Crescent Lake presents holiday movies in the park

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Crescent Lake Park is one of our favorite sunrise walking spots. It only gets more beautiful in the evening as the sun slides behind the sky blue water tower. December is fast approaching in the Burg, which means ample outdoor holiday events complemented by (slightly) cooler temperatures.

We think two weeks of winter is exactly enough winter.

Watch “Elf” under the stars

On Saturday, December 15, the Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association is inviting residents across the Burg for a special screening of two holiday favorites. Both are fun and family-friendly flicks to ensure it’s a festive night out for all.

The first film is the animated short “Merry Madagascar.” Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock all lend their voices to this 30-minute holiday short that sees the characters from the Madagascar franchise work to save Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash.

The short will be followed by the feature length instant classic Christmas film, “Elf.” The film, directed by Jon Favreau, sees Will Ferrel play Buddy the Elf, a human raised in the North Pole who goes on an epic quest to NYC to find his family and learn who he truly is.

The event is free to attend

The movies begin at dusk, and the event is free to attend; however, donations to the Crescent Lake Neighborhood association are appreciated. Those donations allow them to continue to put on events just like this.

Food and drinks will be served by the City of St. Petersburg’s TASCO Program to benefit their teen programs. TASCO provides safe, exciting programs plus volunteer and job opportunities for teens in grades 6 through 12.

Hot chocolate for a good cause

They’ll be serving cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Rice Krispy Treats, fruit cups, Animal Crackers, coffee and hot chocolate.

The screenings take place Huggins Stengel Baseball Complex, 1320 5th Street North.

What local holiday events are you looking forward to?

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: