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Family Hotel for Tampa Bay Lights Fest

One of the most unique annual happenings in the greater Tampa Bay area is soon to get underway: the local edition of the Lights Fest!

Reserve your Tribute Portfolio accommodations at the Westshore Grand so you can take part in this magical evening, which sees thousands of lit-up lanterns carry hopes, dreams, memories, and wishes into the Florida night sky.

The 2018 Lights Fest Tampa Bay

This year’s Lights Fest Tampa takes place on Saturday, February 24th at the Little Everglades Ranch: one of many Lights Fest events that take place around the country throughout the year. (They’re held outside of the cities they’re associated with to comply with fire regulations.)

Live music and food ushers in the evening festivities, which culminate in the launching of the sky lanterns. Here’s how that works: A ticket to Lights Fest awards you a lantern, a marker, and a flashlight. You can personalize your lantern however you see fit: dedicating it to a loved one, perhaps, or penning a life goal or aspirational message or short little poem. However, you label your lantern, it’ll float aloft with all the others lit by Tiki torches in a dazzling spectacle of lofting illumination. Quite the unforgettable sight!

Lights Fest takes its responsibility to the environment and “Leave No Trace” commitment very seriously. The custom-made lanterns are biodegradable, so in the event that the sharp-eyed cleanup crew does happen to miss a few, they’re engineered to disintegrate in short order. The lanterns are non-flammable, too—obviously a good thing, right?

Attend the Sky Lantern Extravaganza with a Tampa Getaway to the Westshore Grand

The Lights Fest is a special experience: lots of fun, of course, amid all the happy company and entertainment, and also accommodating in its symbolic tradition all manner of private tributes and inspirations amid that communal merriment.

You can take part in the festival with a getaway to the Westshore Grand, combining it with the Tampa Bay luxury we specialize in here at our Tribute Portfolio hotel just a stone’s throw from the waterfront. Dining at our on-site restaurants and lounges, shopping at the nearby Westshore Plaza, hitting up Walt Disney World or the Florida Aquarium, beach-hopping your way along the stunning Gulf Coast or chartering a fishing boat out on the water—there’s much else to do during your Lights Fest escape with us here at the Westshore Grand!

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