Dazzle Your Senses at Enchant Christmas
The holiday season officially begins when Enchant Christmas lights up Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. This whimsical light maze and Christmas market features a world of holiday magic across the sprawling MLB stadium and its parking lots from late November through December. That means your group has over a month of merrymaking ahead!
Enchant Christmas brings all the nostalgic feels with its charming light displays. Twinkling tunnels of lights in the Maze lead to Instagram-worthy backdrops and larger-than-life holiday vignettes. Snap selfies in front of the Bigfoot Monster Truck, adorned with strings of lights, before making your way through the lit-up Starry Starry Nights tunnel. Then grab some hot cocoa and get the perfect holiday pic at the Icicle Forest or in front of the bright Infinity Tunnel. With so many dazzling displays to see, your holiday memories will be merry and bright!
Once your group is all filled up on Christmas cheer (and probably a snack or two!), make your way through the market area of Enchant Christmas next. The artisan holiday market features over 100 local vendors selling gifts, decor, tasty treats, and more. Plus, kids can share their wishlists with Santa at his outpost while live entertainment fills the air to keep your group entertained for hours on end.
The only thing missing is the hassle of parking at Tropicana Field. Leave that to your charter bus driver when you book group transportation with Charter Bus Company Tampa! We’ll pick up and drop off your merrymakers right at the entrance so you can spend the entire evening enjoying Enchant’s one-of-a-kind Christmas magic.
1 Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Get Cozy at Holiday Nights at the Florida Botanical Gardens
For over 35 years, the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo has hosted Holiday Nights to spread seasonal cheer throughout the Sunshine State. Every November and December, these gardens transform into a winter wonderland, decked out in thousands of lights. Friends, families, tour groups and more make their way along candle-lit paths to see gorgeous holiday floral displays and twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music classics. It’s a jolly and relaxing way to get into the holiday spirit!
Beyond the cheerful lights and decor, Holiday Nights also features visits with Santa for the kids, seasonal entertainment and music, hot chocolate and cookies, model train displays, holiday crafts vendors and more. The calendar of events also includes themed nights like Pet Night where leashed pets are welcome, so no one in your group has to miss out on the cozy fun!
Situated just west of Tampa Bay, the Florida Botanical Gardens provide a serene backdrop for an evening stroll with your group and they make accessing the event a breeze. Charter Bus Company Tampa provides pick up and drop off right at the entrance, plus our charter buses have room for all of your group’s cold weather gear when temperatures dip in December. After an evening enjoying the holiday magic at Holiday Nights, your group will be nice and toasty for the ride back to your Tampa hotel or next destination!
Holiday Nights at the Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774
See A Christmas Carol at Tampa’s Straz Center
What would the holidays be without a heartwarming production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol? Treat your group to a night at the theater this season with tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa.
The Straz Center puts on a musical version of the timeless Dickens tale each holiday season, complete with Victorian costumes, song and dance numbers, and tons of Christmas spirit. Watch as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge takes a journey through time and rediscovers the meaning of kindness, compassion and redemption with help from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. It’s a charming show for all ages to remind us that it truly is “a time of joy and a time of hope” each holiday season.
Planning transportation for your group to the Straz Center is a cinch when you call Charter Bus Company Tampa. We’ll provide a comfortable ride with room for everyone aboard a charter bus equipped with cushy seats, climate control and even WiFi or entertainment systems upon request. Your driver will take care of parking and navigation through busy downtown Tampa while your passengers sit back and relax. After the final bows, everyone can reflect on the show’s heartwarming message on the carefree ride back to your hotel or next destination. It’s the easiest way to cap off an evening with Scrooge and the Cratchits!
A Christmas Carol
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N MacInnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602
Ice Skate Under the Sun at Tampa Bay’s Holiday Ice Rink
If your group is craving cooler temps this holiday season, lace up your skates at Tampa Bay’s seasonal Holiday Ice Rink in downtown Tampa. The outdoor skating rink offers frosty fun for all ages and skill levels right on scenic Curtis Hixon Park along the Tampa Riverwalk. Skate under blue Florida skies throughout November and December before the rink melts away come January.
