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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Downtown Saturday Morning Market

    Editor's pick

    Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants.

    This week, the Rowdies will be on hand at 11 a.m. to demonstrate and teach their soccer skills. They will also conduct soccer skills contests including a ball juggling contest with winners taking home free First Night buttons, Rowdies game tickets and gear.

  8. Holiday in the Gardens

    Nature Coast Botanical Gardens

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, 34606

    Stroll through the botanical gardens, among trees decorated by local groups and organizations, and vote for favorite tree and decorated wreaths (voting for trees continues through early January).

    Price: Free admission, $25 to sponsor and decorate a tree.

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

    Price: $16.95-21.95

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Legoland Christmas Bricktacular

    Legoland Florida

    Winter Haven : 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 33884

    With a 30-foot Christmas tree made of 270,000 bricks, a Santa scavenger hunt, meet and greets with Santa and the Lego toy soldier, festive decorations and model building activities. Included with park admission.

    Price: $75, $65 seniors and ages 3-12.

  15. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

    Tampa Bay History Center

    Downtown Tampa : 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    This traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum includes viewing of more than 50 daily and Sunday only comic strips, 50 vintage Peanuts-themed seasonal novelties, a Santa letter writing station and photo opportunities for kids. Exhibit remains open through Jan. 11, but daily activities  …

    This portion features cocoa and holiday themed crafts for kids.

    Price: $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

  16. 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 live music by Jimmy Rogers.

    Price: Free.

  17. Let It Snow

    Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum

    Bradenton : 201 10th St. W , Bradenton, 34205

    The planetarium's 32-minute holiday show features festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, with a multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. It's all enhanced with thematic animation, special effects and all-dome scenery. Included with museum admi …

    Price: $18, $16 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

  18. Super Smash Saturday

    Gamerz Vault

    Clearwater : 1530 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    A one-on-one, double elimination tournament for Melee, PM, Smash 4 Wii U. 3 DS Friendlies.

    Price: $1 cover, $4 per tournament.

  19. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

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

    Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

    Dolphin Tale 2 (PG).

    Price: Free.

  20. 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.

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