Holiday Pop-Up Bar to Host a Dinner Buffet with the Grinch, Free Family Photo Ops, and More

Tampa Bay, FLA (December 9, 2018) – This holiday season, The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa presents: “Winterland” and family dinner with the Grinch. On December 15th, and 22nd, from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Winterland will feature Family Photo & Dinner with the Grinch, where families can enjoy a dinner buffet with an exclusive holiday menu, cookie decorating station for kids, hot chocolate and eggnog bar, a giant snowman, and free family photo ops with the Grinch. Dinner is available at $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids ages 6-12. Full details at:

Admission into Winterland will be free to the public on weekdays with the exception of private events and is family-friendly until 10pm, and after 10pm is 21 and up holiday fun seven days a week. Winterland is also available for holiday party rental; guests can choose to host holiday parties in the resort’s private spaces located inside Winterland. Guest lists and private areas are available as an “after holiday party” destination option, as well.

Ugly Sweaters & Toys for Kids

DATE: December 14th, 2018 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

DETAILS: An ugly sweater party benefiting a local families, featuring a lighting of Winterland ceremony at 6:00pm, tour of Winterland and the Grinch’s Cave, a hot chocolate and eggnog bar, and 12 Cocktails of Christmas. Guests are encouraged to dress in ugly sweaters and holiday attire for photo ops in holiday-themed Instagramable booths. Admission is a $10 donation or guests can bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the benefiting families. Must be 21+ to enter.


Christmas Caroloke

DATE: 13th, 20th, 27th 2018 from 9:00pm – 2:00am

DETAILS: Guests are invited to sing their Christmas favorites every Thursday night in Winterland! This is a free event to attend. Also featured will be four holiday-themed photo ops for guests, tours of Winterland, a tour of Grinch’s Cave, 12 Cocktails of Christmas, and an eggnog and hot chocolate bar for kids and adults.


Christmas Eve Dinner with Mrs. Claus

DATE: December 24th, 2018 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm

DETAILS: Guests can enjoy an exclusive holiday dinner with Mrs. Claus featuring dishes like a ham carving station, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and more. There will be a lighting of Winterland ceremony at 6:00pm, tour of Winterland and the Grinch’s Cave, a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed Instagram photo ops, an eggnog and hot chocolate bar, and 12 Cocktails of Christmas.


Christmas Day Buffet

DATE: December 25th, 2018 from 11:30am – 8:00pm

DETAILS: A holiday-themed buffet featuring dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing. There will be a lighting of Winterland ceremony at 6:00pm, tour of Winterland and the Grinch’s Cave, a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed Instagram photo booths, an eggnog and hot chocolate bar, and 12 Cocktails of Christmas. The buffet will be $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids, and 50% off for first responders.


NYE Celebration Hosted by Mario Lopez

DATE: December 31st, 2018

DETAILS: The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa will also be hosting a NYE celebration with Mario Lopez. The resort will ring in the new year with live DJs and entertainment, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight alongside a special, private firework display on two barges. The event will take place on December 31st from 9:00pm – 2:30am. For more details, visit

Winterland is produced by Matthew McCahill, who leads the growing division of Food and Beverage as Corporate Food & Beverage Director at Oxford Hotels and Resorts. Matthew has used his originality and formula for success to create top food and beverage venues across the United States including Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s #1 rooftop and in 2017 named #1 Lounge of America (NCB Magazine). He has won best event in the USA twice for a total of three awards by national magazine, NCB Magazine) during the NCB Awards held in Las Vegas annually. From concept/creation, branding to training and culture his leadership has successfully opened highly profitable F&B venues for his company.

During McCahill’s impressive 28-year career, he has worked alongside top chefs/restaurateurs including Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Nick Nicholas in fine dining restaurants and hotels from Las Vegas and Los Angeles to Chicago. He has led all of his operations to great revenues and amazing profits as well as top accolades all along the way. His experience includes key management roles at Mondrian Hotel-Asia De Cuba and SBE Group’s Prey Supper Club/Hyde/Lobby in L.A., to Bella Lounge and Restaurant in Chicago. He also served as managing partner at Soiree/Prost before joining the Sax Hotel’s Crimson Lounge as general manager and then the F&B Director for Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago. He studied hotel restaurant management from Honolulu Business College where he earned his degree, and currently calls Chicago home. Matthew has all the working knowledge needed to remain one of the top F&B Directors in the industry.

GODFREY HOTEL & CABANAS: The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa’s resort-style property is nestled among the lush tropical grounds at the edge of Tampa Bay and is conveniently located in close proximity to Tampa International Airport, the Westshore office market and downtown Tampa. The expansive property boasts a heated outdoor pool, 3200 sq. ft. pier with stunning sunset views and private event space, fitness center, and 7,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. The 276-room hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, 42’’ flat screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-refrigerators and expansive space to relax. Every guest room also comes with a private balcony offering sweeping views of Tampa’s skyline and breathtaking sunset views.

WTR POOL & GRILL: The best waterfront view of Tampa, Wtr Pool | Grill is a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Bayside/poolside multi-use venue. A new contemporary and casual concept serving fresh seafood, local ingredients, and American classic dishes.  Wtr Grill Restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, Sunset Dinners and Late Night Bites.

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