2019 Holiday Guide

winter camps, holiday activities & family fun


Happy VACATION! Make the most of your family time with our 2019 guide to holiday parties, winter camps & local activities, presented by iFly.

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St Andrews United Methodist Church. Have some family fun this Christmas! Make ornaments and Christmas cookies with us on Dec. 4. Sing your favorite Christmas songs, play in the snow, sip hot chocolate, and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas at Caroling in the Courtyard on Dec 20. Check out these and other events here.

Christmas Lane. Christmas Lane winter-wonderland returns to the Florida Strawberry Festival®, 2508 W. Oak Ave., Plant City. Features Santa, 1.5 million sparkling lights, beautifully decorated trees 40’ tall, live entertainment, Living Nativities with real animals, and an activity-filled KidsZone. Rides and food for purchase. Thursdays–Sundays, Nov 29–Dec 22, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 24. Open 6-10pm. Admission: $5 +tax or less. Free parking. Click here for details.

Holiday Extravaganza & Tree Lighting. Families can enjoy fun craft stations, delicious tasty treats, and a Kidzone. We’ll also be raffling holiday giveaways worth over $2,500! Santa Claus will light the Seminole City Center Holiday Tree at 6pm. He will also be available for free Christmas pictures. Entry to the Extravaganza and tree lighting are open to all! The fun runs Dec 14 from 4-7pm, click here for details.

Holiday Markets at University Town Center. The Holiday Markets at The Mall at University Town Center will make your holiday gift shopping a breeze! Support small businesses and buy local on 2 full weekends this December. The Holiday Markets will feature 50+ artisans with something for everyone (including that one picky person you always have trouble finding a gift for). Dec 7-8 and Dec 21-22 from 12-9pm.fusion_separator style_type=”none” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” sep_color=”” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center”][/fusion_separator]

Keel Farms Holiday on the Farm. Come out to the farm for lots of holiday fun! Join us for Santa, vendors, food trucks, u-pick, and more. Admission is $5 per person and children under 5 are free. Admission includes hayrides and kid’s activities like a bounce house, and ornament decorating. Keel Farms is home to Keel & Curley Winery and its sister brewing company, so be sure to stop in for farm-fresh wine, beer, and cider too. Click here for details.

Santa Fest. Santa Fest is a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss! The 38th Annual Santa Fest & Christmas Parade in downtown Tampa begins at 11am on Saturday, December 7. Enjoy our daylong festival in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park filled with entertainment, arts and crafts, games & activities, food vendors, and free Photos with Santa. Click here for more info.

SantaFest at Loop West. Santa is coming to town! Join the SantaFest Celebration and don’t miss his special appearance at Loop West on Saturday, December 7, from 2-5pm located in the east quadrant near JCPenney. This is a free to all, family-friendly holiday celebration for all ages to come enjoy!

Santa’s Winter Festival at the Grove. Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, a holiday train, bounce houses, stilt walking elves, Frozen princesses, light-up displays, Florida snowball fights, ornament painting, and more. Tickets are $10 children, $5 adults, and all activities are included. Proceeds will benefit The Stano Foundation, a nonprofit that sends care packages to active military members overseas. Click here for info.

Sunshine Illumination. 2nd annual Shimmering Lights Christmas is a self-guided, ¼ mile walking trail through dancing lights to music, outdoor movies, crafts, and an expanded game room! Santa will be on hand for pictures and wishes. Open nightly starting November 29th Thursdays & Sundays 6-9 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 6-10pm. Special opening December 23, 24 & 25th. 6-9pm $6 per person, ages 3 and under are free. Click here for details.

Tampa Tree Lighting. Join Mayor Castor for Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec 6, 6 pm, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The family-friendly event will have you singing along with Late Night Brass as they perform your favorite holiday carols. After the trees are lit, enjoy the movie, Elf, followed by a spectacular light show! Click here for more info.

