Christmas Is Near

December 23rd at Strawberry Festival Fair Grounds

Event Details

For 8 years Christmas Is Near has been the Premier Christmas Event for the whole Family. The best part is this event is FREE.

6-8 pm: Kids Zones, Food Trucks, Gaming Truck for Youth
7-8 pm: Pre-Show on the Main Stage with Kid Ambient, Games + giveaways
8-9:30 pm: Christmas Concert + Candlelight Service Main Stage

Location: Strawberry Festival Grounds Wish Farms Sound Stage
303 Lemon Street, Plant City, FL 33563
*Parking Entrances are off of Oak St. and Reynolds Ave.*

Kids + Youth Zone

From 6-7:45 pm we will have train rides, carnival games, inflatables, gaming truck, and photobombs with Santa over in our Youth + Kids Zones.

Food Trucks

Come hungry. With local food trucks attending this event, you will have a wide variety of options.

Smitty's Corn Dogs

Enjoy Smitty's Original Hand-Dipped Buttermilk Corn Dogs.

Fiske Concession

Enjoy Fresh cut fries and Fresh squeezed Lemonade.

Umami Smoke

Enjoy a unique menu of delicious items of with characteristics of Asian fusion flavors.

Gertrude’s Low Country Wings Food Truck

Enjoy a variety of Wings and Sauces.

Slider Guy Food Truck

Enjoy a variety of delicious and unique beef and chicken sliders.

Fishin' Chicken

Enjoy amazing chicken tenders prepared in unique and specialized ways.

Sikes Southern BBQ

Enjoy some delicious souther BBQ Cuisine

Auntie Anne's Pretzel

Enjoy classic, fresh, and delicious pretzels.

Ole Tampa Cubans

Enjoy some delicious Cuban cuisine.



Will there be a Bag check?

Yes. There will be a bag check area right when you walk in.

Will there be Handicap Parking?

Yes. Upon entering off Oak St. and Reynolds Ave, you will see signs & parking volunteers directing you to Handicap.

Can I bring my Dog?

No, only service dogs are allowed at this event.

Will I have to wear a Mask?

Masks are encouraged while attending the event. Scroll down to see our Covid-19 protocols.

I received a $5 Food Voucher, how do I use it?

Upon entry head to one of our Information Booths to exchange your $5 Voucher for a Coupon that you will hand to any Food Truck which is good (1 per Family please).

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to attend Christmas Is Near. The only cost to you is if you order Food from one of our Food Trucks.

Can I bring a Lawn Chair?

Yes! There will be ground seating on the lawn, it will fill up fast so plan to be there early if you want ground seating.

Will there be lap pictures with Santa?

There will be photobombs with Santa, but no lap pictures in the Kids Zone.

Donate to Christmas is Near

Christmas is Near isn’t just a concert or a service, but also a great opportunity to start a new tradition and make some great memories. This event is made possible by funds raised through the Christmas is Near Golf tournament. In addition, over half of the proceeds go toward building bunk beds here in our local community and globally in the Dominican Republic. Finally, we are able to bless 80 families in the Tampa Bay area with a $400 Christmas shopping spree.

This would be not be possible without our generous sponsors below. Save the Date for December 23rd starting at 6 pm at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds. You don’t want to miss this FREE family event!

Covid Protocols

• Please do not enter if you are sick, have had fever, traveled to high
COVID-19 areas or do not feel well
• Practice social distancing to maintain a distance of 6 feet between others in all areas
• Masks are encouraged while attending the event
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of the elbow
• Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* By choosing to participate in this event, I understand that there may be personal risk which could include exposure to and transmission of illnesses, including

How Can We Help?
Fields marked with an * are required