Hi Tampa Bay, Alex here with some holiday event news.

Ybor City is beginning to get into the holiday spirit and would like you to join in on the fun. Below is  a list of some of the holiday activities taking place in Ybor.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Miracle on 7th Avenue
The RITZ Ybor is hosting their 3rd annual holiday party featuring live entertainment by The Ken Apperson Band along with holiday-themed cocktails, photos with Santa, arts & crafts, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, Holiday Tree Decorating Contest and more. Open to all ages; donations accepted at the door to benefit Pediatric Cancer Fund (PCF).
6 - 9 p.m. | The RITZ Ybor, 1503 East 7th Avenue | www.RitzYbor.com

Friday, December 9, 2011
GaYBOR Holiday Party
Join the GaYBOR District Coalition in celebrating the holiday season during their 4th annual Holiday Party. The Coalition provides complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for Ybor businesses, residents and friends during this free event.
6:30 p.m. | Honey Pot, 1507 East 7th Avenue | www.GaYbor.com

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Art in the Park
Hosted by City of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department, the 2nd annual Arts in the Park festival features artists from around the country along with the weekly Saturday Market. More than $2,000 will be awarded to artists for first, second, third and best of show cash prizes. Live holiday performances will happen in and around Centennial Park and Centro Ybor.  Starting at 11 a.m. and continuing through the day, Santa will make appearances in Centennial Park and around Ybor City – bring your camera and be on the lookout for surprise gifts! Free.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Centennial Park, East 8th Avenue and 19th Street North

Deck the Walls
Celebrate the holidays with gifts of culture and artistic creation. Ybor Arts Association’s member artists will curate a collection of affordable gifts in a festive holiday atmosphere.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | various venues in Ybor City | www.YborArt.org

Santa Pub Crawl
Tampa Charities organizes an annual pub crawl around Ybor City, with prizes awarded for best holiday costumes. $20
6 p.m. | starts at The Honey Pot, then moves to various venues in Ybor City | www.santapubcrawl.com

Friday, December 16, 2011
Snow on 7th Avenue
Seventh Avenue, recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America,” will be converted to a winter wonderland as it snows from the rooftops and balconies of businesses. Take a stroll through the snow for an experience unlike any other in Tampa during the holiday season. Free.
8 - 10 p.m. | East 7th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets

Saturday, December 17, 2011
Photos with Santa & Live Holiday Music
Bring your camera and take your photo with jolly St. Nick against the backdrop of a 34’ tree in the courtyard of Centro Ybor and in various Ybor City establishments. Carolers will provide sounds of the season in Centro Ybor’s courtyard. Free.
7 - 10 p.m. | Centro Ybor, 1600 East 7th Avenue and various venues in Ybor City

Saturday, December 31, 2011
Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade & Band Blast
The parade and pep rally features floats, college cheerleaders and more than 20 marching bands. Free family-friendly event. Sponsored by United Healthcare, Budweiser, 970 WFLA, 93.3FLZ Radio, 620 WDAE and the City of Tampa.
5:30 – 9 p.m. | along East 7th Avenue | www.OutbackBowl.com

There is so much going on this holiday season in Ybor City. Just head over to http://www.yborcityonline.com/upcoming-events/historic-holiday-spirit-in-ybor to get the full scoop!  Get together with friends and family and enjoy some of these fun events.

Check back with us to find out more information on holiday events and on things to do in Tampa Bay!