How do you celebrate Christmas in St. Petersburg? Well, there are many things to do in and around the city. If you haven’t been out and about this holiday season, why not take this week to really go see what the community has to offer? You’ll find Santa, some great Christmas shows, and much more. Whether you want a small, local gathering or a huge event, you’ll find something to suit your tastes.
The classic ballet “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts. This performance, the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, will be held on Dec. 26th and 27th. You can also catch the Moscow Classical Ballet and the Florida Orchestra perform “The Nutcracker” at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on the 27th and 28th.
The Morean Arts Center is doing Holiday Music in the Hot Shop up to December 24th. In addition to the great holiday music, you can also watch talented glass blowers create hand-made ornaments and other items. While you’re there, be sure to check out the amazing Morean Art Glass Christmas Tree, a beautiful tree created from glass!
All the businesses located on Central Avenue from 4th to 8th street have decorated their windows for the holidays. Drive or walk these festive blocks and check out what they’ve done. If you wait until dark, you can drive around the entire city and take in the amazing light displays some businesses and homes have created.
Santa will be in North Straub Park until the 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. You can also go skating and see the giant greeting card contest display along with many great holiday light displays.
The American Stage Theatre presents “Holiday Series: Ring-A-Ding-Ding!” This show features jazz pianist Michael Raabe and Sara DelBeato. The two put their own twist on some great classic Christmas songs. The concert will be held on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
Finally, go check out the holiday exhibits at Creative Clay between now and January 7th. These interesting and unique artworks are definitely something you’ve never seen before.