It’s not quite time to hang the stockings by the chimney with care, but Santa Claus is definitely coming to town soon. St. Petersburg’s annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony takes place on Saturday, November 26 in North Straub Park, kicking off the holiday season of special events.
Festivities begin at 6 pm with a parade along the downtown waterfront, coming to a conclusion when Santa arrives in North Straub Park for the official lighting of the tree. The celebration, put on by St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation, is free to attend and of course open to all ages.
The event also marks the official “opening day” of lighted decorations throughout the park and downtown area. Following the lighting of the tree, St. Pete will host themed events galore throughout the month of December. The full list can be found online, with more highlights below.
Saturday, December 3, 9 am – 2 pm in North Straub Park
“Join us for some festive fun! There will be toboggan slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks and more.”
Santa in the Park
December 10 – 11 and December 16 – 23, 6- 9 pm in North Straub Park
“Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Santa in North Straub Park! Cameras welcomed.”
Cookies with Santa
December 16 and 17, 5-8 pm at the North Pole Barn at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
“Decorate gingerbread cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and purchase small gifts (all items $5 and under) for friends and family!”
Movies in the Park – The Grinch
Saturday, December 17, 7 pm in Crescent Lake Park
“In collaboration with TASCO, Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association (CLNA) will be hosting holiday activities and a Santa Photo Booth for some fun holiday photos. Photo booth opens at 7:00 PM and printed photos are $5.”