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Our Favorite Things to Do in Tampa Bay in November

By Brie Gorecki, Associate Editor, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine

The holidays are right around the corner and there are lots of festive things popping up in Tampa Bay this month! Here are some of our favorite activities to kick off the holidays as well as some of our favorite ways to give back to others this season (that kids can do too!)

Holiday Events Starting This Month

 

Busch Gardens Christmas Town
November 13, 2022-January 2, 2023
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Enjoy park-wide festivities at this award-winning holiday event! The park is filled with holiday cheer and guests can enjoy holiday traditions with a twist. Ride the Holly Jolly Express train, view millions of twinkling lights from the top of a roller coaster, visit Santa in his workshop, spend time with Rudolph and his friends from the classic holiday movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and more!

Christmas in The Wild at ZooTampa
Select nights November -December 2022
ZooTampa
Enjoy one of Tampa’s largest light displays as the zoo transforms into a seasonal wonderland. This year promises to be bigger, better, and brighter than ever. Enjoy six new illuminated zones of lights, festive entertainment, delectable holiday treats, and amazing wildlife. Wander over to Twinkle Town Marketplace where you can meet Santa.

Enchant Christmas
November 25, 2022-January 1, 2023
Tropicana Field

The world’s largest Christmas light maze and village returns! Presented by the Hallmark Channel, guests can experience a world of adventure with awe-inspiring animated light sculptures. Start your adventure in the spectacular story-themed Christmas Light Maze. This year’s theme is Santa’s Magic Timepiece. Stroll the Christmas Village, go ice-skating, enjoy live entertainment, interactive games, dining, holiday shopping, Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more!

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon
November 18, 2022-January 4, 2023
Curtis Hixon Park

Ice-skating returns to Winter Village! You’ll need to make a reservation for your family’s time on the ice. While you’re there, stay and explore the village. Shop local businesses in the market, grab a snack and hot cocoa, take plenty of Instaworthy photos, and board the trackless choo choo for a train ride around the park. The Winter Village Express is also returning this year!

Where You Can Volunteer with Kids This Season

 

Metropolitan Ministries

Metropolitan Ministries hosts a Holiday Tent leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas in downtown Tampa where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to make the holidays special. More than 10,000 volunteers serve in the Holiday Tent each year distributing food and toys to thousands of families in need in Tampa Bay. Children over 12 years old can also help prepare meals with their families in the Metropolitan Ministries kitchen. Learn more about volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries at metromin.org/volunteer

Feeding Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay allows children ages 5 and up to volunteer with their parents at the morning or afternoon warehouse volunteering sessions held daily from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The whole family can work together to help those in need. Feeding Tampa Bay will provide kid-friendly, age-appropriate activities to bring awareness about the 1 in 4 children in our communities who go hungry, and give each family member the opportunity to learn and serve. There are also monthly Family Nights where kids of all ages are welcome to join their parents for a night of fun and giving back. Register for warehouse volunteering and learn more about all volunteer opportunities at feedingtampabay.org

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program for helping families in need have the holiday season they deserve by collecting and distributing Christmas gifts. Families with young children can set up toy drives to collect donations in October, November, and December. Those with children over 16 can volunteer in the warehouse in the sorting process. To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, visit tampafl.toysfortots.org.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels serves seniors in the Tampa area who live independently in their own homes but require help getting the meals they need. You can volunteer with Meals on Wheels by delivering nutritious meals and providing daily visits for the homebound seniors. Children can help make the day brighter for seniors by riding along with their parents for meal delivery or by making gifts for the seniors to keep them from being lonely. Visit mowtampa.volunteerhub.com to sign up.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is committed to helping homeless animals by providing shelter and care. Children aged 5 to 12 can volunteer in the Paws for Literacy Program in which they read to animals to make them feel more comfortable. Children under 16 can volunteer with a parent or guardian with services such as walking dogs, playing with cats, cleaning kennels and more. Volunteers can also collect items from the wish list on their site to donate to the Humane Society. Register for a volunteer open house or learn more about volunteering opportunities at the Humane Society by visiting humanesocietytampa.org.

This list has been brought to you by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Find tons more holiday fun at Tampabayparenting.com.

 

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