Things to Do in Tampa Clearwater & St. Pete in December

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Thing to Do in November in Tampa, Clearwater & St. Pete

Get out and explore exciting things to do in Tampa, Clearwater & St. Pete this month with your favorite plus one by checking out our favorite things to do in Tampa Bay this December 2022! There’s a lot on our curated guide of things to do, so keep scrolling! It starts with event highlights for things to do this week, followed by our top picks for Tampa Bay events for the rest of the month.

You’ll also find an ongoing events section for even more date night ideas in Tampa. Check back often as we add more Tampa Bay events to this listing throughout the month.

OUR MONTHLY GUIDE OF OVER 40 THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY CLEARWATER & ST PETE EACH MONTH

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For family-friendly things to do in Tampa, check out Tampa Bay Parenting.


Free Things to Do in Tampa Bay, Clearwater & St. Petersburg

You don’t need a huge budget in order to have a fantastic time – there are so many great free things to do in Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St. Petersburg!  Need some ideas about free things to do in Tampa Bay?  We’ve got you covered – check our our list that we’ve compiled of our favorite free things to do in Tampa, our favorite free things to do in St. Petersburg, and our favorite free things to do in Clearwater – heck, all over the Tampa Bay area!

These include monthly festivals to art and walking tours, local attractions, and more.


Save the Date! 

Anastasia at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Dec. 4, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Clearwater at last! This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Tickets start at $35.

 

Christmas Show at the Straz Center for Performing Arts!
December 10, 7:30pm
Christmas Delivered! From New York with gifts is a special holiday production with live music, humor and entertainment. Great American Christmas covers and world renowned talents.Haley Reinhart, Bill Evans, Benny Benack III, Lumina Youth Choir from Tampa conducted by Judy Williams, Ashley Pezzotti, Tommy Campbell, Yaacov Mayman, Special guest from Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco. Hosted by Barry Rothbart.

Grand Glow Atlantis New Year’s Eve 2022
December 31, 8pm to 1am
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
A night of celebration awaits this New Year’s Eve as the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach takes you into the lost city of Atlantis. This New Year’s Eve the depths come to life with live entertainment from Tampa Bay’s own “The Black Honkeys”. Let the Sirens lure you in with live music, grand glow food stations, and deep dive bars. This event will feature tiered tickets offering the experience of your choosing.
Tickets start at $75 per person.
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

 


Things to Do: December 1 – 4

Hadestown
November 29 – December 4
Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center
Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today … and always.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town
November 14 – January 9, 2023
Busch Gardens Tampa
Celebrate the year with holiday cheer & gather with family and friends to create merry memories. Experience the joy of the season up close with animal encounters, thrilling rides, holiday inspired culinary delights and festive shows like Christmas on Ice. Keep the holiday spirit shining bright from day to night with millions of twinkling lights and dazzling fireworks, plus heartwarming moments with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Hillsborough County Fair’s Festival of Lights 
Through January 1, 2023

This expanded holiday light spectacular will envelop you and your family in an enchanting environment blanketed in more than a million lights from entrance to exit. Young and young at heart will enjoy the nearly 2-mile drive through immersive experience of continuous light features followed by a festive walking visit to Santa’s Village full of attractions, holiday goodies, and visits with Santa! 

Zubrick Magic Theatre
Through December 31
The Zubrick Magic Theatre adds even more magic to holiday gift-giving with certificates for magical performances. This holiday season, share the magic and wonder of the spellbinding show now offered every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7 p.m. with select Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. Voted “Best Family Magic Show”, the Zubrick’s conjure up an exhilarating blend of sleight-of-hand, comedy, and breathtaking grand illusion in a 70-minute performance that captures the hearts and imaginations. 

 

Holiday events in Tampa
Image credit: Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

 

Winter Village
November 18, 2022 – January 4, 2023
Curtis Hixon Park Downtown Tampa
Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages.

READ MORE in our Guide to Winter Village 

Christmas in the Wild
Select nights November 25 – December 30
ZooTampa
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at ZooTampa with the return of Christmas in the Wild, featuring one of Tampa Bay’s largest light displays, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new festive adventures. This year is BIGGER, better, and brighter than ever, with festive entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.

ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort 
Through January 1, 2023

There are holiday activities here morning, noon, and night. Plus, ICE! returns this holiday season. Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. The story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!™ envelops you in larger-than-life sculptures. 

Rock the Park
Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm – 9:45pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Enjoy Jamaican food and live music from MAK, Sintell Terry and Evan Koteles at this month’s Rock the Park in downtown Tampa.

