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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. Santa in St. Petersburg

    Editor's pick

    North Straub Park

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

    Kids get that wish list ready. Santa and his sleigh will be appearing on select nights in St. Petersburg for visits with area children. After visiting Santa, stick around for "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink.

    Price: Free; $5 skating.

  7. Winter Wonderland

    Downtown Clearwater (Drew Street and Fort Harrison)

    Downtown Clearwater : Drew Street and Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, 33755

    Winter Wonderland is a complete Christmas village with tens of thousands of sparkling lights, live entertainment, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, pony rides, train rides, a bounce house, slide and a hot chocolate shop.

    Price: Free admission, fee for some activities (donations appreciated).

  8. 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.

  9. Holiday Charity Drive and Tacky Sweater Party

    Editor's pick

    Crowbar

    Ybor City : 1812 N 17th St., Tampa, 33605

    Donning your tackiest sweater, dance to live music by The Heavy Pets featuring Roosevelt Collier and Greenhouse Lounge. Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes like local art and concert tickets and bring a new, unused toy or food donation at the door and receive a limited edition  …

    Price: $9, $12 day of show.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Victorian Christmas Stroll

    Henry B. Plant Museum

    Tampa : 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Experience an old-fashioned Christmas as you stroll the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, with its Grand Hallway, 14 exhibit rooms and other areas decorated in Victorian splendor, with costumed characters and a 15-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies and listen to carolers perform. Ben …

    Price: $15, $13 seniors, $9 youths 4-18; Discount Days: $11, $10 seniors, $7 youth 4-18 (Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 only).

  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. Holidays at the Village

    Heritage Village

    Largo : 11909 125th St., Largo, 33774

    Historical houses on the 21-acre living history museum are decorated true to their time period, locality and lifestyle.

    Price: Free.

  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. Gallery Closing Sale

    Feathered Serpent Gallery

    St. Petersburg : 1018 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Closing at its current location, the gallery has special prices on jewelry, original art, furniture and folk art, perfect for holiday gifts, through Dec. 23.

    Price: Free.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Taste of the Holidays

    Whole Foods Market Carrollwood

    Tampa : 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 33624

    Sample foods from the catering menu and find new favorites for your holiday gathering.

    Price: Free.

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