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Tampa’s Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular and More Stuff to do in Tampa Bay

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ve done our research and found so many holiday related things to do in Tampa Bay. Grab your ugly sweaters and some snow boots because we have a fun filled weekend planned for you.

Keep reading for the best things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend!

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Tampa's Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular

The Tampa Riverwalk is already a sight to see, now imagine it all lit up and decked out for the holidays! The hotels, restaurants, and bars along the Riverwalk will also have lighted displays making it the perfect place to experience the holiday season.

Displays include a 35′ tall LED lighted Christmas tree floating in the harbor, several other lighted displays floating on barges in the river, and the lighted garland and red bows on the Riverwalk light poles. There will also be a scavenger hunt where you’ll be solving puzzles, completing holiday challenges, and answering historical Tampa trivia!

Event Details
🗓  NOV 26 – JAN 2
📍 Tampa Riverwalk

Ugly Sweater Under the Sea

Grab your ugliest sweater and head over to the Florida Aquarium for this 21+ holiday event! Explore their galleries, grab some tasty holiday treats in Café Ray, and enjoy drinks from Corona Cove or on their Rooftop. There will be festive holiday music to get you into the holiday spirit. It’s the perfect socially distant event to enjoy with friends and family!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 4 | 7PM-10PM
📍 The Florida Aquarium

The Wonderland of Lights & Santa's Village

If you’re looking for a safe but fun event, you have to check this one out! Enjoy over a mile of spectacular lights and holiday displays all from the safety of your vehicle. At the end of your journey stop be Santa’s Village to get some tasty fair-type foods, family-friendly entertainment, catch the wolf exhibit, camel rides, and of course meet Santa himself!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 26 – DEC 27
📍 Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park

Get excited because snow is coming to Florida. Not real snow, of course, but close enough. Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park will be bringing a massive snow tubing hill, Alpine Village, and a ten thousand square foot snow play dome. It’s a snowy landscape of fun right in the heart of Central Florida!

Event Details
🗓 Opens this weekend
📍 Snowcat Ridge

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Ride through the city in style on a slingshot with 3 Wheel Rentals. It’s the one and only company in Tampa providing you the opportunity to experience this open-air roadster for a day, weekend, or week. You can rent the Slingshot R or Slingshot SL, either way you’ll be turning heads. It’s the best way to experience Tampa Bay!

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Looking for delicious handmade fresh pasta, fine wine, and custom cocktails? If so, check out Rocca at The Pearl near Armature Works. Their menu features Italian fares with regional Florida ingredients as an inspiration. We highly recommend Prosciutto di Parma and Tortello al Tartuffo! Lucky for you, we’ve partnered with them for a giveaway! Click the button below to see how to enter and enjoy a delicious Italian meal!

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!

My name is Theresa and I’m the face behind @TheGreatestDamnBites, a Foodie Instagram account dedicated to showcasing the best bites in Tampa. I’m lucky enough to call Tampa home and have loved watching it grow year after year into the booming city it is now. As a foodie, I’m constantly checking out different restaurants. My weekends mostly consist of eating and taking photos of impressive food and drinks. I never run out of places to visit! While I love all kinds of cuisines, there’s a special place in my heart for SUSHI! 

I love sushi so much I even had a sushi themed birthday party this year, complete with two sushi cakes! Tampa has such a great selection of sushi spots, that it can be overwhelming when deciding where to eat.  I love to try different rolls, and really value the quality of the ingredients in my sushi dish. Here are some of my favorite sushi spots: Soho Sushi, Matoi Sushi, AI Sushi, and Ichiban. If you’re looking for more sushi content and insight on the best restaurants in Tampa, follow my foodie journey on Instagram @TheGreatestDamnBites. Happy eating!

More Things to Do in Tampa Bay

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Check out  Tampa’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Curtis Hixon Park on Dec. 4! Activities start at 6pm so don’t miss out. It’s the best way to start off the holiday season.

Muchachas is officially open in Armature Works! Head over there for quesatacos, big ole burritos, street corn, and so much more.

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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.