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Quick holiday trips within a few hours of the Tampa Bay area

Posted at 3:54 AM, Nov 18, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — This week we are getting you ready for the holiday season by highlighting some fun places you can take your family over the next seven weeks.

  • Holiday in the Gardens

The Florida Botanical Gardens is a top pick for their annual Holiday in the Gardens. The show kicks off on November 29, but ABC Action News got a sneak peek of this years collection.

More than a million LED lights create a wonderland in Largo. It is a family-friendly and affordable event. Gates open every day at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

  • Stetson Mansion

The Stetson Mansion in Deland is a must see and makes Tripadvisor's Top 5 things to do in Florida. The Mansion is open for the holidays from November 15 until January 15.

The Christmas Tours are available daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Each room is decorated uniquely every year. Admission is $27 for adults and $15 for kids.

  • ICE! at Gaylord Palms

You can enjoy freezing temperatures in Florida during the holidays at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. The annual ICE! exhibit returns this year with an all-new theme featuring The Polar Express.

The Christmas movie is experienced through hand-carved sculptures and displays made from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Temperatures at the exhibit are kept at chilly 9 degrees so you will want to dress warmly if you plan on visiting.

Ticket prices start at $14.99 for children and $28.99 for adults. ICE! is open November 25 to January 5, 2020

  • Nights of Lights in St. Augustine

For the 26th consecutive ear, holiday lights fill the oldest city in the country. The display containing over three million lights will be lit from November 23 through February 2.
The festival was featured on a top ten list in National Geographic. You can find out more about the display by clicking here.

  • Oakdale Christmas House- St. Pete

Right in our own backyard, the Oakdale Christmas House will not disappoint.

Year after year, the Oakdale Christmas House is featured on shows across the Country.

Half a million lights take over the St. Pete House, which is now in its 41st year.

The house lights up on November 29th and will turn off on January 3rd. Click here for more details and location