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Missed out on a couple of fun things to do last Holiday season…we all did. But things are opening again. Hopefully, good times are roaring back. I want to make this season really special for my kids. My daughter and I came up with a list of 5 things we are really looking forward to doing as we gear up for Christmas. Here’s what made the list:

  • #1 Busch Gardens Christmas Town

    Hands down, this is one of my favorite places in Tampa Bay to get me in a festive mood. Obviously, all the cool rides and animal viewings that Busch Gardens offers every day. But Christmas Town is really something special… The theme park is decorated so beautifully, and not only can you enjoy all the twinkling holiday lights, but there are also Christmas performances and opportunities for visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph. It runs through January 2nd.

  • #2 Driving Around Looking at Christmas Lights

    Just getting in the car, cruising around and looking at Christmas lights and blasting Holiday music is so much fun. There are plenty of good places to visit…whether it’s cool neighborhoods where they go all out decorating or some professional displays that pop up around Tampa: Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park, Holiday Spectacular on the Tampa Riverwalk and Water Works Park and River of Christmas Lights in Tampa with Pirate Water Taxi in Tampa.

  • #3 Baking Christmas Cookies

    The last couple of years I’ve been able to cook with my older daughter, but this year, I’ll have a big, two-year old, so she’ll be able to get in on the fun. Needless to say, when the three of us are done baking, the kitchen will be a disaster.

  • #4 Zoo Tampa Christmas In the Wild

    ZooTampa is bringing back their Christmas in the Wild! They also have an amazing huge light display, yummy holiday treats, and seasonal adventures. It happens on select nights from November 26th through December 30th. You can visit here for specific times and ticket prices.

  • #5 Advent Health Golden Gala

    Every year I have the pleasure of being part of this amazing event as a co-host with Jason Alpert. It’s at the end of November, and it raises money for Advent Health’s foundation. Last year, like a lot of big events, it was on hold, but this year it’s back at the Amway Center. I can’t wait!