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December is here and the Burg is bringing the holiday cheer. Kick off the final month of the year by enjoying The Nutcracker at the Palladium, dance with the Santa Sisters at the Sundial, watch Elf at Williams Park and more this weekend in the Sunshine City.

Thanks to @theaarondrake for the #instaBURG photo share! Here’s your full local events guide:


Friday, December 1

Yoga for Lunch at Station House St. Pete
Taking a break for lunch just got a deeper meaning. Enjoy a 45min yoga practice to fit all levels and bodies that will give you a productive break. A bit of breathe work, some flowing Asanas and a unwinding time for the mind are a delicious recipe to make your afternoon at work a tad blissful. The class is by donation at the 2nd floor at DoThings room. Class starts at noon. 260 1st Ave South.

Get Downtown for First Friday
It’s First Friday in the Burg! The 200 Block of Central Avenue shuts down for live music and fun! Begins at 5pm and runs until 10pm. 200 Block of Central Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd Streets North.

HYbar Happy Hour at Hyatt Place St. Pete
Celebrate your long week with a cold craft cocktail or local craft brew while listening to local live music! From 4:30-7:30pm enjoy $7 craft cocktails and appetizers, $3 canvas wine and craft beer as well as live music. 25 2nd Street North.

Puerto Rico Relief: Benefit Concert and Silent Auction at Iberian Rooster
Join Iberian Rooster as the vibrations of Burg locals Jun B & Mountain Holler kick off the evening coupled with unique & locally sourced silent auction digs! Art Show & Collection hosted by The St Pete Women’s Collective. All entertainment & art has been donated. $10 admission and 100% of proceeds are to be directly contributed to the people of Puerto Rico. Event starts at 8pm. 475 Central Avenue.

St. Petersburg Ballet Company: The Nutcracker at The Palladium (All Weekend)
Year in and year out, St. Petersburg Ballet Company‘s production of the Nutcracker enchants and showcases the best and brightest future dance students on their way to Julliard, Boston Conservatory, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, Cirque du Soleil and others. Experience the magic of the Nutcracker, performed by tomorrow’s superstars of dance. Show is at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday. Click HERE for tickets. 253 Fifth Ave. North.

St. Pete Craft Brew and Bites Tour 
“Tap into St. Pete” and join a craft beer tour which explores four independently owned craft breweries located in the Edge and Grand Central Districts. Each of these local independent breweries offer a wide variety of unique brews and tastings will be generous. Three of the breweries will also include local food that will delight the palate. Click HERE to book your spot. 2817 Central Ave.

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show at the Mahaffey Theater (Friday-Sunday)
The 40th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast.
The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. In addition to the large selection of exhibits at this year’s show, there will be an array of special events and fun and educational activities, including marine seminars and the youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future. Military personnel get free admission with an ID, and Kids 15 and under are Free. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St South.

2nd Annual Christkindl Outdoor Market at Hofbrauhaus
Come celebrate the holidays at Hofbrauhaus’ 2nd annual Christkindl Outdoor Market. Enjoy food, music, baked goods, Gluhwein, German crafts/gifts, and more. Admission is free. Event runs from 5-9pm. 123 4th St South.

Holiday in the Park at England Brothers Park (Friday-Saturday)
Come celebrate the holidays as the Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association present Holiday In The Park. This community-wide family event will feature children’s games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides, children’s train ride and much more! Event starts at 5:30pm. 5141 78th Ave North.

The Petty Hearts at Jannus Live
A Celebration of music and the life by the Petty Hearts, a Tom Petty Tribute Band. Admission is free. Gates open at 8pm. 200 1st Ave North.

Saturday, December 2

FREE Photos with Santa at Sundial (Saturday-Sunday)
Come sit in Santa’s lap and take photos! Santa will be at Sundial every Saturday and Sunday from now until December 23rd. 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.

Running for (Coffee) Brews at Mickey’s Cafe
Join Mickey’s Cafe for a free 5K run in DTSP, followed by coffee and breakfast at Mickey’s Cafe on Central! Runners receive 10% off food and drinks! All levels are welcome…walkers, runners, joggers! Click HERE to register. Run starts at 8am. 318 Central Ave.

Santa Sisters LIVE at Sundial 
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 starts at 2pm. 153 2nd Avenue North.

The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 at The Mahaffey (Saturday-Sunday)
A program of exquisitely beautiful music. Rachmaninoff’s melodic genius is on full display in his lush Symphony No. 2. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 soars with a haunting solo, performed by Alex Kerr, who formerly held the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Stuart Malina conducts.Show starts at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.  Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st Street South.

Movies Outdoors: Elf at Williams Park
1st Annual Christmas Outdoor Movies at WIPA (Williams Park)! Enjoy the Christmas classic film, Elf, as well as a 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.

Santa Parade & Snowfest at North Straub Park
St. Petersburg’s 91st Annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in downtown St. Petersburg. Find your perfect place along the parade route, which is from Central Ave. and 5th St. traveling east to Bayshore Dr. then turning north ending at 5th Ave. N. The event is free, and there will be fun for the whole family. 400 Bayshore Dr NE.

