25 bucket list Christmas events in Tampa Bay everyone should do in 2020

Christmas this year may look different, but Tampa Bay is still packed with plenty of yuletide cheer. Here are a few can't-miss holiday events, including light shows, Christmas markets, bar pop-ups and movie showings that everyone should check out this year.

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Winter Village at Curtis Hixon 
Through Jan. 3
600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa
Curtis Hixon’s Winter Village is back again this year. Head downtown for ice skating, festive lights along the Tampa Riverwalk and winter treats from local spots like Kahwa Coffee. All ice skating tickets must be purchased online in advance, they’re $15 for all ages and include skates.
Photo via Winter Village at Curtis Hixon/Facebook

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon

Through Jan. 3
600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa
Curtis Hixon’s Winter Village is back again this year. Head downtown for ice skating, festive lights along the Tampa Riverwalk and winter treats from local spots like Kahwa Coffee. All ice skating tickets must be purchased online in advance, they’re $15 for all ages and include skates.

Photo via Winter Village at Curtis Hixon/Facebook
River of Lights Holiday Cruises 
Selected Dates in December
Tampa Riverwalk
This water taxi tour through downtown Tampa will include a visit by a jolly pirate elf, Christmas song sing-a-longs, and a chance to see snow flurries in Florida . The voyage will be carried out on the Captain Jack II, which will operate at 50% capacity. Kids will also have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mailbox. 
Photo via Pirate Water Taxi/Facebook

River of Lights Holiday Cruises

Selected Dates in December
Tampa Riverwalk
This water taxi tour through downtown Tampa will include a visit by a jolly pirate elf, Christmas song sing-a-longs, and a chance to see snow flurries in Florida . The voyage will be carried out on the Captain Jack II, which will operate at 50% capacity. Kids will also have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mailbox.

Photo via Pirate Water Taxi/Facebook
St. Pete Holiday Events 
Through Jan. 3
Event locations vary
St. Pete is offering a plethora of holiday options for you and your family this year, including drive-in movies, light shows and displays, and opportunities to meet Santa Claus. Visit St. Pete’s website to which of their many events are right for you. 
Photo via St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation/Facebook

St. Pete Holiday Events

Through Jan. 3
Event locations vary
St. Pete is offering a plethora of holiday options for you and your family this year, including drive-in movies, light shows and displays, and opportunities to meet Santa Claus. Visit St. Pete’s website to which of their many events are right for you.

Photo via St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation/Facebook
A Pirate’s Christmas 
Through Jan. 3
333 S Franklin St, Tampa,
Setting sail from Sparkman Wharf, Lost Pearl’s A Pirate’s Christmas is a 45-minute family-friendly cruise that will bring sailors  by Holiday Island to get a look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, temporary tattoos, and face painting will only add to the fun, and cruise times begin on the hour, every hour from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Photo via Pirate Ship Tampa/Facebook

A Pirate’s Christmas

Through Jan. 3
333 S Franklin St, Tampa,
Setting sail from Sparkman Wharf, Lost Pearl’s A Pirate’s Christmas is a 45-minute family-friendly cruise that will bring sailors by Holiday Island to get a look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, temporary tattoos, and face painting will only add to the fun, and cruise times begin on the hour, every hour from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Photo via Pirate Ship Tampa/Facebook
Holiday Spectacular 
Through Jan. 2
Tampa Riverwalk
Holiday Spectacular features a massive 35 inch tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, several other lighted displays floating on barges in the river and the lighted garland and red bows on the Riverwalk light poles. The hotels, restaurants, and bars that line the Riverwalk will have their own light displays as well, leaving no shortage of options to look at.
Photo via Visit Tampa Bay

Holiday Spectacular

Through Jan. 2
Tampa Riverwalk
Holiday Spectacular features a massive 35 inch tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, several other lighted displays floating on barges in the river and the lighted garland and red bows on the Riverwalk light poles. The hotels, restaurants, and bars that line the Riverwalk will have their own light displays as well, leaving no shortage of options to look at.

Photo via Visit Tampa Bay