Our Favorite Holiday Events in Tampa

Here at Novus Westshore, we think life in Tampa is great all year long, but during the holiday season, you will find that our area comes alive with exceptional activities and interesting things to do. If you’re looking for a good excuse to leave your apartment rental and enjoy the slightly cooler weather in Tampa, here are the activities you’ll want on your list.

2018 SantaFest and Parade
Tampa’s annual holiday parade is a holiday tradition that’s hard to miss. Head to the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which will be transformed into a holiday wonderland, on December 1 to enjoy photos with Santa, live entertainment and Holiday-themed crafts. Watch the parade and start off the holiday season right!

Holiday Party at the Seminole Heights Garden Center
Each year, the Seminal Heights Garden Center hosts a holiday party that is fun for all. This year the party will be on December 8 starting at 7 pm. Enjoy food and drink and a live DJ while shopping for your holiday gifts at this popular local store. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to needy Tampa children.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Party
The Crystal Ballroom in Tampa will host the Winter Wonderland Holiday Party. This evening of music, food and dancing will start at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 15. It is an elegant affair hosted by the Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

The Jingle Bell Bazaar
The Jingle Bell Bazaar is a great time to get some of your holiday shopping done while supporting local businesses and vendors. Hosted Sunday, December 16 at Centennial Park, this free event includes food vendors, shopping opportunities, a fashion preview and a visit from Santa. Though the event is free, you’ll want to bring some cash to spend at the various vendor booths.

River of Lights
Hop on board the festively lit Pirate Water Taxi for River of Lights. While you sip hot cocoa and taste a holiday cookie, you can ride along the Hillsborough River to see lighted bridges and Tampa’s many festive decorations. This particular tour is narrated and includes Carolers, so you will really get into the holiday spirit when you are done! It runs through December 30 on select nights.

Getting into the festive holiday spirit is not hard in Tampa, every weekend, there’s something to enjoy. Find your favorite activities and get started on your holiday wish list today!


Want more things to do? Check out this helpful graphic we found created by the City of Tampa!

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