Mayor Bill Foster's Forecast: Celebrating the Holidays

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St. Petersburg is a wonderful place any time of the year, but during the holidays, our city sparkles. Your Parks and Rec. Department has transformed our downtown waterfront into a glittering wonderland with thousands of lights, displays, greeting cards and the annual tradition of Santa in the park and glice skating at the North Straub Pavilion.

Please come out and celebrate and enjoy the holidays in St. Petersburg. Below are just a few of the things going on as we head into the peak of the holiday season.


Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition - Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a sinking
ship!  Kidding aside, this exhibit is too good to miss, at the Mahaffey through March 6.

Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA - Winding up its run under the Big Top at Tropicana Field, don't miss this Cirque du Soleil production, running through Dec. 16.

"Cool Yule at the City Holiday Musical" - Playing at St. Petersburg City Theatre through Dec. 16. www.spcitytheatre.org

"Santaland Diaries" - This annual classic is playing at American Stage through
Dec. 24. www.americanstage.org

"A Christmas Carol" - Playing at freeFall Theatre Dec. 12 to 30.

"The Chocolate Nutcracker" - Presented by LIfe Force at the Mahaffey, Dec. 15 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. www.themahaffey.com

Pinellas Youth Symphony Holiday Orchestra Concert - Dec. 15 at the Palladium, 3 p.m. www.mypalladium.org

"Seasonal Sparkle" - St. Petersburg Opera, Dec. 18 and 19 at the Palladium

Florida Orchestra: "Winter Wonderland" - Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at the Mahaffey. www.themahaffey.com

Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas - Dec. 21, 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey. www.themahaffey.com

Florida Orchestra: Holiday Pops - Dec. 22, 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey. www.themahaffey.com


Santa & Glice Skating - You'll find Santa in his sleigh and the glice rink's lights
on in North Straub Park Thursdays to Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday Morning Market - Check off items on your holiday shopping list, or stock up with fresh ingredients for your holiday parties at the weekly Saturday Morning Market in the parking lot at Al Lang Stadium, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Lights Walking & Bike Tour - Join St. Petersburg Preservation for this dazzling tour downtown, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. www.stpetepreservation.org

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl - You may start to see a lot of football fans around town
sporting the UCF Knights gold and black and Ball State's cardinal red. The two
teams meet in what should be an exciting, high scoring bowl game on Dec. 21 at
Tropicana Field. Tickets are on sale now at www.stpetersburgbowl.com

EDGE District's Holiday Bizarre - Dec. 19, 1000 Central Ave., 4 to 8 p.m.


St. Petersburg Holiday Art Festival - December 14 to 16 on the grounds of the Museum of Fine Arts.

A Holiday Speakeasy - Annual fundraiser at St. Petersburg Museum of History with a 1922 speakeasy canino theme, December 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

"It's a Wonderlife Life" - Dali Museum Film Series, Dec. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Blow Your Own Glass Ornament - It's that time of year again for the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop to offer personal glass experiences for guests to blow their own glass ornaments. To book your experience, call 727-822-7872.


A complete list of holiday events is available on the city's Web site at www.stpete.org/events .




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Linda Hersey December 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Welcome, Mayor Foster, as a Patch Blogger!
Doc Webb's Bay Post December 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I thought I would take a minute and welcome Mayor Foster's Blog to our growing family of Bloggers on St. Pete PATCH. It's great to have my old boss on board. I am looking forward to his Posts in the new year.


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