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INSIDE LOOK: Enchant Christmas, the ‘World’s Most Magical Christmas Experience’ at Tropicana Field

The ‘World’s Most Magical Christmas Experience’  is back in Tampa Bay this holiday season with a light maze illuminated by millions of twinkling lights, a village with local shopping and treats, and magical visits with Santa!

Enchant® Christmas has transformed Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg into a wonderland like no other and it’s one of our TOP PICKS of things to do this holiday season with the kids.

Related: Christmas Lights Tampa & Drive Through Christmas Lights in Tampa!

What is Enchant Christmas?

If you missed the first visit to Tropicana Field in 2019, Enchant Christmas is a beautiful light maze and Christmas village that covers 90,000 square feet in millions of twinkling lights.

It truly is a magical experience and you don’t have to worry bout the weather outside since this event is completely indoors…even though you’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside a magical winter wonderland–minus the freezing temperatures, of course!

After taking a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, Enchant Christmas has returned to Tampa Bay in 2021 with its second in a series of five themed adventures, “The Mischievous Elf”.

When you step inside Enchant Christmas, it won’t just be the light displays that will leave you in awe. Trees tower to 80 feet high with larger than life ornaments and a Christmas Market features 60+ local food and artisan vendors.

But…it doesn’t end there. There’s also an ice-skating trail, falling snow, hot cocoa, music, a NEW Magical Night Sky on the Trop’s dome that makes it feel like nighttime all day long, and more!

It’s on display from November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022. You’ll want to book your tickets and time slot online–general admission tickets start at $25 for kids ages 3 and older. Kids 2 and younger are free. Purchase here.

Here is what Enchant Christmas says you can expect in 2021:

  • The Christmas Light Maze – “The Mischievous Elf” takes guests through a twinkling wonderland in search of Santa’s missing gifts.
  • Christmas Market – Taste seasonal delights and shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local vendors showcasing home decor, jewelry, gourmet foods, and more. Vendor applications are still being accepted at EnchantChristmas.com.
  • Star Experiences – Enjoy all that the Enchant experience has to offer plus full service catering, and more. Enchant Christmas is now accepting reservations for holiday parties.
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Santa is ready for holiday photos and Mrs. Claus will lead story time for the little ones.
  • Food and Beverage – Enjoy holiday-themed food and drinks that are sure to please everyone.
  • Ice-Skating Trail – Enchant features an Ice-Skating Trail adorned with spectacular light displays. Rent a pair of skates at the event and take a glide with your loved ones.
  • Magical Night Sky – This incredible recreation of a North Pole night animates thousands of synchronized lights shimmering and dancing across the stadium dome in a captivating display, providing more even magic and with extended hours on select days.

Where to park for Enchant Christmas

Once you have your ticket/time slot booked online, you need to know where to park and this is a big one to make sure you get there, right!? If you have a general admission ticket, it’s recommend you park in Lots 6 or 7 at Tropicana Field–plug the lots into your phone’s GPS. You’ll see the lighted signs to guide you to the lots too once you get closer to the Trop.

You enter the Trop through Gate 1. Learn more about parking and ride share drop-off/pick-up here.

Things to know if you have a stroller 

While strollers and wagons are welcome at Enchant Christmas, you cannot bring them inside the light maze for safety reasons. There will be a stroller parking area outside of the maze. Adaptive strollers and wheelchairs ARE permitted inside the maze.

It’s also important to point out that while outside food and beverage is not allowed, you can bring in baby food and milk in a clear container for babies/toddlers.

There is also a Nursing Lounge onsite if you need one.

How to experience Enchant Christmas with the kids

We’ve heard people ask if Enchant Christmas is worth the ticket price which starts at $25 for kids ages 3 and older (2 and under are free). We say absolutely, YES. There are a few reasons for this…

First, the Magical Night Sky curtain that covers the Trop’s dome means you can enjoy Enchant Christmas during the day and still feel like it’s night. There are many nights when Enchant opens the doors beginning at 11am on weekdays starting Friday, December 17.

“That allows us to spread out the crowd a little more—that 11am to 4pm timeframe will be a perfect time for families, have a little more room to spread out and have fun,” Nancy Hutson, the general manager of Enchant Christmas told us.

Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field
The Magical Night Sky curtain twinkles and keeps out daylight.

Hutson also recommends that if you want to ice-skate, to book that $8 ticket for ice-skating online along with your admission ticket and sign the waiver online so you don’t have to wait when you arrive. The ice-skates come in sizes starting in junior 9, so little ones can skate too.

Enchant Christmas ice-skating
Ice-skating costs $8 extra at Enchant Christmas.

Santa also has a virtual queue, so make this your first stop when you get there.

“You show up to the Santa house and you give them your name and phone number and go enjoy the rest of Enchant Christmas and they’ll text you when your time to visit Santa is up,” Hutson explained.

The Santa visit is really special this year. You are taken through a series of doors as you make your way toward Santa and you are greeted by his elves along the way. They are such a treat to talk to and the Sant visit is really magical.

But, as you wait for your time with the jolly old elf, make your way over to the light maze.

Be sure to pick up a scratch off card at the entrance. The story goes that Eddie, the mischievous elf wanted to add a bit of holiday fun and hid 8 toys in the maze, but then fell asleep and forgot where he had hidden them!

As you take in the beauty of the millions of lights along the way, you just might stumble upon these illumined toys like JJ’s Dino, Maya’s Ballerina, Amelia’s Plane, and Azlan’s Cub. All of these are great photo opps too–especially at Azlan’s Cube!

Enchant Christmas

But, really…the entire event space is Insta worthy! There’s also a cute light tunnel with dangling lights kids really seem to enjoy.

Once you’ve completed the maze and scratch card, turn it in for a special gift!

The kids will also love the Little Ones’ Play Place where they can enjoy a story with Mrs. Claus! All of these events are open during all hours, so don’t feel like you are going to miss out if you book a daytime time slot. Again, this will likely be best if you are trying to avoid crowds.

What to eat and drink at Enchant Christmas

You don’t have to worry about rushing to feed the kids before you leave. The award winning culinary team at Tropicana Field has put together wide selection of food and drinks for the whole family. If the kids are pizza and grilled cheese fans, they’ve got you covered, but there’s so much more to enjoy.

There’s also hot chocolate, cool chocolate milkshakes and plenty of cocktails for the adults.

Fun side fact: Tropicana Field was recently named as having the best food in all of Major League Baseball, so it’s a home run for the foodies!

How to upgrade your experience at a Enchant Christmas

You can elevate your day by booking a Star Experience at Enchant Christmas. There are multiple levels and types of upgrades you can purchase.

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There is a Star Experience Dinner starting at $90. This ticket covers admission, dining, drinks and dessert you can enjoy in an exclusive area just for you and fellow Star Experience guests. The Star Experience also includes a candid encounter with Mrs Claus and an elf and exclusive photo. You can book here.

There is also a Brunch Star Experience starting at a $70, a 21+ Star Experience starting at $79, and if you REALLY want to go all out…the Premium Star Experience which will get you priority access to all of the events at Enchant Christmas like Santa and ice-skating, a glass of champagne upon your arrival to the Enchant Premium Lounge, complimentary parking, complimentary digital photo downloads, and more. The Premium Star Experience starts at $165 per person.


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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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