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If your weekend plans include getting into the holiday spirit, then we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking to do some holiday shopping, partake in holiday activities, watch a Christmas show, or get lit like a Christmas tree, we have a list of the best things to do in Tampa Bay for everyone to enjoy!

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Downtown Clearwater's Holiday Extravaganza

Are you ready for an entire month of holiday movies, virtual events, crafts, music, family fun, decorations, and so much more!? The city of Clearwater is excited to present this year’s Holiday Extravaganza to get you into the holiday spirit. Check out their list of great events below.

Flock-A-Yard: DEC 2,4,7,9,11,14,16,18,21,22
Celebrating Christ at Christmas Art Show: DEC 2-18
Downtown Clearwater Artwalk: DEC 5 & 12
Outdoor Movie Night: DEC 5,12 & 19
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Presents Wanderlust: DEC 5,12 & 19
Watercolor Holiday Cards: DEC 11

Which one will you be attending? Tag us in your photos @StuffToDoInTampaBay.

Event Details
🗓  NOV 21 – DEC 23
📍 Downtown Clearwater

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Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Ugly sweater season is upon us and there’s not better way to celebrate than with an ugly sweater bar crawl! Slip into your most hideous sweater and head over to Downtown Tampa for some Christmas fun. Warning: This event might get you on the naughty list.

Due to Covid-19 there will be no bus taking you to each bar so make sure to bring a designated driver or plan to Uber. Participating locations include American Social, Park & Rec, District Tavern, and more. Your ticket gets you a free welcome shot at each bar, discounts on food and drinks, raffle entry ticket, and tons of fun!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 12 | 4PM-10PM
📍 Park & Rec TPA

Sunsets at Pier 60: Christmas Tree Lighting

What can possibly make Pier 60 more stunning than it already is? A Christmas tree! Head over to Pier 60 Park this weekend for the Christmas Tree Lighting, a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mrs. Claus, and A Christmas Story Movie in the Park. It’s the perfect way to start off the holiday season.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 12 | 4PM-6PM
📍 Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach

A Christmas Carol Drive-In Concert

Watch this Dickens classic from the comfort of your own car. This drive-in concert series will feature songs from the production performed by a cast of live performers along with multimedia and narration from the original novella.

This production will be staged in an outdoor stage with audiences experiencing the performance drive-in style. The audio will be broadcast to your vehicle via its radio or your smart device. Get ready to relive the magic of A Christmas Carol with your family and friends.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 11 – 24
📍 freeFall Theatre

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Vintage Roost Market

Get ready for the best vintage shopping experience coming this weekend. Vendors will be bringing in unique finds just for you. There will be so many amazing vintage treasure so be ready to hunt! Shop from16 vendors with so many fabulous pieces for you to discover. For your safety and the safety of others, masks are required and always try to social distance.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 11 – 13 | 9AM-5PM
📍 Vintage Roost 

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Santa's Social Club

Sonder Social Club in Dunedin has transformed into Santa’s Social Club! This is an immersive Santa and Christmas themed pop-up bar running from now until Dec. 26. Sonder Social Club is unrecognizable, covered in holiday decor and serving up delicious holiday cocktails and bites. We recommend getting the Ginger S.N.A.P. or Milk + Cookies cocktail. It’s the perfect place to get lit like a Christmas tree!

Pet Friendly Stuff To Do

Pet ShopsThe Tampa Bay area is one of the most pet-friendly metros in the US, so we’ve partnered with Petzey to bring all the possibilities for adventure with your fur-babies to the palm of your hand.

Now through the end of the year get FREE wellness checks for your pup with our code UNATION. It gives you a peace of mind so you can take your furry friend with you on all of your Tampa adventures!

We may not have seasonality when it comes to the weather here in Tampa Bay, but that doesn’t mean we don’t take the holiday season seriously! There are so many activities to take part in that evoke the sights and sounds of winter. Some of my favorite things to do during this time of year include ice skating at Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, driving through the mile-long Wonderland of Lights display at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, and watching the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade from the Tampa Riverwalk.

I certainly can’t forget about all the comforting food to eat during this time of year! On Swann in Hyde Park Village has the tastiest seasonal soup and dessert selections, and Sucré Table on Kennedy Blvd. has a variety of delicious drinks perfect for the winter season, from coffee to milk teas. Tampa Bay always knows how to do the holiday season right! For more places to eat and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, be sure to follow my adventures on Instagram at @thisjenngirl, or visit www.thisjenngirl.com.

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What's New

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St. Pete has a new rooftop bar! Ember Lounge is now open in the Cambria Hotel at the Madeira Beach Marina.

Bake n’ Babes is officially open in Armature Works! If you have a sweet tooth you have to check them out. Their shakes are super instagrammable too so don’t forget to tag us!

Your favorite Cuban food spot just opened a secret bar. Bar Chica is located inside Bodega in St. Pete and it will transport you to Havana, Cuba.

This is for the pet parents. Pups Pub, an indoor-outdoor dog bar, is officially open in South Tampa! Check them out on your next day out with your pup.

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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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