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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. Holiday FantaSea

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    At this party between Christmas and New Year's, the aquarium will have extended hours until 6:30 p.m., light shows and a snow play area for children that opens at noon. Included with daily admission.

    Price: $23.95, $20.95 for seniors 60+, $18.95 for kids 3-12. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium's site.

  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. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Wild Wonderland

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and reopens at 6:30 for the annual evening winter festival on select nights with live reindeer, Santa, a million twinkling lights, rides, games, African penguins, animated displays and "Florida snow." Select nights through Dec. 30.

    Price: $15, $13 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  8. Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl

    Editor's pick

    Tropicana Field

    St. Petersburg : 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, 33705

    The NC State Wolfpack (7-5) take on the UCF Knights (9-3). Come early for the Fan Tailgate Extravaganza interactive area with entertainment for fans of all ages. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

    Price: $40-$200.

  9. Phantom of the Opera

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    After an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and scenic designs described as stunning. A cast and orchestra of 52 perform songs like Music of the Night and Masquerade in the tale of a beautiful soprano who …

    Price: $25-$128.50.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 …

    Closes at 11 p.m. today.

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

  14. Honeymoon Island Walks

    Honeymoon Island State Park

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Rangers guide walks along the trails or beach areas for you to find plants and wildlife around the park.

    Price: Free (walk); $8 per carload up to 8 people, $4 one person in car, $2 walking (park entry).

  15. 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.

  16. Stars of Dolphin Tale Visit

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    Stars of film "Dolphin Tale" will visit the aquarium for a Q&A session and photo opportunities with fans.

    Nathan Gamble, casted as Sawyer Nelson in both "Dolphin Tale" and "Dolphin Tale 2," visits.

    Price: $16.95-21.95

  17. Tasty Traditions

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Children can explore holiday traditions from around the world through recipes they learn to make at home. Included with museum admission.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Sunsets at Pier 60

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    A Key West Mallory Square style nightly party celebrating sunset with arts and crafts vendors, street performers and live music.

    Extended hours for the Christmas holiday and music by the Island Boys.

    Price: Free.

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