Holiday Activities + Christmas Lights in Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Pete

Christmas Lights Tampa Florida

Are you looking for Christmas lights and holiday activities in the Tampa Bay Area? We can help you plan a day trip {or night time trip} to Tampa or St. Petersburg to see a Christmas light display, visit a Christmas maze, or enjoy a holiday lights show.

Some of these activities in Tampa are FREE – including the outdoor Christmas lights at the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Park, and the Waterfront in St. Pete. Others have a reasonable admission charge, and we’ve also included special activities for a Christmas splurge.

We’ve also got details on Christmas Events in Orlando, and plenty of information on Christmas in Lakeland, Florida.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

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Christmas Lights in Tampa Florida

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for safety protocols, mask requirements, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations. Be informed, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, have fun, and make good choices!

(Videos are from previous years – pre-COVID = no masks)

The Christmas Trail in Plant City

The Christmas Trail is an outdoor Christmas event located in Plant City, Florida. Featuring over a 1/4 mile Christmas Light walking trail filled with over 100,000 Christmas lights. Displays and activities include Jack Frost Ice Show with live snow, Pictures with Santa, Walk to Bethlehem – Nativity Light Maze, Christmas Tree Light Show, Dancing Christmas Trees, & more. Wheelchairs and strollers are allowed, proceed with caution in some areas because this is an outdoor event. 

  • Open Select Nights from December 11 – 23, 2020 from 5:30 – 10pm.
  • $15 per vehicle up to 8 people. ($25 for passenger van up to 15 ppl, and $50 for buses) Advance tickets required.
  • 2837 South Frontage Road Plant City, FL 33566 (MAP IT)
  • Christmas Trail Website or Facebook page

Nights of Shimmering Lights in Dover 

Sunkissed Acres Farm in Dover presents Shimmering Lights – a winter event featuring a ¼-mile outdoor walking trail through the shimmering lights dancing to music. Walk at your own pace and stop as often as you like. Santa will be on hand for pictures and wishes. Get in the holiday mood with seasonal music and themed areas. Shimmering Lights is a one-way wide walking trail where you can practice social distancing the natural way. You can repeat the 1/4 mile trail as many times as you would like.

  • Open select nights from Friday, November 27- Saturday, December 26, 2020
  • $7 per person, ages 3 and under are free
  • Sun Kissed Acres Farm – 2302 N. Dover Road, Dover, FL 33527
  • Get tickets on Eventbrite

Holiday Spectacular on the Tampa Riverwalk

Friends of the Riverwalk invites you to enjoy a Holiday Spectacular light display. Displays include a 35′ tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, several other lighted displays floating on barges in the Hillsborough River, and the lighted garland and red bows on the Riverwalk light poles. Enjoy the lights at your leisure. The 2.6 miles of the Tampa Riverwalk runs from Armature Works to Curtis Hixon Park to Sparkman Wharf.

The Riverwalk Holiday Hunt will also be available Dec 5 – Jan 3. Check the website for details on this mobile based scavenger hunt.

  • FREE
  • November 26, 2020 through January 2, 2021
  • Website

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa

Winter Village Tampa is back in 2020 with outdoor ice skating, vendors, Christmas lights, and more. Advance reservations for ice skating are highly recommended. Stroll through Curtis Hixon Park and enjoy a beautiful view of the Hillsborough River. TIP – walk north or south and check out the decorations along the Tampa Riverwalk and on the river.

A free choo choo train ride is also available for the kids. Climb aboard for a 10-minute Christmas train ride through the park to enjoy the lights and sounds of Winter Village. This FREE adventure is first come, first serve with no advance reservations.

  • FREE to explore, ice skating is $15/person
  • November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021 – check website for hours and special events
  • Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa
  • Website

River of Lights Holiday Boat Cruise – Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa

Hop on Tampa’s water taxi tour of holiday lights and decorations along the river including Holiday Island. As you cruise, you will get up-close views of Downtown Tampa’s spectacular seasonal decorations and holiday lights. This family-friendly event will include a visit by a jolly pirate elf, Christmas song sing-a-longs, and a chance to see snow flurries in Florida! Every child will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mailbox. Operating at 50% capacity.

