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Holiday Gift Market 2016: Celebrating 90 Years of The Junior League of Tampa & Giveaway!!!

The Junior League's Holiday Gift Market is almost as much of a Tampa Holiday Tradition as any celebration you may find. Families mark their calendars as soon as the dates and details are released. It's am amazing shopping event for an outstanding group whose community service helps thousands of local organizations. The Holiday Gift Market brings thousands of products to you under one roof plus other amazing family friendly activities and entertainment. This year they have expanded and there is something for everyone. Want to visit Santa and share some cookies? You got it. How about hanging out with a princess? You got it. Ever want to make a candle? You got it!!! There is so much to do and so much fun to be had we hope you join us this year. So here is everything you need to know about this years event!

Shopping for a cause has never been better. The 13th annual Holiday Gift is sure to please! The Holiday Gift Market is the League’s largest fundraising event each year features 150 merchants with over 20 who are new to our market this year. The Junior League of Tampa commits 100% of the net proceeds to fund our mission which is promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This year, we are once again proud to also call Publix a partner as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Holiday Gift Market.


Thursday, November 10 – 7pm to 10pm ***Now open to the public***

Friday, November 11 - 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday, November 12 - 9 am to 6 pm

Sunday, November 13 - 9 am to 5 pm


Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall

4800 US Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL 33610


$8 at the door, $5 in advance for JLT members

Purchase online through Eventbrite:

PARKING: $6 (cash only paid to the Florida State Fairgrounds)

2016 Features:

Preview Party: Now Open to the Public

Don’t miss out on the Holiday Gift Market Preview Party, a JLT tradition, which includes an exclusive sneak peek at this year’s hottest new gift ideas, live entertainment, food samplings from local restaurants, prizes, cash bar and more! For the first time in the 13-year history of the market, Preview Party is open to the PUBLIC so please invite your friends! Taking place Thursday, November 10th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. VIP tickets will include a VIP reception at the Hard Rock Cafe from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and include transportation from the Hard Rock to the Fairgrounds, a VIP gift, drink tickets and complimentary VIP parking.

Online Ticket Sales

This year it’s easier than ever to purchase your tickets for Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix. You can now purchase tickets for everything from admission to Cookies with the Clauses and the Preview Party – all online. Just click here!

Cookies with the Clauses!

Having cookies with our favorite Christmas couple, the Clauses, has been so popular that this year that Mr. & Mrs. Clause are having cookies twice! Now there are two dates and times to be sure all the kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes over crafts and cookies and get their printed photo with Santa without the hassle of the line at the mall. Cookies are being provided by our presenting sponsor Publix. Remember to purchase your Cookies with the Clauses tickets quickly as this event sold out last year! Tickets are $20 per child.

Candle Pouring Party with Tipsy Candle Company

Come join us Saturday for a fun afternoon learning the craftsmanship of how Tipsy Candles are made. Guests will select their choice of fragrance and take it home that day. Tickets are $45.

Honoring the Tampa Military Community

Since the Friday of our market falls on Veterans Day, we are offering Veterans shopping hours and prizes on Friday afternoon with military ID.

Concierge Services

• Gift Wrap: For the first time ever, The Junior League of Tampa is happy to offer gift wrap for your new purchases for a nominal fee so you can leave the market ready for the holiday season.

• Bag Check: Don’t worry, we’ll free up your hands for more shopping. Warning: you might need a bigger car to get all those wonderful gifts home and under your tree.

• Man Cave: Because Holiday Gift Market is a family affair; we’ve taken away all the excuses. Men can relax on oversized sofas and lounge chairs with giant flat screens and sports. Did we mention the Florida State Fairgrounds serves beer too?

• Mother’s Nook: The Junior League of Tampa understands the importance of a quiet and relaxing place to attend to baby’s needs and has created just that with the Holiday Gift Marketing Mothers Nook.

Young Entrepreneurship Program

The Junior League of Tampa is proud to continue the Young Entrepreneurship Program in 2016. Applications are being reviewed and the winner will be announced this fall.

Connect with JLT’s Holiday Gift Market on social media:


Twitter: @JLTHGM

Instagram: @holidaygiftmarket


Special Events Committee

Holiday Gift Market

Sustainer Shopping Hour

  • Date: Friday, 11/11

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds – Expo Hall 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610

  • Description: JLT is excited to treat sustaining members of the Junior League of Tampa with some extra love during this special shopping hour.

Military Shopping Hour

  • Date: Friday, 11/11

  • Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds – Expo Hall 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610

  • Description: JLT gives a special salute to the brave men and women for their courage in serving our country.

Cookies with the Clauses

  • Dates:

  • Saturday, 11/12

  • Sunday, 11/13

  • Time:

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, 11/12

  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, 11/13

  • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds – Expo Hall 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610

  • Description: Adults attend event for free with general admission ticket. $20 ticket plus processing fees. *includes holiday gift market ticket, cookies & refreshments, one picture with Santa & special Holiday craft.

  • Price: $ 20.00 per ticket

  • Live: Monday, 8/15

  • Maximum: 100 tickets available per event

Candle Pouring Social

  • Date: Saturday, 11/12

  • Times: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

  • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds – Expo Hall 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610

  • Description: Tipsy Candle Co. is excited to host a special candle pouring social. Participants will pour two candles with two different signature scents for the holiday season. Be inspired to “Give a Candle and Keep a Candle” during this fun social event complete with music, snacks, and refreshments.

  • Price: $ 35.00 per ticket

  • Live: Monday, 8/15

  • Maximum: 30 tickets available per event

Breakfast with the Princesses

  • Date: Sunday, 11/13

  • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Location: Florida State Fairgrounds – Expo Hall 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610

  • Description: Come eat breakfast with some of your favorite storybook princesses from Parties With Character - Tampa Princess Parties. Tickets are $30 per child and include a Holiday Gift Market ticket, a continental breakfast, a picture with the princesses and a special holiday sing-a-long and story time! Adults attend for free with a general admission ticket.

  • Price: $ 30.00 per ticket

  • Live: Monday, 8/15

  • Maximum: 75 tickets available

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