Christmas Magic on the Beach
Christmas time holds a certain magic at the beach. We don't know if it's the many boat parades or the lights glistening off the waters but there is something memorable about a St. Pete Beach Christmas. If you're fortunate enough to be around this time of year check out these amazing events in the area:
Winter’s Wonderland at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is held from now through January 6th, 2020. They have decorated their habitats for the holidays and you can watch and interact with Santa and his elves as they dive into Mavis's Rescue Hideaway. Don't forget to catch the Sea of Lights boat cruise on select nights to enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights around Clearwater Bay.
Enchant Christmas is at Tropicana Field from now through December 29th. It's the world's largest Christmas light maze and market with amazing light sculptures and eye-popping wonders. There's even an ice skating trail. The Christmas Market features over 40 local vendors. With holiday tunes and carolers singing in the background it is a very festive time. This is a ticketed event and guests are encouraged to reserve a desired date and time in order to ensure that they can attend.
The Florida Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights in the Gardens runs from November 29th through January 4th, 2020. The gorgeous gardens are lit up with twinkling lights and there are strolling entertainers and vendors. Over a million LED lights decorate Florida plants in holiday-themed displays.Local boat parades, various dates. Almost all of our seaside communities have a holiday boat parade and tree lighting.
Tarpon Springs is on December 6th and begins around 8. Dunedin is the following day on December 7th and begins at 7. Treasure Island is December 13th. Boats depart at 6:20 from the club and end at 8:15 at John's Pass. Madeira Beach’s boat parade is the following day and it kicks off at John's Pass. Gulfport boat parade is also on the 14th. The beach near the casino offers some of the best viewing. The 14th is a busy night as the Clearwater boat parade is that day as well. Decorated boats float by Coachman Park around 8:30 and cruise under Memorial Causeway Bridge to Clearwater Point. The rest of the boat parades fill the next weekend with Indian Rocks on the 21st starting at 6:45 p.m. and Redington Beach and Indian Shores boat parade on Sunday the 22nd.
St Pete Beach is forgoing its boat parade this year but it does have several fun Christmas events such as Christmas in the Park. This new holiday event at Horan Park brings in local vendors so you can find that perfect holiday gift at the Mistletoe Market! Enjoy the annual tree lighting and Festival of Trees hosted by the Chamber. Mistletoe Market will take place on Dec 7th from 12-6 pm and will include the tree lighting ceremony.The Christmas Land Parade in St. Pete Beach on December 14th is always a fun time. Unlike up north you don't need to worry about frostbite.
There are many opportunities to buy from local artisans including at the Saint Pete Indie Holiday Market on December 7th 12 to 4 on Baum Avenue. The holiday Makers Market on the same day allows you to sip and shop for handmade gifts from over thirty artisans. The event has live music and charges $5 admission in advance or $10 at the door and includes a free tote bag. It's being held at one of the area's newest event spaces, West Events in Madeira Beach.
The Grand Central District in St Pete hosts its Ho-Ho holiday Shop and Stroll on December 11th and 12th featuring over 40 local businesses. It will include giveaways, sales, door prizes, and drink and food specials. Don't forget the Holiday Market at Hotel Zamora on December 18th from 6 to 9. Their sunset market on the rooftop features local artisans and live music plus some very tasty drink specials.
Snowfest in downtown St Pete is a must-see. This year it's hosted on December 7th. 65 tons of snow are expected to fall in North Straub Park for a spectacular winter wonderland that's rarely seen this far south. From 9 to 2 kids can enjoy winter activities like the toboggan slide, karaoke, ice skating, and cookie decorating.
The annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in historic Old Northeast is held on December 8th from 3 to 8. Visitors can stroll beautifully decorated homes and enjoy music that celebrates the holiday season. There's also a trolley service available.The Santa Parade and tree lighting takes place in downtown Saint Petersburg on November 30th from 6 to 10. The parade runs from Albert Whitted Park on Bayshore Drive along Bay Shore to 5th Avenue. Following the parade downtown, the Christmas tree is lit in North Straub Park. Guests are invited to stay after the parade and tree lighting to enjoy activities in the park, concessions, and more. Admission is free but you'll want to bring a blanket or lawn chair as there's no seating.
We're in the Christmas spirit too here at PJ’s and that's why we have an amazing deal for you. Have you ever purchased gift certificates for someone and wished you got a little something for yourself? Well, we are doing a special promo this season with gift certificates.
Buy $50 and get an additional $10. $60 worth of delicious food for the cost of $50! But this special is only available in our restaurant.
You cannot order them online or over the phone so come see us for an extra special treat.