Celebration of Lights
Dec. 19-24, Dec. 26 from 5:30-9 p.m.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa
The public is invited to enjoy the annual celebration, which includes Sebastian's Winter Wonderland, lights, refreshments and a variety of entertainment. Donations are welcome ($3 for adults and $1 for children).
Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The parade begins at marker 7 on the Homosassa River and is located at MacRae's of Homosassa, Seagrass Resort and Riverhaven Marina.
Candy Cane Acres
Friday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville
The annual event features photos with Santa Claus, decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, crafts, a Florida-style sleigh ride and lights displays set to music. Hot chocolate, apple cider, water and soda will be available. Admission is $10 per carload.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Select dates from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31
Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa
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.
Ice Palace at International Plaza
Through Dec. 24, open during mall hours
International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd, Tampa
The mall transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's "Frozen." Entertainment also includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice
Open through Jan. 4
Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa
Go ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Cost is $10.
Twinkle in Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Channelside district of Tampa
The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. in the water near Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. Parking is available at several public parking lots.
Lake Tarpon Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Dockside at the Magnuson Hotel and Marina in New Port Richey
The parade will benefit Wheelchairs 4 Kids.
Symphony in Lights
Nightly through Dec. 31, with shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr., Wesley Chapel
Enjoy a holiday light show with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Admission is free.
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach
The parade is open to boats of all kinds, including canoes and rowboats. It starts and ends at the Holiday Inn Harbourside.
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Viewing spots are avilaable along the Intracoastal Waterway. The causeway bridge will close to traffic at 7 p.m. for 30-45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.
Sunday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
Redington Beach/Indian Shores
The parade starts at the Tom Stuart Causeway, with docking at the Pub.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo
Stroll through the gardens decorated with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers lining the pathways. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting in a decorated gazebo on select nights. Admission is $4 for adults, kids ages 12 and under are free.
Weekends in December
Legoland Florida, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven December
Celebrate the holidays at Legoland Florida with the annual Christmas Bricktacular, which features a Christmas tree, Santa, reindeer, toy soldiers and more holiday decorations, all made entirely out of Legos. The holiday season ends with Kids' New Year's Eve, which includes a fireworks display that uses special viewing glasses to turn ordinary fireworks into the illusion of exploding Lego bricks. Access to the Christmas Bricktacular is included with normal park admission.