Advertisement
  1. Arts & Entertainment

Nights of Shimmering Lights and Christmas Lane set to turn on the lights

Cars ride through a tunnel of Christmas lights, one of many displays at Nights of Shimmering Lights in Brandon.
Published Nov. 22, 2013

DOVER — Nights of Shimmering Lights begins its third season Saturday at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds in Brandon, located 8 miles east of Interstate 75 on Highway 60. The light and sound show is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, until Dec. 29.

The show includes about a million lights and more than 750 light scenes and tunnels, featuring displays like the Nativity, Toyland, the Enchanted Forest, Rainbow Lane and Undersea Adventure. The event also includes Christmas Village with local arts and crafts vendors, food, outdoor Christmas movies, pictures with Santa and a new light show.

The cost is $15 Monday to Thursday, and $20 Friday to Sunday. For information, call (813) 389-6858.

Meanwhile, the winter wonderland walk-through Christmas Lane, 2015 Wooten Road, will open Dec. 1. Lane Wetherington and about 20 volunteers began setting up the displays a month ago.

Wetherington started Christmas Lane about 35 years ago. The display grows each year, he said. This year he added two new 16-foot Christmas trees and three new props.

Christmas Lane will be open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. until Dec. 28. Santa will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-23, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Admission is free.

Times staff

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. USF student Gabriela Young is the owner of Earth and Ivory, an online jewelry business with items made out of clay.  [Special to the Times | Sarah Foster] SARAH FOSTER  |  Special to the Times | @sarahtheartiste
    Gabriela Young went from selling bracelets to friends to making clay wares for customers with her business, Earth and Ivory.
  2. The designs for Starbucks' 2019 holiday paper cup. Starbucks
    The coffee chain is offering the deal Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.
  3. Left: Janis Joplin performs (AP Photo). Right: Joplin's booking photo (Courtesy of Tampa History Center). Tampa Bay Times
    Police let Joplin finish her set at Curtis Hixon Hall before arresting the singer in her dressing room.
  4. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
    A visitor feeds the pelicans at the Pier Bait House in St. Petersburg in 2010. Tampa Bay Times (2010)
    Plus, an expert explains how their pouches work, what to do if you catch one on a fishing hook and more.
  5. Pelicans sit on a pier along Boca Ciega Bay in Pass-a-Grille. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    An old limerick ignites a quest for recognition for the big-billed friends of the city.
  6. Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 13. MARK J. TERRILL                       |  AP
    Rascal Flatts, Charlie Wilson, 98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle and more lead the lineup.
  7. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
    Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, in a photo from 2012, died recently. Mercado entertained many across Latin America for more than a decade. DENNIS M. RIVERA PICHARDO  |  AP
    My family cherished his broadcasts and his message
  8. Julie Andrews, right, and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, take fans' questions in a Q&A at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The stage and screen icon came to Clearwater to discuss her new memoir ‘Home Work’ and a wide range of other topics.
  9. Camila Cabello performs at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium during Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour on Aug. 14, 2018. TAILYR IRVINE  | TIMES
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  10. Dave Bautista with Maggie and Ollie. Rescue Me Tampa - Shelter Dogs via Facebook
    Separated at a Hillsborough County shelter, their story caught the attention of many, including Dave Bautista.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement