Hey everyone.  Travis back with some great Tampa Bay entertainment options for the holiday season. 

Now you can kick-off the holiday season Dec. 3 at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival (hosted by Hillsborough County and the Friends of the County Parks).

The free family event features snow slide rides, musical entertainment, Yuletide treats, carnival and inflatable games, arts-n-crafts, and the Christmas House with photos and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

All of the festivities begin at 5pm and last until 8:30.

Hillsborough County will also be collecting unused or outdated cell phones, chargers and carrying cases, as part of their Cell Phones For Soldiers cell phone drive.

In case you didn't know, the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square is located at the corner of Pierce St. and Kennedy Blvd., across the street from the Fred B. Karl County Center in downtown Tampa.

So, make some plans to be out there with the family, and maybe even some plans to donate a used cell phone.  See you there.

And keep checking back for more great things to do in Tampa Bay during the holiday season, as well as info on other Tampa Bay area events.