Holiday Events in Tampa, FL

Make this holiday season special by having fun and spending time together. No matter what or how you celebrate, there are plenty of events in Tampa & Hillsborough County for you and your family. Always wanted to go ice-skating but could never find somewhere to do it? Love amusement parks but you’re looking for something different? Here are just a few of our favorite things.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice is the only outdoor seasonal ice rink in the Tampa Bay area. Enjoy it now through January 3, 2016. Interested in skating lessons or hosting a private party featuring the fun of ice skating? Look no further. Tickets are $12 per person for 90 minutes of skating. For group rate prices and hours, head to their website.

Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Tampa
10165 N. McKinley Dr.
Tampa, FL

Busch Gardens transforms into a spectacular wonderland inspired by the holidays with entertainment and attractions for the whole family. Rain or shine, Christmas Town is happening now until December 31. Ticket prices and park dates vary.


Tampa City Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

USF Theatre 1
Tampa, FL

The Tampa City Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life right before your eyes. Watch this holiday classic on December 13 starting at 3:00 p.m. Admission can be purchased in advance for $20 or $25 at the door.

Bright Nights

Bright Nights

Glazer Children’s Museum
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL

Join the Glazer Children’s Museum for its newest event Bright Nights. See and play inside your favorite museum exhibits that have seasonal music and a shimmering light show. Kids can design and build their own gingerbread house along with other festive activities. The fun takes place on Thursday and Friday nights until December 18. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for general admission.

Boat Parade

16th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

Lowry Park Boat Ramp on the Hillsborough River
7525 North Blvd.
Tampa, FL

Calling all boaters and paddlers, the Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade will take place on December 13. This community tradition is one you surely won’t want to miss. Boaters will assemble at 5:30 pm and the parade will begin at 6:00 pm. Admission: free for all!

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