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  1. Ice Palace at International Plaza

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    International Plaza and Bay Street

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's Frozen. Ice Palace entertainment includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne. …

    Price: Free.

  2. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

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    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

  3. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

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    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. St. Petersburg Tree Lighting

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    Straub Park (Center)

    Downtown St. Petersburg : at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    View the official ceremony to light St. Petersburg's Christmas tree. Then, stroll along the pedestrian walk way adorned with thousands of lights and this year's collection of giant greeting cards.

    Price: Free.

  6. Holiday Lights in the Gardens

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    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 for complete schedule.

    Price: $4, 12 and younger free.

  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


    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. 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.

  11. Candlelight Processional at Epcot: Jodi Benson

    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.

  12. Kresge Mega Light Display

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    South St. Petersburg MegaLight Display

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

    The annual Oakdale Christmas display (also know 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.

  13. Symphony in Lights

    The Shops at Wiregrass

    Wesley Chapel : 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, 33543

    A holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.

    Price: Free.

  14. 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) the matches the dancing lights on their building. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1.

    Price: Free.

  15. Candy Cane Acres

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    Hernando County Fairgrounds

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 6436 Broad St., Brooksville, 34601

    The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, crafts to make and take home, Florida-style sleigh ride, light displays set to music and games. Hot chocolate, apple cider, water and soda will be available. Continues through Dec. 20.   

    Price: $10 per carload.

  16. Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    Sarasota : 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34236

    Jazz artist Dave Koz joins Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross and Maysa for a holiday concert.


  17. Cirque Dreams Holidaze

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    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Combining a Cirque show, Broadway musical and holiday fantasy family show, Cirque Dreams Holidaze features 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of gravity-defying feats. Experience gingerbread men flipping midair, toy soldiers marching on thin w …


    Price: $25-$70.

  18. 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.

  19. Babes in Toyland

    Carrollwood Playhouse

    Carrollwood : 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33618

    With new music, Carollwood Players present the classic tale of villainous Barnaby's attempt to wed Mary Quite Contrary, who journeys to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest. 

    Price: $20, $17 students/seniors/military.

  20. Pet Photos with Santa

    Benjamin Studios

    Treasure Island : 200 104th Ave, Treasure Island, 33706

    A professional photographer and a professional Santa will be available for holiday photos of your pet. Benefits Pet Pal Animal Shelter.

    Price: $35.

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