Drive-Through Light Display Returns For 2017

DOVER, FL – For the second straight year, Tampa Bay area residents can enjoy a massive light display without leaving their vehicle.

The Hillsborough County Fairgrounds is hosting the 2017 Wonderland of Lights of Tampa Bay this holiday season. Not only does the winter wonderland include a ride-through light display to Santa’s village, but also the event provides hours of holiday entertainment through the end of the year.

Santa’s Village includes Christmas-themed activities, including the North Pole Express train, camel and pony rides, feeding the animals of Bethlehem, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday games, coloring the giant Christmas mural, visiting the wolves of the world, holiday food and treats and photos with Santa Claus.

North Pole Productions, the producer of the event, has been specializing in turning community parks and fairgrounds into holiday displays since 2001.

“We’re very pleased to work with North Pole Productions,” said Christine Michaels from the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce before last year’s event. “They are a Massachusetts-based company that has done Christmas light displays all over the country, including a very large display in Branson, Mo., so we’re very pleased to have their kind of expertise to put on our light show.”


The Wonderland of Lights runs nightly until Saturday, Dec. 30. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The event will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 5, Monday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Admission to Tampa Bay’s Wonderland of Lights is based on vehicle size:

Cars: $20 per vehiclePassenger vans: $25 per vehiclePassenger vehicle season pass (unlimited visits): $35 per vehicleLimos, minivans, seating from nine to 24: $50 per vehicleMotor coach, seating from 25 to 50 people: $75 per vehicle

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at

The Hillsborough County Fairgrounds is located at 215 Sydney Washer Road in Dover.

For more information, contact the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce at (813) 689-1221 or

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