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


2014 dates and times will be added as they are available.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s holiday kick-off celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown holiday Christmas Tree and lights on Friday, November 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll enjoy on stage entertainment provided by Musicstars, City Dancers, and the St. Petersburg Community Band. Children will also enjoy the entertainment and interactive games. 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 88th annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 6, 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 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, reindeer races, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating, and more. Wristbands are $5 and are required for all activities.

Pioneer Settlement Christmas Jamboree
Step back in time this holiday season with old-fashioned Victorian holiday festivities at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement’s Christmas Jamboree, 2900 31st St. S. Enjoy the tastes of seasonal goodies, live music, craft show, hayrides with Santa, holiday shopping. Enter to win a decorated Christmas tree. Take a tour of the historic living museum, Brantley Building 1888, Endicott House 1898, blacksmith shop, sawmill, sugar cane shed, print shop, pole barn, old gas station and more. Free admission. Bring a canned food or unwrapped toy donation for a local food bank. For more information, call (727) 893-7326

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 typically are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 6 & 7, 10 through 14, and 18 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.

Snowfest Wristbands

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