Holiday Lights displays coming to the St. Pete Pier and waterfront parks

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St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation has been hard at work putting together holiday lights displays around the waterfront parks in the city. On November 27, the lights will be turned on and St. Pete will be transformed into a total winter wonderland (sans freezing weather).

Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s going on in the Sunshine City for the holidays:

Holiday Lights & Displays: Take a stroll through St. Pete’s downtown waterfront and the St. Pete Pier – TM to enjoy thousands of holiday lights and displays from Nov. 27-Jan. 3.

Meet Santa in the Park

TASCO Drive-In Movie: Enjoy holiday movies on Dec. 5 & 19 at 8 p.m. in Crescent Lake Park.

Meet Santa in the Park: Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Santa on Dec. 11-13 & 18-23, 6-9 p.m., at North Straub Park.

Santa’s Calling: A virtual event from Dec. 15-17. Children can chat with Santa about their holiday wishes over the phone. Registration is required. Deadline to register is Dec. 11. Register online.

Events following CDC guidelines

All local ordinances and CDC guidelines will be followed, as applicable, at every event.

You can see a full breakdown on the St. Pete Parks & Recreation website.

The Holidays in the Sunshine City is sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department.

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We’ve also just launched a Toy Drive to benefit R’Club Childcare, Inc. Consider dropping off toy donations at your local Kahwa Coffee. Full details HERE.

Do you part and help those in need in Pinellas County. Volunteer with Neighborly Careand help deliver meals to seniors throughout the St. Petersburg area.

Want to learn how to connect with non-profits in the region? Visit The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s website to learn about the work they’ve done in the Tampa Bay community with countless non-profit organizations. They’ve also launched a new Mental Health First Aid initiative which aims to train 5,000 in the region. Learn how you can get involved HERE.


Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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