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Holiday Events

November 2022 - January 2023

Event Locations Vary

Holiday Activities, Music and More

The City of St. Petersburg is excited to celebrate the holiday season! The annual Holidays in the Sunshine City offers holiday happenings and festive fun for all ages.

Santa in the Park

Santa posing for a photo with a child.

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

This year's event will feature Santa in a rocking chair with a designated area for participants to chat and take photos with Santa.

Santa's Calling

Santa waving to the camera.

December 13-15

Chat with Santa about the holidays! Santa Claus, in cooperation with our department, calls children to chat about their holiday wishes.

  • Children must be 8 years old or younger.
  • One form per child must be completed.
  • Forms must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 9.
  • This is a free holiday activity.

Complete the form online:


Please be aware that this is not an in-person event/activity nor a gift giving program.

Volunteer for Santa's Calling
Volunteer to be Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or an elf. Invite your family and friends to join the holiday fun. Must be 18 years old to participate.
Volunteer Schedule

  • December 13-15
  • from 5:30 - 9 PM
  • at the Leisure Services Complex
If interested, email

Cookies with Santa

Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

Decorate gingerbread cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and purchase small gifts (all items $5 and under) for friends and family!
Free gift wrapping provided.

Must register online.

Reserve your spot! Space is limited for this event.


Movie in the Park

Santa hat in the snow with a movie scene board.

Saturday, December 17
7:00 PM
Crescent Lake Park

Enjoy a movie in the park with family and friends!

TASCO will be showing "The Grinch" starting at 8:00 PM.

In collaboration with TASCO, Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association (CLNA) will be hosting holiday activities and a Santa Photo Booth for some fun holiday photos. Photo booth opens at 7:00 PM and printed photos are $5.

Admission is free

Please be aware that parking is limited. Lot will open at 6:00 PM.

Holiday Lights & Displays

Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

November 26 - January 1
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.

Play three holiday interactive games while enjoying holiday lights! Scan the QR code on the flag at each location to download the PlayMagic app and play games with your family, friends and our fun holiday characters.

  • Games include:
  • - Taking a photo with Santa
  • - A snowball fight with elves
  • - Ice fishing

About Holidays in the Sunshine City

Holidays in the Sunshine City is a month-long celebration of holidays festivities in the city of St. Petersburg, also known as the Sunshine City.

The Holidays in the Sunshine City is sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department at 727-893-7441.

Sunshine City Events

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