Yoga Poolside at The Hollander
Join The Body Electric Yoga Company for class poolside at the landmark Hollander Hotel in downtown St Petersburg. Practice, swim and brunch. Salute the sun and then cool off in the Hollander’s beautiful pool. All levels are welcome for this slow flow class and mats will be provided as needed. Yoga starts at 8:30am. Event costs $5 for Body Electric members, $10 to pre-register or $15 at the door. 421 4th Ave North.

Full Moon Paddle Social at Urban Kai
Full Moon Paddle from our Getaway location! Just $40.00 & includes board, paddle, light and guide. Free if you BYOB (board). Lights are required. If you do not have one, we will have them available for rental. Contact Urban Kai with questions by calling 813-598-1634. 13090 Gandy Blvd North.

Sunday, December 3

Bottomless Brunch at Beach Bar & Restaurant
Join Beach Bar & Restaurant for bottomless brunch every Sunday for only $29.95. Enjoy $5 Bloody Marys, $5 wines by the glass, and bottomless mimosas for $10. Brunch starts at 10am. 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Yoga on HY at Hyatt Place St. Pete
Come out for yoga with The Body Electric Yoga Company on the rooftop at Hyatt Place, and then stay to swim. Yoga On HY features YOGI mimosa and craft beer flight specials, so stick around for beverages and even brunch. Classes will be a moderate vinyasa flow led by Lindsay Dixon. Mats available. Yoga starts at 9am. $15 at the door, $10 in advance, $5 Body Electric unlimited members. Click HERE to register. 25 2nd Street North.

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali
Cafe Gala invites you to start your week with Mimosas & Masterpieces, an artistic take on Sunday Fundays. Enjoy a Catalan-inspired brunch, raise a glass to surreal Sundays, then visit the galleries, stroll the grounds, contemplate the Avant-garden, browse the Museum Store and soak in all the brilliance of St. Petersburg’s #1 attraction. Brunch runs from 11am-4pm. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard.

Kids Eat Free at The Melting Pot Every Sunday
Make it a Sunday fun-day and treat your little ones to Fondue! Receive one complimentary child’s meal with an adult purchase of a 3-course or larger. The restaurant is open from 4-10:30pm on Sunday. Melting Pot, 2221 4th Street North.

Yoga on Tap at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails
JoinThe Body Electric Yoga Company at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails for an evening of yoga led by Amanda Riker. Tucked into downtown St.Pete’s Edge District, this specialty coffee + craft cocktail bar boasts a minimalist-meets-retro space, that is fresh and hip. Its simple and clean nature pairs well with creating space in your yoga practice to start your week off right. Yoga starts at 6:30pm. $15 at the door, $10 in advance, $5 Body Electric unlimited members. Click HERE to register. 1111 Central Ave.

Pup Active Pupper’s Day at Grassroots Kava House
Join Grassroots for the first Sunday of each month to celebrate dog rescue! This month they’ll be joined by Australian Shepard’s Furever! Pack up your pups and come join them for coffee, kava or tea, rescue stories & community. Grassroots & Pup Active & That Dog Ice Cream sales will donating 15% of their sales from the event. Event is from 10am-12pm. 957 Central Ave.

Chase the Dreidel at Congregation B’nai Israel
Chase a giant dreidel down the streets of St. Pete and the Pinellas Trail on a professionally-timed, police-secured course. Registrants receive a t-shirt, free latke buffet, and a fabulous swag bag! Awards for top finishers. Plenty of free off-street parking. Walkers & baby strollers welcome. Free activities starting at 4:00 pm include a supervised bounce house, crafts & storytelling, and a “Fun Run” for youth under 11. Event runs from 4-7pm. Click HERE to register for the race. 300 58th St North.

Gluten Free/ Vegan Holiday Tea Party at Halelife
Join Tea By The Sea and Halelife bakery for their Gluten free and Vegan Holiday tea party. They will have a variety of Holiday desserts along with tea and coffee. Halelife bakery will also have their Holiday desserts for purchase as well. Price is $15.00 a person ages 2 and up. There will be children’s crafts and activities. Space is limited to 20 guests, prepayment is required to hold your spot. Please email teabythesea01@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Event starts at 4pm. 3350 Ulmerton Rd.

SUP 101 at Urban Kai
An introductory lesson to stand up paddle boarding which includes the teaching of basic skills and a paddle. The cost is $20 BYOB (bring your own board) and $30 if you need to be provided with a board. Lesson starts at 10:30am. Click HERE to register. 13090 Gandy Blvd North.

Yoga on Tap at Big Storm Brewing Co.
Join Big Storm Brewing Co. for a morning of yoga hosted by St. Petersburg Yoga. Admission is $10 and includes one (1) free pint. Since up in advance to reserve your spot and don’t forget your yoga mat. Yoga starts at 9am. 12707 49th Street North.

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Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor 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. Bailey also serves as the CEO of RKC.me, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.