The Holiday Ice Rink is the perfect place for friends and families to make merry memories gliding around the ice together. Little ones can get comfortable on skates using special stabilizing aids while teens show off their triple loops (or just cling to the wall, no judgement!). When your crew needs a break from the ice, cozy up under heat lamps and decorate cookies from the on-site concessions. Then get right back out there for more skating, snowless snowball fights or rounds of broomball when you’re ready. With 8,000 square feet of ice stretching longer than a football field, there’s more than enough room for your whole group to roam free and enjoy a day of frosty fun in the Florida sun.
Of course, the easy part will be the skating and snowball fights. Finding parking for your group near the bustling Tampa Riverwalk is another story. But not to worry! Charter Bus Company Tampa will take care of all the parking and driving details so your group can simply ski~date to the ice rink with ease. Call (813) 280-7525 today to book your own charter bus for a carefree group skating day this holiday season!
Holiday Ice Rink
601 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
See a Sea of Santas at Tampa Bay’s Santa Speedo Run
If your group is one that doesn’t take the holidays too seriously, make a note of the Santa Speedo Run coming up on December 17, 2022. Part of the Tampa Bay tradition for over 15 years, the Santa Speedo Run draws thousands of runners and spectators alike for a day of festive fun and charity.
The main event is the annual “fluff to buff” fun run, where participants don red hats, bushy white beards and little else beyond tiny red Speedos. The scantily clad sea of Santas makes its way along a course through the streets of Tampa, passing joyous onlookers and holiday revelers along the way. All are welcome to join the approximately 1 mile run/walk, with autographed posters of runners from previous years awarded to all who cross the finish line.
Even those not running should spectate, as the Santa Speedo Run always promises hilarious sights like elves chugging egg nog pre-race or Saint Nicks decked out in light-up shoes. The event is free for spectators while those wanting to run can sign up online.Participants are encouraged to fundraise or donate directly to the event’s nonprofit beneficiary, the Tampa Metropolitan Area Young Men’s Christian Association. So bring your group out for some belly laughs while supporting a great cause!
After the last Speedo-clad runner crosses the finish line, the day wraps up with a free outdoor party in Curtis Hixon Park. Enjoy live music, visits from Santa, holiday characters, contests and plenty of Christmas cheer! Then let Charter Bus Company Tampa shuttle your sore and smiling Santas back to your accommodations to dive into some much needed cookies and milk. No matter if your group is participating or spectating, the Santa Speedo Run is a one-of-a-kind way to spice up your Tampa Bay holiday adventures that no one will soon forget!
Santa Speedo Run
Celebrate Multicultural Holidays at Ybor City
The historic neighborhood of Ybor City offers a unique way for groups to experience Tampa Bay’s diverse holiday traditions. Throughout November and December, this lively district celebrates holidays represented by the neighborhood’s multicultural roots.
Festivities kick off in November with locals and visitors coming together to honor lost loved ones in the traditional Latin American holiday Día de los Muertos. Enjoy music, food, and decor as Ybor City hosts Florida’s largest Day of the Dead celebration.
As Christmas approaches, the neighborhood puts its own spin on festivities with Ybor Christmas. Shop traditional Spanish and Cuban holiday goods and savor Membery Appetizers at restaurants along 7th Ave. Don’t miss the Carnaval-themed Santa pub crawl for a spirited and multicultural take on Saint Nick!
The cultural celebrations continue into the new year with Three Kings Day on January 5-6. Ybor City hosts parades, live camels, food and more as locals commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s a lively way to extend your holiday adventures beyond the standard Christmas-New Years celebrations.
Experience the diversity of Tampa Bay’s holidays worry-free with roundtrip transportation courtesy of Charter Bus Company Tampa. Let your group indulge in macarons and flan without worrying about parking or navigating between Ybor City’s holiday events. We’ll handle the driving so you can simply delight in Tampa’s unique blend of holiday traditions.
