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10 Big Reasons to Attend Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey into the world of anime, gaming, and cosplay- all with a holiday twist? Look no further than Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023 on December 2-3 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. It’s where enthusiasts of all things nerdy, creative, and imaginative will come together for a weekend of unforgettable fun sure to become your annual holiday event.

With a huge lineup, this convention promises an immersive experience like no other. Let’s dive into the 10 Big Reasons to Attend Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023!

Big Reason # 1: Anime

Anime aficionados, prepare to be starstruck as Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay brings together a stellar lineup of voice actors who’ve lent their talents to some of the most beloved and iconic series in the anime universe. With a rich tapestry of shows like “My Hero Academia,” “Dragon Ball,” “Attack on Titan,” “Tokyo Ghoul,” “Chainsaw Man,” “Fairy Tail,” “Assassination Classroom,” “Fire Force,” and “A Certain Magical Index,” this convention is a dream come true for fans of diverse anime genres.

The anime voice actors collectively portray more than 20 major and significant characters in popular anime shows. Learn more about all of the anime characters in their blog.

big Reason # 2: gaming

Step into a world where gaming knows no boundaries, with a fantastic array of free-to-play games that cater to every gaming palate. Whether you’re in the mood for high-octane battles in “Borderlands 3,” unleashing quirks in “My Hero One’s Justice 2,” racing to victory in “Mario Kart,” strategizing with your team in “Paladins,” or embarking on a nostalgic journey with “Super Mario Bros Wonder,” there’s a game for everyone. And don’t forget Smite!

Learn more about video gaming at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023.

big Reason # 3: Cosplay

The art of cosplay takes center stage, making it a must-attend event for cosplayers and cosplay enthusiasts alike. Not only will you have the opportunity to witness the incredible talent of renowned guest cosplayers like The Star CosSeams Come TrueHoltsclaw Cosplay, and Cindrella Cosplay, who collectively boast a fanbase of over 1 million on TikTok and more than 150,000 on Instagram, but you’ll also have the chance to connect with fellow fans who share your passion for this transformative hobby.

Whether you’re an experienced cosplayer or just beginning your cosplay journey, the convention offers something for everyone. The two cosplay contests, “Craftsmanship” on Saturday ($500 in cash prizes plus trophies and medal) and “Runway” on Sunday (trophies and medals), provide a platform for cosplayers to showcase their skills in costume creation and character portrayal. It’s not just about dressing up; it’s about embodying your favorite characters and bringing them to life in a way that’s truly magical.

Register for Craftsmanship here by November 15.

big Reason # 4: Makeup/SFX

Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023 is taking creativity to a whole new level by bringing the world of makeup and special effects (SFX) into the spotlight. This is about celebrating the incredible artistry of makeup artists and SFX enthusiasts. For the first time in Florida convention history, this genre is being given the recognition it truly deserves, complete with high-tier guests and a stand-alone contest.

And prepare to be amazed by the Makeup/SFX Contest, where talent knows no bounds. With $400 in cash prizes up for grabs, along with trophies and medals, this competition promises fierce competition and jaw-dropping transformations. Register here by November 15.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there – internationally renowned pro body painter Nicole Hays will be a guest at the convention, offering demonstrations on both days. She was a contestant on the reality show ‘Skin Wars’ hosted by Rebecca Romlin and featuring Rupal.

Big Reason # 5: voice actors

Prepare to meet the voices behind your favorite anime and gaming characters at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023.

The star-studded lineup includes Austin Tindle, renowned for bringing characters to life in shows like “Tokyo Ghoul,” “My Hero Academia,” and “Dragon Ball Z.” Katelynn Barr, known for her versatile range, has voiced characters in “My Hero Academia,” “One Piece,” and “Chainsaw Man.” Derick Snow, who masterfully portrays characters in “Black Clover” and “My Hero Academia,” will be there to share his insights. Aaron Roberts, recognized for his roles in “Tokyo Ghoul” and “My Hero Academia,” will be present to engage with fans.

In addition, the 4 voice actors portray characters in games like Smite, My Hero One’s Justice 2, Borderlands, Apex Legends, and Paladins.

Get ready to connect with these talented individuals who’ve lent their voices to some of the most iconic characters in anime and gaming.

big Reason # 6: tiktok lounge

Step into the world of creativity and self-expression with the latest addition to this year’s Holiday Cosplay event: The sensational TikTok Lounge! Are you ready to unleash your inner star and create captivating short-form videos that resonate with the vibrant spirit of anime and cosplay? Look no further.

The TikTok Lounge is your personal haven for crafting TikTok masterpieces that showcase your unique style. With three different backdrops, each with lighting, all that’s missing is you! Whether you’re a seasoned content creator or just embarking on your TikTok journey, the lounge is the ideal spot to bring your ideas to life.

big reason # 7: contests

Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023 brings a dazzling array of contests that cater to diverse talents and interests. Whether you’re a cosplayer, makeup artist, lip sync enthusiast, or a TikTok creative, there’s something here for you.

The excitement begins with two spectacular cosplay contests, each with its own unique focus. On Saturday, the “Craftsmanship Contest” celebrates meticulously handcrafted costumes, while Sunday’s “Runway Contest” highlights character portrayal and charisma.

But the fun doesn’t stop with cosplay. The Makeup Competition invites makeup and special effects artists to showcase their transformative skills. And for those who love to perform, the Lip Sync Competition provides a stage to channel your inner pop star, captivate the audience, and compete for fantastic rewards. And don’t forget the TikTok Film Festival, where short-form video creators can flaunt their storytelling talents and aim for the top spot.

With a grand total of $1,300 in cash prizes up for grabs, along with trophies and medals to commemorate your victory, these contests are a thrilling showcase of talent and creativity. Bring your A-game, seize the moment, and compete for the recognition you deserve at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023!

big Reason # 8: good food

Say no to boring convention food like bad hamburgers, greasy corn dogs, and soggy fries! Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023 will be a foodie paradise with a variety of food trucks (3 each day) as well as high-end themed-desserts, and authentic Japanese snacks. To relax and enjoy your food, there are tables outside by the food trucks as well as inside the venue. Learn more here.

big Reason # 9: Santa

Santa Claus himself will be joining the fun at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023! Santa will be spreading holiday cheer and posing for free photos with attendees.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa is there to make your holiday wishes come true. It’s the perfect opportunity to capture magical memories and share the joy of the season with your fellow nerds and geeks. Learn more here.

big Reason # 10: holiday shopping

Are you on the hunt for the perfect, out-of-this-world holiday gifts that will delight your family and friends? Look no further than Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2023, the ultimate holiday shopping destination in the universe! Say goodbye to the predictable offerings of the mall and prepare to be amazed by the more than 100 vendor booths, each brimming with extraordinary finds.

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Tickets are affordable at $25 for single day, and $40 for weekend pass (prices increase $5 at the door). Get tickets here.



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