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Hyde Park Village, Ybor City bring back festive Christmas Tree Lighting celebrations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the city of Tampa. The Sunshine State may not be known for the atypical Hallmark Holiday atmosphere, but our local leaders make up for it with tons of joy, sun, and sand. Christmas decor on a palm tree just hits different. Curtis Hixon Park will soon host its Winter Village complete with a skating rink, and the Saturday before Christmas the city will host a huge lighted boat parade. There are also a few tree lightings to add to your calendar now: Hyde Park Village and Historic Ybor City.

Hyde Park Village’s Holiday Tree Lighting celebration is back from hiatus. The Holiday Happening at Hyde Park Village is set for November 19 from 4pm-9pm. This event benefits Make A Wish Southern Florida. Their annual tree lighting is more festive than ever featuring live music, holiday entertainment, a winter holiday market, visits with Santa, sips and bites from local vendors, and so much more.


Hyde Park Village announces Holiday Happening

While you’re in the village you can enjoy dinner at any of the excelsior restaurants, grab a cupcake from the Sprinkles ATM, get some ice cream from Odd Fellows, or begin your own holiday shopping. The tree lighting officially begins at 7pm. Hyde Park Village is located at 1602 W Swann Avenue.

The 12th annual historic Ybor City Tree Lighting ceremony is set for Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause will run from 7pm-8pm, and Mayor Jane Castor will arrive to light the tree at 7pm.

Ybor’s annual holiday event takes place art 1600 E 7th Avenue at Centro Ybor.


The city of Tampa’s official tree lighting and Santa Fest is scheduled for December 3 at Curtis Hixon Park. This event is scheduled from 1pm-8:30pm. Event Schedule:

  • 1-2:30 p.m. Christmas Parade
  • 1-4 p.m. Santa Fest
  • 4:45-6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Movie: Fred Claus

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