The St. Pete Holiday Events Guide

There’s a lot to be happy about in St. Pete. During the holiday season, this city becomes a wonderland of “snow,” festive lights, parades, live music and special screenings. Here are all the holiday events to keep on your radar this December:



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Thursday, December 1

Santa at Sundial St. Pete (Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays)
Attention children of Saint Petersburg! The snow will be falling this season on to the Sundial courtyard! It’s time to finish your wish list and tell Santa in-person all of the toys and goodies that you would like to see under the tree. Santa will be appearing Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 until December 25. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Holiday Magic in the EDGE District
Enjoy festivities including Tree Lighting, Roving Carolers, Holiday Window Decorating Contest, Lighted Wheels Brigade, Festive Drink Contest, Santa Shuttle, Winter Bubbles, Family Activities, Outdoor Movie (“Elf”), Free Gift Wrapping Center, and a fabulous array of restaurant and retail specials! The Holiday Window Decorating Contest and Festive Drink Contest will include public voting for People’s Choice Awards! Runs from 5-9pm. Click Here for full details.

Melissa Etheridge Holiday Trio at The Mahaffey
Celebrate the season as Grammy Award-winner Etheridge and her group performs songs from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas. Songs will include fan favorites and holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine” and more. Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are $49.50-$92.50. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.



The More the Merrier in December: Special Savings for Groups at Pinot’s Palette
The holiday season is synonymous with a hectic lifestyle. Shopping, cooking, planning, traveling, or organizing events often leads us away from the one of the best parts of the holiday season; enjoying quality time in St. Pete with the ones you love. Purchase 5 seats in a December event, get the 6th seat free! Valid 12/01-12/31/16 for their December regular public events only. Complete 1 transaction for 6+ seats to qualify. Enter code RECONNECT16 at checkout. May not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Click HERE for more details. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


Friday, December 2

Second Annual Sundial Fashion Show
Last winter, the shops at Sundial stepped up their style game for a special fashion show celebrating the latest designs they had in stock. This year, the epicenter of fun in the Burg goes even bigger with their fashion event. Dion Lim will serve as master of ceremonies. The fun begins at 7pm and is free and open to the public. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Jingle Mingle at Sunken Gardens
Join us for the inaugural Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation kickoff event, just in time for the holidays! Enjoy music, wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. 5:30-8pm. Tickets are $40. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Avenue North.

St. Pete Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (December 2-4)
The holidays truly begin at the Palladium with the coming of the annual performance of the St. Petersburg Ballet’s classic Nutcracker ballet. This 38th annual production features 75 dancers ranging in age from 5 to 72. Guest artist Daniel Johnson, will partner principal dancers Brianna Melton, Mariana Monforte, Olivia Parsley and Isabelle Poole in four enchanting Pas de Deux. Four performances: Dec. 2 at 7:30pm, Dec. 3 at 2pm and 7:30pm, December 4 at 3pm. $24 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.


Saturday, December 3

Santa Sisters LIVE in the Sundial Courtyard
Get ready to swing swing swing into the holidays with the fabulous Santa Sisters! They are bringing all of your favorite Christmas tunes with their signature “beauty, harmony, dazzle, style, blend, and pure showmanship.” A can’t-miss show for the entire family. This event runs from 2-5pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Grand Central Holiday Market
Skip the big box stores and mall and buy LOCAL! Unique Antiques, Art, Crafts, Food, Collectables, and More! Enjoy free parking. The Holiday Market is open from 9am-4pm. Grand Central District, 3063 Central Avenue.

Brocante Holiday Market (December 3 and 4)
The Brocante Market offers a selection of vintage and handmade good sure to brighten your spirits this holiday season. Whether shopping for yourself or a loved one, Brocante offers something for everyone. Market is open from 9am-7pm on Saturday, 9am-5pm on Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 2nd Avenue South.

Snowfest at North Straub Park 
Sixty-four tons of snow are expected to fall on at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration at North Straub Park. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, reindeer races, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating, and more. 10:30am-3pm. Snowfest wristbands are $5 and required for all activities. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Florida Orchestra Guild Holiday Tour of Homes
The Florida Orchestra Guild presents the fifth annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Begin the tour at 320 Coffeepot Riviera. It’s on the bayou west of the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, which is at the south end of Snell Isle Blvd. There will be yard signs with arrows and balloons at all six houses. The tour begins at 10am and ends at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20, or at any of the houses for $25. For info. about tickets, and about ads and sponsorships with tickets and listing in the program book, call 727.254.1176. Send checks, payable to Florida Orchestra Guild, to C.E. Miller, 1440 52nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL 33703. The Guild will also sell tickets in the lobby at The Florida Orchestra box office, 163 3rd Street North, Monday November 28 through Friday December 2, from noon-3pm.

