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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – December 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - December 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather December 2018

It may be winter in Clearwater Beach but the weather is still beautiful! The Clearwater Beach Weather in December has average highs in the 70°s! At night it may drop into the upper 50°s – making it a great time to enjoy some delicious cool weather beach foods.

Relax in the warm sun during the day, and enjoy watching some great holiday events or movies filmed in Clearwater Beach during the cool nights!

Clearwater Beach Events December 2018

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Check out the Daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! The daily Clearwater Beach sunset festival includes local artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful sunset! On Friday and Saturday nights, stick around after sunset and enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema!

(No movies scheduled on December 1st due to “Feast on the Beach” Food & Wine Festival)

December 7th: A Christmas Story (PG)
December 8th: The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)
December 14th: Beauty and the Beast – 2017 (PG)
December 15th: White Christmas – 1954
December 21st: Elf (PG)
December 22nd: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG)
December 26th: Trolls Movie (PG)
December 27th: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13)
December 28th: The Little Mermaid – 2018 (PG)
December 29th: Mamma Mia! Here WE Go Again (PG-13)
December 30th: Finding Dory (PG)
December 31st: Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

Clearwater Farmers Market

The Clearwater Farmers Market features local vendors, fresh produce, and liquid sunshine all in one location! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

Miracle on Cleveland Street

“Macy’s presents Miracle on Cleveland Street, a Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience, in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, December 1 from 5 to 10 pm. […] This free holiday festival returns for the 12th year when the 400-600 blocks of downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus ($5 per photo). New this year, Mayor George Cretekos will be lighting the tree at Station Square Park. Festivities will also include a giant gingerbread house, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a scavenger hunt with the chance to win a brand new child’s bicycle, courtesy of Baystar Restaurant Group and more. The following activities require a wristband, which can be purchased for $8: horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, inflatable bounce houses, Rockem Sockem Robots.”

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“Ruth Eckerd Hall announces Star Wars Live In Concert with The Florida Orchestra performing Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores live to the film A New Hope on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved Star Wars film in a live symphonic concert experience. ”

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Now through January 6th. Winter’s Wonderland presented by Clearwater Toyota. Join us for a splashingly great holiday celebration at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

  • Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and decorations all around the aquarium.
  • See the holiday-themed habitats and wish happy holidays to our resident animals!
  • Watch Santa and his elves as they dive underwater in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

“Watch the Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade from Coachman Park, waterfront restaurants, hotels and private homes along the route.”

Florida Orchestra Pops: Holiday Pops

“Pure holiday magic you can’t buy at the mall, featuring the velvet voice of American Idol star and St. Pete native Michael Lynche. A perfect gift for the whole family.”

A Rockapella Christmas

“Sprinkle your holiday season with vocal magic! Rockapella brings it’s exciting, internationally acclaimed, a cappella sound back to the Capitol Theatre with a night of holiday classics!”

Home Alone Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Florida Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!”

Outback Bowl Beach Day

“Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m”

Clearwater Beach New Years Eve Events

Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

New Year’s Eve Grand Glow Funk Party

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s

Events Near Clearwater Beach – December 2018

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens (Now through December 31st)

Crafty Fest Local Handmade & Vintage Market (December 1st-2nd and December 15th-16th)

Dunedin Food Tour (Every Saturday)

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting (December 1st)

Free Train Weekends in Largo (December 1st and 2nd)

Holiday in the Park – Pinellas Park (December 1st)

Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor (Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Guy Harvey Outpost Lightning Watch Party (December 1st)

Holiday Boutique at the Florida CraftArt (Now through December 31st)

Holiday Lights in the Gardens (Now through December 30th)

Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival (December 1st)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Rockin Lights Family Fun Night (December 1st)

Reindeer Run (December 1st)

Snowfest in Downtown St. Pete (Multiple events in December)

St. Pete Power Boat and Sailboat Show (November 29th – December 2nd)

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour (Now through December 18th)

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs (December 7th)

Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade (December 7th)

Safety Harbor Tree Lighting (December 7th)

IBC Baseball Fall Nationals (November 30th – December 2nd)

Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach (December 8th)

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach (December 8th)

Boley Centers’ 35th Annual Jingle Bell Run (December 13th)

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade (December 14th)

Candy Cane Hunt in Tarpon Springs (December 15th)

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 15th)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Let It Snow (December 15th)

Magritte and Dali (December 15th – May 19th)

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade (December 15th)

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade (December 15th)

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade (December 16th)

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (December 20th)

“Toast by the Coast” New Year’s Eve Party (December 30th – January 1st)

First Night St. Pete (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at the MFA (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve Grand Tasting (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve with The Hip Abduction and Passafire (December 31st)

Rock N’ Play Masquerade Bash (December 31st)

Winter in Clearwater Beach – Things To Do

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Winter in Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Beach isn’t just a great place for summer vacation. Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida is beautiful as well! The sun is still warm, and Clearwater Beach is full of fun throughout the entire year.

