Looking for the best spots to celebrate Christmas in Tampa? Look no further! We have collected the most Instagrammable spots for Christmas in Tampa Bay, so you can share your holiday moments in the most festive places in town!
For our top choices, check out our master guide below for the best spots for pictures this Christmas in Tampa Bay.
Join Intermezzo Coffee for dreamy festivities and bring a hip local spot into your holiday tradition! Every year Intermezzo Coffee fully transforms into a winter wonderland: The Miracle at Mezzo. Starting from Black Friday and up until New Year’s Eve, Miracle at Mezzo becomes a holiday cocktail bar with adorable Christmas decor. Focusing on creating a fun nostalgic feel to the space, this is the perfect space to cozy up with friends or dates and hide away from cool Florida nights.
Check out their website for information on when their local celebrity guest bartenders will mix up their creations at Intermezzo – featuring drinks from some of your favorite spots! Sample cocktail drinks from Trophy Fish, Oak and Ola, M. Bird, Bodega, and more!
Monday | 8:00am–3:00pm
Tuesday–Thursday | 8:00am–12:00am
Friday–Saturday | 8:00am–2:00am
Sunday | 8:00am–12:00am
📍 1111 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Continuing on the theme of transforming our favorite spaces, this Dunedin favorite turns into a quaint and cozy Christmas cafe. For the third year, Sonder Social Club turns into Santa Social Club, a holiday cocktail bar filled with beautiful wreaths and Santa hat-adorned seating! Santa Social Club does a holiday renovation of their delicious menu as well…our favorite drink is their authentic Puerto Rican Christina’s Coquito!
The best part is that it is a different experience every year because they want to make sure they bring something new and fun as they plan to continue this tradition for decades to come. If you love holiday-themed food and drinks, this is the best spot to hang out and take foodie pictures for Instagram. There isn’t a corner or detail on their menu or decor that doesn’t 100% tie into the holiday spirit!
Monday–Thursday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Friday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–8:00pm
📍 966 Douglas Ave Unit 101, Dunedin, FL 34698
📷 The Tampa Riverwalk
The Holiday Spectacular at the Riverwalk is a beautiful place to visit during the holidays – day or night! The Holiday Spectacular features a larger than life Christmas tree, standing at 35 feet tall! Lighting your walk, visit this spot after taking a holiday stroll in the crisp winter air. On your walk, you will also see other lighted displays floating along the Hillsborough river and red ribbon gift bows adorning the Riverwalk lights. Check out all the local Tampa hotels, restaurants, and bars along the Riverwalk as well, which decorate their exterior and help light your path along famous the Tampa Riverwalk.
📍 Downtown Tampa Riverwalk Tampa, Florida, 33602
📷 St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation
As one of the most popular parks for Tampa Bay photographers, Straub Park in St. Pete is a beautiful place to take pictures during the holidays! Hosted by the City of St. Petersburg, the already beautiful park is lit with tons of different animated Christmas lights displays and sparkle lights to enjoy. You can also check out their town Christmas tree – a great spot for Christmas card photos with the family!
Check out their website and look out for different holiday events – like meet-and-greets with Santa Claus and their Illuminated Boat Parade!
📍 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
📷 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
A Downtown Tampa tradition, Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park is a popular spot to take fun holiday pictures. If you are worried about having the right lighting at night but still want those twinkly lights in the photo, this is the spot for you! Winter Village has great lighting because they host special areas for the best photo ops.
After taking cute photos, there is tons to do at Winter Village! Check out their Shops of Winter Village – featuring 5 local boutiques and creators – where you can finish up on your Christmas gift shopping. There is also attractions like a huge ice skating rink and the Curtis Hixon Park Choo Choo! Climb aboard and enjoy a 10 minute ride through the park to enjoy the festive sights and sounds of the Winter Village.
Check out their website for the nightly events schedule and see all that the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park has to offer!
📍 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
📷 Armature Works
Calling all foodies! Armature Works is a great place to take pictures because not only is it perfectly decorated for the holidays, but it is full of tons of amazing food stalls! Before you eat though, venture outside to the riverfront lawn area. There you’ll find their ornate Christmas tree standing tall, the perfect background for some Instagram pictures and stories.
After you take some pictures at their tree or at their jumbo chess board, make your way inside for holiday hot chocolate at Union coffee!
Monday – Thursday | 7:30am–10:00pm
Friday | 7:30am–12:00am
Saturday | 9:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 9:00am–9:00pm
📍 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
📷 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
If you’re looking for that true Tampa Bay feel for your pictures, then you should visit the holiday festivities at Ybor City! As the first city in Tampa, Ybor City incorporates their Cuban roots to your holiday tradition. Visit their holiday display at Centro Ybor to see their festive Christmas tree, reaching up two stories! They also have hung up huge wreaths and Christmas light displays. This is a great place to stop by for pictures before a night out at the restaurants, bars, and clubs that are only steps away!
📍 Centro Ybor
1600 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland right here in Tampa, then you need to visit Hyde Park Village during the holidays. Every year Tampa Bay locals flock to Hyde Park Village to take their own photographs for Christmas cards, social media, and to make memories! They have so many pop-up photo-ops! In the center courtyard of Hyde Park Village is their huge Christmas tree, decorated with shiny ball ornaments. You will also find their huge Santa sleigh, which the whole family can climb into for a photo!
At night, Hyde Park Village transforms. All around the winding trees and through the mall, there are beautiful, twinkly Christmas lights. We recommend stopping in to Buddy Brew for a hot chocolate to keep you warm while out taking pictures. Make your nights magical this Christmas season with a visit to Hyde Park Village!
Monday – Saturday | 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday | 11:00pm-6p:00m
Thanksgiving | Closed
Christmas Eve | 10:00am-5:00pm
Christmas | Closed
New Year’s Eve | 10:00am-5:00pm
New Year’s Day | 10:00am-5:00pm
📍 1602 W. Snow Ave Tampa, FL 33606
Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, ...