Holiday Lights in the Garden

When: December
Where: Largo

Bring the whole family out to enjoy more than one million LED lights in the Florida Botanical Gardens located in Largo, Florida. Come any day in December starting at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy refreshments and the gift shop. Santa will be there too before Christmas! The cost is a $4 encouraged donation per person for everyone 13 and up. Learn more.

Winter Village

When: December
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa

Enjoy the Winter Village all December long in Downtown Tampa. On December 1, attend the annual tree lighting and for the rest of the month enjoy the ice rink, holiday market, and more activities planned through the holidays! Learn more

The Nutcracker Ballet

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When: Saturday, December 2
Where: University of South Florida, Theater 1

Enjoy the sixth annual presentation of The Nutcracker presented by the Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre. This version of the holiday classic features professional guest artists, classical ballet of Tampa, and promising young artists from around Tampa Bay. Learn more.

Run Tampa Tinsel 5K

When: Saturday, December 2
Where: Al Lopez Park 

This is the third Run Tampa "Tinsel Run" 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run at Al Lopez Park. It’s a chip timed, pet friendly race that begins at 8:00 a.m. and takes runners through a beautiful park that offers plenty of shade & a flat (mainly asphalt) course. Learn more.

Ybor City Cigar Festival

When: Sunday, December 3
Where: Centennial Park, Tampa

Love a good cigar? Find a few good ones, learn more about cigars, and celebrate your love of a big, fat stogie at the Ybor City Cigar Festival. Learn more

A Christmas Celebration 2017

When: Saturday, December 9
Where: University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall

Presented by the Tampa Bay Heralds, A Christmas Celebration 2017 is a great night for music and fun. This year’s special guests are Tiffany Coburn and The Humdingers. If you love a cappella, you won’t want to miss this performance. Learn more.

Tampa Bay Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K Road Race

When: Sunday, December 10
Where: Tampa Bay Convention Center

This road race features things you’ve come to expect from other races - medals, shirts, swag bags, a worthy charity, and a great course. But what sets this race apart from all others is the chocolate. Enjoy all the sweets you can handle before, during, and after the race! Learn more

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour

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When: Saturday, December 17
Where: Amalie Arena

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one holiday tradition you won’t want to miss. TSO is known for their amazing music and rock operas but it’s their shows that really stand out. This elaborate concert features string music, lights, lasers, amazing holiday favorites, and much more. Learn more.

Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker

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When: December 21 through December 23
Where: Carol Morsani Hall, Straz Center

If you can’t make the earlier offering of The Nutcracker in December, here are three more opportunities, this time presented by Next Generation Ballet. This version of the holiday classic features dancers from the Miami City Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Learn more.

Outback Bowl Beach Day

When: Saturday, December 30
Where: Clearwater Beach

Come cheer on your favorite Outback Bowl team - and their cheerleaders - as they compete for bragging rights during the Outback Bowl Beach Day event. The two teams will go head to head in a variety of fun contests, including tug-of-war. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

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