Winter weekend guide in Tampa Bay, FL

A look at the best places to view lights, sip a cocktail, or enjoy winter activities around Tampa Bay, FL.

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Just because it doesn’t snow doesn’t mean we have to let winter go.

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Spirits are high, and seasons are bright. We’ve put together some local winter activities, restaurants, and experiences to spruce up your winter weekends.

👟 Start with a stroll

Enjoy the lights and decorations around Tampa Bay by moseying around these festive locations.

  • Symphony in Lights at the Shops at Wiregrass will be on display nightly from 6-9 p.m. through December. Shop for holiday gifts, then enjoy the dazzling lights and holiday harmonies.
  • The Winter Village lights up Curtis Hixon Park with festive cheer. Grab a drink from the café and enjoy the Tampa River Walk all aglow.
  • The Temple Terrace neighborhood puts on a light show every year, and this one can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. Check-in on its Facebook page for updates.

🥂 Cheery cheers

We highly suggest grabbing a drink or festive bite with one of these holiday pop-ups.

❄️ Winter Activities

  • Do figure-eights at Tampa’s only outdoor skating rink at Winter Village. Individual tickets are $17 and include skate rentals.
  • History buffs should head to the Henry B. Plant Museum (401 W. Kennedy Blvd.) for the Victorian Christmas Stroll, which offers a look into the history of Christmases past. Tickets are $18 for adults.
  • ZooTampa hosts one of Tampa Bay’s largest light displays. Take the family to Christmas in the Wild, which offers six different festive realms, shows, and the Twinkletown Marketplace.
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