Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

Holiday Events



Holiday fun includes:

  • Community Fun
  • Holiday Display
  • Santa Parade
  • Skating on Glice
  • Snowfest
  • Santa's Calling
  • Tree Lighting
  • Visit Santa
  • Waterfront Lights

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s festive kickoff celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown Christmas tree and lights on Friday, November 24, from 5 to 7 p.m at North Straub Park. You’ll enjoy onstage entertainment. Children will also enjoy the activities and interactive games. Food concessions available. Blanket seating. Free to the public. Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation. For more information, call (727) 893-7441.

St. Petersburg Santa Parade
St. Petersburg’s Annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 2, at 10 a.m. The route from Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.

Snowfest - A Real Snow Event
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. Save time from waiting in line, purchase wristbands in advance, from November 20 through December 1, at any St. Petersburg recreation center.

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park
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 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 14 - 23. Santa leaves at 9 p.m. to feed his reindeer. Cameras welcomed.

Waterfront Lights and Display
While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks including the unique snowflake lights from Friday, November 24 through Sunday, January 1. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

Snowfest Wristbands

On Sale
November 20

Wristbands are required for all activities and may be purchased in advance for $5 each at the following locations: