Our Favorite Tampa Bay Events for December

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Our Favorite Tampa Bay Events for December

OUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO THE BEST TAMPA BAY EVENTS FOR DATE NIGHT


Get out and explore this month with your favorite plus one by checking out one of these top Tampa Bay event picks for date night this December 2021! 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.

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Things to Do in Tampa November 29 – December 5

Snowed Inn at Sparkman Wharf
Thursday, December 2, 5:30pm
Sparkman Wharf
The lawn will become the ultimate post-slope hangout complete with falling snow, a hot toddy bar, oversized holiday cards, Instagram-able photo ops, swings transformed into ski lifts, bonfires with cozy blankets and a log cabin stage with unique, seasonal entertainment.
FREE Admission

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Thursday, December 2, 6-9:30pm
Epicurean Hotel
Indulge in a modern interpretation of the classic Italian holiday tradition during a seven-course paired wine dinner with Epicurean’s Executive Chef Adam Hyatt.
$200

Downtown Concert at Rock The Park
Thursday, December 2, 6:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This free monthly music series showcases musical talents of all genres. This month’s free outdoor concert features performances from Kaelin Ellis, Songbird Shella, and Kevin Earle Siebel.
FREE admission

Date Nights in the Heights: Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairing
Thursday, December 2, 7-9pm
Armature Works
Date Nights in the Heights is a unique new monthly event series for couples. This month, join Cru Cellars to build your own charcuterie board, plus learn about different cheeses and what can elevate your next at-home charcuterie board while tasting through 4 different wines.
$45/person

Image credit: Armature Works

Date Night Cooking Class: An Evening in Thailand
Friday, December 3, 4pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Enjoy a romantic evening exploring the five major flavors of Thai cuisine—sweet, salty, bitter, sour and spicy. In this class, you will practice knife-skills, stir-frying and building balanced flavors to put together an elegant feast. Save room for your new favorite dessert—a Thai twist on baked custard made with coconut cream.
$79

St. Pete Mural Tour by Bike
Saturday, December 4, 9am
Tour departs near Florida CraftArt
Hop on your bike or take advantage of Coast Bike Share for a leisurely ride with numerous stops. Learn more about these dynamic murals and the power of public art in St. Pete! Bike rental included.
$25

City of Tampa Santa Fest + Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4, 1:30-7:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Festivities include a holiday parade beginning at 1:30pm, plus entertainment and activities at Curtis Hixon Park from 3:30-5:30pm. Finally, stay for the Tampa Tree Lighting entertainment and see Mayor Castor and Santa Claus light up the tree before The Grinch (2018) movie plays plays in the park to end the day.
FREE Admission

Armature Works 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4, 6-8pm
Armature Works
The event kicks off at 6pm with family-friendly activities, Santa photo ops, live music performances from the Straz, and a visit from Busch Gardens Christmas Town Elves. The ceremonial tree lighting will happen at 7pm, followed by holiday performances. Explore Holiday vendors outside on the Armature Works lawn, or head inside for sweet treats, dinner, or drinks from Heights Public Market.
FREE Admission

Ybor City Festival
Sunday, December 5, 11am-5pm
Centennial Park 1800 E. 8th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
This one-day FREE festival, brings together the culture, heritage and history of the Latin culture. The festival will focus on the Cuban Heritage through its rich cultural foods music and arts & crafts dedicated to the culture in the heart of Ybor City’s Centennial Park.
FREE Admission

Holiday Classics: White Christmas (Sing-Along)
Sunday, December 5, 3pm
Tampa Theatre
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are captivating as matched pairs of entertainers caught up in cute misunderstandings as they strive for stardom and travel the road to love. Get ready to add your own voices to standards like “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings,” “Snow,” and “White Christmas” itself.
$13

Chimaek: Korean Chicken & Beer
Sunday, December 5, 4-6pm
Epicurean Hotel
Acclaimed Chef Noel Cruz of Gangchu in historic Seminole Heights will bring a true chimaek experience in the Epicurean Theatre, with an elevated spin you won’t get elsewhere.
$70


Tampa Bay Events for Date Night December 6 – 12

Heights Night Market
Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-9:30pm
Armature Works
Monthly outdoor market featuring live music plus a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and so much more. Family friendly.
FREE Admission

Heights Night Market at Armature Works
Image credit: Armature works

Related: Tampa Bay’s Unique Artisan Markets

Star Wars Themed Trivia
Wednesday, December 8, 7-9:30pm
3 Daughters Brewing
Space is limited to 40 teams (up to 6 players per team); there is no fee to play but you must reserve a FREE ticket for your team in advance in order to register. Prizes for the top 3 teams for themed games are Gift Cards for $75, $50, & $25!
FREE Admission

