Your Hometown Holiday Festival is

Bigger Than Ever Before!

Join us for an EXPANDED holiday light spectacular that will envelop you and your family in an enchanting environment blanketed in more than a million lights from entrance to exit. Young and young at heart will enjoy the nearly 2 MILE drive-thru immersive experience of continuous light features followed by a festive walking visit to Santa’s Village, full of attractions, holiday goodies and visits with SANTA!

Five Festive Weeks – Nov 24 – Jan 1

Tampa Bay’s Festival of Lights & Santa’s Village


Register to be a vendor at this year’s Holiday Market: 

Holiday Market Vendor Application


As you enter the fairgrounds enveloped in more than 1 million lights, you and your family will travel nearly 2 miles through seasonal and Florida-themed displays and an upsized drive-thru animated light tunnel. The expanded Santa’s Village will feature holiday- themed rides and a self-guided walking tour of the Hometown Hillsborough Historical Village decked out in festive lights. Designed to appeal to all ages and backgrounds, the elaborate light displays themed to Florida and traditional winter holidays are a family favorite.



Tampa Bay’s Festival of Lights & Santa’s Village is your Hometown Holiday Festival with dazzling animated lights, big festive displays, themed holiday rides and activities, and yummy treats in a cozy neighborhood atmosphere.

There’s something for everyone at this festive event, from dazzling lights to games and activities for all ages, visits with Santa, tasty treats, holiday movies and holiday shopping. Plan your visit today!


Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26: Dennis Lee

Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10: Katie Lombardo

Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17: Dennis Lee

Due to popular demand, the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds will open the Tampa Bay’s Festival of Lights until Jan 1 2023 – Celebrate the new year with the Festival of Lights!


Click on a date to buy tickets for that date.


This year’s immersive event is bigger and better than ever, with additions such as:

  • Drive-thru animated light tunnel that’s almost twice as long as last year.
  • Expanded Santa’s Village that has:
    • Holiday-themed rides including a Reindeer Carousel and Holiday Train ride
    • Self-guided walking tour of Hometown Hillsborough Historical Village decked out in period décor and beginning with a 80 ft.-long animated light tunnel.
    • Holiday Market on Fridays and Saturdays so you can find the perfect gifts for your loved ones!



$25 (max 8 people) – on days when Drive-thru experience and Santa’s Village is open.
$20 (max 8 people) – on days when Drive-thru experience ONLY is open.


$80 (max 30 people) – on days when Drive-thru experience and Santa’s Village is open.
$60 (max 30 people) – on days when Drive-thru experience ONLY is open.


20-74 Tickets $5 off – $20 per car

75-149 Tickets $6 off – $19 per car

150+ Tickets $7 off – $18 per car

Please contact the Fair Office to organize group sales – Email or Call Us: (813) 737-FAIR



After your magical drive thru, take a holiday stroll through Santa’s Village, filled with activities and treats to tempt the young and young-at-heart. Festive lights blanket the area from the Town Square to Holiday Plaza.


  • Visits & Pictures with Santa on Santa’s Porch
  • Santa’s Craft Stations in Santa’s Workshop
  • Holiday movies and shorts in the Hometown Hillsborough Historical Village
  • Santa’s Interactive Barnyard where you can pet and feed the critters
  • Santa’s Camel Pen where you can pet the camels and even go for a camel ride!
  • Holiday treats and goodies along Main Street
  • Holiday Plaza and Historical Village are filled with picnic tables and fire pits to gather around

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their support!