The Best 2017-2018 Winter Events in Tampa & St. Pete, FL

Posted at Thu, Dec 14, 2017 5:45 PM

Looking for something to do in St. Petersburg this holiday season? What about after the tree comes down and 2018 begins? Look no further, as we’ve found some of the best winter events to keep you occupied! From family-friendly holiday events, such as musicals and car shows in Clearwater, to music festivals and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Tampa Bay, this list has it all.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Date & Time: December 22, 2017 (3:00 PM & 7:30 PM)
Location: Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL)
Ticket Price: $35+

Catch Rudolph and his very shiny nose as he guides Santa’s sleigh through Clearwater this Christmas. All your favorite characters from the classic TV show will take the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall, such as Hermey the Elf, Clarice, and Yukon Cornelius. Come for the nostalgia and bring along the kids for this fresh take on a beloved 40s cartoon.

Buy your tickets online directly from the RuthEckerd Hall site.

New Year’s Eve Parade in Ybor City

Date & Time: December 31, 2017 (5:30 PM)
Location: Tampa, FL (Ybor City)
Ticket Price: Free

Running along historic 7th Street on NYE, this winter parade in Tampa is a prelude to the Outback Bowl. Nearly two dozen marching bands will be stomping down the Ybor City streets, following a pep rally and loads of decorated floats. Stick around for a “battle of the bands and cheerleaders” event that will pit the two competing college football squads against each other.

Free for all and fantastically fun, this NYE event in Tampa shouldn’t be missed.

Winter Village in Tampa Bay

Date & Time: Ends January 5, 2018 
Location: Curtis Hixon Park (Tampa, FL)
Ticket Price: Free

Downtown Tampa hosts this fantastic Winter Village event along the Tampa Riverwalk. Over 20 boutiques and shops line Curtis Hixon Park, offering everything from clothing to household wares to dog treats. Best of all, you can strap on some ice skates and clumsily lap the Winter Village Ice Rink, which is only open during the holiday season. We bet this becomes a part of your family’s annual tradition.

Get more details and information online at

Boggy Bottom Auto Show 2018

Date & Time: January 13, 2018 (10:00 AM) 
Location: Lupton’s BBQ Ranch (Plant City, FL)
Ticket Price: Free/$30 for registrants

We can’t get enough cars! If you’re like our Chevy dealers, you’ll definitely want to take a trip to the Boggy Bottom Auto Show on January 13th. Got a nice Corvette to show off? Register it and allow its beauty shine! Or simply go to view the works of art on display. A full-course BBQ lunch will break up the automotive madness before the judging commences. Who will win? You’ll have to go to find out.

Register your vehicle online by reading the instructions at

Highball Cocktail Competition


HighBall Craft Cocktail Competition

Date & Time: January 25, 2018 (6:00 PM) 
Location: Nova 535 (St. Pete, FL)
Ticket Price: $25+

Ever wonder where to get the best drinks in Tampa or St. Pete? The Creative Loafing HighBall competition will answer that question for you. Bartenders and mixologists from all over Florida will compete to see who can mix, shake, and pour the tastiest cocktails. Best of all, the sponsors have worked out a deal with Lyft to provide free first rides. So, bring along a friend or five, and no one will have to be the DD.

Visit the HighBall event page to purchase tickets.

Wine Weekend in St. Pete

Date & Time: February 2-4, 2018
Location: Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL)
Ticket Price: $60+

As the largest fundraiser for the MFA of St. Petersburg, February’s Wine Weekend event will revolve around a French theme (Louis XV and the Palace of Versailles). On Friday, February 2, sip and nibble on premium wines and chef-prepared cuisine at the “Fêtes à Versailles” ball. Saturday’s events begin with a wine auction and conclude with a fabulously extravagant “Century of Light” party. On Sunday, simmer down with a champagne brunch.

Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so grab yours early at

2018 Motorcycle Expo


20th Annual Florida Motorcycle Expo

Date & Time: February 9-11, 2018
Location: Quaker Steak & Lube (Clearwater, FL)
Ticket Price: Free

Although our Chevrolet dealership in Clearwater doesn’t sell bikes, we can’t wait to check out this amazing February motorcycle show. Alongside some rad bikes and custom-built choppers will be live bands, two national acts, cash giveaways, a $20k Bike Builder Invitational competition, and hundreds of merchants. This 2018 Motorcycle expo is certain to be one of the biggest ever, so don’t miss it!

Click here to learn more about this Clearwater event and how to become a sponsor or vendor.

Clearwater Sea Blues Festival

Date & Time: February 24-25, 2018
Location: Coachman Park (Clearwater, FL)
Ticket Price: Free

What more can you ask for than a weekend full of succulent seafood and live music from the world’s best Blues performers? This year’s Clearwater Sea Blues Fest is back and better than ever, providing head-bobbing jams and fresh dishes made by local restaurants and chefs. VIP tickets (with special seating) cost just $25 for any single day, but admission is free to the general public.

Sign up and follow their Facebook Events page for more details.

Amazing Winter Deals on New Chevys at Dimmitt!

Searching for more than just something to do in Tampa? Take a look at our current Chevrolet specials to get an amazing price on your new car or truck, and you’ll definitely start 2018 with some money-saving style. Browse our selection of new Chevy cars for sale in Clearwater and be sure to call us at (727) 216-2811 for a test drive. Our Clearwater car dealership is conveniently located at 25485 US Highway 19 North, and we proudly serve drivers from Tampa Bay to St. Pete and beyond.

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