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  1. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    The park is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland with miles of lights, special food and treats, entertainment, a bottle Christmas tree, live music and holiday shopping. This year, Christmas Town is included with daily admission.

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  2. Ice!

    Gaylord Palms Resort

    Kissimmee : 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 34746

    The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they supply you with heavy parkas. Still, gloves and warm socks are recommended. This year features a Nutcracker theme, ice slides and artis …

    Price: $28.99-$29.99, $26.99-$28.99 seniors, $14.99-$16.99 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. $18 parking fee (validated if dining at resort restaurant).

  3. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 4.

    Price: $10.

  4. Holiday Lights in the Gardens

    Editor's pick

    Florida Botanical Gardens

    Largo : 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. This year, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a decorated gazebo on select nights. Check flbg.org for complete schedule.

    Price: $4, 12 and younger free.

  5. Nights of Shimmering Lights

    Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

    Brandon : Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon, 33567

    Drive your vehicle through a light and sound show including more than 2-miles of lights with 750 larger-than-life lighted scenes, tunnels and dancing lights. Open at dusk daily through Dec. 30.

    Price: $15 Mon.-Wed., $20 Thur.-Sun. per car load.

  6. Holidays at Universal Studios

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Get into the holiday spirit at Universal Studios with the Macy's Holiday Parade including balloons and floats, and the "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular" live stage show based on the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    Price: Single Day Admission: $85, $79 ages 3-9, one-park Florida resident pass purchased online. See the website for more details.

  7. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Cast members take months to get ready for one special guest to throw the giant switch on the seasonal display. Features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music that decorate the New York street scene of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Included with daily general admissi …

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  8. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

    SeaWorld

    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld's celebration welcomes guests with everything from a sparkling Sea of Trees, classic holiday tunes, an ice skating show, Holiday Reflections fountain and fireworks show, a Christmas market, Elmo's Christmas Wish show and a special Shamu's "Christmas - Miracles" show. Remains o …

    Price: $95, $87 ages 3-9.

  9. Holidays Around the World

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    The World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Meet Pere Noel (France), La Befana (Italy), the Daruma doll (Japan) and many other characters. Each day ends with an extended holiday version of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Included with admission.

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  10. Teddy Bear Round-Up

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Bring a new Teddy Bear to MOSI to donate to the Rough Riders and get one free children's admission free.

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  11. Santa's Workshop

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI's Idea Zone is transformed into Santa's satellite workshop where kids can create sentimental gifts for their family. Daily through Jan. 4. Included with admission.

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  12. Holiday Golfing for Kids

    Ace Golf Brandon

    Brandon : 820 S Kings Ave., Brandon, 33511

    Each day through Jan. 4, kids get one free bucket of range balls so they can practice golfing during the holidays. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also takes place at Ace Golf in Riverview.

    Price: Free.

  13. A Christmas Carol

    Show Palace Dinner Theatre

    West Pasco : 16128 U.S. 19 , Hudson, 34667

    The theater presents the Broadway version of the classic holiday story of Ebenezer Scrooge, starting on Thanksgiving and running until Christmas Day.

    Price: $49.50, $59.50 Christmas or Thanksgiving.

  14. Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Battle of the Bands

    Sirata Beach Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    After opening your Christmas presents, hit the beach to watch the bands from North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida compete in tug-o-war, flag football, boxing and more.

    Price: Free.

  15. Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Block Party

    Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

    St. Petersburg : 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33705

    Fans can warm up for the game between North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida at this party with live music, interactive games and displays.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  16. Candlelight Processional at Epcot: Isabella Rossellini

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Epcot's World Showcase comes alive during the holidays with the grand Candlelight Processional. A giant tree shaped choir of cast members is joined by select choirs and celebrity guest readers nightly through Dec. 30. Included with daily admission.A dozen celebrities, ranging from contemporary C …

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  17. Mall Winter Wonderland

    Westfield Countryside Mall

    Countryside : 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33761

    Restaurant Row turns into a winter wonderland with falling snow nightly starting at 5 p.m.

    Price: Free.

  18. Celebration of Lights

    Safety Town

    West Pasco : 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills, 34610

    Family-friendly holiday attraction featuring one-mile scenic winter wonderland lights trail, and a festive holiday village. Proceeds benefit the Angelus House, Good Samaritan Clinic, Haley House Fund, Metropolitan Ministries and Safety Town. Open weekdays from dusk to 9 p.m.; weekends and holida …

    Price: Entry fee is $20 per car; $40 for a 14-passenger van.

  19. Mangrove Light Display

    Mangrove Software

    South Tampa : 1501 S Church Ave., Tampa, 33629

    Mangrove broadcasts the sounds of the season on a low range frequency channel (87.9 FM) and matches it to the dancing lights on their building. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1.

    Price: Free.

  20. Kresge Mega Light Display

    Editor's pick

    South St. Petersburg MegaLight Display

    St. Petersburg : 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    The annual Oakdale Christmas display (also known as the Kresge house) includes 10 trailer-truck loads of lights, an 18-train HO scale model railroad, inflatables, games, bubble machines, and a 70-foot tree, all powered by numerous high-capacity electric meters. Open nightly 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 3.

    Price: Free.

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