Santa-Led Cocktail Classes
Friday, December 2, 9, 16 & 23
OffSHOR at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
Every Friday in December, hotel guests and locals alike can participate in a Santa-led cocktail class. A bartender dressed as Santa will lead the class through each step of making some of his favorite North Pole beverages, all while enjoying the gorgeous sunset in the background. The mixology classes will take place every Friday in December until Christmas day at 5 p.m.

USMNT World Cup Watch Party
Saturday, December 3 10am
Jannus Live
On December 3rd, The Galley, Mary Margaret’s & The American Outlaws – St. Petersburg Chapter will welcome the public to Tampa Bay’s Biggest United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) World Cup Watch Party in downtown St. Petersburg. The watch party will broadcast the match between Team USA and the Netherlands at Jannus Live with $10 admission at the door – portion of the proceeds to benefit Ocean Aid 360. 

Fresh Market
Sunday, December 4
Hyde Park Village
Join us for Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village every first Sunday of the month from 10am-3pm. Fresh Market is a monthly farmers market featuring over 80 local vendors including produce, handcrafted goods, plants and more. While you shop and stroll, enjoy live music by Gasparilla Music in Village Circle.

Holiday on the Bay
December 4, 10-11, 17- January 1 (excluding Christmas Day)
St. Pete Pier
Holiday on the Bay returns this year igniting the Tampa Bay with holiday cheer. Starting Dec. 4, locals and tourists alike are invited to board our floating winter waterland at Gate 23 at the St. Pete Pier. Guests will enjoy a sunset cruise with spectacular views on our festively decorated eco-vessel. There will be twinkling lights, seasonal surprises, “snowbird” sightings at the bird sanctuary, and ocean-themed activities.

Indie Flea’s Official Holiday Market
Sunday, December 4, Noon – 4pm
14 18th Street South, St. Pete
Meet us downtown the 1st Sunday December for our holiday market and last event till the new year! We’ve sourced the finest St. Pete has to offer in locally made and curated hand-crafted goods, vintage housewares, decor, Mid-century furniture, vintage clothing, antiques, plants, collectables, food, music, art and so much more.

READ MORE: Holiday Markets in Tampa Bay

Things to Do: December 5 – 11

Sangria and Stories
Wednesday, December 7, 6pm
Tampa Bay History Center
Guests will have an insider tour of the Kitschy Cartography exhibit with its curator, Rodney Kite-Powell, Director, Touchton Map Library. Learn more about these uniquely visual maps and why illustrations were such an important way to deliver information.

St. Pete Museum of History Happy Hour
Thursday, December 8
Join us for Happy Hour with the Historian: Niles Laughner for  The Vinoy: From a Wager to a Waterfront Jewel. For more information, visit https://spmoh.com/ 

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail
December 9-11 and Dec. 16-17
Times varying from 6:30-10:30 p.m. or 6:30-9:30 p.m.
located at 2837 South Frontage Road
$25 – $35

Christmas Show at the Straz Center for Performing Arts!
December 10, 7:30pm
Christmas Delivered! From New York with gifts is a special holiday production with live music, humor and entertainment. Great American Christmas covers and world renowned talents.Haley Reinhart, Bill Evans, Benny Benack III, Lumina Youth Choir from Tampa conducted by Judy Williams, Ashley Pezzotti, Tommy Campbell, Yaacov Mayman, Special guest from Cuba, Jorge Luis Pacheco. Hosted by Barry Rothbart.

3rd Annual Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Festival
December 10th & 11th
Waterworks Park
Peruse goods from local makers at a waterfront pop up market at Waterworks Park. Support the arts and foster economic growth in our community.

Second Sunday Market & Art Walk
Sunday, December 11, 11am – 3pm
Armature Works
Second Sunday is a market + art walk taking place every second Sunday of the month, from 11am – 3pm, at Armature Works. The event will feature a rotating cast of artisanal creatives and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts plus so much more in the Gathering space at Armature Works.

Holiday Classics: Elf
Sunday, December 11, 3pm
Tampa Theatre
Catch the holiday classic Elf at the historic Tampa Theatre. Bring a donation of new, unworn socks to join in the audience-wide “snowball fight” during the film!

Read: Where to Watch Holiday Movies

Things to Do: December 12 – 18

Holiday Sparkle at The St. Pete Opera 
December 15th – 22th
It wouldn’t be the holidays without some SPARKLE! Our holiday extravaganza is extra special this season with a festive double feature. The program begins with a fully staged production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. This one-act opera in English, based upon Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, has a heartwarming message that resonates with people of all ages. The second part of our presentation will include our world-class singers, accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra, performing a wide array of holiday-themed music, from the sacred to the popular and everything in between! 

