Check out some of these fun and exciting events going on around the Tampa Bay area this holiday season...


Twinkle in Tampa Bay: This parade cruises Garrison and Sparkman channels around Davis Islands and Harbour Island; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Channelside District

Dunedin Boat Parade and Tree Lighting: Decorated and lighted boats will leave Marker 1 Marina at 6 p.m. and proceed south through the intra-coastal waterway to Marker 2, turn around and arrive at the Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:30 p.m., with Santa arriving on the last boat to preside over the tree lighting; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; free (bring lawn chairs); (727) 812-4531

Hillsborough River Boat Parade: Boaters, canoers, kayakers, light up the night with their decorated vessels; meet at Lowry Park Boat ramp and go upriver past Sulphur Springs Tower and end at Sulphur Springs Park City Pool; fest with carolers and Santa follows immediately; 6 p.m. Dec. 8; free; 701 E. Bird St., Tampa - See more at:

St. Petersburg Boat Parade: The 27th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade presented by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; grandstand seating available for $5; Bayshore Drive along North Straub Park, downtown St. Petersburg; (727) 822-3277 and

Treasure Island Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: Described as Las Vegas on the water, the parade leaves The Club on Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., arrives at Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and ends at John's Pass at 8:15 p.m.; rain date Dec. 22; - See more at:


Seminole Heights Tree Lighting: The lighting of a 12-foot Christmas tree and the singing of Christmas carols are scheduled for Sunday at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa; 6 p.m. Sunday; 6111 North Central Ave., Seminole Heights; (813) 236-5931

Tampa Tree Lighting: Along with a tree lighting, scheduled events include a countdown to light the tree with Mayor Buckhorn, a Christmas market and a free showing of the movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"; 6 p.m. Dec. 6; free (but everyone is asked to bring a Teddy bear to be donated to children in local hospitals); Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Sahley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8677

Gulfport Tree Lighting: Along with a visit from Santa, the tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Clymer Park (corner of Gulfport Blvd and Beach Blvd ; (727) 893-1118 and

St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: Christmas tree lighting along with a make-and-take craft station for kids, music, a bounce house, refreshments and more; 5 p.m. today; free; North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg

Indian Rocks Beach Tree Lighting: Chocolate, cookies and more will be served and carolers will sing at the annual tree lighting; 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 12th Avenue Park on Gulf Boulevard; - See more at:

Fairs & Festivals 

Largo's Holiday Stroll: The annual event includes live entertainment, a snow slide, visits with Santa, holiday crafts for all ages and a stroll through more than a million Christmas lights; 5 p.m. Dec. 5; free; Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014 - See more at:

Snowfest and Santa Parade: The annual parade begins at Central Avenue and Fifth Street and following the celebration, 65 tons of snow are blown into North Straub Park in St. Petersburg for toboggan rides, reindeer races, a climbing wall, cookie decorating, moon walks and a kiddie land for ages 3 to 5; 10 a.m. Dec. 6; $5; North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue N.E. and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg; (727) 893-7441 - See more at:

Santa Fest: Enjoy free photos with Santa, crafts, live entertainment, games, ice skating and a Christmas market; 11 a.m. Dec. 6; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8677 and

St. Pete Beach Winter Festival: Events include a tree lighting, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa, live music and a boat parade that starts at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge; 6 p.m. Dec. 5; free; Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive; (727) 363-9264 and