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.
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.
Pioneer Settlement Christmas Jamboree
Step back in time this holiday season with old-fashioned Victorian holiday festivities on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 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.