4 Fun Events and Activities to enjoy During the Holidays in the Tampa Bay Area

We’ve listed 4 fun things to do around the holidays.  If we have missed your favorite thing to do, please let us know.  #UnBlog

1) Enjoy the Christmas spirit in historic Dade City.  All are invited to experience this free classic annual holiday event along Dade City’s historic Church Avenue where carolers, choirs, dancers and musicians perform along luminary lit sidewalks and brilliantly decorated homes. Santa will be there too!

This event begins December 21st -23rd, every evening from 7 to 9 pm.

This festival runs 7 blocks Along the Church Avenue. The houses and churches will be decorated richly with Christmas lights on the front lawns, front porches, sidewalks, and inside the churches.  There will be live Christmas music featuring various styles such as pop, rock bands, country, orchestra, traditional, choral, etc. The musicians are always good. Church volunteers will hand out free coffee or coco drinks and Christmas cookies.

There will be hundreds of candles in sand paper bags that will light up the road creating a romantic feeling of yesteryear. At the east end of festival are some restaurants like Rebecca’s at City Market.  Some of the open houses will give out free food samples.

Overall, this festival is quiet a Christmas treat.  Get there early because by 8pm Church Ave will get crowded.  Come and enjoy the Christmas spirits. It’ll be worth the drive!

Street closes to vehicular traffic from 7 to 9 pm for strolling from the corner of 17th and Church Avenue to the corner of 9th Street.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, It’s the best time of the year! This is one of our favorite holiday jingles that starts to play around the middle to end of November to signalize all the positive feelings associated with the Holiday (and Christmas) season.  For us at Realty ONE Group Advantage, we love watching all the kids skate around on the ice.  It’s the joy that we see in their eyes and the smiles that we see in their face; this makes us feel young.

This Synethetic Ice Skating begins on November 10, 2018 and ends on Jan 6, 2019.  Be careful of venturing over there on the weekends, as you will definitely need a call ahead and reserve a spot!  The holiday times are very busy at The Shops of Wiregrass.  For more events, check out https://www.theshopsatwiregrass.com/events/



3) Victorian Christmas Stroll

Experience the extravagance of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel on the grounds of the University of Tampa, Tampa, Fl. Visitors will have a glimpse of Christmas past as the museum is transformed by holiday decorations and Christmas trees ranging a few inches to more than 14 feet. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys and fanciful ornaments. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda. Enjoy holiday music each evening from Dec 1 to Dec 23 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Stop by the Museum Store for unique gifts, elegant jewelry, artwork and holiday accessories. Contact Henry B. Plant Museum–Victorian Christmas Stroll for more information.

4) Attend bowl games and events.  Tampa Bay is very fortunate to have two bowl games.  The first is the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Game on December 20th, 8 pm, at the Raymond James Stadium. This year our own USF Bulls will be playing the Marshall Thundering Herd. www.gasparillabowl.com  Who is your favorite team?

The Outback Bowl Game. Iowa vs Miss. St, 12 pm, January 1, 2019.  Did you know that the Outback Bowl is a televised game on January 1st, and has events leading up to game day?  Here are two of the events:

Bowl Beach Day – Sunday, December 30th, 11:30 am at Clearwater Beach.  Have some fun at the beach with other Alumni and fans.  The team bands will be performing at this fun filled adventure.

New Year’s Eve Parade and Band Blast, December 31st, 5:30 pm, 7th Avenue in Ybor City.  This parade is a family friendly activity filled with floats, High School Marching Bands from across the country, and the Iowa and Mississippi State Marching Bands. How many beads will you collect?

Game Day – Get your tickets early and have a great time at Raymond James Stadium on January 1st beginning with the pregame show at approximately 11:30 am.  www.outbackbowl.com  Who is going to win the game?





Please let us know about any activities or events that are on your list of favorites.


Posted on December 11, 2018 at 5:12 PM
Dara Khoyi | Posted in Uncategorized |

What is It about Mistletoe at Christmas?

What Is It about Mistletoe at Christmas?

A picture of Mistletoe

Here’s something to share at your upcoming Holiday Parties. The practice of kissing under the mistletoe has been around for more than 1,000 years!

Historians believe the practice dates back to ancient Norse mythology. A goddess healed her son using the berries of a mistletoe, then she promised a kiss to all who passed beneath the mistletoe plant.

Druids considered mistletoe symbolic of vitality, perhaps because it stayed green through the winter. For the same reason, mistletoe was often hung in churches during the winter in early Christianity.

So what, exactly, is mistletoe? The far-from-romantic answer is that it’s a parasitic plant. Mistletoe invades its host tree, stealing nutrients and water from it.

The name mistletoe derives from two Anglo Saxon words, ‘Mistel’ which means dung and ‘tan’ which means stick. Yes, that’s dung on a stick. You might prefer the ‘green means vitality’ interpretahttp://Click here to subscribe to my monthly newsletter at Darasnewsletter.comtion 🙂


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Posted on November 26, 2018 at 10:39 PM
Dara Khoyi | Posted in Holiday Facts |