Tampa Events to Celebrate the Ho-Ho-Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Tampa is known for its beautiful weather, even into the winter months. This provides a unique opportunity for Tampa events to host winter festivities outdoors. Around this time of year, other parts of the country may be limited to indoor events.

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Celebrate The Christmas Season At These Holiday-themed Tampa Events

There is so much happening in Tampa Bay this holiday season! For example, we have special Christmas concerts and festivals, as well as a number of parades and light shows. Read on for a sampling of the many Tampa, Florida attractions this season.


Sylvan Ramble Lights’ Annual Christmas Light Show

Every Friday and Saturday in December

Plus December 23-25 and 29-30

Sylvan Ramble Lights

4412 West Sylvan Ramble Street

Tampa, FL 33609

Enjoy this Christmas light show spectacular while listening to a variety of Christmas music, featuring modern favorites as well as traditional hymns. Come to join in the fun and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

The 20-minute Christmas light shows are presented every 30 minutes. However, all show times take place between 7 PM and 9 PM. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. All proceeds benefit a local charity. See the event website for more details.


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19th Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Hillsborough River

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Lowry Park Boat Ramp

1204 West Flora Street

Tampa, FL 33604

This year marks the 19th Annual Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by Friends of the River.  This delightful event is a sight to see. At this parade,  boats covered in Christmas lights make their way along the beautiful Hillsborough River. Come and join in on the holiday fun for the whole family!

For those participating in the parade, check-in is 5:30 PM at the Lowry Park Boat Ramp. There is no entry fee, but Sierra Club waivers must be signed before the event. All participants must wear wristbands and Coast Guard-approved flotation devices.

The parade starts around 5:30 PM. Paddlers will lead, followed by powerboats. In between, Safety and Marine Patrol Boats will help keep the pace. Admission is free, so grab friends and family on the way! Be sure to find a comfy place to watch the floats so by, because the event is scheduled to last until 8:30 PM.

This event is sponsored by c. 1949. Co-sponsors are Tampa Bay Sierra Club’s Outings Program and Friends of the River.

Bonus Event:

Official Holiday Boat Parade After-Party

Immediately Following the Parade

The Brick Patio at c. 1949

6905 N. Orleans Avenue,

Tampa, FL 33604

After the parade, head around the corner from the boat ramp for the official after-party! Of course, the Holiday Beer Bar is for adults only. Remember to party responsibly and arrange for a reliable ride if you’ll be drinking.

In addition to the after party, c. 1949 is also hosting two other events on this date. From 11-3 in the Florida Beer Garden, there is Brunch, Biscuits and Booze Sundays. This boozy brunch event features bottomless mimosas and sake-infused bloody marys.

Later in the evening, you can catch a showing of National Lampoon’s Vacation at Sunday Movie Night.

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Breakfast With Santa

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Maggiano’s Little Italy

203 Westshore Plaza

Tampa, FL 33609

Bring the kids to enjoy a wonderful breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 – 10 AM. The children can visit with Santa, present their Christmas wish lists, and even get their faces painted.  Bring your camera and get ready to create some very special holiday memories.

The breakfast buffet will include:

  • Scrambled Eggs,
  • Crème Brulee French Toast,
  • Smoked Bacon,
  • Fran’s Homestyle Potatoes,
  • Assorted Pastries/Muffins/Croissants,
  • Turkey/Ham Carving Station,
  • Frittatas,
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Coffee, Tea, Juice, and Soft Drinks.

Admission for adults and children aged 12 and older is $30. For kids aged 2 – 11, admission is $20. Due to space limitations, please make reservations early. Call 813-288-0066 for more information.


Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker Holiday Performances

Friday – Sunday, December 21 – 23, 2018

Carol Morsani Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1010 N. Macinnes Place

Tampa, FL 33602

This classic ballet is always a holiday favorite. Nothing puts you in a festive mood like a sparkling world of dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents, and world-class famous music.

Principal dancers from the New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet will take you on a Sugar Plum Fairy adventure alongside as well as Next Generation Ballet’s top young dancers. Performances are perfect for all ages. Tickets start at $38 and showtime is 7 PM. Purchase your tickets early, because last year’s performances sold out!


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The Joy of Giving

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Raymond James Stadium

4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 36607

This is the Bullard Family Foundation‘s 9th annual Tampa Holiday Festival. This event focuses on community bonding, with all sorts of fun activities for children of all ages. This festival is guaranteed to provide a fun-filled holiday celebration for the whole family. The festival hours are from 10:01 AM – 4:01 PM. So, let’s make a day of it!

Admission is free, but registration is required. Remember,  you must have your ticket to enter. You may use your printed ticket or the PDF version. Registration deadline is December 14, 2018.


New Year’s Eve at Bizou

Monday, December 31, 2018

Bizou Brasserie

601 North Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602

Ring in the New Year with the mesmerizing events of Cirque de Bizou! Get ready to be dazzled by incredible illusionists, brave fire acts, LED spinners. Two DJs provide music both inside the lounge and outside on the patio. Preserve your memories in print at the event’s photo booths.

Celebrate NYE from 10 PM – 1 AM and watch the ball drop at midnight from the outdoor patio. However, all attendees must be 21 or older. General admission tickets are $20 each, which includes complimentary champagne after 10 PM.

For early access, join the Dinner and Party at 8 PM or snag a VIP table to get in at 7 PM. Dinner party guests will enjoy access to all food stations as well as complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and champagne. These tickets vary in price and must be reserved in advance.


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Make this holiday season special. Enjoy the festive sights with friends and family in a Tampa party bus! When you party in a bus, there is room for everyone to ride together.

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Our professionally trained chauffeurs will meet and greet you at the airport, assist with your luggage, and provide you with your own personal concierge. We have a beautiful, up-to-date fleet of luxury sedans, stretch limousines, and party bus rentals to choose from.

At Network Transportation, you can depend on our reliable, safe, and comfortable transportation to your destination. Our chauffeurs are very knowledgeable of Tampa and the surrounding areas. They are highly cognizant of high-traffic areas to avoid. So there’s no need to worry about finding your way around a new area. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday sights and sounds in luxury!

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Written By: Ryan Lubin