2017 Christmas Light Displays: Tampa Area
From individual houses to gigantic drive-through displays, there are plenty of places to see Christmas Lights in Tampa Bay.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Tampa Bay area is getting into the Christmas spirit, and there’s no better way to show off holiday pride than with light displays.
Whether its individual houses or the entire Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, holiday light displays are spreading cheer from St. Petersburg Temple Terrace and everywhere in between.
Here’s what area residents and visitors need to know before you go to any of the Tampa Bay area’s Christmas Light Displays:
The Oakdale Christmas House
2719 Oakdale St. S., St. Petersburg
Since 1977, Ted Kresge has turned his Oakdale Street home into an amazing spectacle of lights. On his half-acre property, Kresge puts up approximately 250,000 lights in various displays. The Christmas display features an 18-train HO scale model railroad, a three-story high snowman, a 70-foot Christmas tree, inflatables and much more. The display, which has been featured on national television and publications, takes three electrical meters to run and has come with as much as a $4,000 electric-bill price tag.The 2017 Oakdale Christmas House display runs nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly until Wednesday, Jan. 3. For more information, visit www.ChristmasDisplay.org.
Wonderland of Lights
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover
Click here for more information about the 2017 Wonderland of Lights of Tampa Bay.
Christmas Lights at Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A, 6299 W. Waters Ave., Tampa
What started as a Christmas tree on top of a Tampa Chick-fil-A franchise has exploded into a winter wonderland. Franchisee Jason Dittman has turned his Carrollwood-area restaurant into a drive-through display, as well as an outdoor setting to enjoy the holiday fun. With approximately 1 million lights, the Chick-fil-A lights up the West Waters area. It also features bleachers for fans to hear elementary school choirs, watch movies and other holiday-themed events.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo
The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has hosted Holiday Lights in the Garden since 2000. The foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, Holiday Lights in the Garden helps fund maintenance and improvements to the gardens as well as maintaining and adding new displays for the next year’s Holiday Lights event.
The event runs through Sunday, Dec. 31 nightly from 5 to 9:15 p.m. The suggested donation is $4 for people 13 years and older.
Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 2508 W. Oak Ave., Plant City
What started in the community of Dover 34 years ago has grown enough to move to the Florida Strawberry Festival ground. Christmas Lane is in its third holiday season of its move to Plant City, allowing organizers to provide a bigger and better experience. The display features more than 1.5 million lights on more than 200 Christmas trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive nightly on their sleigh, and there are several rides for children to enjoy.
The event runs Thursday through Sunday through Sunday, Dec. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. For more information and a list of live entertainment, visit http://www.christmaslane.com/.
2017 Largo Holiday Stroll
Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo
Click here for more information about the 2017 Largo Holiday Stroll.
Big Red Barn Snow Village and Holiday Lights Display
The Big Red Barn, 10070 Fern Hill Drive, Riverview
The Big Red Barn produce market will host its Snow Village and Wonderland. The event features its festival of lights trail, a snow village with tubing, sledding, snowman building and snow showers. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:
Friday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 9
Sunday, Dec. 10
Friday, Dec. 15
Saturday, Dec. 16
Sunday, Dec. 17
River of Lights
Tampa Convention Center Pirate Water Taxi Dock, 333 S. Franklin St.
Pirate Water Taxi hosts the River of Lights on the Hillsborough River starting from its dock at the Tampa Convention Center. The 45-minute cruise highlights the river’s lighted bridges, as well as holiday cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas carol sing-alongs, boarding photos and beer and wine for purchase. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. The cruise departs at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Sunday, Dec. 17; then it runs nightly from Thursday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 24 and then Wednesday, Dec. 27 to Saturday, Dec. 30.
For more information or to book tickets, visit http://www.piratewatertaxi.com/events/river-of-lights/.
Christmas in the Wild
Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
Lowry Park Zoo lights up for Christmas during Christmas in the Wild. The event features a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, seasonal treats and entertainment. Santa Claus will be on hand in Santa’s Village. Guests also can visit Holiday Hoedown, Polar Paradise and Candy Cane Lane.
For more information, visit http://www.lowryparkzoo.org/events/christmas-in-the-wild.