10 News Extra: Inexpensive Holiday Fun!

8:31 PM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa Bay, Florida -- The holidays are nearly here! With all of the gifts, travel and parties the bills can really start to pile up. But you can still get your family into the holiday spirit, without breaking the bank! 

10 News tracked down some inexpensive, holiday fun.

  • Wild Wonderland at Lowry Park Zoo: For 16 nights in December, Tampa's Lowry Park transforms into Wild Wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, a 100-foot ice slide and a visit from Santa's reindeer. Tickets for Wild Wonderland are $14 for adults ($10 with annual Zoo Pass) and $11 for children ($7.50 with Zoo Pass.)  Children aged 2 and under are free.
  • Victorian Christmas Stroll at Henry B. Plant Museum: The former Tampa Bay Hotel on the campus of the University of Tampa returns to its Victorian roots from Dec. 1 - 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. Each room is decorated with its own tree and its own unique theme featuring ornaments and toys from the era. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $7 for children 4-18 years of age.
  • Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate: The 20-room, Mediterranean-style mansion at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is decked out for the holidays by volunteers and professional decorators. Each room has its own focus, but are coordinated with the theme "Family Traditions."  The tours run from Nov. 29 - Jan. 5, 2014. Tickets are $20 for adults and $9 for children 5-12.
  • Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Candlelight Tour of Homes: St. Petersburg's first neighborhood, the Old Northeast, shows off its holiday spirit at the 16th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes.  Each year, around eight homes--with several styles like bungalows, Mediterranean and Colonia--open up their doors and display their decorations.  This year's tour is Sunday, Dec. 8 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance.
  • Holidays at Heritage Village: Pinellas County's living history museum transforms over the holidays. The houses on the 21-acre museum -- from a elaborate Victorian home to a simple 1852 log cabin -- will be decorated true to their time period. The event runs from Nov. 30-Dec. 29 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays and on Christmas. Free admission.
  • Holiday Lights in the Gardens: The Florida Botanical Gardens are next to Heritage Village in Largo. The evening exhibit features a half million lights, a 7-foot gingerbread house, a 30-foot white swan and 5-foot tropical parrot and special visits from Santa Claus.  The holiday lights run from Nov. 29 - Jan. 1, 2014. The suggested donation is $2 per person.
  • Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade: The city of Treasure Island describes its boat parade as "like Las Vegas on the water."  Dazzling decorated boats will circle the city on Dec. 21 (rain date, Dec. 22.) The boats will depart the Club Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., arrive at the Treasure Island Causeway at 7:00 and end at John's Pass at 8:15. Free!
  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: The Tampa theme park is promising more snow, more nights and more than a million twinkling lights. Busch Gardens is transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintry surprises like "SnowWorld" presented by Coca-Cola featuring real snow, the Christmas Town Express -- a carol sing-along on wheels aboard a vintage-style steam locomotive -- and Welcome to Santa's House.  The park will also showcase visitors from the South Pole at Penguin Point. Tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for children. Christmas Town will run on 18 nights between Nov. 29 and Dec. 23 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
  • Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Ice skating returns to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park through from Nov. 21 to Jan. 5, 2014 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Your family can enjoy ice skating in 80-degree weather! Prices are just $10 including skate rentals.

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