Jackson's Harbor Island hosts the Ugly Sweater Contest with Celebrity Guest Judge WWE Diva Kelly Kelly from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. So pull out that hideous sweater mom or grandpa or crazy Aunt Sue gave you for Christmas last year and don it for this hilarious party. General admission is $8 for ladies and $10 for guys online. V.I.P. admission is $50 for everyone. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Home.
Starting at 6 p.m. boats will light the waters of St. Pete Beach. The route starts at the north end of St. Pete Beach and sails south towards Merry Pier through the protected waters of Boca Ciega Bay. A family friendly Lighted Boat Parade Viewing Party and Tree Lighting will be held in Horan Park starting at 5:30 p.m.
Boaters interested in being a part of the parade are invited to enter free of charge. There will be prizes for the best boats in different categories.
The 11 Annual Santa Pub Crawl will come back to Ybor City on Saturday, December 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Folks that show up in costume get in for $20 and its $30 if you'd rather not don one. All guests must bring an unwrapped toy along with admission money to get into this event. The starting point is at The Honey Pot located at 1507 E 7th Avenue. Ticket proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Tampa Bay and the Central City YMCA.
Boats will light up the waters of Clearwater Beach. The best viewing spots for the 36th annual Memorial Holiday Boat Parade include the Island Way Grill restaurant, along the shore at Coachman Park, the Memorial Causeway Bridge and where the parade ends at the Clearwater Yacht Club.
5. SoHo Ho Ho..! Charity Santa Pub Crawl 12/17/11
MacDinton's will host its 3rd Annual SoHo Ho Ho Santa Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 17. Registration begind at 4:30 p.m. at MacDinton's located at 405 South Howard Avenue in Tampa. Admission is a $15 donation or $10 with a toy or gift that is unwrapped. Toy's for Tots is the supported charity. The first 150 guests to arrive will recieve a free Santa Hat with a sponsor logo on it. At registration raffle tickets will be available for purchase for prizes that will be raffled off throughout the evening. The crawl itself will begin at 6 p.m. and the bars on the route include The Dubliner, SoHo Tavern, World of Beer, Yard of Ale and, of course, MacDinton's.
Santa’s reindeer have flown in for Wild Wonderland at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and guests can see the reindeer along with more than a million twinkling lights, glimmering holiday displays, and of course, get photos with the big guy himself, Santa.
Admission prices for Wild Wonderland are $13 for adults (ages 12 and over), $11 for children (ages 3-11), and free for ages 2 and under. Annual Zoo Pass holders receive discounted admission. Tickets may be purchased online to expedite entry.
Experience the holiday magics at the zoo December 3, 9-11, 16-23, 26-31 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission includes holiday treats, games and free Zoo rides all evening long.
7. Straub Park Glice Skating and Santa Visits
Santa will visit North Straub Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 3 and 4, December 7 through the 11 and December 15 through the 23. Visits with Santa are free but he leaves promptly at 9 p.m. so be sure to get in line early!
Guests interested in Glice Skating should bring their socks and $5. Admission includes 30 minutes of skate time and skate rental.
After skating and visiting with Santa stick around to stroll the park and enjoy the lights of the holiday tree and illuminated displays across the waterfront. Holiday lights and illuminated displays will be turned on nightly through December 31.
8. A Walk Through Largo Central Park
Largo Central Park is a beautiful, 70-acre park located in the heart of Largo. Its rolling grounds and fountains have set it apart as one of the finest parks in the county. During the month of December more than a million LED lights hang above the walkways creating an atmosphere perfect for a stroll with family, friends and loved ones to get in the holiday spirit.
Every year the Victorian Christmas Stroll comes to the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa. From December 1-23 of 2011 the museum will host its 30th annual stroll from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The museum completely transforms from a historic museum dedicated to the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant to an exhibit of what a Victorian Christmas would look like.
In Tampa Bay you probably won't ever find snow during the winter months, but with great weather throughout the holidays comes the unique opportunity to play in the sun, visit zoos and visit Busch Gardens. This year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is giving visitors lots of reasons to visit the park for Christmas. The holidays at Busch Gardens attractions end on January 1, 2012.