Check out the top events happening this week in the St. Pete/Clearwater area below!
1 Enchant Christmas
Now – Sunday, December 29, 2019
The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 - Dec. 29, 2019. On your adventure, glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas Market of over 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes, and more.
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn't allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women "computers," charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in "girl hours". Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman.
By Lauren Gunderson, America's most popular modern playwright, this performance is a can't miss. Coming to American Stage on select night from November 20 – December 22. Purchase tickets online today.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – Thursday, December 12, 2019
Head to the Grand Central District in St. Pete for two festive days and evenings of savings from over 40 local businesses! Participating boutiques, bars and other businesses will be offering giveaways, raffles, store wide sales, door prizes, drink & food specials, and much more. Check out the list of deals online and map out your shop and stroll experience in the Grand Central District.
The annual "Holiday Lights in the Gardens" is a seasonal escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment. Over 1 million LED lights shining throughout our Botanical Gardens highlighting our plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. Refreshments are available, as well as Holiday-themed gifts at the Botanical Bounty Gift Shop. The event begins at 5:30 pm and a $5 suggested donation are encouraged for entry.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Friday, December 13, 2019
Spend every second Friday of the month sipping, shopping & strolling through charming Downtown Dunedin! Local shops, restaurants & bars will be open for you to enjoy from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. This event is completely free and takes place at John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.
Like Las Vegas on the water! This year's dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John's Pass.
This art festival transforms Williams Park into an outdoor gallery of original and handmade art created by extraordinary artists in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. Whether for yourself or as gifts for friends and loved ones, you will find something at all price points. This outdoor art show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation for the beautiful!
8 Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Watch as the waterways in Madeira Beach light up with boats displaying their best Christmas lights! This boat parade will kick off at John's Pass with a shop local holiday extravaganza, tree lighting, and boat parade kickoff party. Head to ROC park for the best view of the parade and to enjoy holiday music, food, and spirits.
An annual Clearwater holiday event that's not to be missed! Festively decorated boats will parade past Coachman Park around 8:30 p.m. From there, the fleet will cruise under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel, then proceed south through the navigable canals to Clearwater Point. Free and family-friendly!
Holiday decorated boats will light up the intracoastal waterway in downtown Gulfport! The 34th annual parade presented by the Boca Ciega Yacht Club will kick off at 6:00 pm. Parade-goers can get a good look from Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach near the Gulfport Casino. Free and family-friendly!
This annual holiday parade weaves through downtown Tarpon Springs starting at 10 a.m. Parade route: starts at Manatee Plaza and goes north on E. Lemon Street, then south on Ring Ave and finishes its last leg on Tarpon Ave. all the way to Spring Bayou.