Craziest Christmas Displays in Tampa, FL


While we do not get snow in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, we still find our ways to experience the Christmas holiday. Thankfully, there are businesses and neighborhoods anxious to share their outdoor holiday displays.

Here is a list of a few to catch between now and the end of the year.

Chick-fil-a on Waters Ave

You've never seen a drive-thru like Chick-fil-a's on Waters Ave in Tampa. The display is animated and large. Whether you go in and purchase, drive thru to order or just ride by, it is a known site to see during the holiday season.

Temple Terrace Hyaleah Ave

Every year two blocks of neighbors provide a drive-by experience of Christmas cheer. Lights line the homes and run through the trees over the street. Politely park a block over and you will be able to go back and take pictures with a live Santa Claus.

The Oakdale Christmas House

While you have to drive to St. Petersburg to see this one, you will not be disappointed upon arrival. The Oakdale Christmas House is recognized nationally, by HGTV, NBC and others for their display. It even has its own website, http://www.christmasdisplay.org/. It is truly like none other.

Symphony in Lights

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel offers a large light display set to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other holiday favorites. Since it runs every hour during the evenings, it makes it easy to catch in between shopping.

Victorian Christmas Stroll

The Henry B Plant Museum is once again offering it's back in time holiday display. A fan of the Victorian era? Then this display will feed your need for nostalgia and antiques. There is a fee for this display, but it does go towards keeping the history of Tampa's downtown running year round.

While it may not be 20 degrees and snowing here, these holiday displays can put you in the mood to fa la la la la your way to Christmas.

Have you been to any of these displays? Plan on visiting any others? Comment below and include your suggestions.

Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is soldonAmazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores, a contributor to various media outlets and a lover of all things cool in Tampa Bay.