Your guide to Christmas light displays in Pinellas
There are lots of cool Christmas lights to check out in the St. Pete-Clearwater area. We’ve rounded up some of Pinellas’ best holiday light displays to save you time planning your Christmas festivities.
We are two local moms who write about all the family-friendly fun happening around Pinellas County. We make these lists for our own families and share them to help other local families find all the best stuff to do in St. Pete-Clearwater.
This list is updated with all the 2023 dates! We keep adding to the list too as we check out new light displays.
Let’s see some lights!
1. Indian Trails Neighborhood (Palm Harbor)
This Palm Harbor neighborhood is known for taking Christmas lights seriously (and for its most famous resident, Denis Phillips)! Almost every house is decorated at the level of their neighbor in the picture above.
You can park and walk around or drive thru! If you decide to drive there can be long lines close to Christmas and watch for sign on the direction of their suggested route (Tip: weekdays and later in the evening are less congested.)
In addition to lights, Denis & family sell hot chocolate on select nights to benefit charity. Thank you so much to the residents who spend their time and money making this happen every year!
2. Largo Central Park
The city of Largo goes above and beyond every year just covering their large Central Park with Christmas Light displays!
There is also rides and food trucks most year too for a fee. Parking is packed, but normally not too hard since there is a lot for the park.
The kids will have a blast running around the space. Bonus: the playground is open too in past years even after dark during the lights.
3. Lake Park Estates Neighborhood (Seminole)
Lake Park Estates neighborhood Christmas lights have been a Pinellas County holiday tradition since 1993. They ask that you make a donation to Suncoast Hospice (you can do it online or in-person) — they’ve raised over 1 million dollars for charity over the years!
4. 2719 Oakdale St. (St. Pete)
This is a house in St. Pete has been doing epic Christmas lights since 1977 and has been featured on HGTV, People Magazine and was one of the Today Show’s Top 3 lights in the country.
5. St. Pete Waterfront Parks
St. Petersburg decorates their waterfront parks with beautiful Christmas light displays.
6. Florida Botanical Gardens
The Florida Botanical Gardens puts on an annual Christmas light display in Pinellas County as a fundraiser for their organization. They have over 1 million lights!
Plus, parking is free – there are two lots on either side of the gardens. Leashed pets are also allowed and they have food & drinks for sale too.
7. ZooTampa’s Christmas in the Wild
ZooTampa decorates the zoo with one of the area’s largest Christmas light displays. The evening event includes lots and lots of lights, Christmas-themed food, festive activities, and Santa.
In the past they have a special Christmas Town area in their special events area to the left after entering. This includes an opportunity for a picture with Santa, a chance to mail him letters and a lot of special seasonal fun!
Don’t forget to check out our guide to ZooTampa!
8. Busch Garden’s Christmas Town
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens includes Christmas lights, Santa, a holiday train, holiday-themed attractions like meeting Rudolph and Santa, and holiday-themed food & shows.
9. Enchant at Tropicana Field
Enchant is a pricey Christmas lights experience in St. Pete but does include a Christmas light maze and an ice skaking trail through Christmas lights.
Admittedly we haven’t shelled out for this one yet but we still wanted to highlight its unique offerings.
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