We’re not saying this is the most wonderful time of the year… but it is. The city of Tampa lives up to holiday expectations this December with plenty to do around town to get you into the holiday spirit!
As we wait to see which bowl game our football boys land in, we switch our attention to basketball which is in full swing!
- USF @ Charlotte (Dec. 9th, 2:00pm)
- USF vs. Appalachian State (Dec. 15th, 1:00pm)
- USF @ FIU (Dec. 18th, 7:00pm)
- USF vs. Alcorn (Dec. 21st, 7:00pm)
- USF vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 29th, 1:00pm)
- USF vs. George Washington University (Dec. 9th, 2:00pm)
- USF vs. Grambling State University (Dec. 15th, 3:30pm)
- USF vs. University of Vermont (Dec. 17th, 7:00pm)
- USF (Florida Sunshine Classic) vs. Creighton University (Dec.20th, 6:15pm)
- USF (Florida Sunshine Classic) vs. University of Virginia (Dec. 21st, 4:00pm)
- USF @ LSU (Dec. 30th, 4:00pm)
There’s plenty of home games and matches from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightening this month!
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers @ Raymond James Stadium (Dec. 2nd, 1:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 6th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints @ Raymond James Stadium (Dec. 9th 1:00pm)
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 10th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 13th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 27th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 29th, 7:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons @ Raymond James Stadium (Dec.30th, 1:00pm) Check ticket pricing
What better gift to give than tickets to an amazing show? Check out winter tours coming through town this December!
- Walker & Royce @ The Ritz Ybor (Dec.1st, 10:00pm) $10.00
- 97X Next Big Thing Music Festival (ft. Panic! At The Disco, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Bastille, and more) @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (Dec.1st & 2nd) $35.00-$150.00
- Drake Bell @ Crowbar (Dec. 5th, 7:30pm) $16.00
- Barry Manilow @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 7th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Party Favor @ Ritz Ybor (Dec. 8th, 10:00pm) $10.00
- 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball (ft. Marshmello, Khalid, Bebe Rexha & more) @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 15th, 7:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Amalie Arena (Dec. 16th, 3:00pm & 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Howie Day @ The Attic (Dec. 22nd, 7:00pm) $30.00-$40.00
- G Herbo @ The Ritz Ybor (Dec. 22nd, 7:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Herobust @ The Ritz Ybor (Dec 28th, 10:00pm) $15.00
- Benny Benassi @ The Ritz Ybor (Dec. 29th, 10:00pm) $20.00
- Joyride @ The Ritz Ybor (Dec. 30th, 10:00pm) $15.00
For more show listings in Tampa check out Songkick.
There’s holiday cheer to be found around every corner of Tampa this December. No matter how you celebrate, there’s something to help you ring in the season with those you love!
- Busch Gardens: Christmas Town Holiday Event (Nov. 17th- Dec. 31st) Check ticket pricing
The most beautiful and elaborate light display in town! Come stroll through this winter wonderland set up specially for the holidays and even meet Rudolph!
- Christmas in the Wild @ Zootampa at Lowery Park (Nov. 23rd- Dec. 30th) $24.95
Beginning on Black Friday and going through December (minus blackout dates Nov. 26th-Nov.30th) Zootampa lights up the night with a beautiful display of holiday lights.
- 36th Annual Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade @ Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Dec. 1st, 11:00am-4:00pm) Free
Start your December off in full Christmas cheer! Holiday entertainment, games, crafts, and a visit from Santa all free to the public during this annual celebration.
- Jingle Bell Run @ Steinbrenner Field (Dec. 1st, 7:30am-11:00pm) $30.00-$75.00
One of the longest running holiday 5k’s in the country, which raises money for The Arthritis Foundation. After the run enjoy free food, drinks, entertainment, and games!
- Holiday Maker’s Marketplace @ Westshore Plaza (Dec. 1st-23rd, 9:00am-10:00pm) Free
Beautiful holiday art on display and for sale on select dates throughout December.
- Winter Village Express @ Techo Streetcar Whiting Station (Dec. 2nd, 3:25pm-7:25pm) $5.00
Ride this decorated streetcar and enjoy milk and cookies during this holiday experience. Holiday music will play as you take in the scenes through the ride downtown.
- 4th Annual ENCORE! Holiday Jazz Festival @ 1240 Ray Charles Blvd. (Dec. 8th, 12:00pm-9:00pm) Free
Enjoy smooth jazz, free food, and a tree lighting ceremony during this festive event downtown.
- Snow on 7th Parade @ Ybor City Chamber of Commerce (Dec. 8th, 6:00pm-9:00pm) Free
Over 15 local high school marching bands will parade down the downtown, including a special appearance from Santa Claus!
- Tampa Jingle Bell Jog @ Al Lopez Park (Dec. 23rd, 7:30am) $35.00-$40.00
In case you missed the first 5k or wanted to wait a bit into the season, here’s your second chance! Don’t worry, eggnog and Christmas cookies will be provided.
- Tampa Bay Riverwalk Wine & Dine Tour @ Downtown Tampa (Dec. 26th, 5:00pm-8:00pm) $72.00
Visit multiple restaurants and bars around town enjoying local food and drink while learning the history of the places you go.
- Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade @ Ybor City Historic District (Dec.31st, 5:30pm-7:30pm) Free
This fun and loud parade features floats and marching bands from the two teams playing in the upcoming bowl game! End your year on the right note with a pep-rally down 7th Street following the parade.
If this isn’t enough action for you, check out some of the calendars filled with MORE things to do this holiday season and winter in Tampa.