The St. Pete Holiday Events Guide

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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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Free Photos with Santa at Sundial – Every weekend through December 23

Santa will be at Sundial every Saturday and Sunday from now until December 23rd. From 4-9pm. bring the little ones, friends, and family, as well as your camera, to capture a fun holiday memory worth sharing with your loved ones. He’s even brought a little piece of the North Pole along with him, featuring nightly snow starting at 6pm and our courtyard decked out in Christmas spirit. 153 2nd Avenue North.

Free Photos with Santa at North Straub Park – Every weekend through January 1

Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Fun for the whole family! Ice skating sessions are 30 minutes for $5. Skates included, socks required and available for $1. Free visit with Santa. Santa leaves at 9 p.m. to feed his reindeer. Cameras welcomed.

Snow Every Night at Sundial Courtyard – Through December 24

Bring your friends and family to Sundial and join Sundialfor nightly snow between 6pm–9pm from now through December 24th. Watch our Christmas courtyard come to life as flurries take place every half hour, with plenty of opportunities to catch the holiday spectacle. 153 2nd Avenue North.

Christmas Outdoor Movies: Elf at Williams Park – December 2

1st Annual Christmas Outdoor Movies at WIPA (Williams Park)! Christmas Classic film and craft market with themed music, trivia, and swag. The event is family and dog-friendly. Christmas Craft Market from 4-6pm. Movie starts at 6pm. 350 2nd Avenue North.

Snowfest at the North Straub Park– December 2

Sixty-four tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration on Saturday, December 2, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide, “glice” ice skating and a Kiddyland area designed especially for preschoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more. Wristbands are $5 and are required for all activities.

Santa Sisters at Sundial – December 2

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. Event runs from 2-5pm. 153 2nd Avenue North.

Jonathan Cain: Christmas Journey, Unsung Noel at The Mahaffey Theater – December 6

On December 6th, Jonathan Cain will hit the Mahaffey stage for one night only featuring Christmas music from his brand new hit album “Unsung Noel” and your favorite Christmas songs. Bring the family and enjoy a night of holiday cheer! Show starts at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

2nd Annual Jingle Mingle at Sunken Gardens – December 7

An evening of musical entertainment at Sunken Gardens to benefit the children’s educational garden. You won’t want to miss this wonderful evening! Purchase tickets ahead of time by contacting Sunken Gardens at 727.551.3102. Event starts at 5:30pm. 1825 4th St. North.

ArtFlix: White Christmas at The Dalí – December 7

ArtFlix will feature films with extraordinary costumes, curated by Tampa Bay fashion gurus. Special for this exhibition, each month’s ArtFlix film will be introduced by fashion experts who will speak about their chosen film’s unique fashion and how the film impacted their own fashion aesthetics.

White Christmas (1954) presented by Tampa Bay fashion consultant Kate Campbell
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Movie starts at 6pm. 1 Dali Blvd.

98 Degrees at Christmas at The Mahaffey Theater – December 8

Celebrate the holidays with 98°, the vocal quartet comprised of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. They are renowned for their signature, R&B-tinged, four-part harmonies and will entertain fans as part of a national tour for their new album “LET IT SNOW.” Show starts at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

Lighted Boat Parade at Downtown Waterfront – December 9

Biggest and longest running Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Tampa Bay! Sit around the beautiful Vinoy Boat Basin and watch dozens of decorated boats sail by. Bring chairs, plenty of concessions and activities for the kids! Parade starts at 5pm.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Sundial – December 12

The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater S. Petersburg and Sundial St. Pete are proudly hosting a free, open-to-all holiday event in Downtown St. Petersburg! The program, celebrating the festival of Chanukah, will be held on the first evening of the holiday, Tuesday night, December 12, from 5pm to 8pm. Join the lighting of the menorah, a symbol of unity, and celebrate with the great Tampa Bay community. This year, the celebration is featuring a special performance by blues great Lazer.Lloyd joining us all the way from Israel.153 2nd Ave North.

Shop, Sip & Stroll at Sundial – December 14

Sundial’s SHOP, SIP and STROLL event will feature complimentary wine, delicious snacks, great deals and a chance to win one of 50 gift certificates with RSVP here (21+ only)! Experience the charm of the holiday season at Sundial during this unique Downtown St. Petersburg wine walk, with our retailers and dining establishments inviting you to take a tour through our very own Christmas village. Participants will be given a scorecard and map for each retailer to sign off on. Complete the tour before 8pm, and you can become eligible to win great prizes from each of our participating shops! RSVP is required and you MUST be 21+. Event runs from 5:30-8:30pm. 153 2nd Avenue North.

Christmas Outdoor Movies: Home Alone at Williams Park – December 16

1st Annual Christmas Outdoor Movies at WIPA (Williams Park)! Christmas Classic film and craft market with themed music, trivia, and swag. The event is family and dog-friendly. Christmas Craft Market from 4-6pm. Movie starts at 6pm. 350 2nd Avenue North.

The Florida Orchestra Presents Holiday Pops at The Mahaffey Theater – December 16

Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. Featuring vocalists Kelly Levesque and Keith Harkin, Brian Byrne conducts. Shows at 2pm and 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

Snow-ga at Sundial – December 16

Sundial encourages you to get a head start, or headstand, on your new year’s fitness goals! All levels are welcome during the holiday themed Snow-ga. We’ll be practicing yoga from 9am-10am in the morning on Saturday, December 16th. We can’t wait to see you there. Pre-register online and you’ll receive a #SundialStPete Yoga Bracelet. Already have one? Skip registration and wear your bracelet again this month for easy check-in! 153 2nd Avenue North.

4th Annual St. Pete Holiday of the Arts at South Straub Park – December 17

The 4th Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts transforms South Straub Park into an outdoor gallery of original and handmade art created by extraordinary works brought to St. Petersburg by artisans from across Florida and throughout America.  This gallery is created from exquisite works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more.  Enjoy a diversity of styles and materials within each art medium. Whether for yourself or as gifts for friends and loved ones, you will find exceptional works of art at all price points. Commission a piece specifically for yourself. All the artists creating these pieces will be present at the event, many being represented in the nation’s most prestigious private art collections and public institutions.198 Bayshore Dr. NE.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at The Mahaffey Theater – December 20

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10thAnniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg.   This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one! Show starts at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

The TEN Tenors Home for the Holidays at The Mahaffey – December 21

Get in the holiday spirit when Australia’s rock stars of the opera, The TEN Tenors, present their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad,” and more, The Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. Show starts at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – December 26-27

It’s the quintessential holiday fantasy as it was meant to be experienced – on a grand scale! You won’t want to miss the Moscow Ballet’s fanciful, beautiful interpretation of the timeless tale of a little girl and her Christmas Eve dreams, with the iconic musical score by Tchaikovsky. Shows at 3pm and 7pm on Dec 26, and at 7pm on Dec 27. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

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Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.