Holiday Events

Twinkling palm trees and decorated boat parades can only mean one thing... it's the holiday season in St. Pete/Clearwater! From outdoor carolers at the holiday market to a jingle bell fishing tournament with Santa, we'll show you that fake snow might just be better than the real thing.

1 Winter's Wonderland at CMA

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA
Now – Sunday, January 6, 2019

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a splashingly great holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter's Wonderland between Nov. 2 - Jan. 6. Get your family photo taken with Winter Claus, experience Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis's Rescue Hideaway. Learn about more CMA holiday fun.

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2 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

Head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shoppings and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos and the park will be open until 10 p.m.

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3 Holiday Lights in the Gardens

Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Now – Sunday, December 30, 2018

The annual "Holiday Lights in the Gardens" is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout our Botanical Gardens highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. The event begins nightly at 5:30 p.m. and a $5 suggested donation is encouraged for entry. 

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4 Miracle at Mezzo

Miracle at Mezzo
Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

This NYC Christmas pop-up bar is taking over Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails with festive decor & a menu full of seasonal libations. Stop by the most festive bar in town to eat, drink & be merry! Open through New Year's Eve. 

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5 Alex Harris Holiday Tour

Alex Harris Holiday Tour
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Don't miss this soulful holiday show at the Palladium Theater! Alex Harris will perform some of his favorite holiday tunes, classic soul songs from Motown, Stax and Atlantic, as well as his original works. This holiday special with Alex Harris and his 7-piece band will leave you wanting more! The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $30. 

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6 Christkindlmarket at Hofbrauhaus St. Pete

Christkindlmarket at Hofbrauhaus St. Pete
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sunday, December 16, 2018

This holiday market brings a European tradition with local St. Pete charm to Hofbrauhaus! Between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday, enjoy a warm glass of Glühwein (a traditional German holiday drink) while browsing handmade crafts from local vendors and live music. This event is free to attend and family friendly. 

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7 Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts

Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sunday, December 16, 2018

This art festival transforms South Straub Park into an outdoor gallery of original and handmade art created by extraordinary artists in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. Whether for yourself or as gifts for friends and loved ones, you will find something at all price points. This outdoor art show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation for the beautiful!

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8 Safety Harbor Holiday Parade

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Head over to Main Street in Safety Harbor for amazing floats, old fashioned cars & a visit from Santa himself! The free fun starts at 1 p.m.

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9 Gulfport Holiday Art & Gallery Walk

Gulfport Holiday Art & Gallery Walk
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Feel the funky beat and shop for unique treasures during this bi-monthly event held in downtown Gulfport from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday. Over 35 locally owned boutiques and artists line the streets along with live musicians to keep you movin'. Don't miss the opportunity to dine at one of the area's delicious restaurants or belly up to the bar for a cocktail or two.

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10 Largo's Annual Holiday Stroll: Let it Snow

Largo's Annual Holiday Stroll: Let it Snow
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Shop the holiday gift market, play in the snow or take a stroll around beautiful Largo Central Park to gaze at the holiday displays featuring over one million LED lights and lighted motorcycles. Enjoy a snow zone and a visit from Santa from 6:30-9 pm. This event is FREE. Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Drive.

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11 Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Watch as Indian Rocks Beach lights up as decorated boats parade through the waterways! The boat parade will launch Saturday evening, Dec 15 at 7 pm. 

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12 Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 15, 2018

This annual holiday parade weaves through downtown Tarpon Springs starting at 10 a.m. Parade route: starts at Manatee Plaza and goes north on E. Lemon Street, then south on Ring Ave and finishes its last leg on Tarpon Ave. all the way to Spring Bayou. 

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13 Candy Cane Hunt

Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, December 15, 2018

After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon Springs (approximately 11:30 a.m.), stick around and head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for whole family!

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14 Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Festively decorated boats will meander through the intracoastal waterways from the Tom Stuart Causeway to Caddy's Pub restaurant in Indian Shores. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Free and family-friendly! Top prizes will be awarded after the parade that evening at Caddy's Pub.

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15 Christmas Movie Night at Paul's Landing

Christmas Movie Night at Paul's Landing
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cozy up with a blanket & a lawn chair in Paul's Landing's yard to watch the holiday classic – Elf. Enjoy Christmas themed cocktails and yard games that the whole family can enjoy. The fun begins at 7 p.m. 

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16 A Rockapella Christmas

A Rockapella Christmas
Friday, December 21, 2018

The world's most loved five–man contemporary pop vocal phenomenon Rockapella returns to the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for a must see holiday show! With their completely original take on the holidays, Rockapella creates a light-hearted and unforgettable holiday experience as they travel the country spreading musical holiday cheer.

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17 Holiday Movies in the Park - Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

Holiday Movies in the Park - Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
Friday, December 21, 2018

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE. Tonight's showing is "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws" starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. 

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18 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Bring the whole family for a great Christmas celebration! The Moscow Ballet will be performing the Great Russian Nutcracker with two shows at  3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

City: Tampa

Address
10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens

City: Largo

Address
12520 Ulmerton Rd.
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Phone: 727-582-2117

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Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

City: Indian Rocks Beach

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Indian Rocks Beach
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Candy Cane Hunt

City: Tarpon Springs

Address
300 South Spring Blvd.
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Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade

City: Indian Rocks Beach

Address
20025 Gulf Blvd
FL

Phone: 727-391-3875

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