Celebrate The Holidays On Tampa’s Pirate Taxi

A Tampa tradition returns select nights November 30 – December 30. Hop on the Pirate Water Taxi for Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on this 45 minute trip. View festive decorations, lighted bridges and other surpris-es along the Hillsborough River. River of Lights features a whimsical narration, Christmas Carolers, hot chocolate and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the Holidays in Tampa.

For info, visit www.piratewatertaxi.com/events/river-of-lights-2018.

Celebrate The SEAson At The Florida Aquarium

This year, celebrate the holiday SEAson at The Florida Aquarium.

The Polar Express 4-D Experience® – November 15-January 11 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Guests can feel the snow and smell the hot cocoa with the amazing 4-D effects. The 13-minute show is a family-friendly, modern classic and will be shown multiple times an hour. It is included in general admission.

Saturdays With Santa – Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and each Saturday in December from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Santa’s elves will join him and dive in the Aquarium’s Coral Reef habitat during its regularly scheduled dive presentations.

Breakfast With Santa – Meet Santa and his animal friends when you attend The Florida Aquarium’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 9 from 8-9:30 a.m. Begin your visit to the Aquarium with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Since Santa’s elves are pretty busy this time of year, Aquarium staff will be on hand, accompanied by some special animal guests for everyone to meet. Guests have the opportunity to purchase photos with Santa that morning. For info call 273-4030.

Snow Days At The Florida Aquarium – Enjoy a real snow play area for kids starting December 26-31 from 12 Noon- 5 p.m. The Aquarium will be open during regular business hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Visit flaquarium.org or call 273-4000.

Christmas In The Wild Celebrates The Season With More Lights And Jolly Surprises

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as ZooTampa at Lowry Park trans-forms into a world of holiday cheer for Christmas in the Wild! Families will experience a merry and memorable evening. From the stunning sights of thousands of twinkling
lights, delectable seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, to the wonder and enchantment of wildlife at night.

Enjoy carolers dressed in Dickens era costumes and story time with Mrs. Claus. Guests will be mesmerized by a 50-ft. animated Christmas tree complete with 12,000 dancing lights, 2,000 ornaments and an 8-ft star.

The popular ‘A Present for Hazel’, a holiday themed animal show, returns featuring famous animal ambassadors. Visiting Santa in his workshop is included with the event. Other holiday themed areas include Holiday Hoedown, Polar Paradise and Candy Cane Lane.

Christmas in the Wild takes place select nights: November 23-24 and 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-16, 20- 23 and 26-30. For info, visit zootampa.org.

Celebrate Your Holidays The LEGOLAND® Way

This jolly time of year features a combination of seasonal shows, special treats, twinkling lights and more during Christmas Bricktacular and Kids’ New Year’s Party. These events are included in general admission – no extra ticket

Don’t miss the Christmas Tree spectacular with dancing lights and songs on a 30-ft. tall LEGO® Christmas tree. Deck the
halls with elves during a new Holly Jolly Jubilee live show. Ring in the New Year from December 26-31. Kids’ New Year’s Party features an amazing nightly fireworks show, dance parties, special building activities and more. On December 31, enjoy a brick drop at a kid-friendly hour.

Build unforgettable memories. Enjoy hands-on building and capture precious memories at one-of-a-kind photo ops, including a giant LEGO® wreath, life-size LEGO snowmen and a sleigh with rein-deer made out of thousands of bricks.

For info, visit www.legoland.com/flori-da/planning-your-visit/special-events/holidays-at-legoland.

The Magic Of Chistmas At Gaylord Palms Resort

The magic of Christmas comes to Gaylord Palms Resort, from Friday, November 16 through Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Bring your family and enjoy ICE! This all new theme features the beloved classic holiday movie A Christmas Story™. Watch this hilarious family tale come to life through interactive ice sculptures and dis-plays, such as The Old Man’s Major Award and the ultimate triple dog dare at the school’s flagpole. Everything is hand-carved from two million pounds of ice. While there, you can also enjoy: Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Scavenger Hunt, Snow Tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped, a free live stage show, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions, Dreams of Christmas Light Show, Photos with Santa, Christmas Tree Trail and more.

For info, visit www.marriott.com/hotel-info/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-con-vention-center/christmas-at-gaylord-palms/csyr9pd/home-page.mi.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.