Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park:

WHEN: November 18 – December 16

WHERE: Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park – 600 North Ashley Drive Downtown, Tampa

COST: Free

INFO: Come celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at 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.  Go ice skating, shop at a Christmas market or watch a holiday movie on the lawn.


Holiday Lights in the Gardens:

WHEN: November 24 – December 31 | 5:30 – 9:30PM

WHERE: Florida Botanical Gardens – 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo

COST: $4 Donation

INFO: The annual "Holiday Lights in the Gardens" is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout our Botanical Gardens highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. Refreshments are available, as well as Holiday-themed gifts at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop.


Christmas in the Wild:

WHEN: November 24 – December 30 (select nights) | 4:00PM – close

WHERE: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

COST: $24.95

INFO: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of winter wonder for the Christmas in the Wild event! For 18 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique, but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night. From the sights of stunning lights, the seasonal smells of holiday treats, the excitement of festive entertainment and the magic of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a uniquely immersive holiday experience.


The Oakdale Christmas House:

WHEN: November 24 – January 3 6:00 – 10:00PM

WHERE: 2719 Oakdale Street S., St Petersburg

COST: Free

INFO: The Oakdale Christmas House in St. Pete has been featured on HGTV and The Today Show as one of the best Christmas light displays in America! This light show showcases 12 truckloads of lights, model trains and railroads, holiday inflatables, water fountains and much more.


Christmas Lights at Chick-fil-A

WHEN: November 23 – December 31 | 6:00PM – Close

WHERE: 6299 W Waters Ave, Tampa

COST: Free

INFO: Did Clark Griswold move into a Local Chick-fil-A? The restaurant located on Waters Ave. in Tampa has once again gone all out with their Christmas lights and decorations. Want to see for yourself? Head on over after the sun has set to check out the very merry and bright decorations.


Holiday Lights in Largo:

WHEN: December 2 – January 1

WHERE: Largo Central Park at 101 Central Park Drive, Largo

COST: Free admission, $5 ferris wheel tickets

INFO: Hop on the ferris wheel and see over 2 million Christmas lights from the sky in Largo! The holiday light display at Largo Central Park will feature six light displays, carousel rides, food, drinks and much more.



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