If you're looking for the best holiday lights in Tampa, you are in luck! We may not be a Winter Wonderland in Tampa but we do know how to delight and amaze with holiday lights!  What has been a family-fun tradition for parents in Tampa Bay is now spilling over into the college crowd as kids have gotten older and are taking to the streets with their friends to share the fun of searching for the Best Holiday Light Displays in Tampa Bay. Check out the best places to see Christmas lights in Tampa!

So grab your Santa Hat, Reindeer Ears, your family, and friends and get ready to discover the Best of Tampa Bay when it comes to Holiday Light displays!

We will get you started with a list of popular Christmas display neighborhoods and places to start your journey but will leave the rest to you, for part of the fun of viewing Christmas Lights is in the exploration.  It's a great feeling when you are searching for lights then BAM, you stumble on something spectacular as you turn the corner.

Be sure to share in comments below the holiday light treasures you uncover!

Oakdale House St Petersburg 2719 Oakdale St S, St Petersburg, FL 33705

Featuring over 1/2 million lights one of the BEST Christmas light displays in the United States is here in Tampa Bay ~ The Oakdale Christmas House - set on 1/2 an acre it includes a 70-foot tree, 700 animated objects, synchronized lights to music and much more!

Iaria Family Holiday Light Display  Brandon  ~ 959 Sandywood Drive

With more than 30,000 synchronized lights, this is their 2015 opening sequence featuring Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA. The entire show is approximately 17 minutes.

Streamside Drive Community Christmas Light Display Carrollwood 11048 Streamside Drive, Tampa 33624

55,000 synchronized Christmas lights. Set your car radio to 88.3FM and watch the lights come alive to the music. This display includes a 16 foot Hot Air Balloon a 14 foot Santa and 12 foot Snowman, Olaf and more 6:00-9:00 Mon - Thu and 6:00-10:00 Fri -Sun

Rawls Road Electric Light Show - Carrollwood Northdale Area - 5118 Rawls, Rd. 33624

 For more than 15 years families along Rawls Road have been capturing hearts during the holidays with their light displays. The display is open daily through Jan. 1st from sunset to 9 p.m. Admission is free however donations are appreciated.

South Tampa ~ El Prado Avenue West of Dale Mabry and surrounding neighborhoods including West Clifford Street and Harbor View Avenue

Things get competitive on Euclid Avenue in South Tampa as families attempt to outdo one another at the holidays.  Be sure to drive the neighborhoods in this area as several homes do a nice job of decorating.  And don't miss West Clifford Street! Nothing synchronized to music, or over the top about this display, we mention it because of the way it has grown over the years, it is clever and kids love it! Also, on Harbor View Avenue, between Himes and MacDill, the MacIllwain family continues to put up their massive display, not as huge as it once was, and not synchronized it is still worth a visit if you are in the area.

West Tampa Lights West Tampa 2711 West Heiter Street, Tampa FL

The first synchronized light/music Christmas show in West Tampa!

Tampa General Hospital Davis Islands South Tampa along Bayshore Boulevard

Getting into the spirit of Tampa's Downtown Lights Tampa General Hospital this year placed several Christmas trees in red, white and green on different parts of the roof, staggering them across the skyline. Coming from downtown to travel south on Bayshore Boulevard you get the full effect of the bridge lights reflecting on the water with the trees in the distance, it is beautiful. Don't miss it! This picture does not do it justice!


Holiday Light in the Gardens Largo 12520 Ulmerton Rd. Largo, FL 33774

 A wonderful tradition in support of a great cause, you can stroll through botanical gardens with more than 750,000 twinkly lights, lasers, animated figures and entertainers to see Santa and Mrs.Claus with a lighted snowman and his family. If you have a PSTA pass you get a free pair of 3-D glasses to enhance the show. Check flbg.org for a complete schedule. A donation of $4 is suggested and kids under are 12 free. 

Lake Park Estates Clearwater  ~ 109 Ave N & 102nd Ave, Seminole, FL 33777

The neighborhoods of Lake Park have an annual display 3 miles long:  Lights of Lake Park Estates to Benefit Suncoast Hospice and / Empath, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village, generously decorate their homes and yards with miles of Christmas Lights and Decorations to raise money for Suncoast Hospice programs.  Money donated in 2014 totaled $47,166!  100% of the proceeds go directly to Suncoast Hospice in support of community activities. This is the 24th year for the Lights of Lake Park; since their inception in 1993, they have raised over $700,000.


Lights of Winter Plant City 3212 Bella Garden Lane, Plant City, Florida 33566

Lights of Winter Is one of the BEST synchronized displays in the area, and certainly worth the trip to see!  This computerized Christmas light show in Plant City, Florida features over 26,000 lights dancing on TWO houses and snow from Dec 15th - to Dec 25th, 6 - 10 PM. Check out this Show Song from Polar Express from 2016 on their Facebook page, it is amazing!

Masters Family Christmas Plant City - 2329 Jim Johnson Road
With over 20,000 LED lights synchronized to music and set in the country, this is always a fun.  This family has dedicated themselves to putting on a Christmas Light show you will not forget.

Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 2019- Downtown Tampa

Watch the Riverwalk Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 22nd from Jackson's Bistro! If you're a foodie, there's no better way to watch the parade than with a mojito in hand and an appetizer at your fingertips! Sit at Jackson's for dinner on Saturday night to stay fat and happy as the lit boats pass the restaurant! 

Want to see sensational holiday lights but can't this year?

We have got you covered!  Enjoy these amazing displays from around the USA!

2015 Johnson Family Dubstep Christmas Light Show - Featured on ABC-TV

Star Wars - enough said....

From Disney's Frozen A Christmas Light Display to Let It Go

Larsen Christmas Light Show - best in the USA!

If you enjoyed this article check out our Holiday Page of events and articles on Holiday Drinks in Tampa including recipes you can make on your own and 20 BEST Date-Night Dinner Restaurants in Tampa to try this year! 

Santa Fest & Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony

on Friday, 2 Dec, 2022 2:00 PM
at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Attending Interested

Looking for a Christmas Start up? Come and Gather the whole Family @ Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, FL. Enjoy our Very own Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

on Saturday, 17 Dec, 2022 2:45 PM
at Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Attending Interested

Experience a pirate adventure in the heart of downtown Tampa! Come aboard and enjoy swashbuckling activities while keeping a sharp eye out for dolphins as they like to swing along with us on our travels.