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The most DAZZLING Christmas lights in Tampa Bay

Look no further, your family’s 2021 guide for holiday lights in Tampa Bay is here! There’s no better way to put your family into the holiday spirit than touring one of the beautiful Christmas light displays!

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Our Favorite Family-Friendly 2021 Holiday Lights and Christmas Lights Displays in Tampa Bay:

Events listed by location to help you find a holiday lights display near you. Keep in mind that dates and events are subject to change, so always check with the event website before heading out the door. 

South Tampa-Downtown Tampa

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa 

Nov. 19-Jan. 2, 2021
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. The park sparkles with lights and festive holiday decorations. Guests can skate along downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink while taking in views of the Tampa River Walk. The Shops of Winter Village will feature five boutiques from local markets and the Icicle Craft Kitchen of Winter Village will serve up some seasonal holiday treats. Wintervillagetampa.com 

Holiday Spectacular on the Tampa Riverwalk and Water Works Park

Nov. 20-Jan. 2, 2022
Take a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk among the festive holiday lights as the area transforms into a winter wonderland. Highlights include a 35-foot-tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, a holiday selfie station at the Pirate Water Taxi ticket booth, a floating gingerbread lighted display, and a lighted pine tree forest. Hotels, restaurants, and bars along the Riverwalk will also have festive lighted displays. thetampariverwalk.com

River of Christmas Lights in Tampa with Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa

Select dates in November and December | Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is on December 18, 2021
Don’t miss this water taxi cruise to view Tampa’s Christmas lights and holiday decorations.  The Christmas Light cruise departs from the Tampa Convention Center, and the Christmas Light cruise includes Holiday Christmas carols and visit with pirate elves! Write a letter to Santa and pop it in the North Pole buoy. There is also a special Christmas light cruise for the Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on December 18, 2021. Ticket booth is located at the Tampa Convention Center by the Tampa Marriott Waterside; you can enter PWT7 – Convention Center/Marriott Waterside, Tampa, FL 33602 into google maps.  PirateWaterTaxi.com

Victorian Christmas Stroll at Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa

Dec. 1-Dec. 23
The Victorian Christmas Stroll is back for it’s 40th year! It’s the perfect way to step back into time at the Henry B Plant Museum and be dazzled by the beautifully decorated rooms, each with a different theme. This year, they will have a display of 40 vintage Santas in honor of 40 years. Take in the beauty of a 14′ Christmas tree and travel back in time to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. You just might be inspired by one of the beautiful trees! Face masks are required for all visitors as this is an indoor event. plantmusuem.com

Sylvan Ramble Christmas Light Show in South Tampa

Select dates starting Dec. 3
Sylvan Ramble creates an unforgettable light show for a worthy cause. Each show lastsBrie about 20 minutes and guests can experience the incredible light display as it is set to popular music. Proceeds from the shows will go to Where Love Grows, a charity that helps fight childhood hunger. The shows are about 20 minutes long. sylvanramblelights.com

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Armature Works

Dec. 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Annual Heights District Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at Armature Works is back for their 4th year. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with family-friendly activities, Santa photo ops, live music and performances by the Straz, and a visit from Busch Gardens Christmas Town Elves, who will be giving out fun surprises to kids on the nice list! The ceremonial tree lighting will happen at 7:00, followed by holiday performances sure to enchant both young and old. During the celebration, explore Holiday vendors outside on the Armature Works lawn, or head inside for sweet treats, dinner, or drinks from our Heights Public Market vendors. armatureworks.com

Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 18 (rain date is Dec. 19) at 6:00 p.m.
Tampa’s largest boat parade begins at the southern tip of Davis Islands, travels through the Convention Center basin and up to the Heights where the boats will turn around and head to Sparkman Wharf. Boats will be judges by pairs from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the sailboat and motorboat competitions will each receive a trophy. Many viewing spots along the Riverwalk between Armature Works all the way through the Sail Pavilion and over by Sparkman Wharf provide fantastic views of the parade. thetampariverwalk.com

