Riverwalk Unveils Tampa’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree

Holiday Island adds to the many new seasonal installations along Tampa’s Riverwalk

TAMPA (December 1, 2016) – Friends of the Riverwalk along with President and CEO of Yacht Starship and Pirate Water Taxi, Troy Manthey, announce the newest installation along Tampa’s Riverwalk, a 30-foot floating LED Christmas Tree.

Dubbed Holiday Island, Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree is positioned on the Hillsborough River between the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa General Hospital.

“We anticipate growing Holiday Island over the next several years into one of the largest floating Holiday Displays in the United States,” said Manthey who also serves as Board Chairman for Friends of the Riverwalk.

The project is one of many new holiday decor projects along Tampa’s Riverwalk and compliments the popular Holiday Tree installation on the rooftops of Tampa General  Hospital.

The tree will be lit on December 1 at 7pm and can be viewed from many areas around the Convention Center basin. It will be lit each day from sunset to sunrise through December 25.

This new installation was made possible through generous donations from the following sponsors:

  • Yacht Starship
  • Pirate Water Taxi
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • TECO, an Emera Company
  • Gulf Marine
  • Aramark
  • OAI


About Friends of the Riverwalk
Friends of the Riverwalk is a non-profit 501 (c) (3).  Our goal is to enhance the quality of life and build a stronger sense of community for Tampa Bay by preserving the waterfront for use by our citizens and visitors in a way that inspires a sense of ownership and invites active participation in city life.

About the Tampa Downtown Partnership

Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c) 6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification.