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    Holiday Events Near MacDill AFB

    Florida doesn’t have the iconic white Christmas we all dream about, but what they lack in sweater weather they make up for in festive events.

    Tampa started their holiday festivities long before December arrived and they still have many more to come. If you’re in the Tampa area, get out and join your community in the holiday fun! Events take place both on base and in the nearby communities. 

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    Don't Miss These Holiday Events Near MacDill AFB!

    1. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

    Nothing gets the family into the holiday spirit like a visit to Christmas Town. Enjoy lights, carols, holiday shopping, and shows. Admission is available through general admission through January 6. 

    2. Holiday Light Limo Tours

    Enjoy the festive lights around Tampa Bay from the comfort of a luxury limo this holiday season.

    Reservations can be made December 1-29 at Showtime Transportation.

    3. Christmas in the Wild

    Join the holiday cheer at the Tampa Lawry Park Zoo Christmas in the Wild. Enjoy a visit from Santa, yummy treats, a 50-foot animated Christmas tree, and the opportunity to see the zoo’s wildlife at night. Select dates are available throughout December. Check the site for more details!

    4. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

    Head on down to Curtis Hixon Park to enjoy ice skating, the village cafe, holiday shops, and free movie screenings.

    The Winter Village is open through January 5. Ice skating rink admission and rental available for purchase.

    5. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey

    On December 27, bring the whole family for a Christmas celebration with the Moscow Ballet. Shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    6. Christmas at Old McMicky’s Farm

    Visit Old McMicky’s Farm to enjoy some festive family fun. Your family can get photos with Santa, pet the “North Ponies,” decorate cookies, play in the barn maze, toast marshmallows, and more!

    Christmas at Old McMicky’s Farm is open December 21 from 6-9 p.m.

    7. EFMP Pancakes with Santa

    Especially for EFMP families(Exceptional Family Member Program), enjoy a quiet room, therapeutic dogs, and age-appropriate crafts and activities, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Saturday, December 15 from 9-11 a.m. at the MacDill chapel

    8. Tampa Hot Chocolate 15k and 5k Road Race

    Join the Ram Racing Series and help raise money for Make-A-Wish by running in the Tampa Hot Chocolate 15k and 5k Road Race on December 16. Enjoy sweet treats along the road and celebrate after you complete the race, and all 15k finishers will receive the Hot Chocolate Tampa medal to commemorate their accomplishment.

    9. Surf's Edge Club Holiday Luncheon

    Right on base, head over to the Surf's Edge Club for a holiday lunch on December 20 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Members eat free! Special pricing for family members and others. 

    10. NYE Black & White Masquerade

    Bar Louie’s Black and White Masquerade is a nod to Truman Capote’s infamous Grand Masked Ball, hosted in New York in 1966, and they want you to be there. Admission prices vary for this New Year's Eve event. 

    11. New Years Eve 2018 at Topgolf

    Ring in the New Year at Topgolf Tampa with live music, a chef-inspired menu, and a midnight celebration.

    12. Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade

    Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Ybor City for the Outback Bowl Parade and pep rally. The parade will feature marching bands, floats, and cheerleaders.

    This event is completely free for the whole family. The parade starts at 5:30 and runs along 7th Avenue.

    13. Three Kings Celebration

    Busch Gardens tells the story of the journey to Bethlehem with the Three Kings Celebration. The event features authentic Latin traditions, live entertainment, and Busch Gardens' dazzling lights. The celebration will take place January 5-6.

    See something we missed? Comment below! Updated 2018. 

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    Danielle Keech

    Danielle is just like you — another down-to-earth military spouse learning every day how to navigate the craziness. As a mama of two, she knows what it takes to juggle solo parenting, a work-from-home career, and the demands of military life. She’s a firm believer that community is a key part of thriving and hopes to remind readers that they’re not alone through her writing. Want to connect? Find Danielle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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