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Tree Lighting, Small Business Saturday Highlights of Holiday Weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (November 24, 2015) – St. Petersburg officially welcomes the holiday season Friday, November 27, when Mayor Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin flip the switch to illuminate the city’s holiday tree and giant waterfront displays in Vinoy and North Straub Parks. The annual holiday tradition gets underway at 5 p.m. withlive music from the St. Petersburg Community Band, Expressions Dance Studio and Musicstars and interactive kids’ games and concessions before the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Blanket seating is available. Courtesy of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation, the holiday tree, giant holiday cards and lighted park displays are available for viewing through January 1. The event is free to the public. More information is available at

As a promotional incentive to promote the Park Once downtown shuttle program, free public parking will be available in the Sundial and South Core parking garages from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday night only. Spectators who park in either facillity on Friday may ride the Park Once shuttle, with stops located outside each garage, to the tree lighting beginning at 5 p.m. The Park Once shuttle, which serves the Sundial and South Core garages on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to midnight, features five convenient downtown stops, including the Central Arts District, Beach Drive and Vinoy Park.

Get your sparkle on this holiday weekend when exhibitors from across the country set up shop at the Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show November 27-29 at the Coliseum. Browse gems, jewelry and beads in all shapes, sizes and price ranges from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Admission is $5. If you can’t make it this weekend, the show returns to St. Petersburg January 15-17, 2016. For information, visit www.frankcoxproductions.

And ‘tis the season to shop local so put a visit to Shopapalooza Part II on the weekend to-do list. Find bargains on unique gifts and stocking stuffers from more than 120 local vendors, artists, community organizations and more from 10 a.m. to dusk in South Straub Park on November 28, which is also Small Business Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to ‘Shop Small’ by patronizing small businesses throughout St. Petersburg on Saturday; look for the Shop Small logo for participating retailers.

Take a break for some live entertainment when St. Petersburg hosts the Don’t Stop St. Pete Music and Arts Festival in the Grand Central District, also on Saturday. From 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., enjoy more than 30 regional and local music artists in a variety of genres, vendors and more in a curated music festival in the 16-3100 blocks of Central Avenue. Tickets are available at

Or delight in the sounds of the season with the Magic of Christmas featuring the New York Tenors Saturday at the Mahaffey. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are available at On Sunday, former ZZ Top and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s perform in support of his debut album for Mahaffey audiences at 7 p.m.

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