Winter break is here and there are a couple things to do while the kids are home on break.
The week of Christmas is packed with lighted boat parades, Christmas markets, and holiday shows. Here’s a list of some things to do in the Tampa Bay area this week.
Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Boat Parade
The Hillsborough River lights up every year with hundreds of holiday boats during Tampa’s Lighted Boat Parade. The tree will be on display from December 3rd – January 2nd.
The boat parade takes place December 22 from 6-8p.m.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
The Florida Botanical Gardens are all lit up for the annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens display. Over 1 million LED lights are used to set the gardens aglow.
The display is on from November 23 through Dec. 30 every night from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Christmas in the Wild at Lowry Park Zoo
Santa’s reindeer have flown in for Christmas in the Wild at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and guests can see the reindeer along with him.
Visit Christmas in the Wild Friday and Saturdays November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 26-30.
Victorian Christmas Stroll
Henry B. Plant Museum travels back in time for the the annual Christmas Stroll. The building is completely transformed from a museum dedicated to the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant to an exhibit of what a Victorian Christmas in 1891 would look like.
The Christmas Stroll runs from December 1st – 23rd, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tickets ate $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $9 for kids.
Watch the Winter Wonderettes
Head over to the Stageworks Theater, Tampa’s longest running theater company, for a seasonal celebration the whole family will enjoy.
The show runs weekends throughout December. Tickets are $15 each.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, is a holiday extravaganza. One million lights, shopping, shows, Santa, and characters from the TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” are brought to life during this festive event. It’s great holiday fun for kids of all ages.
Christmas Town takes place from November 17th- December 31st.
Cirque de Soleil’s CRYSTAL Event
The award winning Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL performance returns to Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena for a breathtaking holiday event.
This show will run from December 19th- December 23rd. Book tickets in advance!
Last minute holidays shopping? Head over to the Holiday Maker’s Market at the Westshore Plaza and browse through the work of over fifty artists, craftsman, and makers.
The market takes place from November 23rd – December 23rd.
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