Things to Do in Tampa to Celebrate the Holiday Season


With endless things to do in Tampa, you might have a hard time knowing where to start. I have compiled a shortlist of Tampa’s holiday to-dos to enjoy this holiday season. Click To Tweet

1. Ice skating in Downtown Tampa

Just because there is no snow doesn’t mean you have to be a Scrooge! Inject a cheerful chill into your holiday celebrations at Winter Village located downtown along the beautiful riverfront. A temporary ice rink will be open daily at the edge of the park along Ashley Drive through Christmas Day. Enjoy some family ice time with a 90-minute skate costing $13 and includes skate rentals.

A snack bar at the rink serves roasted chestnuts, snowflake lollipops, chocolate bark and candied nut. The cafe offers a seasonal menu with sandwiches, soups, and festive sweets, plus a full bar with holiday-themed drinks, beer, wine, and coffee. A group of 15 pop-up market features a variety of great gift items, plus holiday lights, free activities and more!

This event takes place from November 17 through January 5. You can visit their website here.

2. Watch a performance at the Straz Theatre

If there is one thing you can count on this year, it’s that the Straz Theatre will surely knock your socks off with their award-winning shows. They showcase the finest talents of our local artists as well as artists from around the world and through the ages. It is the fourth largest performing arts institution in the country and dedicated to enriching the lives of people living in and visiting Florida.

Unless otherwise noted, the Straz Center’s Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday noon up to 8 pm and Sunday, noon up to 6 pm. They offer season ticket packages for Broadway, Opera, Club Jaeb, National Geographic Live!, Jobsite Theater and Family Series.

Get your tickets for ANY of their spectacular shows NOW by visiting the Box Office here.

3. Volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? The need is always growing in Tampa Bay. They need passionate volunteers to ensure that families can find help when they need it. Are you ready to help?

At Metropolitan Ministries, they serve poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties with compassion, practical help and a willingness to make a huge difference. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Metropolitan Ministries. Some serve meals, others play roles that usually would require a staff person to complete. All of them are important.

For more information, or to sign up, you may visit their site here.

4. Take the kids to see Santa at the mall

It’s that time of year again! Santa Claus is arriving at Tampa Bay area malls, ready to take photos and hear your kids’ most secret Christmas wishes.

Bring your kids to see and sit on Santa’s lap and let them tell him how good they’ve been this year! International Plaza hosts Santa at his Ice Palace, where the snow falls as you wait to meet the jolly old man! Santa will also be in his Cottage at Piquant in Hyde Park Village throughout the season.

Look no further, the secret is out if you’re looking for a place where your kids can visit and take pictures with Santa himself! Take a look at some of Santa’s favorite holiday picture locations here.

Stay tuned next week to hear about Local Tampa Nonprofits to support this Christmas Season.

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