To help you enjoy some simple quality time with friends and family while get-ting into the holiday spirit, check out some area light displays that everyone can enjoy.

Barrington Oaks – Christmas Lights Display

Barrington Oaks neighborhood opens up to guests in the spirit of the holi-day to share varied light displays through-out its community. Gates open starting Friday, December 7 from 6–11 p.m. night-ly, with extended hours Christmas Eve and Christmas day till 12:30 a.m.

Please make a right hand turn as you enter the neighborhood, located off Lumsden Rd. just east of John Moore Rd.

Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village At Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

North Pole Productions presents Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds. This holiday theme park will be open Thanksgiving night (November 22) through Saturday, December 29. Drive through a mile of dazzling lights and holiday displays, and then
stop by the Christmas Village where you can visit circus attractions, a wolf exhibit, amusement rides, camel rides, and even photos with Santa.

New this year, you can take a journey through the light display or just make a visit to the Village for a small admission fee.

A variety of items such as Homemade Mini Donuts, Strawberry Shortcake with Mini Donuts, Sausage Sandwiches, Pizza, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Funnel Cakes, Pulled Pork & Brisket Sandwiches will be available.

Vehicles cost $25. Season passes are available for $40. The Fairgrounds are located at 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover. For tickets and information, visit

Christmas Lane Returns To The Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds

Christmas Lane returns to the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds on Friday, November 23and will take place until December 24 inside and around the Charlie Grimes Family Agriculture Center, 2508 W. Oak Ave. in Plant City.

Celebrate 35 years of extraordinary displays featuring over 1.5 million lights adorning over 200 Christmas trees accompanying its larger-than-life decorations and using more than 180,000 watts of power.

Santa will be there each night. Concessions (hamburgers, fries, popcorn and more) and a Christmas Lane gift shop available. Living Nativities will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 and 8 p.m.

Christmas Lane is a non-profit organization. Volunteers work more than 1,800 hours setting up.

Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 6-10 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children ages 4 to 12 are $3. Children 3 and under are free. Purchase your tickets at the event. Parking is free. Visit or on Facebook at Christmas Lane.

Oakdale Light Display

Among Largest in the U.S. People near and far visit the Oakdale Light Display in St. Petersburg. It was ranked in the top three nationally by NBC’s Today show, presented first in HGTV’s All Out Christmas Special and featured in People Magazine.

Each year the light display is different adorning about one-half million lights. Enjoy the walk-ways, fountains, computerized light show, animated dolls and a snowman about three stories high. The most popular item is the large HO-scale model railroad running 18 trains at one time. The kids love the double bubble machines and games.

The event is free and fun for everyone. Visit the display from Friday, November 23 through Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 6-10 p.m. at 2719 Oakdale St. St. in St. Petersburg. Visit

Enjoy Walking Trail At Nights of Shimmering Lights

Nights of Shimmering Lights has joined with Sun-Kissed Acres to bring a ¼-mile walking trail through shimming lights dancing to music. Walk at your own pace and stop as often as you like. Enjoy Winterland full of penguins, bears, old man winter and other favorite scenes. Don’t miss the Nativity scene in the reli-gious area. See Santa and reindeer in the Toyland area. Rest on one of the many benches conveniently placed along the trail or take selfies at one of the photo stops. Get in the holiday mood with seasonal music and themed areas. This is an unpaved walking trail and ground can be uneven in places so wear appropriate footwear and use caution. It is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs at this time. It is open Thursday to Sunday starting November 24 through December 24. It will be closed on rainy days.

The cost is $6 per person; ages 3 and under free. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Enjoy light concessions, photo spots. For info, visit

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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.