Best Christmas Events in Tampa Bay
Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Date: Dec. 4 and 23, 6:30
Location: Garrison Channel (Channelside)
There is nothing better than a parade during the holiday season. Wait!…maybe there is. It’s a boat parade! Watch as festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer around Davis Islands, Harbour Island, and through the Garrison Channel.
Victorian Christmas Stroll
Date: Dec. 1-31, 2011- Open daily 10am-8pm
Location: Henry B. Plant Museum on University of Tampa campus
Price: Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). **Discount Days are December 5, 6,12, and 13. On those days, admission is reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths.
Stroll through the Henry B. Plant Museum for the 30th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. Listen to carolers sing Christmas songs by the 15 foot tree in the Grand Hallway. Sip complimentary spiced cider while taking a walk through decorations inspired by a 19th century Christmas. There will be 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.
Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Movie in the Park
Date: December 2, 2011
Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park- 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
The public is invited to join Mayor Buckhorn to kick off the holiday season in Tampa with the first official lighting of the City of Tampa Christmas Tree Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Singer Belinda Womack will perform along with The Late Night Brass Band. Keith Cate from News Channel 8 will emcee the event. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be followed by the holiday movie “Elf” in the park. The movie will start at 8:15 p.m.
St. Petersburg City Theater Presents: Miracle on 34th Street
Date: December 2-18 (Friday & Saturday at 8pm- Sunday matinees at 2pm)
Location: 4025 31st. St. South, St. Petersburg, 33712
Price: $22.00 adults and $10.00 students
In an age where cynicism and hopelessness rule comes a show where miracles happen. For this holiday season it’s time to believe again and remember the wonder of childhood. Come experience Miracle on 34Th Street, this magical show is a wonderful treat for the whole family and will set the stage for your holiday festivities.
A Christmas Story, The Musical!
Date: Dec. 6-11
Location: Straz Center For the Performing Arts at Straz Center
Price: Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50.
America’s #1 Christmas movie comes to Tampa Dec. 6-11 as a hilarious holiday musical. Based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story, The Musical! chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams — a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun. (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”) A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between young Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benji and Justin Paul, a hilarious book by Joseph Robinette. It’s a perennial holiday classic that will entertain the whole family.
Lowry Park Zoo’s 11th Annual- Wild Wonderland
Date: December 3, 9-11, 16-23 & 26-30 • 6:30-10 p.m.
Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo- 1101 W. Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Price: Admission is $13 for adults (ages 12 and over), $11 for children (ages 3-11) and free for children age 2 and under. (Annual Zoo Pass holders receive discounted admission.)
Light up your holidays at the Zoo with wondrous animated displays like Visions of Sugarplums and the Frozen Forest. Dazzling decorations usher in the holiday, along with the jolly old elf himself and his merry mammals – real reindeer. Enjoy free rides and savor traditional holiday treats from the Zoo’s own “Sweet Shop.”