Happenings & Events This Weekend In Tampa Bay

Looking for something to do this weekend with in the Tampa Bay area? Not sure what is going on? Look no further! Your weekend starts here! Each week we compile happenings, events, and anything  that might seem of interest to you.
The list is broken down by town/community and then Tampa Bay area events. Make sure you check back often and make John Soliman & Associates of HomeXpress Realty, Inc your source of All Things Tampa Bay.
 
Apollo Beach, FL  Events & Things To Do:

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday,​ December 13 @  6:30pm
Tampa Sailing Squadron Clubhouse- 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event, which means the party, chili cookoff, and awards ceremony are held at our clubhouse at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd. We have good viewing from our docks, as well. The Squadron also is sponsoring the community-wide party that evening. For more info, call John Stocksdale at 813-841-7227 or email at stoxlll@verizon.net.
Price: Free.

Brandon, FL Events & Things To Do:


A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley

Saturday, December 13 @ 8:00pm
James McCabe Theater – 506 Fifth St., Valrico, 33594
The Village Players present the Christmas classic with special effects, a choreographed number spilling into the audience and a touch of “Christmas magic.”

 
Riverview, FL Events & Things To Do:

Craft Fair at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church

Saturday, December 13 @ 8:30am
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 10701 Bloomingdale Ave, Riverview, 33578
Over 35 vendors including a St. Matthews booth with items by St. Clare’s Craft Circle, and a food concession.
Price: Free admission.
Other Events & Happenings in the Tampa Bay Area:
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens – 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL 33774

Stroll through the gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Check flbg.org for complete schedule.
Price: $4, 12 and younger free.

 

 
Curtis Hixon Park -600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 
Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 4.
 
 

Ice Palace at International Plaza

2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow! Depicting scenes from Disney’s Frozen this is a must see for the whole family. Ice Palace entertainment includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne. The Ice Palace will be open during mall hours daily through Dec. 24.
Price: Free.


Celebration of Lights at Safety Town 
December 11 thru January 3, 2015

15325 Alric Pottberg Rd., Spring Hill, Fl 34610
Weekdays – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Weekend (Fridays & Saturdays) – 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Click here for map and directions

A family fun filled evening while cruising through a mile long drive-thru viewing dazzling lights and twinkling animated displays.  Where’s Rudolph?  Play a games as you ride through like how many can you spot?  See Santa surfing at the North Pole Beach Party!  Sing along with holiday music that plays in your car!  Click here to view more info.
Lowry Park Zoo – Wild Wonderland
1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
December 6, 12-14, 18-23 & 26-30

6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

ILowry Park Zoo Wild Wonderlandt’s going to be brrrr-illiant! Wild Wonderland lights up Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo with seasonal cheer and more than a million twinkling lights. Meet Santa (through 12/23), his merry mammals – REAL REINDEER (only at the Zoo) and their feathered friends – the penguin colony.

Nightly “Florida flurries” are reasons to take a “snow day!” More merriment awaits, with returning family favorites Reindeer Games, free Zoo rides, Frosty & friends walk-around characters, and delicious holiday treats.

Make memories as you stroll past charming animated displays and whimsical storefront windows. And Safari Spectacular – a festive way to visit the animals of Safari Africa out under the starry night sky. (Credit of article to Lowry Park Zoo)

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens – 10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL
Select dates from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31

Busch Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises, seasonal sights, sounds and flavors. More than a million lights blanket the park, and fan-favorite Christmas shows return for the season. Visit the Claus family, ride the Christmas Town Express and check out the new African penguins at Penguin Point.  Christmas Town is included with any admission to the park.

 

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