Celebrate the season with a nip of delicious coffee or hot cocoa. Try your hand at making wipped cream art designs, and spend the day exploring our family friendly, hands-on galleries and our latest exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in front of Glazer Childrens Museum
Create your own work of art and watch as a talented Ringling Bros.® Elephant paints her own masterpiece. Elephant will join 50 lucky children outside the Glazer Childrens Museum. For more information, visit Pachderm Picasso.
9:30am to 6:30pm
Enjoy the Holiday Season at The Florida Aquarium with Santa, Dazzling Lights, Real Snow, Penguins, Mermaids, and Scuba Diving Elves!
For more information, visit FL Aquarium.
Mary Poppins – Live on Stage!
Special holiday engagement of this favorite Broadway production.
Catch this classic tail at historic Tampa Theatre.
For more information, visit Tampa Theatre. Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
Open until 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Tampa’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park under the tent.
For more information, visit Downtown on Ice.
Sunday, December 30
Tampa Downtown Market
Shop fresh! Shop local!
The Downtown Market is brought to you every Sunday, 10am to 3pm
600 and 700 Blocks of Franklin Street
The freshest, local produce, specialty foods, crafts, and so much more to help you with your New Year’s resolution! More vendors added each week. Come see what everyone is talking about. Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.
Tampa’s only outdoor ice skating rink… fun for the whole family!
For more information, visit Downtown on Ice. Last Day to Catch Anna Karenina
Enjoy this classic tale at historic Tampa Theatre..
For more information, visit Tampa Theatre.
Yoga in the Park
5pm to 6pm – Every Sunday
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Just the place to take care of any holiday-induced stress. This FREE one-hour yoga class takes place in picturesque Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and Yoga Downtown Tampa.
Splash in the New Year by celebrating at Aqua-Eve! Entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine, and champagne toast with the best view for an amazing fireworks display over the channel at midnight!
Those too young to stay up until midnight can ring in the New Year every hour from Noon to 5pm. We’ll have balloon drops every hour and the kids can make party hats and noisemakers. For more information, visit Glazer Museum.
Light Up Tampa Bay
Begins at 4pm
Channelside Bay Plaza
Live music, dining, nightlife in the courtyard, and midnight fireworks!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Sightseeing Cruise
Dance 2012 away on the StarShip II for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Sightseeing Cruise! This cruise includes party favors, DJ entertainment, dance floors, and a specatular views of the fireworks at Channelside at midnight!
Florida Aquarium is the place to explore and learn about marine life at Florida Aquarium. Swim with the Sharks, jump into the Water Fun Zone, enjoy the Wild Dolphin Curise and Explore a Shore at the Florida Aquarium.
Holiday FantaSea– Through December 30, 9:30am to 6:30pm
Enjoy the Holiday Season at The Florida Aquarium with Santa, Dazzling Lights, Real Snow, Penguins, Mermaids, and Scuba Diving Elves! Real snow play area, FL Aquarium Mermaids (5:30pm nightly), holiday model train display, Penguin Place in the Wetlands Gallery, holiday light show (6pm and 6:30pm), Cafe Ray open late with special holiday treats and beverages available for purchase. Aqua-Eve New Year’s Party – December 31, 9:00pm to 1:00am
Splash in the New Year by celebrating at Aqua-Eve! Entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine, and champagne toast with the best view for an amazing fireworks display over the channel at midnight! Must be 21+. Tickets on sale now!
Visit Florida Aquarium for more information.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is located in the Cube at Rivergate Plaza. The museum occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors in the architecturally significant Cube – the soaring, six-story atrium recognized as one of the most impressive interior spaces in Tampa.
Mario Algaze: Cuba 1999-2000– Look, but don’t touch. Reach, but don’t grasp. Dream, but don’t wake up. That is how an exile feels about the homeland he cannot reclaim, and that is how Mario Algaze feels about Cuba. Runs through January 6.
Dorothea Lange’s America, includes this artist’s iconic depictions of the historic Dust Bowl. Runs through January 31.
Visit FMoPA for more information including upcoming workshops.
The John F. Germany Public Library features the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection, Foundation Center Collection, Genealogy Collection, Government Documents Collection, Local History Collection and the Small Business Center.
The downtown library features exciting programs for all ages including computer boot camp, jazz performance, digital photography workshop and more.
Glazer Children’s Museum offers exciting activities, events, and programs, with over 170 ‘interactivities’ in 12 themed areas to explore. There are so many fun ways to grow the minds of parents and children alike.
Henry B. Plant Museum is authentically restored to transport you back to a time where the Tampa Bay Hotel, offered indulgent ten-course meals, waltzing on the veranda and alligator hunting by moonlight. With splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens, the hotel attracted celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth.
31st Annual Victorian Christmas Strollextended through December 30 due to popular demand!