Santa Parade in St. Pete
St. Petersburg’s 90th Annual Santa Parade starts Saturday. The route from Central Avenue and 5th Street travels east to Bayshore Drive then turns north ending at 5th Avenue North. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators. Begins at 10am.

St. Pete Indie Market at Green Bench Brewing
Shop items from the best local makers and artists in Tampa Bay at the Indie Market! Runs from 11am-4pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue.

Holiday Sale at Morean Center for Clay
Enjoy unique, hand-crafted gifts perfect for giving lovingly crafted by artists from the Morean Center for Clay. Runs from 10am-5pm. Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South.

Santa and Ice Skating at North Straub Park (December 3, 4, 8-11, 14-23) 
Visit with Santa in the Park, then hit the “glice” for an evening of skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Don’t forget your socks! This takes place December 3 and 4, December 8 to 11, December 14 to 23. Event takes place from 6-9pm each evening. Skating is $5 for 30 minutes. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

The Red and Green Party at Sunken Gardens
The Red & Green Party is Tampa Bay’s premiere Holiday event for the LGBT community. Over 400 of St. Pete Pride’s closest friends and supporters will make their way to The Sunken Gardens to celebrate Pride through a one of a kind holiday experience. Guests will have access to multiple venues throughout the evening, each featuring something different and unique. With an open bar featuring vodka, beer and soft drinks, and complimentary appetizers, guests will dine al fresco in the 100 year old botanical garden featuring some of the regions oldest tropical plants. 7-10pm. Tickets are $35.



Give and Receive this Holiday Season at BellaBrava/Stillwaters
When you buy $100 in gift cards good at both BellaBrava and Stillwaters, you’ll receive an additional $20 just for you! Click HERE to purchase yours today.


Sunday, December 4

Jim Rosenkran’s 2016 Memorial Toy Run
Join Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson for the largest police-escorted motorcyle ride in West Central Florida. Help them break their record of 1,800 motorcycles and 2,500 participants with over $1 million raised for 26 years running. Join a charitable movement like no other benefitting our Pinellas County Schools. Registration opens at 7am and the ride begins at 9:30am. Registration: $20-$40. Bert’s Barracuda Harley, 2805 54th Avenue North.

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This festive painting will get you in the mood for all the holiday celebrations to come! Painting class runs from noon-3pm. $45 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


Tuesday, December 6

Healthy St. Pete Presents Free Swing Dancing at Sundial St. Pete
Swing high, swing low, swing dance with us though! Healthy St. Pete is swinging into the Sundial Courtyard on December 6th for some complimentary swing dancing lessons followed by a free-for-all social. 7-8:30pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.


Thursday, December 8

A Very Merry Market at Sunken Gardens
Enjoy holiday festivities, shopping and more during the annual A Very Merry Market at Sunken Gardens. Runs from 4-8pm. For details email: Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North.

Waiting Up For Santa Part – Drop-Off at Museum of Fine Arts
The “Night at the Museum” is designed for your favorite stuffed animal. Imagine their adventures as they explore the Museum while waiting for Santa to arrive the next morning. Watch a video of their overnight antics and adventures as you enjoy breakfast with Santa. Early drop-off runs from 5-8pm on Thursday, December 8. These buddies get a jump on the fun and help museum staff prepare for the arrival of new friends. On Friday, December 9, drop off your stuffed animal between 10am-6pm. Animals receive a keepsake badge when they are tucked in for the night. Follow their journey on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. @MFAStPete and #MFAanimalnight. On Saturday, December 10, from 9-11am pick up your stuffed animal, enjoy a hot buffet breakfast, watch a slideshow of your buddies’ adventures, and get creative with make and take activities. Children are $15 and Adults at $18. Reservations required by December 2. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.


Friday, December 9

starry-christmas-night-largeStarry Christmas Night at Pinot’s Palette
Christmas brightens up this dark but starry night. Have fun with this greyscale painting with pops of color provided by Christmas! Class runs from 6:45-8:45pm. $35 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


Mix 100.7 Mistletoe Show at The Mahaffey
Mix 100.7 is preparing something special for the holiday season at The Mahaffey. The Fray, Blue October, Josh Radin and Colbie Caillat will all perform at the show. The concert begins at 7pm. Tickets range from $35-$65. Click HERE to register for the pre-performance dinner at Bayside Bistro. Enter to win tickets to the show.

