Enjoy Tampa's Holiday Attractions for Festive Family Fun

Tampa during the holidays can be a real treat for those seeking refuge from the snow and cold of northern climates. However, sometimes the lack of snow and cold can make it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Luckily, Tampa features a ton of fun events and activities throughout the holiday season to help you ignite your festive spark. To find the perfect opportunities for you and your loved ones, check out this list of Tampa's top 10 holiday events.

Conveniently located in downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the Winter Village attraction that is open daily from November 18 through December 25. Featuring an improbable outdoor ice rink, cafe, and pop-up market, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy. And don't worry, skate rentals are available on-site.

If you're looking for an elegant way to bring in the New Year, check out the New Year's Eve Gala taking place at Tampa's newest gathering spot, the Armature Works. This promises to a dazzling event and a new annual tradition complete with a fireworks display projected against views of the downtown skyline . It may be pricey, but you are guaranteed an evening that you won't forget!



Snow on 7th is the holiday event where you can experience that most elusive of Florida phenomenon - you guessed it - snow! On Saturday, December 10th, Ybor City, Tampa's historic district, hosts their annual parade that turns this picturesque...  Read More

New Year's Eve Gala 2019 at Armature Works
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Tampa's newest and most exclusive New Year's Eve gala is going to held at the recently opened Armature Works. Ring in 2019 while dancing to high-energy, top-40 dance tunes played by the Florida-based From Me To You Band. This is an all inclusive...  Read More



Tampa's largest New Year's Eve fireworks display is held at the free Light Up the Bay waterfront party. The event starts at 7 p.m. with fireworks at midnight. Enjoy live entertainment, local vendors, and a variety of food and beverages. Best...  Read More



Experience the warmth and charm of an old-fashioned Christmas at the Henry B. Plant Museum's annual Victorian Christmas Stroll event from December 1 - 23. Housed in what used to be Tampa's most luxurious hotel, the museum captures the spirit of...  Read More



Just because we don't get snow, doesn't mean we don't know how to celebrate the holidays. Each year the city of Tampa hosts Santa Fest and the Rough Riders Holiday Parade. This year's event will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The Holiday...  Read More



Everyone loves a festive light show to get us in the holiday spirit and Tampa residents are no different. This year, explore the spectacular holiday light show and winter festival at the Wonderland of Lights in Brandon. Located at the...  Read More



Tampa's great weather can sometimes make it difficult to get into the holiday spirit for those used to the snow and cold. Inject a cheerful chill into your holiday celebrations at Winter Village located downtown along the beautiful riverfront....  Read More



Tampa kicks off the holiday season with an annual tree lighting ceremony featuring the Mayor and hosted by Friends of Tampa Recreation. The event is held downtown at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the first Friday in December with festivities...  Read More



Tampa's award winning Lowry Park Zoo hosts Christmas in the Wild, an animal-filled holiday celebration, every weekend day starting at 4 pm from November 24 through December 30. Enjoy festive lights and decorations with closing times extended to...  Read More

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Busch Gardens Tampa has the perfect way to rekindle the holiday feeling with their annual Christmas Town event. As darkness falls on November 17, over one million lights twinkle to life and the park transforms into a festive wonderland....  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye