What to Do in Tampa Bay for the Holidays: 2021 Event Guide

At Air Care, we’re celebrating the 2021 holiday season with some special cheer!

As the Florida weather becomes less humid and more mild, our spirits are high in anticipation of the fun holiday and Christmas festivities across the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area.

To kick-off the festive fun, our AC technicians and office staff are excited to share our top picks for things to do in a city near you. So, open up your calendars and browse our 2021 event guide below—featuring holiday markets, tree lighting ceremonies, light displays, boat and holiday parades, and more!


Holiday Markets, Tree Lightings, Light Displays, Boat Parades and Christmas Events in the Tampa Bay Area

Check out these indoor and outdoor holiday events across Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area below, listed by date. Please note: Events details are subject to change, so be sure to visit each event website for more information.



Christmas Market at Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo, FL

Location: Indian Rocks Baptist Church, 12685 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Holiday shopping

Details: Kick off the holiday shopping season by visiting the Indian Rocks Christmas Market, featuring more than 60 local vendors offering handmade treasures, unique gift items and lots of holiday cheer.

Website: Learn more at https://indianrocks.org/events/christmas-market/.




Santa’s North Pole Hotline Offered by City of Belleair, FL

Location: Virtual/by phone


  • Make your call reservation: Wednesday, November 10 through Wednesday, November 24, 2021
  • Receive a call: Wednesday, December 1 or Thursday, December 2, 2021

Time: Calls between 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Call from Santa

Details: Register your little believers to receive a call from the big man himself—Santa Claus! Reservations for the North Pole Hotline should be made between November 11-24, 2021 for a call on either December 1 or 2, 2021.

Website: Register at http://www.townofbelleair.com/489/North-Pole-Hotline.




Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Dates: Select nights Saturday, November 12, 2021 to Saturday, January 2, 2022

Times: Various times

Admission: Included with general admission ticket, as well as Busch Gardens Fun Card and annual passes

What’s included: Entertainment, themed treats, thrill rides, animal experiences, character meet and greets, and holiday fun

Details: Celebrate the season at Busch Gardens Christmas Town with millions of twinkling lights, holiday character meet and greets and family-favorite Christmas shows and displays. Christmas Town features extended hours on weekends and additional dates with even more festive experiences, including indulgent culinary treats at the Christmas Town Village and select locations around the park, nighttime experiences on Florida’s best thrill rides and more!

Website: Learn more at https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/christmas-town/.




Christmas Under the Oaks at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL

Location: SPC Clearwater, 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Holiday shopping

Details: Get your Christmas shopping done early at the “Christmas Under the Oaks” at St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus. Presented by the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club, this annual event features local artists, crafters and vendors selling homemade treasures like jewelry, pottery, wreaths and more. Stop by Sunday, November 14 in Clearwater to find the perfect gift!

Website: Learn more at https://m.facebook.com/events/356830702415501




Holiday Spectacular at the Tampa Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa, FL

Location: Tampa Riverwalk in Tampa, FL 33602

Dates: Saturday, November 20, 2021 through Saturday, January 2, 2022

Time: Dusk to dawn

Admission: Free

What’s included: Holiday lights

Details: Enjoy a stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk to experience the holidays like never before. Displays include a 35-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree floating in the harbor, a holiday selfie station, a lighted pine tree forest on the Riverwalk Manor Dock, and lighted displays of gingerbread men, toy trains, trees and more along the Riverwalk and Water Works Park.

Website: Learn more at https://thetampariverwalk.com/events-news/events/holiday-spectacular.html.




35th Anniversary Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL

Location: Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021

Time: Show begins at 7 p.m.

Admission: Ticket prices vary by seat selection ($45, $55, $75), pre-party package and/or Ruth Eckerd Hall membership level

What’s included: Holiday music

Details: Do you remember the first time you heard Christmas music by Mannheim Steamroller? A GRAMMY® Award-winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 41 million albums, 30 million in the Christmas genre. This year’s show will feature all of your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Celebrate holiday magic in 2021 when they bring their Christmas tour to Ruth Eckerd hall for the first time in over a decade!

Website: Learn more at https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/mannheim-steamroller.




Holiday Lights Stroll in Largo Central Park in Largo, FL

Location: Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL 33771

Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022

Time: 6 to 11 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Holiday lights, children’s activities, food and fun

Details: The City of Largo presents its annual spectacular holiday light display with more than two million dazzling LED lights, a carousel and seven-story Ferris wheel offering a bird’s-eye view of the 70-acre Largo Central Park. Park admission is free and children’s train rides are available for $5.

Website: Learn more at www.playlargo.com.




