holiday Bucket List!


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