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Jingle all the way to this year’s holiday events in St. Pete

Jingle all the way to this year’s holiday events in St. Pete

The St. Pete Christmas tree lit up at night
Photo courtesy City of St. Pete

It’s not quite time to hang the stockings by the chimney with care, but Santa Claus is definitely coming to town soon. The City of St. Petersburg always goes all out for the holidays, shining a more green and red light on the Sunshine City. The annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony will kick off the season of festivities, bringing a full month of yuletide joy to the Burg.

The tree lighting event also marks the official “opening day” of lighted decorations throughout the park and downtown area. Following the lighting of the tree, St. Pete Parks and Recreation will host themed events galore throughout the month of December. The full list can be found online, with more highlights below.


Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 25, 6:30 pm, Downtown St. Petersburg

“Join us for an evening of fun as we kick off the holiday season with St. Pete’s 95th Annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting! The Santa Parade begins at 6:30 PM at Albert Whitted Park and runs along Bayshore Dr. to 5th Ave. NE. The Tree Lighting immediately follows the parade in North Straub Park. Tree Lighting time is based on when the parade ends.”

Holiday Lights & Displays

November 25 – January 1 in Downtown Waterfront Parks


“Take a stroll along the waterfront to see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub Park, South Straub Park, Pioneer Park, and the St. Pete Pier. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens and participants from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers.”


Saturday, December 2, 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. The $5 wristband includes all activities and can be purchased online or at an City recreation center until Dec. 1 at noon. Wristbands can also be purchased day of the event.”

Santa in the Park

December 9 – 10 and December 15 – 23, 6- 9 pm in North Straub Park

“Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Santa in North Straub Park! Cameras welcomed.”

Movies in the Park – Home Alone 2

Saturday, December 9, 6 pm in Crescent Lake Park

“TASCO will be showing “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” starting at 6:30 p.m. at Huggins-Stengel Sports Complex. Enjoy holiday activities with family and friends starting at 6 p.m., including photos with Santa and friends, and holiday arts & crafts. Attendance is free.”

Cookies with Santa

December 15 and 16, 5:30-8 pm at the North Pole Barn at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

“Decorate holiday cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and browse small gifts for sale for friends and family! Free gift wrapping provided. Must register online.”


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