The Tampa Bay Holiday Bucket List

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Holiday Bucket List

The holiday season is full of great date ideas for new and longtime couples. Throughout the next couple weeks, you and your date can go through this Holiday Bucket List for ideas for fun and festive seasonal dates.

Check out the Tampa Bay Holiday Bucket List

Visit Curtis Hixon Winter Village

For years, the Curtis Hixon Winter Village has been a holiday 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.

Photo credit: Winter Village Tampa Facebook

Explore Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Going to Busch Gardens is a Tampa bucket list item year-round. During the holiday 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.

Photo credit: Busch Gardens

Watch a Tree Lighting Show

Now this is an easy one. 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.

Photo credit: Shops at Wiregrass Facebook

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 Lights, St Pete Boat Parade and Winter Festival and the Cruis A Cade Club Boat Parade.

Photo credit: The Tampa Riverwalk Facebook

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.

Photo credit: Winter Village Tampa Facebook

Watch New Year’s Fireworks

Counting down to the New Year, a midnight kiss and watching fireworks are all holiday traditions. You can head over to Busch Gardens Christmas Town, Channelside Light Up Tampa Bay, First Night St. Petersburg, Light it Up Clearwater and other Bay area shows to get fireworks and the midnight kiss crossed off your bucket list.

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 bucket 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.

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.


Helping those in need is in the spirit of the holidays. 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 Tots, Meals on Wheels, or other local charities.


Feature Image Credit: Busch Gardens

Looking for some more holiday fun? Check out A Magical Night at Busch Gardens Christmas Town or Holiday Ice Skating in Tampa Bay!


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