Central Tampa

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa 

Nov. 26-Dec. 30
Christmas in The Wild is back and is bigger, better, and brighter than ever! Enjoy the magic of wildlife at night while celebrating the holiday season. The zoo will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland filled with lights, seasonal holiday treats and festive shows. There will be six illuminated zones of lights, two new light shows across the entire manatee circle, and a 30-foot Christmas tree with thousands of dancing lights. Wander through the Ice Cavern in Africa as you’re surrounded by glowing lights. While you’re there, join Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for some reindeer games in Wallaroo, take a ride on the Candy Cane Carousel, decorate cookies at Mrs. Claus’s shop, and celebrate a Caribbean Christmas in Key West. Be sure to make your way to Twinkle Town Marketplace to meet Santa and take a photo with him. The Animal Giving Tree, which is located next to the Binturong habitat, gives guests the chance to give a gift to the animals that call ZooTampa home. zootampa.org

Christmas in the wild at zoo tampa
Christmas in The Wild at ZooTampa

Temple Terrace/USF Area

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Nov. 12-Jan. 2, 2021
Enjoy park-wide festive fun at this award-winning holiday event. The park becomes filled with holiday cheer and guests can enjoy holiday traditions with a twist. Ride the Holly Jolly Express train, view millions of twinkling lights from the top of a roller coaster, visit Santa in his workshop, and spend time with Rudolph and his friends from the classic holiday movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Guests can also enjoy festive live shows and take part in special holiday dining and shopping. buschgardens.com

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Westchase/Odessa

Chick-Fil-A on Waters Avenue

Nov. 15-Dec. 31 (Closed Sundays), 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Visit the most festive Chick-Fil-A in Tampa Bay and check out their annual Christmas lights display! Santa will also be there on select dates so be sure to stop by and say hello. facebook.com/CFAwaters

Raprager Family Farms Winter Festival and Christmas Extravaganza

Select dates Nov. 26-Dec. 28
Raprager Family Farm is exploding with Christmas cheer! Lights and decorations blanket the farm. Go on a holiday hayride and take a picture inside a giant inflatable snow globe. Check out the lighted gingerbread village, hear stories from Mrs. Claus and pay a visit to Santa and take pictures with him at his workshop. In addition to holiday-themed attractions, there will be a petting zoo, corn pit, bounce pillow, and crop maze. While you are there, be sure to stop by the Sweet Shop for some warm cinnamon roasted nuts, hot cocoa, and Christmas fudge. rapragerfamilyfarms.com/christmas

Palm Harbor

Indian Trails Hot Cocoa and Holiday Lights Fundraiser

Lights are displayed nightly. Fundraiser takes place Dec. 11 and 18, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
The Indian Trails neighborhood off Alderman Rd. and Omaha Street in Palm Harbor dazzles with a spectacular display of lights. Local meteorologist Denis Phillips will have a hot chocolate fundraiser on December 11th and 18th along with items from his “Rule #7” collection. All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network and Feeding Tampa Bay.

Port Richey

Celebration of Christmas Lights 2021 in Shady Hills

Select Nights from Nov. 27-Dec. 21
Enjoy a great Christmas lights and holiday lights display in Port Richey!  This Christmas light event takes place at the Concourse in Shady Hills in Pasco, a short Christmas light drive away from Tampa Bay!  Take a ride on the Grand Concourse Railroad through thel lighted Christmas Wonderland. Roll past the beach, tree lot, Whoville, and more with a brief stop at Santa’s Workshop. Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots on December 2nd and receive a free entry. This Port Richey Christmas light event happens weeknights 6pm-9pm; Weekends 6pm-10pm. 11919 Alric Pottberg Rd., Shady Hills FL 34610. theconcourse.org

Masaryktown

Christmas Under the Moon at HarvestMoon Fun Farm in Masaryktown

Select nights starting November 26
Head to HarvestMoon Fun Farm for their very first dazzling Christmas light display! You can also take a stroll down Christmas Tree Lane, visit with the animals in the petting farm, sip on some Hot Chocolate, munch on some Kettle Corn and more! Tickets are $10 per person for ages 3 and up. Kids ages 2 and under are free. Activities included with admission: Jumping Pillow, Petting Farm, Cow Train, Ball Zone, Hill Slide, Swings, Arts & Crafts, Photo Ops, and a NEW ATTRACTION, an enchanted hay ride. harvestmoonfl.com