Una Voce: We Three Queens – A Madcap Holiday Musical Adventure at The Palladium
Join this trio of queens, Goldie, Frankie and Murray as they go coast to coast following a star. No, not THAT one silly – Beyoncé! Priscilla Queen of the Desert meets the Three “Fabulous” Magi as they take you to exotic stops like Miami, New York City, Paducah, Santa Monica, Fargo North Dakota and Paris, Texas. Did they pack enough glitter? Is the car going to make it? Will they ever reach their star? Along the way they might even learn why Christmas REALLY matters. Featuring “Christmas Rhapsody” (ala Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody), “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “Feliz Navidad,” and many holiday favorites. 8pm. Tickets available at the door. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.



Saturday, December 10

St. Pete Indie Pop-Up Holiday Market at Bandit Coffee
Shop local for unique holiday gifts from local artists and craftsmen, vintage items, plants, artisanal foods and more. Bring a canned food item to donate to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Runs from 11am-4pm. Bandit Coffee Co., 2662 Central Avenue.

St. Pete Opera Seasonal Sparkle at Sundial St. Pete
The St Pete Opera is bringing their vocal talents to the courtyard of the Sundial for a special sneak preview of their Seasonal Sparkle holiday show. You do not want to miss “A Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas” and other classics that our hometown operatic group has in store. 2-3pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Downtown
Find the perfect ugly sweater, get your holiday pants and get ready to jingle bell rock. Participating bars include: Five Bucks Drinkery, Thirsty Lounge, Playerz Tap House, Yard of Ale, MacDinton’s and 260 First. The crawl runs from 5-11:55pm. Tickets are $25 and include: ugly sweater bar crawl koozie, exclusive drink specials and no cover at local bars, more swag TBA. Click HERE for details.

2016 Holiday Extravaganza at The Pallaidum
Come celebrate the Holiday Season with Expressions Academy of Dance. This performance will dazzle you with exciting Tap, Jazz, Acrobatic, and Hip Hop dances, as well as a Classical Ballet mini production of The Nutcracker. You won’t want to miss this showcase of St. Petersburg’s talented young dancers. 5pm. Tickets are $26. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

The Florida Orchestra: Holiday Pops at The Mahaffey
Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. With a matinee that won’t spoil anybody’s bedtime. Begins at 2pm. Tickets from $15-$45. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with this fun, vintage style painting! 6-9pm. $45 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


12th Annual Bad Santa Bar Crawl
Bad Santa Bar Crawl is the largest fundraising event that SPARK 5, Inc. hosts of it’s 3 annual fundraising events. The Bad Santa Bar Crawl is centered around the joys of the holiday, showcasing festive costumes while spreading merriment throughout the streets of downtown St. Pete. It’s all for 2 well-deserving charities: Children’s Dream Fund, South Pinellas Autism Project, Blessings in a Backpack. Click HERE to register and for full event details.

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play at American Stage Theatre
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Directed by Stephanie Gularte. This show will be on stage December 10-24. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. American Stage, 163 3rd Street North.

2016 Rotary Club of St. Pete Illuminated Boat Parade
Enjoy the holiday youth choir, food, beer, wine and live commentary from the grandstands at 500 BayShore Drive Northeast, where lighted boats enter the Vinoy Basin in one of the city’s most beautiful holiday traditions. Thousands of twinkling lights and festive decorations light up the boats as they circle Vinoy Basin. Begins at 6pm.


Sunday, December 11

Shorecrest Elementary School Choir at Sundial St. Pete
The St. Pete community is full of great vocal talents, and the Sundial is thrilled to be able to share with you some of the youngest and brightest talents this holiday season. The holiday classics will come alive in the Sundial courtyard and will surely make your Sunday extra cheery. Support the youth of the Burg in this special hour and don’t hold back — sing right along with them! 2-3pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

HONNA Candlelight Tour of Homes
Strolling the brick-lined streets of the Historic Old Northeast, visitors to the Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes can enjoy the opportunity to see up to eight festively decorated homes. This is an all-volunteer event including the homeowners plus tour guides and docents present in each venue, ready to relate historical and architectural details about the property. Guests may view the homes in any order they choose. There will be trolley service available to shuttle between the houses on the tour. Different architectural styles popular in the early 20th century can be seen throughout the neighborhood. Holiday decor and music add to the festive atmosphere. It’s a wonderful way to begin your celebration of the Holiday season. .3-8pm. Click HERE for tickets.

