Holidays in the Sunshine City

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Holidays in the Sunshine City

St. Petersburg, FL (Nov. 14, 2022) – Holidays in the Sunshine City returns to St. Petersburg! From Saturday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 1, the community can enjoy the following holiday events in St. Petersburg:

  • The illuminated Santa Parade and Tree Lighting is kicking off the holiday season on Saturday Nov. 26. The night parade begins at 6:30 p.m. in Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., to Fifth Ave. NE. Then, immediately following the parade, Santa will light the tree in North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE. Enjoy a night in the park with entertainment, music and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair; seating is not provided. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • The holiday fun continues with Snowfest on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in North Straub Park. Enjoy toboggan slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks and more. The $5 wristband includes all activities and can be purchased online or at a City recreation center beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 2, at noon. Admission is free. To purchase wristbands, visit
  • Children can meet Santa at North Straub Park on Dec. 10 – 11 and Dec. 16 – 23, from 6-9 p.m. Visits with Santa are free. Cameras are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Join us at Cookies with Santa on Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 3010 31st S. Decorate gingerbread cookies, meet Santa, purchase small gifts for family and friends and more. Admission is $5 per person. Reserve your spot at
  • Chat with Santa! Santa’s Calling gives children an opportunity to talk with Santa over the phone about their holiday wishes. This free event runs Dec. 13-15. Registration is required. Children must be 8 years old or younger. Register online beginning Monday, Nov. 14, at Deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 9.
  • Enjoy a Holiday Movie in the Park with family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Crescent Lake Park, 1320 5th St. N. In collaboration with the Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association, the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting activities and a Santa photo booth. Activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department at 727-893-7441 or visit Holidays in the Sunshine City is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department and the City of St. Petersburg.

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