The 25 best ways to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay this holiday season
Christmas palm trees, fake snow, boat parades and a whole lot of twinkly lights. If you're looking to gaze upon as many strung up lights as possible this year, Tampa Bay has plenty of options.
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Boarding and Departure at Tampa Convention Center
Nov. 26-Dec. 30
The Pirate Taxi will be taking people on a boat tour of River of Lights for $20 a pop for the kids and $25 tickets for adults. Kids get to write a letter to Santa and send it through a mail buoy to the North Pole. Christmas Carols will be sung, and there's a pretty nice view of downtown Tampa.
1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg
Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Since you didnt get enough of Tropicana Field during the Rays postseason, visit there for Enchant Christmas. Enchant will have a maze and a market, with Christmas lights galore. Enchant has several options for ticket packages, but the base price is $25 for both adults and kids. Children 2 and under are free.
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
Nov. 25-Dec. 28
Located at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in Dover, Wonderland of Lights and Santas Village has a drive-thru lights show with a village at the end featuring circus attractions, craft stations, camel rides, and the obligatory photo with Santa. Cost is $25 per car (1-8 people).
10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa
Daily through Jan. 2
Bring the kids, as Busch Gardens features Christmas Town, which has a Sing-Along Train, millions of lights, and visits from the classic Christmas characters, Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You do have to pay for a park ticket to get in though (a Fun Card costs $84.99 and gets you in through 2022) plus any money you want to spend for food and drinks.
800 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg
Nov. 20-Jan. 17
Celebrate the holidays at the inaugural Winter Beach at St. Pete Pier. Theres a holiday market, snow days, an arcade, movie nights, and ice skating (at $17 per person) on real ice. Check out themed nights like 90s, Santa Hat Skate, and Pride Night. And, of course, Santa will be there.
12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo
Nov. 26 - Jan. 2
This annual Holiday Lights in the Garden event has over 1 million lights on display from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. every night. A donation of $10 for anyone over 10 is suggested.
Through Jan. 2
Ice skating and a lights display are the main attractions at Curtis Hixon Parks yearly event. Skating costs $17, plus whatever treats you want to buy yourself from the pop-up market.
1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
Nov. 26-Dec. 30
In addition to animals and festive goodies, there are six new light zones at ZooTampas Christmas in the Wild this year. The event is limited capacity; $5 reserves your date (plus the $29.95 ticket).
6299 W Waters Ave.,Tampa,
An iconic Tampa tradition, the Chick-fil-A on Waters Ave has displayed millions of Christmas lights every year for over two decades. It honestly doesnt feel like Christmas until you experience the drive-thru and grab a lil spicy chicken sandwich on the way out.
4412 W Sylvan Ramble St., Tampa
The Sylvan Ramble House has become somewhat of a local institution when it comes to holiday lights. The house features thousands of lights and displays timed to music. The shows are every 20 minutes and can be viewed for free from your car!