  • Adults $25, Children $20
  • Select nights in November and December
  • Boarding at the Tampa Convention Center
  • Website

Christmas Lane at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City 

Christmas Lane will not be open in 2020. Christmas Lane is an interactive walk through Christmas event held at the fairgrounds in Plant City, FL. Various Christmas themed displays, photos with Santa, live entertainment, food, and rides (additional cost for food & rides).

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in Brandon

Tampa Christmas Events

Christmas In The Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at ZooTampa at Lowry Park with the return of Christmas in the Wild, Tampa’s most beloved holiday tradition. Families looking for safe holiday fun will be immersed in an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, and new jolly adventures.

  • November 27 – December 30, 2020 – Select Nights from 4-10pm
  • Tickets are $26.95/person or included with annual pass (reservation required)
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park – 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
  • ZooTampa Website

Saturdays with Santa at the Florida Aquarium

Santa is coming! Guests of all ages can share Holiday wishes and take safe and socially-distanced pictures with Santa Claus during this special holiday adventure. This festive, unique photo opportunity will provide a wonderful Holiday keepsake as you capture Santa inside his “snow globe”. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the Holidays at The Florida Aquarium. Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos* starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. (*Professional pictures will be available for purchase.)

  • Saturdays from November 27 – December 19, 2020 from 11am – 7pm
  • Included in Aquarium admission
  • The Florida Aquarium – 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Websit

Snow Days at the Florida Aquarium

Continue the holiday celebration at the Aquarium and have a flurry of fun in our outdoor kids’ play area with real snow! After you’re done, head inside for an Aquarium experience including animal encounters, diving elves, holiday crafts and more! Access to our snow play area is included with general admission.

  • TBD for 2020
  • Included in Aquarium admission
  • The Florida Aquarium – 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
  • Website

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town, where Busch Gardens Tampa transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, visits with Santa, festive treats and more than a million twinkling lights.

Christmas Lights in St. Pete + Clearwater

The Lights of Lake Park Estates in Seminole

Drive through over 3 miles of Christmas Lights in the neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village (between Clearwater and St. Pete). Follow the arrows through the neighborhood. Donations are accepted along the route – 100% of the donations are provided to Suncoast Hospice to support their community activities. (The event has raised over $907,000 since its inception in 1993 – wow!!)

  • FREE – Donations encouraged
  • December 1 – 31, 2020 – nightly from 6-10pm
  • 102nd Ave & 97th St, Seminole FL 33777
  • Website

Largo Central Park Holiday Lights & Rides

Stroll through Largo Central Park and escape into a show stopping light display, featuring over a million twinkling LED lights. This is a walking display, not a drive through. Rides and food also available. Ride the ferris wheel to see the 70 acre park from up high.

  • FREE to stroll & park, rides are extra
  • November 26, 2020 – January 3, 2021 nightly from 5-10pm
  • 101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771
  • Website

Waterfront Lights in St. Pete

Take a stroll along the waterfront to see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub ParkSouth Straub ParkPioneer ParkVinoy Park, and the St. Pete Pier. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens and participants from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers.

Oakdale Christmas House in St. Petersburg

If you’re in the area, you’ve got to check out this amazing Christmas light display in St. Petersburg, Florida. Oakdale Christmas House in St. Pete has been putting up a display for over 40 years. They’ve been HGTV’s #1 display and NBC’s Today Show Top 3. This mega Christmas display is FREE for the public to enjoy.

  • FREE
  • Friday November 27, 2020 to January 3, 2021
  • 2719 Oakdale Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • Website 

Enchanted Christmas St. Pete / Enchanted Christmas Tampa

Wondering if St. Pete Enchant Christmas is opening in 2020? Sadly this Christmas Light maze in St. Pete is not happening this year. We’ll be on the lookout for another Christmas maze in Tampa Bay.

Map – Christmas Lights in Tampa