The 15 best events in the Tampa Bay area for the week of November 22-28
Enchant Christmas: Tropicana Field transforms into a winter wonderland with a maze of lights and a Christmas village, an ice skating rink, a craft market, tours with Santa Claus, and a hunt for gifts carried by a mischievous elf. $ 35, $ 32 for seniors / military, $ 25 for ages 3-17, 2 and under free. 4 pm-11pm Friday to Saturday, 4 pm-10pm Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 315-558-2623.
Festival of lights: A drive-in of nearly three kilometers of continuous light followed by a festive walking tour of the village of Santa Claus. The elaborate Florida-themed light shows and traditional winter holidays are complemented by individual presentations depicting Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. $ 25 per car (up to 8 people). 6 pm-10pm Thursday to Sunday. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Brandon. 813-737-3247.
Sanding ovations: This year’s sand sculpture exhibition and competition is called “Sandlantis” to see what happens when master sculptors use their imaginations and turn piles of sand and buckets of water into art. The real competition took place last week. This weekend is an “extra weekend” for more opportunities to see the popular event. To free. 10 am-6pm Friday-Sunday. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. 727-547-4575.
Kite festival: Double up on Treasure Island Beach and watch pros fly kites over the sand sculptures at Sanding Ovations. To free. 10 am-4pm from Friday to Sunday. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island. 727-547-4575.
Christmas in the wild: The Family Vacation Event will be open select nights through December 30 with one of Tampa Bay’s biggest light shows, vacation treats, and new festive adventures that will connect guests with wildlife and the spirit of the season. There are six new illuminated light zones, including two light shows across the entire manatee circle. Shows are every 15 minutes. And you can dance and play reindeer games at the Wallaroo Wrap Party. $ 29.95; Reservation fee of $ 5 for members reimbursed in the form of a voucher from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-935-8552.
Christmas lights in the gardens: The Botanical Gardens will sparkle with 1 million twinkling LED lights in a multitude of colors. Vibrant laser lights and illuminated figures complete the display to wow guests of all ages. Suggested donation: $ 10 for ages 13 and over 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.
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Enlightenment celebration: The seventh annual driving light show with family entertainment, including the Holiday Train (Friday and Saturday only). The lights are on from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday evening from November 26 to December 31. December 19 and 20-21. 6 pm-9pm from Friday to Sunday. $ 20 for a car, $ 3 for a train. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-233-2968.
Glorious Night – A Driving Christmas Light Show: A 30 minute light show with Christmas carols, a story of hope and thousands of programmed Christmas lights. To free. 6 pm-10pm from Friday to Sunday. First Plant City Baptist Church, 3309 James L. Redman Pkwy., Plant City. 813-752-4104.
Christmas under the moon: Stroll through a dazzling light show, Christmas tree alley, meet Santa Claus, and see the petting zoo, ball area, slide, and arts and crafts. $ 10 from 3 years old. 6 pm-9pm from Friday to Saturday. HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. 727-326-3256.
Oakdale illuminated display: St. Petersburg’s annual religious-leaning light exhibition features more than half a million lights, 18 model trains, water fountains, a 70-foot lighted tree, animated dolls, a snowman from 30ft, 20ft reindeer, flying planes and bubble machine. This display has been featured on HGTV, HSN, NBC’s Today Show and in People Magazine. To free. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to January 3. Oakdale Street, 2719 Oakdale St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5562.
Hanukkah show: Mayor Frank Hibbard waves to the crowd for the lighting of a menorah on the theme of surprise. Also enjoy hot latkes, donuts, a ThunderBug appearance, a gelt drop by the Clearwater Fire Department, cartoon art, goody bags and kids’ entertainment. To free. 4 p.m. Sunday. Surf Style Mega Store, 311 S Gulf Blvd, Clearwater. 727-265-2770.
Snowcat Ridge: The snow world returns to Dade City with snowy slopes, an arctic igloo, a new Crystal Ribbon ice rink, Eskimo Outpost and an alpine village. $ 26.95 to $ 39.95. Skate rental $ 9.95. 9 am-10pm Monday to Wednesday; 9 am-11pm Friday-Saturday; 9 am-10pm Sunday. Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450.
Holiday Classics at the Tampa Theater: The holiday movie series returns with classic movies and sings Christmas carols with the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ ahead of the show. It starts with the years 1947 Miracle on 34th Street. Before the film, guests are invited to meet Santa himself and take home a free commemorative photo. $ 10; $ 7 members. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813-274-8286.
Shopapalooza Festival: Buy local as over 300 local businesses and manufacturers offer items at this festival along with food and music. To free. 10 am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-637-5586.
Hanukkah Street Fair: Take to the street at the mall for a Hanukkah party with music from DJs, robot walking on stilts, rock climbing, obstacle course, bungee basketball, foosball human, makeup, balloon art, arts and crafts, latkes, donuts, spider mountain, games and great menorah lighting. To free. 5 pm-7pm Sunday. The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 813-642-3244.