Holiday Lights in the Gardens at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, FL

Location: Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774

Dates: Friday, November 26, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Admission: Suggested donation of $10 per person

What’s included: Holiday lights, entertainment, children’s activities, food and fun

Details: The Florida Botanical Gardens will sparkle once again with one million twinkling LED lights, vibrant laser lights and lighted displays to wow guests of all ages. Stop by for a stroll and see the all-new children’s Candy Cane area with family-focused activities and fun.

Website: Learn more at www.flbgfoundation.org.




Enchant Christmas Light Maze in St. Petersburg, FL

Location: Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Dates: Friday, November 26, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022

Time: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $12 per person

What’s included: Entertainment, children’s activities, food and fun

Details: Back again this year, step into the most magical Christmas light maze at the Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg. Enchant also offers holiday adventures for the whole family, including an ice-skating trail, holiday treats from around the world, an artisan Christmas market, and meet-and-greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Website: Learn more at https://enchantchristmas.com/.




Lights of Lake Park Estates in Seminole, FL

Location: Neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates and Lake Seminole Village. Since this is an area and neighborhood, there is no specific physical address. Some locations you can put into your GPS are as follows:

  • Lake Park Dr, Seminole, FL 33777
  • Lake Park Dr & 109 Ave N, Seminole, FL 33777
  • 106th Ave N & Lake Park Dr, Seminole, FL 33777
  • Bryan Dairy Rd & 109 Ave N, Seminole, FL 33777
  • 109 Ave N & 102 Ave N, Seminole, FL 33777

Dates: Throughout December 2021

Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

Admission: Donations to Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater encouraged

What’s included: Holiday lights and Christmas displays

Details: Drive through the annual light show in the neighborhoods of Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates and Lake Seminole Village. Residents generously decorate their homes with over three miles of Christmas lights and decorations for the public to enjoy. Donations are accepted to benefit the Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater, and you can donate along the route at non-contact cart this year.

Website: Learn more at http://lightsoflakepark.com.




North Pole Express at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, FL

Location: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St East Parrish, FL 34219

Dates and Times: Departures at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on:

  • December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Admission: Prices vary by package

What’s included: Train ride, children’s activities, Santa, food and fun

Details: Hop aboard the North Pole Express this holiday season to experience a 3-hour round trip journey to the “North Pole Training Station,” where Santa awaits to visit with every child along with entertainment, activities, camp fires and all the hot chocolate and cookies you can eat.

Website: Learn more at https://www.frrm.org/north-pole-express/.




Downtown Palm Harbor Tree Lighting in Palm Harbor, FL

Location: White Chapel & Harbor Hill, 1190 Georgia Ave, Palm Harbor, FL

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Tree lighting, vendors, food and fun

Details: Help light up downtown Palm Harbor and kick off the holiday season with an evening of entertainment, games and cheer. Bring the whole family to enjoy a snow play area, food, vendors and fun at this year’s Palm Harbor Tree Lighting ceremony.

Website: See details on Facebook: Downtown Palm Harbor Tree Lighting.





Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting in Dunedin, FL

Location: Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park, 51 Main Street, Dunedin, Florida 34698

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: 6 to 9 a.m.

Admission: Free; VIP tickets available

What’s included: Boat parade with Santa, tree lighting, music, food and fun

Details: Ring in the holidays with Dunedin’s waterfront celebration, featuring a decorated boat parade, Santa’s arrival (on the last boat of the parade), holiday music, s’mores and a tree lighting ceremony in Edgewater Park.

Boat Registration: All parade boats must register in advance. Register online from November 1 through December 1, or until maximum capacity is reached.

Website: Learn more at https://www.dunedingov.com.



Belleair’s Holiday Parade and Party in Belleair, FL

Location: Public Works Complex, 1075 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Belleair, FL 33756

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Themed vehicles, decor and fun

Details: The town of Belleair is kicking off the season with a holiday parade and party. Are you a resident and want to participate in the parade? Fill out the registration form.

Website: Learn more at https://www.townofbelleair.com/280/Holiday-Parade.




40th Annual Holiday Parade in Safety Harbor, FL

Location: Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: Beginning at 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Themed floats, Santa and fun

Details: Find a spot on Main Street to view Safety Harbor’s infamous holiday parade, featuring decorated floats, old fashioned cars, Shriners and Santa at the end of the parade. Want to register your group to participate? Fill out the entry form here.

Website: Learn more at https://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com.




City of Oldsmar Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oldsmar, FL

Location: Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State Street W. Oldsmar, FL 34677

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Tree lighting

Details: Come on out for the holiday tree lighting ceremony with Oldsmar’s Citizen of the Year as residents light up City Hall, hear caroling, poetry readings and more.