Wesley Chapel

Symphony in Lights at The Shops at Wiregrass

Nov. 13-Dec. 31
Experience a reimagined Symphony in Lights! Dazzling new lights, holiday harmonies, and spectacular snowfalls are just part of the enchanting holiday events. The Tree Lighting Celebration on November 13th at 5 p.m. will kick off the festivities, and will feature live music by Late Night Brass, stilt walkers, costumed characters, talented balloon artists, and Santa’s arrival. Symphony in Lights will continue nightly from 6-9 pm. theshopsatwiregrass.com

Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor’s Harbor Holiday Nights

December 18, 5:00-9:00 pm
Enjoy holiday lights, a campfire, children’s activities, a trolley light tour, shopping, crafts, and more! Harbor Holiday Nights is FREE. The Trolley Light Tour has a ticket fee of $5/person. cityofsafetyharbor.com

St. Petersburg

Winter Beach St. Pete at St. Pete Pier

Nov. 20-Jan. 17, 2022
The St. Pete Pier is decorated and dazzling for the holidays and of course, there’s the Bending Arc that lights up year-round! Go ice-skating, play in the snow, and meet Santa at St. Pete Pier’s inaugural Christmas event. Didn’t get a chance to meet Santa in person? Write him a letter and pop it into the Winter Beach North Pole Mailbox. winterbeachstpete.com

Holiday Lights & Rides at Largo Central Park 

Nov. 25-January 2, 2022
The annual family-friendly tradition at Largo Central Park will feature a spectacular holiday light display of over two million dazzling LED lights. Guests can also enjoy a stunning carousel and a seven-story Ferris wheel that offers breathtaking views of the lighted park. Rides are $5 each or 5 for $20. Largo Central Park’s Christmas lights and Holiday lights will light up on evenings from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. It is free to park and stroll among the sparkly Christmas lights.  101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771.  Playlargo.com 

Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field

Nov. 26- Jan. 2, 2022
Become part of the magical story of “The Mischievous Elf” as you help save Christmas at the World of Enchant. Wander through the incredible dazzling display of lights, spin around on the ice-skating rink, and create some fun holiday crafts. Head over to Santa’s Landing to meet Santa himself. Nestled in a serene snowscape below a sky full of twinkling stars, it is an enchanting and memorable setting for a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience. enchantchristmas.com

Holiday Lights in The Gardens at The Florida Botanical Gardens

November 26- January 2, 2022
The gardens sparkle with one million LED lights that twinkle in a variety of bright colors. Vibrant laser lights and lighted figures are sure to wow guests of all ages. The Children’s Candy Cane Area will provide free kids crafts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. flbgfoundation.org/HolidayLights

Waterfront Lights in St. Petersburg

Nov. 27-Jan. 2, 2022
Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting in North Straub park with Mayor Rick Kriseman and Santa! Stand along the pedestrian walkways at North and South Straub Parks in St Petersburg for this free light show on the water. There will also be a Christmas lights and displays at Pioneer Park, Vinoy Park and the new St. Pete Pier. stpeteparksrec.org

[Related – Check out the Orlando Holiday & Christmas Lights]

The Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg 

November 27, 2020-January 3, 2021
Looking for a Christmas light display in St. Petersburg? Oakdale Christmas House in St. Pete offers an amazing walk through Christmas light experience that is bigger and better than before! You’ll be amazed by the Oakdale Christmas House’s half million twinkling lights which has been ranked as among the world’s best Christmas light displays! Featured on both HGTV and The Today Show, this event is not to be missed. The house is located at 2719 Oakdale Street South, St. Petersburg, FL. christmasdisplay.org

Auburndale

Wonderland of Christmas Lights & Santa’s Christmas Village 

Nov 25-Jan, 2, 2022
*New location for 2021!* This is a drive through Christmas lights event!  First, you and your family will drive through Christmas lights for a mile to experience spectacular lights, and next if you choose, after seeing the drive through Christmas lights you can make a visit at Santa’s Village at the end of the drive through Christmas lights!  Santa’s Village features rides, entertainment, a visit with Santa, Holiday activities for children and adults of all ages! The International Market World, 1052 US-92 in Auburndale. Thewonderlandoflights.com  

