Best free family holiday events in Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota for Christmas 2016

The holidays are upon us and many areas in the Tampa area will be lighting up the skies with holiday light displays.  Many of these are free and provide fun for all ages.  Here are just a few of those options.. 

Oakdale Christmas Light Display
Nov. 25 thru Jan. 3

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

The 2016 Oakdale Christmas Light Display is among the best in the U.S. and Tampa Bay. The display features approximately a. 1/2 million lights and is the only display to make HGTV‰s #1 & NBC‰s Today show top 3 the same year.  In the past, the display has featured  10 trailer-truck loads of lights, an 18-train HO scale model railroad, inflatables, bubble machines, and window cabinet displays.

Symphony In Lights
Nov. 12 thru Dec. 21 on the hour 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel

Check out the holiday light show at the Shops at Wiregrass with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to holiday favorites chosen by mall guests.  Enjoy a lively array of dancing lights, dazzling décor and snow too.

Lights of Lake Park
Dec. 1 thru Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m.
10742 95th Street N., Seminole

Originated in 1993, the Lights of Lake Park annual display to raise funds for Suncoast Hospice features multiple, elaborately decorated homes spanning a three-mile route through the Lake Park Estates, Wieker, Lakeside Estates, and Lake Seminole Village neighborhoods.  The event is free but donations are accepted throughout the route and are donated to the community Suncoast Hospice.

St. Petersburg Waterfront Light Display
Nov. 25 thru Jan. 1 @ 5 p.m.
Straub Park, at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg

See thousands of lights and decorations including snowflake lights and a giant greeting card display on the St. Petersburg waterfront.  Lights and decorations are presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

Largo's Holiday Stroll
Dec. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo, FL 33771

More than two million LED lights brighten the park every night this holiday season in the shapes of trains, toy soldiers forest animals and a 100-foot blue whale. Stop by the center of the park for a campfire and s'mores after strolling. New this year: a carousel and Ferris wheel. On Dec. 3 come see the annual tree lighting and check out the Holiday Craft Market.