Movies on the Lawn at Museum of Fine Arts: How The Grinch Stole Christmas & Gremlins
CinemaSquatch, Sunscreen Film Festival and indyoh present the DTSP Cinema Series. Several of these films will take place on the North Lawn at the MFA. Celebrate the holiday season under the stars with a double feature: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) and Gremlins. Screenings run from 5-8pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.


Wednesday, December 14

Heralds of Harmony: A Christmas Collection at The Palladium
The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony perform their renowned 18th annual Christmas program with special guest and newest a cappella sensation Voctave. Both groups are introducing their new Christmas CDs available for purchase at the show. A Christmas Celebration is a show filled with many holiday favorites and a few musical surprises all performed in beautiful four part harmony. The highly acclaimed men’s chorus seeks to preserve and further develop the barbershop style of a cappella singing through musical excellence and frequent public performances. 8pm. Tickets are $25, $40 and $55. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Boley Centers’ 34th Annual Jingle Run
Boley Center offers one and a three-mile course where participants can walk, jog, run or rollerblade along St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront. This nighttime event is a Tampa Bay holiday tradition with 1,500 luminarias, 15 bands, three glow zones, snow, glow in the dark face paint, glow necklaces, neon t-shirts and thousands of merry runners, joggers, walkers and four-legged trotters. Begins at 7:30pm. Click HERE to register. Begins at North Shore South Parking Lot on Bayshore Drive Northeast.


Friday, December 16

Food Trucks Around Town Presents Eat, Drink and Be Ugly at Port of St. Pete
Kick off the weekend with great food truck cuisine, drinks, live music, waterfront dining and a visit from Santa at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center. 6-10pm. Port of St. Pete, 250 8th Avenue Southeast.

holiday-lights-in-paradise-largeHoliday Lights in Paradise at Pinot’s Palette
A nice warm beach for the holidays is pretty ideal, to some. Bring that feeling home with this awesome tropical take on a holiday staple. 6:30-8:30pm. $35 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.



Saturday, December 17

Dixie Hollins High School Choir
The fun of the holidays keeps going in high-gear as we welcome the heavenly sounds of Dixie Hollins High School and their magnificent choir. Their energetic and spirited hour-long set will surely get you ready for the holidays with just 7 days to go until Christmas eve. 3-4pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

St. Pete Holiday Festival of Arts at South Straub Park (December 17 and 18)
The St. Pete Holiday of the Arts returns to South Straub Park, across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and City of St. Petersburg. Explore breathtaking original creations by painters, jewelers, mixed-media artists and fiber artist. Select from stunning creations in glass, ceramics, metalwork, fiber art and woodworking. 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

The Family Blessing at The Mahaffey (Two Performances)
From Artz 4 Life Academy, The Family Blessing inspires a young man to appreciate the blessings of the family unit. You’re sure to enjoy the story of a boy named Michael as he experiences the true blessings that come from having a FAMILY. If you liked The Chocolate Nutcracker and Nutcracker Twist, you will really enjoy this.Don’t miss this fantastic, inspiring production, which features hundreds of the Bay Area’s most energetic and fiery youth performing ballet, jazz, hip hop, African, Mexican, Cuban Dance and more. Performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South..

Holiday CraftyFest at ARTpool Gallery (December 17 and 18)
Shop local for the holidays at ARTpool! Their crafty market features the best local makers and artists in the city! Open from 11am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. ARTpool, 2030 Central Avenue.


Thursday, December 22

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Come and paint your own beautiful, romantic winter masterpiece! Deep blue tones and dramatic textures make this painting lots of fun to do and great to hang in your home for the Holidays! 6:30-8:30pm. $35 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.


Monday, December 26

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (December 26 & 27)
The biggest Christmas experience of the year returns to The Mahaffey! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. It’s the classic story, the beloved music – a must-see event. Witness the world’s best dancers on stage! The Mahaffey will host three performances: December 26 at 3pm and 7pm, December 27 at 7pm. Tickets run from $32-$190. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.


Tuesday, December 27

Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration
The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Pete and the Sundial are proudly hosting a free, open-to-all holiday event! The program, celebrating the festival of Chanukah, will be held on the fourth evening of the holiday, Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 4:30-7:30pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.


Friday, December 30

State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Swan Lake at The Mahaffey
Set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, the immortal ballet follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Performance begins at 7:30pm. Tickets from $32.50-$65.50. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.