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River of Lights Holiday Cruises

Hop on Tampa’s Pirate Water Taxi tour of holiday lights, decorations and festive storytelling along the Hillsborough River including a special visit to Santa’s elf. This whimsical cruise will quickly become your new favorite Tampa holiday tradition. This family-friendly event will include a holiday river tour with prime viewing of the floating holiday displays, a Christmas Caroler leading sing-a-longs and a visit to elf on the “barge”. Every child will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mail buoy! There’s sure to be many surprises along the way including Florida snow flurries and stockings for every child on the nice list!

Boarding and Departure Location:​ Pirate Water Taxi Stop 7 – behind the Tampa Convention Center
Vessel: L’atitude Lindsey II & Pirate Pat
Cruise Times: 6:15 P.M., 7:15 P.M., 8:15 P.M., 9:15 P.M.
Duration: 45-minutes

Sun 11/26 (Holiday Island Tree Lighting), Fri 12/1, Sat 12/2, Sun 12/3, Fri 12/8, Sat 12/9, Sun 12/10, Fri 12/15, Sat 12/16, Sun 12/17, Mon 12/18, Tues 12/19, W 12/20, Th 12/21, Fri 12/22, Sun 12/24

Price Range: 

  • Adult: Starts at $35
  • Child: Starts at $25
    *Prices are subject to change based on timing and availability.

Ticket Includes: 

  • 45-minute Cruise Along the Hillsborough River, Holiday Island & Visit Santa’s Elf
  • View Holiday Decorations & Lights
  • Mail A Letter to Santa Via Tampa’s Only Floating Mail Buoy
  • A Caroler leading Christmas Carols on the Taxi
  • Florida Snowfall Finale
  • Each Child Receives a Gift from the Elf
  • Beer, Wine, Seltzers, Soda & Bottled Water Available for Purchase

Annual Members (formerly passholders): receive 15% off tickets (max 6 tickets) with Membership I.D. at online check-out.

Parking: There are a few parking garages located in close proximity to our Home Dock (Stop #7) behind The Tampa Convention Center and the Sail Pavilion.

Terms:  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Customers may put reservations under another name if they cannot make it. Please remember that we do NOT accept gift certificates or vouchers for special events or holiday cruises. No outside food or drink, video/audio recording, or flash photography is permitted.

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