You won’t have to dash through any snow to enjoy all the cheer in Tampa this holiday season. Bookmark this list and you’ll be jingling all the way through the holidays.

Ybor Tree Lighting


  • Tampa’s Downtown on Ice

    • Friday, Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 (except Thanksgiving) | Hours vary
    • All the fun of ice skating, with 70-degree weather and sunshine situated along Tampa’s beautiful Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon park. $12 for 90 minutes includes skate rental.


  • Hyde Park Enchanted Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll

    • Saturday, Nov. 21 | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Enjoy live entertainment, stilt walkers, a caricature artist, cookie decorating, face painters, balloon twisters and in-store events, specials and giveaways all night long at this free family event. Bring your (leashed) pooch, visit with Santa and don’t miss the lighting of Hyde Park Village’s enchanted tree.


  • Busch Gardens Christmas Town

    • Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 select dates
    • Celebrate the spirit of the season at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and more than 8 million lights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world and keep warm with a mug of Busch Gardens' signature hot chocolate. 

Tampa tree lighting

  • Tampa’s Tree Lighting & Movie in the Park

    • Friday, Dec. 4 | 6 p.m.
    • Count down to the lighting of Tampa’s tree in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park before settling in for a showing of “A Christmas Story.” Blankets, low back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes are allowed. Concessions will be available.


  • 34th Annual Santa Fest and Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade

    • Saturday, Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.
    • The parade steps off at 11 a.m. and features grand, colorful floats featuring Tampa’s unique and diverse Krewes, dance troops, drumlins, crazy characters and of course Santa Claus! The parade begins at Madison and Pierce streets. Heads west on Madison Street then turns north onto Ashley Drive, and ends at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The best viewing area is along Madison Street from Pierce Street to Tampa Street.


  • 4th Annual Snow on 7th Holiday Parade

    • Saturday, Dec. 12 | 6 p.m. (But you’ll want to arrive early)
    • A rare opportunity to catch “snow” in Florida awaits in Historic Ybor City. Experience a winter wonderland as live performances float by, with Santa rolling in for the grand finale.


  • Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

    • Thursday, Dec. 31 | 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • The official Outback Bowl parade and pep rally features floats, college cheerleaders and more than 20 marching bands. Free family-friendly event along E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City.