Website: Learn more at https://www.myoldsmar.com/911/SPECIAL-EVENTS.




Harbor Holiday Lights at Folly Farm in Safety Harbor, FL

Location: Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL

Dates and Times:

  • Friday, December 10 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, December 17 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

What’s Included: Holiday lights, food, crafts, art and children’s activities

Details: Join the folks at Folly Farm for four nights of holiday fun for the whole family, including holiday lights, a campfire, children’s activities and more. Are you a vendor interested in participating? Fill out the Harbor Holiday Nights Vendor Application.

Website: Learn more at https://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com.




Annual Lighted Festival of Lights Boat Parade in Madeira Beach, FL

Location: Madeira Beach Marina, 503 150th Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Dates: Friday, December 11, 2021

Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Crafts, food and fun

Details: For the 55th year, watch the waterways in Madeira Beach light up with boats displaying their best Christmas lights. You won’t to miss this festival of lights on December 11.

Website: Learn more at https://madeirabeachfl.gov.




12 Days of Christmas in Clearwater Beach, FL

Location: Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Dates: Sunday, December 12 through Friday, December 24, 2021

Time: Various times

Admission: Free

What’s included: Holiday decorations, Santa, children’s activities, food and fun

Details: Celebrate the season on Clearwater Beach with the 12 days of Christmas! While details are still being planned, expect lots of holiday cheer and festive activities again this year. Last year (2020) was packed with meet-and-greets with the Clauses, Santa’s elves and the mischievous Grinch, as well as music from carolers, giveaways and fun.

Website: Check for updates at https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/.




The Christmas Experience at Dunedin History Museum in Dunedin, FL

Location: Dunedin History Museum, 349 Main Street, Dunedin, Florida 34698

Dates: Thursday, December 16 through Monday, December 20, 2021


  • Thursday & Monday: Two visits between 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Three visits from 4:45-8 p.m.

Admission: Tickets are $20 per person. Register at www.DunedinMuseum.org. Museum members can purchase tickets beginning at noon on Monday, November 8.

What’s included: Holiday crafts, Santa, music, children’s activities and fun

Details: When you arrive, you’ll show your ticket to Santa’s elves and enter the North Pole Christmas Experience! Children can enjoy several festive activities, from making reindeer food and holiday crafts to experiencing a snowball contest, a special visit from Santa Claus and much more.

Website: Learn more at www.eventbrite.com/fall-fam-fest-2021.




Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade in Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Location: Indian Rocks Beach, 401 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Admission: Free

What’s included: Themed boats and holiday lights

Details: Watch decorated and lighted boats parade through the waterways for the Indian Rocks Boat Parade, launching from the Holiday Inn Harbourside at 7 p.m.

Website: Learn more at http://www.indian-rocks-beach.com/special_events.php.




Holidays at the Rink at Oldsmar Sports Complex Oldsmar, FL

Location: Oldsmar Sports Complex, 3120 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021

Times: Three sessions:

  • 6-6:45 p.m.
  • 7-7:45 p.m.
  • 8-8:45 p.m.

Admission: Tickets available for $5-7.50

What’s included: Ice skating, arts and crafts, food and fun

Details: Ice skate this holiday season at the Oldsmar Sports Complex and Hockey Rink! Choose from three skating sessions for a fun, holiday-themed night at the rink, featuring hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and artificial snowball flights. Register November 15 through December 17 to participate. Participants must provide their own roller or inline skates, and space is limited per session.

Website: Learn more at https://www.myoldsmar.com/911/SPECIAL-EVENTS.

For more holiday and Christmas events not featured here, search “2021 Holiday Events Near Me” from your favorite search engine.



Need AC Service or Repairs? Contact Your Clearwater AC Professionals

Whether you plan to attend outdoor holiday festivities or spend most of your time indoors this season, it’s important that your home is cooled or heated comfortably …especially if you’re expecting guests!

Trust our team of air conditioning professionals at Air Care, who can assist with AC maintenance, repairs or installation needs—whether this winter or all year long. We proudly service Pinellas, western Hillsborough and southern Pasco counties, and we’d be happy to prepare your home for company this holiday season.

“I have lived in Pinellas Park most of my adult life, and I am very used to using certain companies for different problems now. I have, for instance, used Air Care in Clearwater for my air conditioning repair services and a new AC unit as a customer for almost 25 years or more. Every time I need them, they are always very prompt and very good service. I would recommend them to anyone who is having ac problems and needs a reliable company to work with.” – Mrs. F of Pinellas Park, FL

If you need AC service this season, contact Air Care today.