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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 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. 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.

  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. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    Price: Free.

  13. Pig Out on Reading

    Largo Public Library

    Largo : 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33770

    Meet Daisy, the World Famous Library-Loving Pig, as she shares stories, treats and hog kisses with her friends Farmer Minor, and pugs Lily and Dixie Cup. 

    Price: Free.

  14. 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.

    When the Game Stands Tall (PG).

    Price: Free.

  15. 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.

  16. 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) and matches it to the dancing lights on their building. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1.

    Price: Free.

  17. Lights in Bloom

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Sarasota : 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    Enter a sparkling holiday  wonderland as the tropical gardens are transformed into a glowing rainforest with lights depicting giant creatures, enchanted scenes, children's activities, crafts, snacks and appearances by Santa and his elves.

    Price: $17, $14 members, 11 and younger free.

  18. Kresge Mega Light Display

    Editor's pick

    South St. Petersburg MegaLight Display

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

    The annual Oakdale Christmas display (also known 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.

  19. Kid's New Year's Eve

    Legoland Florida

    Winter Haven : 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 33884

    For five days before New Year's Eve, kids ages 2 to 12 can countdown with a fireworks show to be viewed through special effects glasses at 7 p.m. On the final big night of the year (Dec. 31), watch the giant LEGO brick drop at this very kid-friendly midnight (Kid Standard Time) -- otherwise know …

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

  20. Jack Frost Camp

    Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

    Dunedin : 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, 34698

    Your child will love the variety of holiday-themed games, crafts and treats we have planned for them.

    Price: $65-75.

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