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.

Holidays in the Sunshine City

 

 

Holiday fun includes:

  • Community Fun
  • Holiday Display
  • Santa Parade
  • Ice Skating
  • Santa's Calling
  • Visit Santa
  • Waterfront Lights




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FESTIVITIES

Santa in North Straub Park
Free visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 1 and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 6 - 9 and 13 - 23. Cameras welcomed.
Santa Calendar

Ice Skating
We are excited to bring REAL ICE SKATING to Albert Whitted Park!
Dec 15th and 16th 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dec 17th through 21st 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dec 22nd and 23rd 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dec 24th (Christmas Eve) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dec 25th CLOSED
Dec 26th through Dec 30th 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dec 31st (New Year’s Eve) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jan 1st through Jan 7th 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Sessions are $10 for an hour and are first come first serve.

Dates that the hours are 1:00pm - 9:30pm the sessions are as follows: 1:00pm-2:00pm, 2:15 pm -3:15 pm, 3:30 pm -4:30 pm, 4:45 pm -5:45 pm, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm, 8:30 pm -9:30 pm

Dates that the hours are 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm the sessions are as follows: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm, 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dates that the hours are 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm the sessions are as follows: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, 2:15 - 3:15 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holiday Movies in the Park
Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE. It’s sure to be a fun evening for the entire family. Movie start at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Movie lineup:
December 7 – A Christmas Story
December 14 – The Santa Clause
December 21 – Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

Waterfront Lights and Display
While you stroll along waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub Park, South Straub Park, Pioneer Park, Al Lang Park and Albert Whitted Park from Saturday, November 24, through Tuesday, 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’s Parks and Recreation Department..