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  1. 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.

  2. Coral Reef Communities

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    Children in kindergarten through 8th grade can explore different ocean communities while focusing on area reefs. One additional family member is invited to join the fun for an afternoon boat tour of Clearwater's estuary community.

    Price: $90, $75 member.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Puddle Jumpers

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Children ages 3 to 4 can enjoy a nature story, crafts and outdoor exploration.

    Price: $5.

  6. Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

    Sertoma Youth Ranch

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, 34602

    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the grounds while listening to music by Rhonda Vincent, Newtown, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and more during this annual festival that features music workshops, youth programs, camping and volunteer jams.

    Price: $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Lego Robotics

    St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park

    South Pinellas beaches : 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Learn how to design, program and build a competitive robot using the Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit, in an after school team program for children ages 8 and older. Teams will have the opportunity to compete with their robots. Program runs each month on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to  …

    Price: $20-$40 per session.

  11. 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.

  12. St. Petersburg Tree Lighting

    Editor's pick

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

    Sertoma Youth Ranch

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, 34602

    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the grounds while listening to music by Rhonda Vincent, Newtown, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and more during this annual festival that features music workshops, youth programs, camping and volunteer jams.

    Price: $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger.

  15. 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.

  16. Holidays Around the World

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

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

    Each day, 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    Thanksgiving weekend features extended hours with live music by Cardea.

    Price: Free.

  20. 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.

    Friday features Freebird (PG).

    Price: Free.

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