St. Petersburg’s 2012 Santa Parade & Snowfest

Snowflakes and SnowmenTime: Parade steps off at 10 a.m.; Snowfest: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Location: North Straub Park
Cost: $5 wristband; $5 skating
Info: (727) 893-7441; St. Pete Parks and Rec Website

What’s Doing?
Don’t miss St. Petersburg’s annual Santa Parade, which kicks off at Central Avenue and Fifth Street. The route continues east to Bayshore Drive, turning north and ending at 5th Avenue North.

Following the parade, families can enjoy snow activities — including a big and kiddie toboggan slide — when 65 tons of snow will be blown into St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park! There will also be an art tent, moonwalk, a climbing wall, reindeer races, visits with Santa, a giant greeting card display and Kiddyland.

Kiddyland, an area especially for children age 3-5, will offer inflatable games, cookie decorating, and more for the little ones.

Go “Glice” Skating
Families can enjoy St. Pete’s annual “glice” skating — a simulated ice rink, as well as visits with Santa Claus, between 6-9 p.m. on select dates: December 1 & 2, 6 through 9, and 13 through 16 and 20 through 23. Skating is $5/30-minute session. Santa visits are free, and cameras allowed.

North Straub Park
350 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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