The most festive things to do in Tampa Bay this holiday season

Feeling moderately chilly, arguing with your relatives, and sipping on hot cocoa aren't the only festivities going down in Tampa Bay this year. Here are a few solid holiday events worth getting out of the house for.

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town
10165 N McKinley Dr. Tampa, FL
November 16 – January 6
Included with daily admission, Fun cards and annual passes, Busch Gardens Christmas Town features the Sing-Along Train, visits from Santa and his reindeers, ice-skating performances, contemporary Christian gospel concerts and a whole lot more for the family to enjoy. Tickets start at $84.99 for single day admission.
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Busch Gardens Christmas Town

10165 N McKinley Dr. Tampa, FL
November 16 – January 6
Included with daily admission, Fun cards and annual passes, Busch Gardens Christmas Town features the Sing-Along Train, visits from Santa and his reindeers, ice-skating performances, contemporary Christian gospel concerts and a whole lot more for the family to enjoy. Tickets start at $84.99 for single day admission.

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Walk down S. Boulevard in Hyde Park
Tampa Heights/ Hyde Park
Ongoing
This South Tampa neighborhood has been doing the most when it comes to holiday lights. This could be your new jogging path for the next few weeks (if the lights and endorphins don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, then you’re just cold). Seems that all the neighbors are in cahoots when it comes to decorating, and for that, we’re thankful.
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Walk down S. Boulevard in Hyde Park

Tampa Heights/ Hyde Park
Ongoing
This South Tampa neighborhood has been doing the most when it comes to holiday lights. This could be your new jogging path for the next few weeks (if the lights and endorphins don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, then you’re just cold). Seems that all the neighbors are in cahoots when it comes to decorating, and for that, we’re thankful.

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Snowfest
400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg
December 7
Activities include big-kid and kiddie toboggan slides, art tent, karaoke, inflatables, Nomad Art Bus, food trucks and more. Teens can stop by TASCO’s Teen Area to play video games, charge their phones (because, teens), listen to holiday hits and get some quality time with their friends. Wristbands are $5.
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Snowfest

400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg
December 7
Activities include big-kid and kiddie toboggan slides, art tent, karaoke, inflatables, Nomad Art Bus, food trucks and more. Teens can stop by TASCO’s Teen Area to play video games, charge their phones (because, teens), listen to holiday hits and get some quality time with their friends. Wristbands are $5.

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Christmas Light Display
2719 Oakdale St S. St. Petersburg, FL
November 29 – January 3
What was once just a decorated house with lights and ornaments soon turned into an entire yard dedicated to Christmas. A woman turned her yard into a holiday light show that now offers hot chocolate and other sweets; it’s also attracted the likes of HGTV and NBC’s “Today Show.” The event is so big — probably because it's free — that cops come to help regulate the crowds.
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Christmas Light Display

2719 Oakdale St S. St. Petersburg, FL
November 29 – January 3
What was once just a decorated house with lights and ornaments soon turned into an entire yard dedicated to Christmas. A woman turned her yard into a holiday light show that now offers hot chocolate and other sweets; it’s also attracted the likes of HGTV and NBC’s “Today Show.” The event is so big — probably because it's free — that cops come to help regulate the crowds.

Photo via Google Images
Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl in Ybor
1707 N. 17th St., Ybor City
November 27
It has been said that the day before Thanksgiving is when the most alcohol is consumed, and the Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl is helping locals live up to that. Start at First Chance Last Chance and make your way around Ybor City haunts to get absolutely hammered before Turkey Day. Might ease some of that anxiety of reuniting with extended family. Utilize your ridesharing app that night, OK?
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Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl in Ybor

1707 N. 17th St., Ybor City
November 27
It has been said that the day before Thanksgiving is when the most alcohol is consumed, and the Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl is helping locals live up to that. Start at First Chance Last Chance and make your way around Ybor City haunts to get absolutely hammered before Turkey Day. Might ease some of that anxiety of reuniting with extended family. Utilize your ridesharing app that night, OK?

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