HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EVENTS

FLZ JINGLE BALL, AMALIE ARENA, DEC. 1ST

93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball 2019 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio. 93.3 FLZ on-air hosts officially announced the all-star performers for 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball 2019 which will include Sam Smith, Lizzo, Normani, French Montana, Why Don’t We, MAX and AJ Mitchell.

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Santa Fest & Christmas Parade, Sat Dec 7, 11:00 AM- Sat Dec 7, 4:00 PM

This year’s parade is the largest Christmas Parade ever held with 95 colorful units. There will be beads, candy and other goodies tossed to onlookers as the floats, Krewes, dance groups, and others take part in this much anticipated annual event.

The parade begins at Madison and Pierce streets. Heads west on Madison Street then turns north onto Ashley Drive, and ends at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The best viewing area is along Madison Street from Pierce Street to Tampa Street.

Parade viewers are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. to avoid road closure and to get a good spot along the parade route. Suggested parking options:

• Royal Street, 1200 N. Tampa Street

• Jackson Street, E. Kennedy Blvd & Jackson Street

• Ft. Brooke Garage, 107 N. Franklin Street

After the parade, the fun continues in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with 38th Annual Santa Fest. Bring your little elves to Santa Fest for a free keepsake photo with Santa sponsored by the Friends of Tampa Recreation; continuous holiday entertainment, interactive games, bounce houses, a rock wall, and make-n-take crafts. The festival continues until 4 p.m.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE WILD, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tis the Season for Wild Family Memories and Jolly Holiday Surprises One of Tampa’s most beloved holiday traditions returns with more twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, and new jolly adventures. Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park immerses guests into a world of holiday cheer designed to create lasting holiday memories for the whole family. The event kicks-off on Friday, November 29 and continues for 11 select nights throughout the season.

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WINTER VILLAGE, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, November 29, 2019 - December 24, 2019

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. The Shops of Winter Village The Shops of Winter Village feature 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. This “pop-up” holiday shopping experience features decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories, and more!

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BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN

The family tradition returns with more cheer than ever and new memories every night Starting Nov. 16 through Jan. 6, celebrate the holidays with millions of twinkling lights and seasonal shows. Included with park admission. It's Christmas every day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with Christmas Town November 16 through January 6.

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Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a 2.5-hour cruise, reserved table, buffet dinner and excellent water views of the annual Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (weather permitting), live DJ entertainment, and dancing on the top deck.

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RIVER OF LIGHTS Pirate Water Taxi, Weekends Dec. 1-30

Cruise through downtown aboard the iconic Pirate Water Taxi for a unique view of the beautiful sights of the holiday season. Pass beneath the lighted bridges to enter the Hillsborough River for a one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy an entertaining narration on the first half of the cruise and then join in with Christmas Carolers on the second half, while savoring hot chocolate and a delicious holiday cookie. There is no better way to experience the Holidays in Tampa!

CHRISTMAS AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM

This year, celebrate the holiday SEAson at The Florida Aquarium. Whether you want to meet Santa and his elves and their favorite Aquarium animals, or play with snow in Florida, the fun is here at the Aquarium. Check out how The Florida Aquarium will be spreading the holiday cheer with events like The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience®, Saturdays with Santa, Breakfast with Santa and Snow Days at The Florida Aquarium!

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YBOR SNOW OF 7TH PARADE, DEC. 14TH AT 6P

Ybor Collaborative is hosting its 8th Annual Snow on 7th Parade featuring 10 middle & high school Marching Bands, local dance teams, & krewes, under a sky of snow! Join the Tampa Mayor and Santa Claus for this FREE family-friendly event on Saturday, December 14th.

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Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 21st, 2019

The Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is set for December 21, 2019! This FREE holiday event along the Riverwalk will include a large route with multiple public viewing areas!

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Winter Village Express, Select nights, Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

The Winter Village Express will make its way from Downtown’s Whiting Station to Ybor and back on the TECO Line Streetcar. Join returning hosts, Bob and Gretchen Quackenbush, for this one-hour, round-trip excursion that is fun for the entire family! Our trip features a holiday sing-a-long, holiday trivia, milk & cookies, and added surprises along the way.

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