A Celebration of Wishes at The Dalí
Thursday, December 8, 10am-8pm
The Dalí
The museum will host a variety of activities throughout the year to commemorate the many wishes shared at the museum over the years. Activities include a wish reading ceremony, Avant-garden tours, live music and tarot card readings after 5pm, and more.
Included with museum admission; admission half off after 5pm

Snowed Inn at Sparkman Wharf
Thursday, December 9, 5:30pm
Sparkman Wharf
The lawn will become the ultimate post-slope hangout complete with falling snow, a hot toddy bar, oversized holiday cards, Instagram-able photo ops, swings transformed into ski lifts, bonfires with cozy blankets and a log cabin stage with unique, seasonal entertainment.
FREE Admission

9th Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar
Thursday, December 9, 5:30-9:30pm
Oxford Exchange
Inspired by eclectic and bustling European marketplaces, the Oxford Exchange space is transformed for one night out of the year into a diverse shopping venue, just in time for the holidays. There will be 40+ participating vendors and the Champagne Bar will be open during the event.
FREE Admission

The Florida Orchestra Holiday Pops
December 10, 2021: The Straz Center
December 11, 2021: Mahaffey Theater
December 12, 2021: Ruth Eckerd Hall
The Florida Orchestra returns for a special Holiday Pops concert series conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez.
$18 – $48

St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, December 11, 5-9pm
Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront Arts District
Visit multiple art galleries during this nighttime celebration of the arts in St. Pete. Drive yourself or choose a district to park & walk to your favorite spots or discover new ones!
FREE Admission


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.


Brewsology Beer Fest
Saturday, December 11, 7pm
MOSI
The Brewsology Beer Festival will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry for a one of a kind experience — a night at the museum! The event will feature over 30 breweries and 75 beers while providing attendees access throughout the museum.
$50 – $65

Image credit: Brewsology Beer Fest

3 Daughters Brewing Two-Day Holiday Market
December 11 – 12, 12-5pm
3 Daughters Brewing
Peruse goods from more than 40 local artists, shops and more, plus food trucks and free pictures with Red Bird Photo Booth if you bring a toy for the toy drive.
FREE Admission

Related: Must-Visit Holiday Markets in Tampa Bay for Unique Gifts

Second Sunday Art Walk + Vendor Fair
Sunday, December 12, 11am-3pm
Armature Works
This monthly event features a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts plus so much more in the Gathering space at Armature Works.
FREE

Christmas Classics – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Sunday, December 12, 3pm
Tampa Theatre
Originally conceived by writer/director David E. Talbert as a stage musical, Jingle Jangleretains the lively character of an in-person theatre experience — and the exceptionally strong, majority Black cast gives this overflowing stocking of a movie a fresh perspective on the optimism and redemptive potential of Christmas.
$10


Things to Do in Tampa December 13 – 19

Snowed Inn at Sparkman Wharf
Thursday, December 16, 5:30pm
Sparkman Wharf
The lawn will become the ultimate post-slope hangout complete with falling snow, a hot toddy bar, oversized holiday cards, Instagram-able photo ops, swings transformed into ski lifts, bonfires with cozy blankets and a log cabin stage with unique, seasonal entertainment.
FREE Admission

3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, December 16, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

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Friday, December 17, 7:30pm
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
This FREE, outdoor screening will take place at Curtis Hixon Park, as part of the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Winter Village. Concessions will be available and the Shops at Winter Village will be open; picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, and costumes or film-inspired festive attire are encouraged! To make this magical date-night complete, be sure to arrive early to enjoy caroling with the Tampa Oratorio Singers from 7-7:30pm.
FREE Admission

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Christmas Classics: It's a Wonderful Life
December 17 – 23, multiple showtimes
Tampa Theatre
$10

Santa Stumble Brewery Crawl
Saturday, December 18, 5pm
Multiple participating St. Pete breweries
Dress up like Santa for this festive brewery hop featuring winter beer releases from the Grand Central breweries.
FREE Admission

Indie Flea Sunday Market
Sunday, December 19, 12-4pm
Hotel Haya
Shop a micro collection of artist, makers, and small business with a heavy focus on high end vintage wares, plant and garden ornaments, ceramic housewares and handmade jewelry.
FREE admission

Date Night Cooking Class: Winter in Paris
Sunday, December 19, 7pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Learn how roasting brings out the best flavors in ingredients—from chicken to root vegetables. Instructors will teach you how to perfectly poach eggs and whisk together a classic French sauce. Round out the romantic evening by flambéing Parisian crêpes in a caramel sauce a l’orange.
$79

Related: Guide to Tampa Bay Cooking Classes

Full Moon Yoga
Sunday, December 19, 7-8pm
Armature Works – outdoors on the West Lawn
This event is free, open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome. Yoga will be instructed by Kodawari Studios. Please remember to bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle.
FREE


