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The world’s largest Christmas light maze is coming to St. Pete on Nov. 22

Posted By Dave Plotkin on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 1:03 pm


Enchant Christmas, an "immersive holiday experience" featuring a light maze, ice skating, and a Christmas market, is opening at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field on Friday, Nov. 22.

Based on the photos of the attraction – which includes the world's largest maze of Christmas lights – it looks like it's definitely worth the trip.

Organizers say there will be larger-than-life light sculptures, an ice-skating trail, and more than 40 local artisan vendors. There will also be live entertainment for the kids, including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The 90,000-square-foot Christmas-light maze is the setting of "The Great Search," an adventure that will have guests attempting to find Santa's missing reindeer in time for Christmas Eve. Good luck trying to do that on mushrooms.

Enchant, the company producing the attraction, is also operating two others this year, at T-Mobile Park in Seattle and at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., so this is a "big-league" holiday event.

There will be lots of dining options in the Christmas Market, where guests can chow down seasonal food, drinks and treats, as well as a VIP lounge and private-party suites. Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny will pop up nightly to host crafting workshops to make ornaments, holiday home decor.


You can bring your own ice skates (with guards on) or rent skates on-site, in sizes "elf to adult." There will be a Kid Zone for children under four, with toys and activities to keep them occupied while you drink and skate and fall on your ass.


ICE! is back at Gaylord Palms with an all-new theme featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Take a journey of imagination through this heart-warming story as a young child embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole while learning about friendship, bravery and the true spirit of Christmas. Experience this adventure through hand-carved sculptures and displays made from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Learn more about the making of ICE! or catch a sneak peak of the event by visiting www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.

From $14.99 child/$28.99 adult


11/25 thru 1/5


Florida Strawberry Festival reveals 2020 musical lineup featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, Pattti LaBelle


The Florida Strawberry Festival won’t kick off until February, but we already know who’s headlining concerts for the yearly Plant City party.

Today, the festival announced that non-Confederate Flag-waving Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd (March 8) are on the bill along with Reba McEntire (March 1), Rascal Flatts (Feb. 27) and Josh Turner (March 4).

Pop fans will be happy to see 98 Degrees (Feb. 29) while fans of R&B and soul will want to make plans to be in Plant City on March 7 for Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle (March 2) and Chubby Checker (March 4).

Some of the concerts are free, but most of them come with a cover price (on top of admission to the festival). Check out the lineup for the 2020 Florida Strawberry Festival below. More information is available via flstrawberryfestival.com.


Thursday, Feb. 27
Jimmy Sturr (10:30 a.m.,f ree)
The Oak Ridge Boys (3:30 p.m., $25)
Rascal Flatts (7:30 p.m., $51)

Friday, Feb. 28
Tommy James & The Shondells (3:30 p.m., $25)
Michael Ray (7:30 p.m., $35)

Saturday, Feb. 29
Roots & Boots: Aaron Tippin w/Sammy Kershaw/Collin Raye (3:30pm, $30)
An Evening with 98 Degrees (7:30 p.m., $35)

Sunday, March 1
Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots (3:30 p.m., $35)
Reba McEntire (7:30 p.m., $55)

Monday, March 2
Neal McCoy (3:30 p.m., $25)
Patti LaBelle (7:30 p.m., $35)

Tuesday, March 3
Sara Evans (3:30 p.m., $30)
Skillet (7:30 p.m., $30)

Wednesday, March 4
Chubby Checker & the Wildcats (3:30 p.m., $25)
Josh Turner (7:30 p.m., $35)

Thursday, March 5
Ricky Nelson Remembered (10:30 a.m., free)
Dick Fox's Golden Boys: Frankie Avalon w/Fabian/Bobby Rydell (3:30 p.m. $30)
Mercy Me (7:30 p.m., $40)

Friday, March 6
Jimmy Fortune w/Dailey & Vincent (3:30 p.m., $20)
Darci Lynne & Friends Live (7:30 p.m., $25)

Saturday, March 7
Battle of the Bands Finals Finals (3:30 p.m., free)
Charlie Wilson (7:30 p.m. $45)

Sunday, March 8
Eli Young Band (3:30 p.m., $35)
Lynyrd Skynyrd (7:30 p.m., $56)

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