The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Artspresents Youth America Grand Prix returns to Tampa to relive the most breathtaking ballet performances of our time! Ballet’s Greatest Hits! features star dancers from Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet. For the first time ever, the gala performance will be broadcast in theaters nationally by Emerging Pictures.
Stageworks Theatre in Channel District is a live production company with a mission to provide the highest quality professional theatre which respects, ignites and celebrates the human spirit while challenging the thresholds of intolerance and insensitivity.
MOMologues 2-Off to School
January 31 to February 17
The riotous sequel to The MOMologues, this play offers a frank and funny look at the elementary school years, from homework hell to multitasking mania.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts boasts five theaters, a Rehearsal Hall and is a cornerstone of the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. Each venue has a unique personality and each venue hosts different kinds of events from touring Broadway, grand opera, jazz concerts, performance art and a free movie series on the lawn.
Mary Poppins– Runs through December 30
Wicked – Runs January 9 – 27
For information on these and other performances, visit Straz Center.
Tampa Bay History Center is located near the historic Fort Brooke site (the birthplace of modern Tampa), offering exhibits depicting almost 500 years of recorded history and 12,000 years of human habitation in this region. Native Americans and Spanish conquistadors, pioneer settlers and cigar workers, immigrants and cowboys, military and sports heroes, and entrepreneurs and workers – white, black, Hispanic, Jewish, urban, rural, old, young – have all contributed to our “sense of place.
Coffee: The World in Your Cupis a nationally-touring exhibit running through January 6. The exhibit provides a broad overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide.
Kids, Coffee, and Cocoa – December 28 offers children’s activities included with admission.
Gallery admission to the Tampa Bay History Center now includes parking, the result of a partnership between the History Center and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay Times Forum – The massive $40-million transformation in 2011 made Tampa Bay Times Forum history. It annually hosts 150+ events, ranking among the top venues in North America, encompasses 670,000 square feet with three decks and seven separate levels, prominently features 69 suites, and boasts LED display boards that circle the entire area feature 1.7 million square pixels for pure viewing pleasure.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built to Amaze– January 2 to 6
For more information about upcoming concerts and sports events, visit TB Times Forum
Tampa Museum of Art exhibits 20th-century fine art, and Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. Located on the banks of Hillsborough River along Tampas Riverwalk, the museum features a sensational gift shop and SONO Cafe, operated by Mise En Place.
Sky (Tampa) -Villareal’s LED outdoor installation illuminates Tampa’s Downtown
The Man, the Image & the World – Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective runs through January 18.
Dorothea Lange’s America – Runs through January 31.
Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate “movie palaces”, and today is a protected landmark. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is a superior example of the “atmospheric” style of theater design. Inside, audiences are transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard replete with old world statuary, gargoyles, and a nighttime sky with twinkling stars and floating clouds.
University of Tampafeatures their 2012-2013 Concert Artist Series running through April 7 – All concerts are FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit UT Sykes Chapel.
YMCAfacilities are conveniently located at Ft. Brooke Garage, 104 S. Franklin and at 100 N. Tampa Street, offering new
Y Night at the Rink – Y Members receive $1 off admission when they show their membership card (up to $4 for family) – Wednesday, December 19, 4pm to 9pm
For more information about the Y, visit Tampa YMCA.
“Outside is In” at Tampa’s Downtown
Realm is a program to activate the outdoors brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership…
Rock the Park, award winner for Creative Loafing Best Outdoor Music Series will be back at Curtis Hixon Park on Thursday, January 3. For more information on this monthly event, visit Rock the Park.
Lunch on the Lawn is a weekly lunchtime event in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. It runs every Friday through May. Bring a lunch, buy a lunch from one of downtown’s local restaurants; enjoy live entertainment in a picnic type setting. On holiday this week. See you on January 4. For more information, visit Lunch on the Lawn.
Do the Local Motion runs through the end of May, offering free guided downtown walking tours during lunch hour, every other Friday. Starts at 12noon at Lykes Gaslight Square Park. Next walk is a dance walk scheduled Friday, January 4. For more information, visit DTLM.
Tampa Downtown Market has moved to Sundays! Offering the best of vendors, including produce, specialty foods, pet and childrens goods, fashions, and more; live entertainment; and family activities, running through May. For more information, visit Tampa Downtown Market.
Yoga in the Park is currently offered every Sunday, 5pm at picturesque Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This free event is led by Yoga Downtown Tampa instructor. For more information, visit Yoga-Hixon.
The Park Cart can be found at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on fair weather Thursdays through Sundays. The cart is filled with fun park activities, including hula hoops, balls, frisbees and more! For more information, visit Park Cart.
And what to do on a rainy day? Indoor tours, shopping and dining are just as fun. Check out Tampa’s Downtown for more fun ideas.
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