Things to Do in Tampa December 20 – 26

Movie on the Lawn – The Santa Clause
Monday, December 20, 7-9pm
Armature Works lawn
Families and friends of all ages are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free outdoor showing. Enjoy food and drinks from any of the vendors with in Heights Public Market.
FREE

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Thursday, December 23, 6-9:30pm
Epicurean Hotel
Indulge in a modern interpretation of the classic Italian holiday tradition during a seven-course paired wine dinner with Epicurean’s Executive Chef Adam Hyatt.
$200

Movie on the Lawn – Elf
Thursday, December 23, 7-9pm
Armature Works lawn
Families and friends of all ages are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free outdoor showing. Enjoy food and drinks from any of the vendors with in Heights Public Market.
FREE

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Image credit: Armature Works

Chicken Yoga ft. Ybor Misfits Microsanctuary
Sunday, December 26, 10:30-11:30am
Hotel Haya
Monthly installment of Chicken yoga hosted by Union Three Studio and special guests from the Ybor Misfits Microsanctuary.
FREE; $10 suggested donation

Related: Hit Cobblestone Streets for Date Night in Ybor City

Christmas Classics: Elf
Sunday, December 26, 3pm
Tampa Theatre
A good-natured and charming comedy about Buddy the Elf’s search for his biological family and the rejuvenating power of the Christmas spirit.
$10


Things to Do in Tampa December 27 – 31

Date Night Cooking Class: Lobster Ravioli Feast
Thursday, December 30, 4pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Get cozy in the kitchen as you put together a menu of sumptuous, chef-inspired dishes. You will roll fresh pasta, fill ravioli with lobster, and fold them in with a delicious white wine sauce. Plus, create a flavor-packed crostini that will delight all your senses and dress up a crunchy winter salad with blood oranges.
$89

First Night St. Pete 2022
Friday, December 31, beginning at 4pm
Downtown St. Pete
Join the fun at First Night St. Pete's Annual New Year's Eve celebration of the Arts! Performers range from musicians to dance and aerial performances to interactive art.
$12 – $20; VIP options available

Grand Glow Bubbles and Bourbon NYE
Friday, December 31, 9pm – 12:30am
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Welcome 2022 in a grand way with Bubbles and Bourbon at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. This outdoor event will feature live entertainment, a full range of beverage selections, and a variety of food stations.
Multiple ticket options available

Pirate Water Taxi New Years Fireworks Cruise
Friday, December 31, 11:30pm – 12:30am
Pirate Water Taxi
Bring in the New Year on the water with a front row seat on the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! Ring in the New Year on the water with a front row seat to downtown Tampa’s fireworks on Pirate Water Taxi’s New Year’s Eve Cruise! This 1-hour cruise includes a complimentary champagne toast, party favors and prime viewing of the fireworks. All ages welcome, but you must be 21+ with valid ID to drink.
$49.95

Related: The Best New Year’s Eve Events in Tampa Bay Clearwater St Pete


More Things to do this Week – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Enjoy park-wide festive fun at this award-winning holiday event. 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.
Included with park admission

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Curtis Hixon Park
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.
FREE Admission; ice skating is $17 for 75 minutes of skating

Winter Beach at St. Pete Pier
November 20, 2021 – January 17, 2022
St. Pete Pier
2021 marks the debut of a new holiday tradition, Winter Beach at the St. Pete Pier. Activities at this inaugural holiday event include free holiday movies, a holiday market, snow days and more. But the true highlight is ice skating in an outdoor rink made of real ice! The fun is enhanced with themed ice skating nights like Britney night, 90s night, and a Santa hat skate.
FREE Admission; ice skating is $17 for 75 minutes of skating

Christmas in the Wild
Select nights November 26 – December 24, 2021
ZooTampa
Enjoy one of Tampa’s largest light displays as the zoo transforms into a seasonal wonderland. Enjoy six new illuminated zones of lights, festive entertainment, delectable holiday treats, and amazing wildlife.
$29.95

Enchant Christmas
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Tropicana Field
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.
$25 – $35

Art on the House
Thursdays from 4-8pm
Tampa Museum of Art
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
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

Image credit: St. Pete Shuffle

Community Tchin-Tchin (Complimentary Wine Tasting)
Fridays from 5-7pm
Book + Bottle
Check out this casual Friday tasting at St. Pete’s local bookstore and wine shop. Themes change weekly.
FREE

St. Pete Walking Mural Tours
Saturdays from 10-11:30am
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

Bend, Bubbles & Brunch
Sundays from 10-11am
Epicurean Hotel
Recenter and restart with poolside yoga. Keep the relaxation going with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Ketel One Botanicals cocktails at the end of class. Enjoy all day pool access and stay for brunch at Élevage.
$25 in advance; $30 at the door


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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