If you want to make the most of your winter holidays, then chalk out an itinerary for St. Petersburg in Clearwater city of Florida. The entire area in and around St. Petersburg is replete with so many sightseeing attractions that you’ll have a hard time drawing up a list of places or spots to visit. For a start, there’s the seashore that doesn’t seem to end. If you’re the adventurous type you can experience an adrenaline rush while swimming, fishing, parasailing or jet skiing. If you want to explore the city’s past, you can spend time in downtown St. Petersburg. And if you’re a nature lover, visit the numerous aquariums, nature reserves, and botanical gardens in Clearwater. Following are some events you can catch up on if you’re visiting in November or December.
- Holiday Lights in Florida Botanical Gardens ,Largo 25th Nov-31st Dec 2016
The Florida Botanical Garden is decked up with over 7, 50,000 decorative lights making the entire appear resplendent and scintillating. Each and every nook or cranny is illuminated intensely. The garden is transformed into a magical and dazzling paradise at nighttime. The festooned lights are there for more than a month and the ideal time to step into the garden is between 5.30 and 9.30 at night. Anybody aged 13 and above has to contribute $4 but parking is free.
- Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show, St. Petersburg 9th December 2016
Immerse yourself completely in the holiday mood in Clearwater as you enter the Mahaffey Theater for enjoying the Mix 100.7’s Mistletoe Show. Your feet will tap spontaneously as music bands that have been felicitated with Grammy Awards including Joshua Rodin, Colbie Caillat, and Blue October keeps everybody enthralled with their holiday music. Keep yourself and your family fully entertained on the night of 9th December by paying a modest ticket fee of $35 (per head).
- Christmas Wonderland, Safety Harbor, 10th December 2016
‘The best things in life are free’ and you’ll surely experience the truth behind this pithy saying when you approach the King’s Gate Church in Safety Harbor. You don’t have to pay a farthing to enjoy the live music, engaging games, mouthwatering treats, and face painting competitions. You’re sure to get nostalgic and emotional when you lend your voice to the caroling. The best time to visit King’s Gate Church would be from 5.30 p.m. onward till 7.30 p.m. make it a point to take your spouse and the kids as this is a family event.
- Illuminated Boat Parade in St. Petersburg, 10th December 2016
You’ll simply bless your stars as you soak up the pageantry of illuminated boats flowing down the waters in Tampa Bay Area close to downtown St. Petersburg. There’ll be countless other revelers and holidaymakers to gape at the 30th anniversary of the parade of lighted up boats. The pageant which is held every year in the month of December is sponsored by the St. Petersburg chapter of Rotary Club. If you wish to get a good view of the spectacle which starts at 6.30 pm along with your family, then find a spot in Vinoy Park, Vinoy Yacht Basin, Spa Beach or at the Albert Whitted Airport. No, you don’t need to pay a dime to witness the parade.
- A Christmas Vacation and a Yuletide Yarn: The Best of Both the Worlds, R.O.C. Park Madeira Beach 16th December 2016
You spend the entire year watching movies holed up inside multiplexes. Get ready to lap up open-air movie screenings if you park yourself on Madeira Beach on 16th December. Two classics-Christmas Vacation and Christmas Story- are screened starting from 6 p.m.
- A Christmas Carol at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 18th December 2016
If you’re in Clearwater, don’t miss the musical rendition of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ that’ll be performed twice on 18th December at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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