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 Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s holiday kick-off celebration. Mayor Bill Foster flips the switch that turns on the downtown holiday Christmas Tree and lights on Friday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy the St. Petersburg Community Band, Entertainment Review All Stars, and Radio Disney. Food concessions available. Blanket seating. Free to the public. Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation in North Straub Park. For more information, call 727-893-7441.
St. Petersburg Santa Parade
St. Petersburg’s 87th annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 7, 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-five tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration on December 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, reindeer races, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable games, cookie decorating, and more. Wristbands cost $5 and include all activities.
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. Both activities are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 7 & 8, 12 through 15, and 19 through 23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Camera’s allowed.
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. Don’t miss the Giant Greeting Card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens at St. Petersburg’s Recreation Centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.
Jingle Bell Run
The 32th annual Boley Centers Jingle Bell Run on Friday, December 13, starts at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, Downtown St. Petersburg. Register at 6 p.m. and start moving at 7:30 p.m. This non-competitive jingling one mile walk or 3 mile runs along the waterfront. www.boleycenters.org or call 727-821-4819.