“Friends are the family you choose.”
— Jess C. Scott
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that you have. Friendsgiving is an extra special time to show our gratitude for friends that make our lives great. Some people find themselves far from family during the Thanksgiving season and choose to celebrate with friends instead. Other people think of their friends as family and wouldn’t want to celebrate with anyone else. No matter how you choose to celebrate this Friendsgiving, Tampa has some great places to do it.
Top Tampa Friendsgiving Locations
Check out these ideas for a festive Friendsgiving. Whether you’re up for checking out some Tampa events or celebrating at home, there’s something for everyone.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.
Your Best Friend’s Place
The best thing about celebrating with your friends is enjoying time spent together. The best part of celebrating at home is that you can have whatever kind of event you want.
- For a low-key take on the tradition, host an informal dinner where everyone brings a dish. Set a date, pick a host, and pass around a sign-up sheet with everyone’s favorites.
Start the day early by tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Catch it on the major news networks at 9 AM.
Are friends in the area from out of town? Take advantage of the slower tourist season and show them around Tampa! Take a stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk. With any luck, you may even have the best Tampa beaches to yourself.
Do you have that one friend who just can’t wait for Christmas? You know, the one who tries to play holiday music before the turkey is even on the table. After dinner, grab that friend and head to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Rudolph and his friends will be in town from November 17 – December 31. The event is included in park admission, which starts around $80 per person.
Are Your Friends Flying to TPA Airport?
November 22, 2018
You don’t have to cook up a storm to enjoy a traditional meal this Friendsgiving. Eddie V’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day and serving holiday dinner from 11 AM – 9 PM. If tradition isn’t your thing, don’t worry. The full dinner menu will also be available.
Wondering what’s on the menu? Guests will enjoy holiday favorites including turkey with all the trimmings, hard-whipped potatoes, and butternut squash. The price tag on this festive meal is $42 per adult and $15 per child. For dessert, there is pumpkin pie with butter pecan ice cream for an additional $12. We highly suggest you make your dinner reservation before the dining room is full.
Don’t Drive in a Turkey Coma.
November 22-24, 2018
You won’t find this event on Ticketmaster. This tradition has been going nearly four decades strong. Enjoy great bluegrass music by day or camp out for this three-day festival. The lineup features several artists, including Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, and Southern Express. Check out the full schedule for more information. Daily tickets start at $20 with weekend passes priced at $90. For primitive camping, add $15 per person for each night. Kick off the weekend with a potluck on the grounds at 2 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
November 22, 2018
Buck tradition or create your own with this unique Thanksgiving experience. The Yacht Starship will host three cruises on Thanksgiving Day. You can expect to pay around $60 per adult of $40 per child, plus a small charge for taxes and fees. Onboard, guest can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. There’s no need to fight over what type of meat to have for your holiday meal. This spread includes both turkey and glazed ham. Other featured favorites include autumn veggies and seasonal sides, like cornbread stuffing and sweet potato casserole. Don’t miss the awesome photo opportunities on the upper decks. Where better than the Bay to enjoy the beautiful views of Tampa and Clearwater beach?
Ditch the Holiday Traffic.
Once you’ve got your holiday festivities planned, it’s on to the next step.
How will you get there?
Don’t wait until the last minute. Searching “Car Service Near Me” during Thanksgiving season could be a disaster. There may not be many drivers available. The ones who are working may not be in a very good mood.
Arrange limo transportation in advance with a professional chauffeur. Your chauffeur is more than just a driver. This is someone dedicated to getting you to your destination quickly and safely while providing the best level of service.
Don’t want to ride alone? Book a party bus rental and everyone can ride together. There’s even plenty of room for the covered dishes.
Once it’s time to send everyone home, someone has to drive to the airport.
Skip airport parking Tampa. A Tampa airport shuttle will save you time and money.
Your chauffeur will even help with your bags.
Network Transportation has you covered once the holidays are over, as well.
There is so much more to limousine service than you might expect.