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Holiday Events

December 2, 2017

November 2023 - January 2024

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 Parade & Tree Lighting

Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

  • Saturday, November 25
  • 6:30 PM
  • Downtown St. Petersburg

Join us for an evening of fun as we kick off the holiday season with St. Pete's 95th Annual Santa Parade and Tree Lighting!

The Santa Parade begins at 6:30 PM at Albert Whitted Park and runs along Bayshore Dr. to 5th Ave. NE. The Tree Lighting immediately follows the parade in North Straub Park. Tree Lighting time is based on when the parade ends.


Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

Join us for some festive fun! There will be toboggan slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks and more.

The $5 wristband includes all activities and can be purchased online or at an City recreation center until Dec. 1 at noon. Wristbands can also be purchased day of the event.

Wristbands do not include items at the food trucks.


Online wristband purchases: Bring your receipt to will call on the day of the event to pick up your wristbands.

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.

Movie in the Park

Santa hat in the snow with a movie scene board.

Saturday, December 9
Crescent Lake Park

Enjoy a movie in the park with family and friends!

TASCO will be showing "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" starting at 6:30 p.m. at Huggins-Stengel Sports Complex.

Enjoy holiday activities with family and friends starting at 6 p.m., including:
- Photos with Santa and friends
- Holiday arts & crafts

Admission is free

Please be aware that parking is limited. Parking Lot at the TASCO Center for Teen Technology will open at 5:30 PM.

Santa's Calling

Santa waving to the camera.

December 12-14

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. 8
  • 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 12-14
  • from 5:30 - 9 PM
  • at the Parks & Recreation Department
If interested, email

Cookies with Santa

Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

Decorate holiday cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and browse small gifts for sale for friends and family!
Free gift wrapping provided.

Must register online. Please contact 727-893-7326 with any questions.

Reserve your spot! Space is limited for this event.


Holiday Lights & Displays

Tree with lighting and decorations in downtown St. Petersburg.

November 25 - 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.

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.

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