Plant City

Christmas Lane in Plant City

Select nights from Nov. 26-Dec. 24
The Florida Strawberry Festival fairgrounds is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland. Take in the wonder of the 1.5 million lights that adorn 200 Christmas trees from 4 to 40 feet. They will have rides, food, live entertainment, and a kids zone. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph will also be there to celebrate and take festive photos with guests. christmaslane.com

Bradenton

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas in Bradenton

Select nights Dec. 10-19
Enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas as the farm lights up in a dazzling display of over 300,000 lights. Enjoy activities such as hayrides, train rides, campfires, Christmas music, snow tubing, and a display Christmas village. Watch Christmas movies on the big screen, say hello to Santa, and warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores. Parking is free and tickets are $10 per person. Kids 5 and younger are free. hunsaderfarms.com


Keep an eye out for these! We’re anxiously waiting for more information and promise to let you know as soon as they’re announced!

 

Hyde Park Village Lights the Park

November 27-December 26, 2020 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Hyde Park Village in South Tampa will light up with beautiful lights along Snow Avenue. It’s a perfect hot cocoa strolling type of event for the entire family. The event is in support of Make a Wish sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital. hydeparkvillage.com

Shimmering Lights Winter Festival at Sun Kissed Acres in Dover

November 27, 2020-end of December
This is an outdoor walking trail that’s about 1/4 mile long, filled with shimmering lights, outdoor movies, games and holiday music. There will even be visits with Santa. They ask you to wear comfortable close toed shoes, a face mask for when it gets busy, and bug spray just in case the mosquitoes come out. Tickets are $7 for everyone 3 and older. thesunkissedacres.com

Wesley Chapel Holiday Tree and Light Display 

December 4, 2020- January 3, 2021
The Grove at Wesley Chapel is unveiling a 20 acre display of holiday lights including visits with Santa, Christmas Trees, hundreds of thousands of lights, rides, music, real snow and more! Learn more here.

St. Petersburg Drive By Christmas Lights Neighborhoods in Seminole, St. Pete

Through December 1 through December 31 (usual dates, exact dates TBA)
Drive through 3+ miles of St. Petersburg Christmas lights’ neighborhoods from 6pm to 10pm for a St. Petersburg Christmas light display and Christmas light show you’ll never forget! This 3.2 mile Christmas light drive by tour takes place in the Seminole/St Petersburg subdivisions of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, where these St. Petersburg residents generously decorate their homes and yards with beautiful Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, and even more Christmas lights for Tampa Bay to drive by and enjoy!  Short drive by or drive across Tampa Bay for families looking to see some beautiful Christmas lights near Tampa and Clearwater.  102nd Ave & 109 Ave N, Seminole FL 33777 LightsofLakePark.com

Christmas Trees at Sims Park in Downtown New Port Richey

Through December

Stroll through Sims Park and admire the 100+ Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and families in support of charity. There are a ton of outdoor events scheduled throughout the month in downtown too including outdoor markets. See the full line up here.

Temple Terrace Drive-Bay Lights Display

Every evening from 6:00pm-11:00pm

This neighborhood is one of the top areas to go see amazing holiday lights in Tampa Bay! The community has been hard at work putting together a display you can watch from your car. Tune to 95.5 FM as you approach to listen the music as its synchronized with the lights. Visit their Facebook page here for more.

The Christmas Trail in Plant City (The Christmas Trail will not be operating in 2021 and will return in 2022)

December 11-23, 2020 from 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Masks will be required to attend this Plant City Christmas light display which has over 100,000 Christmas lights. Guests are asked to buy their tickets in advance online to ensure there is plenty of space to social distance while you explore the Christmas light trail! This east Tampa Christmas light display also features a Christmas Tree Light show, a Jack Frost ice show, and more! Learn more about this Tampa Christmas light show at TheChristmasTrail.com


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Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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