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail
December 9-11 and Dec. 16-17
Times varying from 6:30-10:30 p.m. or 6:30-9:30 p.m.
located at 2837 South Frontage Road
$25 – $35

Holiday Putt Putt on the Pier
December 16th – 18th
St. Pete Pier
Enjoy 360 degree water view as you and your family play putt putt with holiday themed obstacles surrounded by holiday decorations while listening to classic holiday tunes.  Golf Balls being used are made of biodegradable materials in case if gets in the water* located at the Majeed Foundation Nature’s Walkway.

READ: New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Things to Do: December 19 – 25

S’mores By The Fire
Wednesday, December 21, 5pm – 9pm
Armature Works
It’s officially the Holiday season! Grab your loved ones and roast marshmallows around the fire pit. Join us on the South Lawn every Wednesday in December from 5-9 pm to make your sweet treat and warm up by the fire. S’more kits are $10 and include enough to make two s’mores each.

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Things to Do: December 26 – 31

Grand Glow Atlantis New Year’s Eve 2022
Saturday, December 31, 8pm to 1am
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
A night of celebration awaits this New Year’s Eve as the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach takes you into the lost city of Atlantis. This New Year’s Eve the depths come to life with live entertainment from Tampa Bay’s own “The Black Honkeys”. Let the Sirens lure you in with live music, grand glow food stations, and deep dive bars. This event will feature tiered tickets offering the experience of your choosing.
Tickets start at $75 per person.

Hamilton
December 28, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Straz Center
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.


Photo Credit: Florida Aquarium

Snow Days at The Florida Aquarium 
December 26th – 30th

Snow Days is back at The Florida Aquarium! Grab your gloves and head over for a week full of winter festivities and hands-on snow experiences! Activities include a snow maze, snowball toss, Winter Wonderland Dance Party, and more. Free for members and included in general admission.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Jubilee Celebration
December 26, 2022 – January 7, 2023
CMA is celebrating their 50th anniversary and they want everyone to celebrate along with them! From December 26 through January 7, 2023, guests can enjoy tons of fun activities around the aquarium along with extended hours and more! Make sure to check out their site for all the exciting details. 

 


More Things to Do – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Dolphintopia 
Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Beach
Beginning this month, guests will be transported to a summer of peace, love, and dolphins. Celebrate the facts, fiction, and fun of these enchanting marine mammals, while exploring the fascinating science of dolphins and their intimate connection with humans throughout history. Dolphintopia will feature unique dolphin art installations, activities, interactive shows, and vibrant Instagrammable photo ops. The elements of this saltwater celebration will change throughout the summer, offering annual members different experiences. The Dolphintopia celebration is included with general admission. Guests can also visit CMA’s resident dolphins in their habitats while visiting, and purchase VIP Dolphin Experiences or Photo Moment Experiences.

Musical Bingo Night
Tuesdays from 8 – 10pm
Crafty Squirrel St. Pete, St. Pete
Two rounds of musical bingo with 8 prizes. Plus enjoy the weekly Taco Tuesday special: a la carte Americana style tacos are only $2!
FREE Admission

Fairgrounds St. Pete
Permanent exhibition open Thursdays – Sundays
800 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Fairgrounds St. Pete is a permanent indoor immersive, explorable art and technology experience in St. Pete, Florida. Over 60 local and international artists were commissioned to make art for you to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
$27

Related: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete

Art on the House
Thursdays from 4 – 8pm
Tampa Museum of Art, downtown Tampa
Every Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, the Tampa Museum of Art offers Art on the House where admission prices change to pay-as-you-will, and visitors choose whatever admission price they want to pay. Bring the family and celebrate 100 years of art in Tampa with exhibitions that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art.
Choose your own admission price

St. Pete Shuffle Friday Nights
Fridays from 7 – 10pm
St. Pete Shuffle, St. Pete
Learn to play shuffleboard with help from St. Pete Shuffle’s staff and volunteers, who will get you set up on a court and teach you how to play.
$10; free for members and their guests

St. Pete Walking Mural Tours
Saturdays from 10 – 11:30am, St. Pete
Tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals found in the four block tour. Limited to 10 people, masks required, book prior to 4 p.m. the prior day.
$19

Cuban Pathways: The Exhibition Tour
Every Monday and Friday at 1:30
Every third Saturday at 1:30
Tampa History Center, Tampa
Embark on a guided tour through 500 years of Cuban history and its Tampa connections. This informative, 30-minute tour combines the location, people, and local connections to this Caribbean neighbor.

 

Enjoy the holiday season:

 

Looking for more things to do this week?

Check out this guide to family-friendly events in Tampa Bay from our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Heading to Orlando? Here’s a guide to the best Orlando events this month at the theme parks and beyond.


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