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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So that means there’s a plethora of holiday events! We have a list of the best things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend so you can have the most amazing time with friends and family.

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Christmas in the Country and Festival of Lights

Celebrate the holidays at a 30-acre farm from now until Dec 30th! Day passes include an animal experience, hayride, hay chute slide, play fort, mini Christmas village, and so much more. You’ll also get a visit with Santa!

The farm is decorated for the holidays so you’ll definitely get the perfect family photo. There will be a variety of great vendors to get some gifts or yummy treats from. That’s not all though, make sure to check out the Festival of Lights with over 1 MILLION Christmas lights and a lighted gingerbread hayride. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this spectacular holiday event. 

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🗓  NOW – DEC 30
📍 Raprager Family Farms

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Mix 100.7 Christmas Now

Buddy the Elf said it best when he said “The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear”. Mix 100.7 can help with that because they’ll be playing Christmas music 24/7 ALL MONTH LONG! Whether you’re getting ready for work, on the way to work, or just hanging out with friends, make sure to tune into 100.7 to jam to your favorite holiday tunes.

Event Details
🗓 NOW – DEC 31
📍 Mix 100.7

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📷 Photo Credit: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Lights in Bloom: An Open-Air Holiday Show

Looking for a more scenic lights display?  Look no further than Lights in Bloom at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.  Two million Christmas lights will illuminate your way through the beautiful gardens, with decorated paths and tunnels with lights shows.  The gardens has absolutely remade the grounds to be a magical experience full of butterflies, flowers, dragonflies, and more!  Food and drinks will be available at many locations throughout the park or dine at their signature Selby House for your Christmas dinner.  We recommend visiting the website to reserve your tickets, as each night has limited access!

Event Details
🗓 NOW – JAN 2
📍 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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📷 Photo Credit: Fenway Hotel

Christmas Dinner at Fenway Hotel

Don’t have plans for Christmas this year? The Fenway Hotel has you covered! They’re hosting a Christmas dinner for you and your family to enjoy. You can either reserve a table at the hotel or take the food to go!

We know you want to relax this Christmas so having someone else do the cooking is a huge sigh of relief. The Fenway Hotel will be cooking up delicious food like Hand-Carved Chateaubriand of Beef, Grilled Country Ham Steak, Red Curry Brussel Sprouts, Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes, Traditional Pumpkin Pie, and so much more. Reserve your spot now so you can be worry-free for the holidays.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 25 | 12PM-8PM
📍 Fenway Hotel



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Brown Sugar Event Co

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones look no further, Brown Sugar Event Co has the best holiday baskets that everyone will love! They have the Teacher Appreciation Basket, Oh Gnome You Didn’t Holiday Basket, and Milk & Cookies Christmas Eve Traditions Gift Basket. The baskets include things like a scented candle, wine glass, apron, and more. Check out their website to choose the best basket for your loved one! They deliver local and they ship so make sure to order your basket in time for the holidays.

This time of year there are so many fun events going on to get you in the holiday spirit.

One of my favorite events every year is Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. Christmas Town is included in your park admission and has everything to give you the holiday feels. There are great picture opportunities and for all my foodie friends so many delicious food and drinks all holiday themed! My favorite this year was the Chicken & Waffles with apple butter! Yum!

Another festive event you don’t want to miss is Christmas in the Wild at Zoo Tampa. This event is perfect to bring the whole family and enjoy all of the animals, Christmas lights and you can even have pictures taken with Santa!

Also don’t forget about the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. You can go ice skating, sip on hot chocolate and get some of your holiday shopping done all while supporting local!

There are so many fun events throughout Tampa Bay this holiday/winter season. Whether you attend some events or pop into your favorite restaurant to indulge in some of the holiday food. Either way you are sure to get in the holiday spirit. 

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Natalie Monzon

Natalie Monzon

Natalie is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on social.

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