Looking to escape from cold weather and snow? Call B&W Management, Inc. today to secure a beachfront condominium with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Clearwater Beach Winter Activities


Enjoy The Beach

Winter in Clearwater Beach remains warm, with a beautiful beach. Average Clearwater Beach temperatures range between 73° and 66° during the day. At night, it can get a little cooler but still averages between the mid 60°s and upper 50°s. The warm sun makes it a great time to walk on the beach. Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to go for hikes on the beach, like walking to Caladesi Island.

If you’re looking to get into the ocean, you may find it a little cool. The Gulf of Mexico water temperature in the Clearwater Beach area drops for the mid 70°s in November to the upper 60°s in December. The water temperature then remains in the 60°s throughout the remained of the winter.

Enjoy The Food

Clearwater Beach has great food that is often celebrated. There are events celebrating the delicious food throughout the year such as Stone Crab Festivals, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, and Clearwater Beach Uncorked! The cool weather also highlights a lot of cool weather foods on the local menus that you may normally overlook during summer, such as Drunken Shrimp at The Bait House, Backwater’s Hot-Crab Seafood Dip, S’mores Creme Brulee at North Beach pub and more!

Enjoy the Holiday Activities

You won’t miss out on holiday fun. There are fun events and great places to celebrate the holidays in Clearwater Beach!

Day Trip to Crystal River and Tarpon Springs

Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to take a day trip to Crystal River, Florida. As the Gulf of Mexico cools down, manatees surround the warm spring waters in Crystal River. It’s the perfect time of year to kayak around the springs. The beautiful area has crystal clear water that stays over 70 degrees throughout the entire year and is filled with manatees!

You can combine a trip to Crystal River with a short visit to Tarpon Springs, or just take a day trip to Tarpon Springs by itself! It’s a wonderful Greek village filled with delicious Greek food and unique shops surrounding the sponge docks that the city is known for.

Clearwater Beach Indoor Activities

If the weather drops too cool to be outside, or if a small rainy day disrupts your winter vacation, there are a lot of fun indoor activities nearby!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    • The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do for the whole family! It’s not your typical aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed in Clearwater Beach.
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room
    • The Tampa Bay Escape Room, located in downtown Clearwater, is a real-life escape room game! Perfect for video game enthusiasts, families and friends, you’ll race the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes that will allow you to the exit the room! Will you be able to beat the clock? The Tampa Bay Escape Room comes with three different escape rooms: Tragic Magic, Kidnapped and Cabin in the Woods.
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
    • The Museum of Science & Industry, located in Tampa, is a great place for all day fun! The museum has exhibits on weather, dinosaurs, space, flight, natural disasters, human development life stages, an IMAX Dome Theater, and the Saunders Planetarium. There’s also an outdoor ropes course and zip line!
  • AirHeads Trampoline Area
    • If a cool day has you trapped inside and your kids are full of energy, take them to AirHeads Trampoline Arena! AirHeads Trampoline Arena is a full, indoor, trampoline park making it a great place to escape the cool weather. Just jump around and have fun, play some AirSports like dodgeball or basketball, or have fun playing some arcade games!
  • Vertical Ventures – St. Pete
    • Vertical Ventures, located in St. Pete, is a State-of-the-art indoor climbing area! The 20,000 square foot facility features 40-foot tall routes with 80+ climbing lines. Whether you’re climbing for the first time, or if you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find a safe but challenging, climbing area that fits your level.

Winter the Dolphin

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Winter the Dolphin - Clearwater Beach, Florida

Winter in Clearwater Beach is more than just a cold weather season. Winter the Dolphin, is a bottlenose dolphin with a story great enough to make her a movie star. Winter is the star of Dolphin Tale and one of the stars in Dolphin Tale 2.

The Story of Winter the Dolphin

Winter was found, entangled in a crab trap line, near Cape Canaveral, Florida. She was only two months old. Unable to swim and trapped so tightly, the line had cut off circulation to her tail. Winter was disentangled and transported across Florida to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Most dolphins do not survive being trapped in crab trap lines. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped Winter through extensive treatments, but her tail could not be saved. It had to be removed.

Winter the dolphin never stopped fighting for her survival. Even without a normal tail, she would fully recover and adapt to a new swim pattern featuring a prosthetic tail.

The full story of Winter the Dolphin can be read in the book, Winter’s Tail or in the movie filmed in Clearwater Beach, Dolphin Tale. (Learn about all the movies filmed in Clearwater Beach, Florida area.)

Visit Winter the Dolphin

You can visit Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida any time of year. Winter the Dolphin still lives at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter’s story has inspired millions of people from all over the world. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals.

While at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to see Winter the dolphin, Hope – the dolphin star of Dolphin Tale 2, and the other animals that are going through treatment and recovery including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, stingrays, and even more! While you’re there you’ll learn more about the animals there, and you’ll learn more about marine life and conservation of marine life.

Purchase Tickets to see Winter the dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium today!