Hillsborough County Fairgrounds Announces UPGRADED Holiday Light Spectacular

November 23 2023 to December 31 2023

Your hometown holiday festival returns with more lights, new entertainment and the gift of family fun! Beginning Thanksgiving Day and running through New Year’s Eve, Tampa Bay’s Festival of Lights & Santa’s Village envelops families in more than 1 million lights along an expanded 2-mile drive. Favorites such as the Pirates of Tampa guarding the entry to the 110-ft. drive-thru animated tunnel, the Florida-themed alligators and airboats, and lively animals frolicking are joined by a new dip “Under the Sea,” sparkling with blue lights and playful aquatic creatures. Santa’s Village is packed with tasty treats and activities, including holiday-themed rides, a winter market that’s open every night, and the Hometown Hillsborough Historical Village, complete with firepits where families can make yummy s’mores. Visits with Santa, Santa’s workshop with craft stations, Santa’s Barnyard, camel rides, holiday movies and live entertainment on the weekends promise endless fun for the entire family. Don’t be surprised to find the Grinch or Jack Frost strolling around Santa’s Village.

Tickets for this year’s event are the same price as last year. ALL-NEW Season passes will be available.

Tickets are $25/car (8 people) or $80/bus (30 people). Santa’s Village is open November 23-26, November 30-December 3, December 7-10, December 14-25. All other dates are drive-thru only, with tickets $20 on those nights ONLY.

Special nights are being planned with more on the way!

Planned Displays*

  • Pirates of Tampa
  • Santa Driving an Airboat
  • Colorful Florida Reef with Coral, Fish, Sea Creatures
  • Candy Cane Lane
  • North Pole Ski Shop
  • Frosty’s Ice Cream Truck
  • Rudolph’s Bakery
  • Others to be announced.

Planned Activities*

  • Santa’s Barnyard – a clean, interactive display of Santa’s favorite critters, including camel rides
  • Family fun games/activities, including face painting
  • Holiday movies and shorts
  • Holiday treats and delicacies
  • Visits with Santa and other social media-friendly photo ops
  • Additional activities to be announced.

*subject to change

Festival of Lights Sponsors: