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Fun Tampa Holiday Events to Check Out December 2019

Fun Tampa Holiday Events to Check Out December 2019

With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to round up some exciting Tampa holiday events that are fun for the whole family. Hillsborough County has a lot to offer, and the holidays are no exception. Whether you’re looking to get an Instagram-worthy shot with the jolly guy, find swoon-worthy gifts, or just enjoy some family time, there’s a local event that fits the bill.

Things to Do in Tampa: Holiday Edition

Winter Village

When: November 29, 2019 – December 24, 2019

Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park


Enjoy shopping with the family at this sweet pop-up retail village. Featuring 10 different shops selling everything from toys (of course) to jewelry and dog accessories, you can make some quick progress on your shopping list while having a jolly time by the Hillsborough River.

Holiday Movies at Citrus Park: The Grinch

When: Friday, Decembe 6, 6 – 8 PM

Where: Westfield Citrus Park


Share the classics with your kids or a loved one. The first 50 kids will receive a free snack pack to munch on during the feature film. Pack a thermos of peppermint hot chocolate and a blanket for a fun, cozy time. This year, there will be two movies. The first is the 2018 version of The Grinch, one of the season’s best meanies (along with Scrooge, of course).

Sylvan Ramble Light Show

When: December 6th – 28th

Where: Sylvan Ramble Lights


By combining lights, music, water, and smoke, Sylvan Ramble Lights puts on a memorable show, all in the name of charity. It’s certainly a show that little ones will remember! With over 30,000 lights set to seasonal classics, Sylvan Ramble Lights will help wake up your holiday spirit. 

This year, donations will be collected for Clothes To Kids, an area nonprofit that provides a week’s worth of clothing to children in need.

Santa Fest & Christmas Parade

When: Saturday, December 7, 11:00 AM – Saturday, December 7, 4:00 PM

Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park


Looking to get that perfect photo of the little ones with the man of the hour? After enjoying the Christmas Parade—the largest one yet!—stop by Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to get your holiday snapshot. Santa will be on hand for photos with the little ones, but the fun doesn’t stop there. 

Enjoy festive music and make-n-take crafts, as well as bounce houses and rock walls for the kids. Vendors will be on hand with food and wares.

The parade itself will start at Madison and Pierce streets, then make its way to Ashley Drive before wrapping up at the park. Show up early to grab a good seat! 

Holiday Movies at Citrus Park: Polar Express

When: Friday, December 13, 6 – 8 PM

Where: Westfield Citrus Park


Relive the wonder of the Polar Express this holiday season with a special showing at Westfield Citrus Park. The first 50 kids will get a free snack pack, but feel free to pack your own holiday treats like some gingerbread or chocolate bark. Yum! This Tom Hanks classic is sure to become a family favorite.

Ybor Snow of 7th Parade

When: Saturday, December 14, 6:00 pm – December 15, 2:00 am

Where: Centro Ybor


This Winter Wonderland is not to be missed!

Since it probably won’t snow this winter in Tampa, why not take the kids to Ybor to enjoy some of the white stuff? Mingle with Santa, enjoy music from local high school marching bands, and get in the spirit with Mayor Jane Castor. Grab some hot chocolate to make the evening even more magical.

Jingle Bell Bazaar

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Where: Centennial Park


Make your holiday shopping more fun and enjoy the magic of the season at Centennial Park during the Jingle Bell Bazaar. There will be live entertainment and a variety of vendors, so you can likely get your holiday shopping done all at once! Food vendors will be offering a variety of treats, so come ready to eat!

20th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

When: Sunday, December 15, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Where: Lowry Park Boat Ramp


Celebrate 20 years of the Holiday Boat Parade. Paddlers and boaters are invited to join in the fun, which begins at 6:00 pm on the Hillsborough River at Lowry Park Boat Ramp and then proceeds upriver to end between the I-275 & Nebraska Ave. bridges. To join in, check in at Lowry Park Boat Ramp between 4:30 to 5:30, and be sure to bring along Coast Guard-approved life vests for all participants. This is the area’s biggest boat parade and an exciting adventure for young participants.

Tampa Riverwalk Winterfest

When: Sunday, December 15

Where: Water Works Park


Enjoy a variety of artisanal vendors and live music as you stock up on holiday cheer. Find the perfect items for your holiday party, a lovely gift, or just enjoy some great food and camaraderie. You can even make a gift with local artists for that special someone.

Tampa Holiday Events: Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 21, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: The Florida Aquarium


Get front row seats—and hot cocoa and cookies—and enjoy the perfect view: an assortment of yachts and vessels decked out with lights and holiday cheer. Featuring a DJ, this two and a half-hour cruise promises to be a fun time for the entire family. Tickets are $39.95 for adults and $34.95 for kids.

There are a lot of exciting Tampa holiday events to check out this season. We hope you and your family are able to enjoy some of them, and most of all, we hope you are able to experience the wonder of the season with plenty of love, laughter, and family. Happy holidays.