Every year there are so many memorable Christmas Events to go to in Tampa Bay and our surrounding area. (Yes, I will count Kissimmee and Orlando as our surrounding area!) Whether you choose one spectacular event or a few different attractions, here are some of theMomBuzz’s top Christmas Events to attend for 2012. (This page will be edited as events are announced and added.)
|1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party||2. Wild Wonderland||3. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration||4. Bricktacular||5. Christmas Town|
|Magic Kingdom||Lowry Park Zoo||SeaWorld||LEGOLAND||Busch Gardens|
|Kissimmee, FL||Tampa, FL||Orlando, FL||Winterhaven, FL||Tampa Bay, FL|
|Review: 2012||Reviews: 2011, 2010||Review:2012|
|6. ICE Featuring Merry Madagascar @GaylordPalms||7. Holiday Fantasea||8. Grinchmas||9. Macy’s Day Parade||Merry Christmas|
|Busch Gardens||Florida Aquarium||Universal Islands of Adventure||Universal Studios Florida|
|Kissimee, FL||Tampa, FL||Orlando, FL||Orlando, FL|
|Reviews: 2012||December 26 – 30th|
1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Without a doubt, Magic Kingdom is a magical place. And what time is more magical than the holiday season! During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party you get to enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, where even Santa makes an appearance, Holiday Wishes fireworks extravaganza, “snowfall” in Florida, free cookies and hot cocoa (or apple slices and apple juice) at various spots around the park, meet-and-greets with favorite Disney characters in their Christmas best and shorter wait times at favorite attractions throughout the park. This is a special evening event, where you need to purchase tickets to enjoy the festivities. But it’s a great way to really bring in the Christmas season for kids, teens and adults!
2. Wild Wonderland: Last year I went to Wild Wonderland at Lowry Park Zoo with my family and had fabulous, affordable winter fun! From December 8, 14-23, 26-30 • 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m Lowry Park Zoo treats you and your family to holiday decor, charming animated displays, a meet-and-greet with Santa, real reindeer, and various animals on exhibit under the starry night sky. There is a new Artic Blast Ice Slide, 100 feet of frozen fun in the Reindeer Games area, free Zoo rides and traditional holiday treats. General admission is just $13 for adults and $11 for children (ages 3-11). Annual Zoo Pass holders receive discounted admission. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the Wild Wonderland web site or Wild Wonderland on Facebook.
3. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration: For the past two years I’ve been able to enjoy SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration in Florida. It is an absolutely spectacular event, where carols fill the air, a sparkling sea of trees light up the water and skaters dance on ice. In a unique wintery, watery wonderland, you can journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, meet Santa in a chilly Arctic, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy stunning live holiday shows inspired by the natural world and Christmas. With everything from elves to Elmo, and from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where the season meets the sea. The best part of this attraction is that you do not need a separate ticket to attend this event! If you buy a day pass, you get to enjoy the Christmas Celebration!
4. Christmas Bricktacular: LegoLand Florida has holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December. The Christmas Bricktacular will feature tons of family fun and sights, including a 30+ foot LEGO® Christmas Tree and tree lighting,LEGO Model Build Activity, LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt, meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier and other holiday festivities and entertainment. Learn more: Christmas Bricktacular
5. Christmas Town: New this year to the Tampa Bay holiday festivities is Busch Garden’s Christmas Town! Christmas Town will transform Busch Gardens into an entirely new experience, filled with new shows and surprise guests who will provide a very special evening of family-friendly entertainment. They are bringing snow to Florida, holiday music and shows for all ages, Carol of the Bells house (featuring tens of thousands of Christmas lights choreographed to stirring seasonal music) and we can’t forget – SANTA! TheMomBuzz has a review coming soon for this spectacular event, but you can learn more now by visiting the Christmas Town page!
6. ICE Featuring Merry Madagascar at Gaylord Palms: You’ll see your favorite Bronx Zoo friends from Madagascar during their Christmas Eve escapade as they try to save Christmas, thanks to trouble that King Julian caused. Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee has transformed the story into 2 million pounds of ice displays are just wonderful for children and adults. The ice sculptures are also colored – they are deeply hued and vibrant. It’s amazing that they can get this kind of quality infused into the ice. And in the middle of ICE there are are a few ice slides the kids can go down. For more information visit Gaylord Palms online. Florida residents can save $4 per ticket with promotion code FLR12
Past Reviews: 2012 at ICE, description, tips and discount code.
7. Holiday Fantasea: From December 26th to 30th, the Florida Aquarium will have several holiday themed adventures for children. There will be a play area featuring real snow for the kids, magnificent holiday light shows, mesmerizing mermaids at 5:30 p.m. nightly, and an amazing model train display. Visit PenguinPlace in the Wetlands Gallery to see their penguins and their new holiday hangout. All of aquarium exhibits will be open and there will be extended hours so you can have more time to soak up a sea of holiday cheer. Please see the Florida Aquarium website for more information.
8. Grinchmas: What may be more warm and fuzzy than meeting Santa during the holiday season … how about meeting the Grinch at Grinchmas at Universal Studios Island of Adventure! During the holiday season, Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the whimsical world of Grinchmas, with a Grinchmas Wholiday, character breakfasts with the Grinch and Friends and meeting the Grinch in person. Learn more about Grinchmas here: Grinchmas Official Page
9. Macy’s Parade: I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go to NYC to watch the Macy’s Day Parade. But the next-best-thing may be to watch the Macys Day Parade in Florida at Universal Studios! I just learned that they feature the floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City! There are marching bands, clowns, Santa himself, a spectacular tree lighting and a display of lights! On select nights there are also shows from Mannheim Steamroller and other entertainers! Learn more about the Macys Day Parade at Universal Orlando!
The parade kicks off nightly throughout Dec. 1 – Jan. 1.
This is just the beginning of the Tampa Bay Christmas Event Announcements. More are sure to come live these next few weeks, so bookmark this page and check back regularly! We’ll be adding more as they are announced.