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

Winter's Wonderland
Now – Monday, January 6, 2020

Winter's Wonderland Join us: A splashingly great celebration @ Clearwater Marine Aquarium!Experience Winter's Wonderland with lights and decorations all around the aquarium.See the holiday-themed habitats and wish happy holidays to our resident animals.Enjoy the Kids' Fun Zone in our 3rd-floor classrooms and learn about penguins and polar bears.Watch and interact with Santa and his elves as they dive in Mavis's Rescue Hideaway.See the lights around Clearwater Bay on the Sea of Lights boat cruise

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2 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Now – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights! Christmas Town is included with admission or any Annual Pass. 

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3 Deck the Great Hall at Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The community is invited to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for the annual free Holiday Open House featuring a tree lighting event in the museum's Great Hall, live music, holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Admission to the MFA collection galleries will be FREE for all visitors starting at 6 pm. (PLEASE NOTE: Special exhibition galleries will be closed during this event.)

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4 Enchant Christmas

Enchant Christmas
Friday, November 22, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 - Dec. 29, 2019. On your adventure, glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas Market of over 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes, and more. All tickets are on sale now at EnchantChristmas.com and guests are encouraged to reserve their desired visit date and time early as tickets are limited throughout the run. Holiday party suite rentals and custom catering are also available now and can be reserved at EnchantChristmas.com.

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5 Holiday Lights in the Gardens

Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Friday, November 29, 2019 – Saturday, January 4, 2020

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 the Florida 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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6 Sundial Tree Lighting

Sundial Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Get a head start on the holiday fun with thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas music, and REAL SNOW at Sundial St. Pete! Bring out the whole family for face painting, a visit from Santa, holiday music, family art projects and more! The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. 

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7 Shopapalooza Festival

Shopapalooza Festival
Saturday, November 30, 2019 – Sunday, December 1, 2019

Don't miss the biggest Small Business Saturday (and Sunday!) celebration ever! More than 225 small businesses will set up shop at Vinoy Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both days, along with free entertainment, a food hall, activities for all ages and more. Get your holiday shopping done and support local at this free and family friendly event. 

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8 Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade

Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade
Friday, December 6, 2019

Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. Your best bet for viewing these holiday decorated vessels is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. The event is free and boats are expected to enter Spring Bayou around 8 p.m. 

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9 Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ring in the holidays during Dunedin's annual waterfront celebration as boats parade through Dunedin at approximately 7 pm. Enjoy holiday music and s'mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City's Christmas tree. The event is free and takes place at Dunedin Marina / Edgewater Park. 

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10 St. Pete Indie Holiday Market

St. Pete Indie Holiday Market
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Get your holiday shopping done at this monthly market showcasing all things indie and local! Shop over 100 vendors featuring artisanal foods and food trucks, handcrafts, plants and succulents, home goods, antique and vintage collections, original art and prints, photography, organic body care, independent shops and businesses, and more!

The family and pet friendly fun goes down from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Baum Ave. You can even sip while you shop with a beverage from either of the locations the market spills into - Green Bench Brewing and Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. Visit the Facebook Event for more information.

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11 Holiday Makers Market

Holiday Makers Market
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sip and shop for handmade gifts from 30 indie artists, artisans and makers at the area's newest event space! Enjoy a beer, bubbles and wine bar along with live music by DJ SugarBear. Get in the holiday spirit at this jolly event, happening at The West Events in Madeira Beach. Admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and includes a free tote bag. 

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12 Snowfest in Downtown St. Pete

Snowfest in Downtown St. Pete
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sixty-five tons of snow are expected to fall in North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Join the fake snow fun from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, giant slide, "glice" ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more. 

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13 Largo's Annual Holiday Stroll: Rockin Lights Family Fun Night

Largo's Annual Holiday Stroll: Rockin Lights Family Fun Night
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Largo's best Holiday Light's Display is back and the event to kick it off is bigger and better than ever. Carolers and other entertainers will grace the park and stage as your family enjoys the activities for one great night. Tree lighting will take place at 6 pm. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site, as well as our Strolling Market so that you may pick out your last minute gifts.

$10 limited on-site parking is available. $5 park and walk from Largo High School. Due to the safety of your pet and are patrons, dogs are not permitted in the park during large events.

Please call 727-587-6740 x5014 for event details or questions.

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14 Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes

Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Strolling the brick-lined streets of the Historic Old Northeast, visitors receive maps leading them to festively decorated homes. Holiday decor and music create a wonderful way to begin your celebration of the Holiday season. A trolley service is also available for those who prefer to ride. The tour kicks off at Westminster Palm View, 939 Beach Drive NE at 3 p.m. and goes through 8 p.m. 

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15 Treasure Island's Lighted Boat Parade

Treasure Island's Lighted Boat Parade
Friday, December 13, 2019

Like Las Vegas on the water! This year's dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John's Pass. 

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16 Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach

Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Watch as the waterways in Madeira Beach light up with boats displaying their best Christmas lights! This boat parade will kick off at John's Pass with a shop local holiday extravaganza, tree lighting, and boat parade kickoff party. Head to ROC park for the best view of the parade and to enjoy holiday music, food, and spirits. 

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17 Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2019

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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18 Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts

Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

This art festival transforms Williams 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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19 Gulfport & BCYC's Holiday Boat Parade

Gulfport & BCYC's Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Holiday decorated boats will light up the intracoastal waterway in downtown Gulfport! The 34th annual parade presented by the Boca Ciega Yacht Club will kick off at 6:00 pm. Parade-goers can get a good look from Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach near the Gulfport Casino. Free and family-friendly!

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20 Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2019

An annual Clearwater holiday event that's not to be missed! Festively decorated boats will parade past Coachman Park around 8:30 p.m. From there, the fleet will cruise under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel, then proceed south through the navigable canals to Clearwater Point. Free and family-friendly!

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21 North Pole Express

North Pole Express
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Sunday, December 15, 2019

All aboard! Children of all ages are invited to take the North Pole Express on a magical journey through the holiday lights in Largo Central Park, to get to the North Pole. Activities inside the North Pole include crafts, games, cocoa, cookie decorating, meeting Santa and more. Sleigh bells will be given to each child.

NEW to this year is an Adults ONLY, North Pole After Dark Ride. Adults will board the train to the North Pole to experience a unique date night experience at the North Pole. Enjoy wine, chocolate and more.

To purchase your golden ticket for this event, please order here, or call 727-587-6720.

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22 Holiday Market at Hotel Zamora

Holiday Market at Hotel Zamora
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

'Tis the season for sunset views and holiday shopping! Head to Hotel Zamora on Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 6-9 p.m. for their sunset market at 360 Rooftop. Local makers will be selling handmade goods, vinyl, vintage clothing, and more! The perfect place for some last minute holiday shopping. Stay for live music with Danielle DeCosmo plus happy hour beat the clock drink specials. 

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23 Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Watch as Indian Rocks Beach lights up as decorated boats parade through the waterways! The boat parade will launch Saturday evening, Dec 21 at 6:45 pm. 

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24 Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade
Sunday, December 22, 2019

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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Winter's Wonderland

City: Clearwater

Address
249 Windward Psge
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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.
FL

Phone: 727-582-2117

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Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

City: Dunedin

Address
150 Marina Plz,
FL

Phone: 727-738-2920

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North Pole Express

City: Largo

Address
101 Central Park Dr
FL

Phone: 727-587-6720

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Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

City: Indian Rocks Beach

Address
Indian Rocks Beach
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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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