Holidays are here!!! Bring on the tree, gifts, giggles, traditions and quality family time. Make this your best December yet with our 2022 guide to activities, camps and family FUN, presented by Clearwater Marine Aquarium…

Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Rescue, Rehab & Recover from Extinction! Dino Rescue will bring guests at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium up-close to life-size dinosaurs, some as tall as 35 feet and 65 feet long. As guests walk throughout CMA, they will encounter the dinosaurs, which move and roar, as they rehabilitate from various ailments today’s animals face – like habitat loss and entanglement. Click here for details.

Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Join us for the 10th Annual Avalon Aglow event in Avalon Park Wesley Chapel, a fun-filled holiday celebration! The community is invited to join us for pictures with Santa, REAL snow, vendors, live music, and a complimentary bounce park, all followed by a fireworks show at 8pm! Click here or call at 813-783-1515 to learn more!

Straz Center. Now a holiday tradition for all of Tampa Bay, Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker features principal dancers from New York City Ballet alongside NGB’s award-winning young dancers. This family-friendly favorite takes audiences into Clara and Drosselmeyer’s fantastical world of dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents and festive ballet music. Get info and tickets here.

Night of Shimmering Lights. Shimmering Lights 5th Annual Winter Festival is open now until December 31st and is the perfect family Holiday activity. Enjoy a lighted outdoor ¼ mile walking trail in the country with animated LED lights seasonal sounds, and a few new surprises. A fun, magical event to enjoy for all ages. Admission also includes scavenger hunts, outdoor movies, games and crafts for no additional charge. Open 6:30pm -9:30pm. Click here for dates and pricing!

AdventHealth Center Ice. Deck the halls this season with AdventHealth Center Ice! Our gift cards are the perfect gift for aspiring young athletes or for families who love trying something new! Our gift cards can be used on any in-house programs or public skate session! Gift cards can be purchased at the front desk. Click here for details.

Florida Academy of Performing Arts. Spend the holiday with Music Showcase & The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts. Get tickets for “A Christmas Story The Musical.” Register to perform in 2022 spring productions, rock band, show choir, and more! Learn to sing or play an instrument with music lessons. Rent or buy an instrument! Click here for info.

Henry B Plant Museum. The Plant Museum is exquisitely decorated for Christmas each year, and the Victorian Christmas Stroll celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday! Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air with live performances. Allowing visitors a glimpse into the magic of Christmas past, this holiday experience is a safe and family-friendly way to celebrate all the season has to offer. Click here for details.

Julestarz Academy. Julestarz Academy is holding Dance Camps December 27-30 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Join us for a fun week of learning new skills, routines and even get an autographed picture in our NFL Cheer & Dance Camp (Ages 5-12) or put on your best Princess & Pirate outfit and join us for a week of dance fun and activities in our Princess and Pirate Camp (Ages 4-8). Click for more info.

Jumpin Fun Inflata Park. Fun for the entire family! With over 15,000 square feet of inflatable fun and a thrilling 250-foot Air Rider zip line, you will have the time of your life. We have Toddler times, the best birthday parties and awesome Friday & Saturday glow nights. Click here for details.

Pirate Water Taxi New Year’s Eve Cruise. Ring in the New Year on the water with a front-row seat on the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! This 1-hour cruise includes champagne (must be 21+ with a valid ID to drink), party favors, and prime viewing of Downtown Tampa’s fireworks. Book your tickets in advance to ensure availability!

 

Pirate Water Taxi Cruises River of Lights. This family-friendly event will include a holiday river tour with prime viewing of the floating holiday displays, a Dickens Caroler performing, holiday cookies and hot chocolate, and a snow flurry finale! Every child will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mail buoy to the North Pole. Click here for details.

Tampa Theatre. When you visit the historic Tampa Theatre, you’re not just coming for a movie – you’re coming for an experience. One of the brightest and most beloved of those experiences is the tradition of sharing favorite Holiday Classics movies on the big screen with family and friends! Now through Jan. 8. Click here for details.

Yacht Starships Santa Brunch Cruise. Catch Santa setting sail aboard Yacht StarShip twice this December in Tampa! Better than a trip to the North Pole, this holiday cruise features a special photo opportunity with Santa at boarding, a delicious brunch menu, along with great views from the top deck paired with your favorite holiday classics! Get details here.