Jingle bells are starting to ring throughout Tampa! The holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit at fun community events all month long!

Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 1st

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

Come see Mayor Buckhorn light up the city's beauitful tree for the season. There will also be a free screening of The Polar Express (2004) in the park.


36th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 11:00 am  

Location: Downtown Tampa | Parade Route

Watch Santa, community organizations, schools, marching bands, and more as they parade through downtown Tampa spreading holiday cheer!

Santa Fest

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

After the parade, head to the park to experience an afternoon of winter fun. Enjoy holiday entertainment, holiday crafts, games and activities, photos with Santa Claus, and so much more!


The Nutcracker

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Location: University of South Florida’s Theatre 1 (3839 USF Holly Drive)

Take in this great holiday tradition for the 6th year in Tampa.


Cookies, Carols & Crafts Workshop with Santa & Friends

Date: Sunday, December 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Straz Center for Performing Arts (1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place)

Create beautiful crafts, visit with fun holiday characters, listen to live music, dine on cookies and milk, and so much more at this 1st annual celebration.

Continuing Christmas Events

  • Christmas In The Wild

    • Dates: Now - Saturday, December 30th

    • Location: Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

  • Christmas Town™

    • Dates: Now - Sunday, December 31st

    • Location: Busch Gardens (10165 North McKinley Drive)

  • Winter Village

    • Dates: Now - Friday, January 5th

    • Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

  • Victorian Christmas Stroll

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Saturday, December 23rd

    • Location: Henry B. Plant Museum (401 West Kennedy Boulevard)

  • Christmas Lights Limo Tours

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Friday, December 29th

    • Location: Throughout Greater Tampa



The Sper Group wishes everyone in Tampa a very Merry Holiday Season!