Twas the Weekend Before Christmas at Westfield Citrus Park. Join Westfield Citrus Park for holiday fun on Fri, Dec 20, at 6:30pm. Listen to classic holiday stories told by Mrs. Claus, decorate cookies, and much more. Children will also enjoy a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself! The first 200 children in line will receive a stocking filled by Santa. Click here for details.


thu12dec9:00 am10:00 pmOla The Elf at Armature Works - A Holiday Tradition @ Armature Works Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec10:00 am8:00 pm11th Annual Gingerbread Festival @ The Mall at University Town Center Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec10:00 amChristmas Town @ Busch Gardens Price: Admission fee Ages: All ages

thu12dec10:00 am5:00 pmHolidays @ Bok Tower Gardens Price: $25 adults, $12 kids 5-12, free kids under 5 Ages: All ages

thu12dec10:30 am12:00 pmROAR Fall 2019 @ The Ringling Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec4:00 pm10:00 pmWinter Village @ Curtis Hixon Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec5:30 pm9:30 pmHoliday Lights in the Gardens 2019 @ Florida Botanical Gardens Price: $5 Donation Ages: All ages

thu12dec5:30 pm9:45 pmNorth Pole Express @ Florida Railroad Museum Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm8:00 pmCookies & Claus @ WestShore Plaza Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm9:00 pmMeet Santa in the Park @ Straub Park - North Downtown Waterfront Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm10:00 pmLights of Lake Park @ Lights of Lake Park Estates Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm10:00 pmAnnual Christmas Lane @ Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds Price: $5 Kids (13+); $3 Kids (4-12); Free Kids (0-3) Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm11:00 pmHoliday Lights in Central Park @ Largo Central Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec6:00 pm8:00 pmSanta Calling @ Tampa Parks & Recreation Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu12dec10:00 pm8:00 pmSanta's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shop Tampa Bay Price: Free Ages: All ages

fri13dec10:00 am8:00 pmWinter's Wonderland @ Clearwater Marine Aquarium Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

fri13dec4:00 pm11:00 pmEnchant Christmas: The Great Search @ Tropicana Field Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

fri13dec6:00 pm8:00 pmHoliday Movie Series @ Westfield Citrus Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec8:00 amBreakfast With Santa @ Bass Pro Shops Price: $16.99 adults, $13.99 kids Ages: All ages

sat14dec8:30 amBreakfast with Santa @ Woodmont Clubhouse Price: $15 Ages: All ages

sat14dec9:00 am2:00 pmWinter Fest 2019 @ Event Center Pasco Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec10:00 am7:00 pmHolidays presented by Hallmark Channel @ Legoland Florida Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

sat14dec10:30 am1:30 pmSaturdays With Santa @ Florida Aquarium Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

sat14dec12:00 pmHoliday Hack-A-Thon @ Code Ninjas Price: Free Ages: 7-14

sat14dec2:00 pm6:15 pmCookies with Santa @ My Gym Brandon Price: $18 members, $20 non-members Ages: 0 - 13

sat14dec4:00 pmOld Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade @ Dunedin Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec5:00 pm9:00 pmAvalon Aglow @ Avalon Park West Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec6:00 pm9:00 pmHoliday Movie Night in the Park: Elf @ Station Square Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec6:00 pmChristmas Parade @ Pinellas Park Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat14dec7:00 pmSanta's Twilight 5K @ Safety Harbor Marina Park Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

sat14dec7:00 pmChristmas Movies Under The Stars @ Tampa Premium Outlets Price: Free Ages: All ages

sun15dec11:00 amTea With Santa & Mrs. Claus @ Oxford Exchange Price: $50 adults, $30 kids Ages: All ages

sun15dec11:00 am3:00 pmHorse Drawn Christmas Wagon Rides @ Henry Plant Museum Price: $7 Ages: All ages

sun15dec11:30 amBreakfast With Santa @ Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Price: $50 Ages: 4-12

sun15dec3:25 pm7:25 pmWinter Village Express @ Teco Streetcar Whiting Station Price: $10 per person Ages: All ages

fri20dec10:00 am7:00 pmHolidays presented by Hallmark Channel @ Legoland Florida Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

sat21dec9:30 am11:00 amBreakfast With Santa @ Largo Community Center Price: Prices vary Ages: 0-8

sat21dec6:30 pmHoliday Lighted Parade @ Florida Aquarium Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

sun22dec1:00 pm5:00 pmSanta is Coming to Circles @ Circles Waterfront Restaurant Price: Free Ages: All ages

thu26dec12:00 pm5:00 pmSnow Days @ Florida Aquarium Price: Free with admission Ages: All ages

fri27dec4:00 pm10:00 pmFourth Friday @ Downtown Tampa Price: Free Ages: All ages

sat28dec10:30 am12:00 pmDay of Discovery: Snow Day @ The Florida Aquarium Price: Prices vary Ages: All ages

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