This Saturday in downtown Tampa is Santa Fest and the Rough Riders Holiday Parade! The Rough Riders Holiday Parade starts at 11am. The parade will begin at Morgan Street and Madison Street travel west on Madison Street to Ashley Drive, turn north and end at Ashley Drive and Cass Street. The best viewing area is probably on Madison Street. Beside the Rough Riders, the parade will have floats, marching bands, local krewes and Santa Clause! Santa Fest will be held at Curtis Hixon Park. As part of Santa Fest, there will be free photos with Santa Claus, continuous holiday entertainment, make-n-take holiday crafts, and hands-on games and activities for children. Find that unique Florida Christmas gift at the Christmas Market. The Christmas Market will feature art, unique arts and crafts and more! If you get hungry or thirsty, there will be vendors selling food along with food trucks. The ice rink will be open you can go ice skating for only $5 a person. If you need more to do, then take a short walk on the Kennedy Avenue bridge to the Plant Museum and take a look at the Victorian Stroll. Curtis Hixon Park is one of nicest parks in Tampa. With an interactive playground, wide open flat grass play area, a view of the University of Tampa, and cooling water fountains, this is a great place to relax on a Thursday evening or any evening! Parking is available at the Curtis Hixon parking garage or at nearby public parking lots. On street parking is free in Tampa after 6pm, so you don’t have to place any quarters into the meters! If you’re lucky, you can get a parking spot in front of Five Guys Hamburgers right across the street from the Park at the corner of Ashley and Polk. Curtis Hixon Park is about a 40 minute drive from most local areas including Brandon, FishHawk Ranch and Citrus Park. If you getting ready to move to Tampa, then checkout the Military By Owner website for housing options!
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