November 29, 2019
Find that one-of-a-kind gift for each person on your list when you hit Tampa Bay's array of shopping options. The Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center carries locally themed keepsakes for the Tampa Bay fan. Historic Hyde Park Village offers international chic and unique local boutiques. Interntaional Plaza's 200 stores are a lesson in luxury shopping, featuring brands from Apple to Zara. Big-name bargains will be waiting at Tampa Premium Outlets 20 minutes north of downtown.
NOVEMBER 28, 2019
Leave the cooking to us. A host of Tampa Bay's best restaurants are waiting to host you and your guests with special deals for Thanksgiving. Book a table at the Columbia, Florida's oldest restaurant, or order their traditional turkey-and-the-trimmings to go and make a picnic out of it.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2019
Join the festive holiday crowds for downtown's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to mark the start of the holiday season. Afterward, grab a seat on the lawn a free showing of that Christmas classic "Elf," starring Will Ferrell. Low back chairs, blankets, dogs on leashes and coolers are permitted.
Christmas in the Wild
December 20-23, 2019
Enchanting decorations abound throughout the Zoo including a 50-ft Christmas tree complete with 12,000 dancing lights, 2,000 ornaments, and an 8-ft star. Also experience an expanded Santa's Village for seasonal shopping and magical meetings with Jolly St. Nick and his playful elves.
Saturdays With Santa
November 30 - December 21, 2019
Share holiday wishes and take pictures with Santa Claus at The Florida Aquarium. Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos while his elves dive in the Aquarium’s Coral Reef habitat during its regularly scheduled dive presentation times. Pictures are available for purchase.
Holiday Classic Films
December 1 - December 29, 2019
Lend your voice to the chorus crooning along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney as the Tampa Theatre unveils its first sing-along "White Christmas" as part of its annual Holiday Classics Series. Other movies that will be featured include Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and more. You'll also find some, shall we say, more grown-up holiday-themed films as part of the periodic Rewind series.
Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 1 - December 23, 2019
Take a walk back in time to relive Christmases past when the former Tampa Bay Hotel (now Plant Hall at the University of Tampa) recreates the glory of the holidays circa 1891, the year the hotel opened as a luxurious resort. The Henry B. Plant Museum transforms into a Victorian Christmas with vintage décor, antique toys and so much more. Gaze at the 40,000 lights display and Christmas trees that are more than 14 feet. Listen to live music during the evening hours while munching on cookies and drinking cider, which is complimentary.