See One Million Lights at Tampa Bay’s Holiday Lights Under the Stars
Located just north of downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds puts on an incredible holiday lights show each November through December. For over 20 years, Holiday Lights Under the Stars has delighted visitors with aisle after aisle of vibrant holiday light displays. The mile-long driving path winds guests through over one million lights synchronized to cheerful Christmas tunes broadcast over your car radio. From snowflakes to reindeer and nutcrackers to the 12 Days of Christmas, these displays have a little something to dazzle everyone in your crew.
Beyond the lights, Holiday Lights Under the Stars offers even more holiday entertainment options once your group parks and heads to the fairgrounds on foot. Grab hot chocolate and watch performances by carolers and dance troupes. Kids can share their wishlists with Santa or take a spin on carnival rides like the Ferris Wheel. And everyone will want to explore the holiday village filled with arts, crafts and food vendors perfect for finding unique gifts and tasty treats. With so much twinkling magic to take in, you may just have to visit the dazzling display more than once per holiday season!
Don’t worry about navigating busy roads or finding parking once you arrive. Charter Bus Company Tampa can pick up and drop off your group right at the front gate. Leave the driving to the professionals so you can sit back and take in the million points of light brightening Tampa Bay each holiday season.
Holiday Lights Under the Stars
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds
215 Sydney Washer Rd, Dover, FL 33527
Marvel at Two Million Holiday Lights at Tampa Bay’s Winter Wonderland
Ready for the ultimate in holiday lights? Then your group needs to see Winter Wonderland at the Pasco County fairgrounds, just north of Tampa. As Florida’s largest holiday lights event, Winter Wonderland dazzles guests with over TWO MILLION lights artfully arranged across the 50-acre fairgrounds property.
From November 25 until December 31, your group can stroll through a world of holiday magic at Winter Wonderland. Towering dinosaurs, mythical unicorns, and friendly zoo animals all get decked out for the season in brilliant LEDs. Beyond impressively lit larger-than-life creatures, you’ll also find plenty of scenes depicting Florida holiday traditions. Wave hello to Santa waterskiing behind a speedboat or marvel at a light display made up entirely of surfboards trimmed in lights – holidays Floridian style!
Of course, kids’ faces will light up brightest at the chance to visit Santa’s Workshop and meet the big guy himself. Mrs. Claus will be on hand too so everyone can share their wish list and take some treasured photos. With a combination of magical moments and slice-of-life Florida motifs, Winter Wonderland makes the perfect holiday spectacle for your Tampa tour group.
Don’t let transportation logistics put a damper on your winter magic. Charter Bus Company Tampa offers easy roundtrip transportation from any point in Tampa direct to Winter Wonderland’s front gate. Leave the driving and parking to us so your group can simply soak up the splendor of 10 million dazzling bulbs!
Pasco County Fairgrounds
36722 State Rd 52, Dade City, FL 33525
Rent With Charter Bus Company Tampa To Hit Every Holiday Attraction
Want to see the sparkle of a million holiday lights? Hear carols at Tampa’s performing arts venues? Experience Ybor City’s mashup of multicultural celebrations? Charter Bus Company Tampa can take your group there with ease!
As the holidays approach, book your transportation early to ensure availability when you need it most. Our charter bus rentals remove the hassle from group travel during the busy holiday season so you can simply relax and enjoy Tampa Bay’s cheeriest seasonal attractions.
Give our team a call at (813) 280-7525 to check availability for your ideal dates and get a quick quote. Our pricing is all-inclusive, with no hidden fees or surprises. Your charter bus will arrive on time with a professional driver ready to handle your door-to-door transportation needs. All you need to do is round up your festive friends or family and get ready for a holly jolly group getaway!
From seeing a million dazzling lights to supporting a great cause at the Santa Speedo Run, Tampa Bay holiday adventures await your crew. Leave the driving and logistics to Charter Bus Company Tampa so your group can simply celebrate the season together. We look forward to making your next Christmas trip easy, comfortable and full of Yuletide joy!