The Weekender: December 21st-24th


It may be the Holidays, but St. Pete slows down for no man. There is no shortage of festivities to get you in the Christmas spirit – and keep your family busy. You’re welcome.

The Weekender: Christmas edition.

‘Twas the Weekender before Christmas, when all thro’ St. Pete,

Every creature was stirring, all ready to eat;

The champagne was poured in tall glasses with care,

In hopes that Beach Drive’s finest visitors soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in Banyan trees

While visions of Christmas lights danced in the breeze…

THIS WEEKEND…

Snow is falling every night at Sundial

The perfect way to get in the holiday spirit – bring your friends and family to Sundial for nightly snow between 6pm–9pm from now through December 24th. Watch our Christmas courtyard come to life as flurries take place every half hour, with plenty of opportunities to catch the holiday spectacle. Visitors can also sit in Santa’s lap and take photos every Saturday and Sunday.

THURSDAY DEC. 21ST

Fine Art after 5pm: reduced admission to The Dali Museum & MFA

Fine art can be pricey. Thursdays after 5pm, visit the Dali for just $10, and the MFA for $5. Have a glass of wine and stroll the museums for the perfect Happy Hour.

More Dali Museum information can be found here.

Museum of Fine Arts information can be found here.

Museum of Fine Arts Porch Party

Join us on the best porch in St. Petersburg. During the warmer months of May-September, the Porch Party is held inside the Conservatory. A cash bar is available (one free drink ticket for Members) and light bites provided by varying local restaurants. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries are open until 8 pm with free general admission for members, $5 general admission after 5 pm for not-yet members. No RSVP required. 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month.

Winter Solstice Concert at The Ale & The Witch

Tis the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of daylight. The Ale and the Witch paired up with Bell’s Brewery for some fun winter themed ales and also with the Selwyn Birchwood Band for some hot Blues music. Meet the Bell’s rep at 7pm, concert from 7-11pm.

The Ten Tenors at The Mahaffey

Australia’s ever-popular rock/opera crossover group is coming to the Mahaffey Theater, and ticket allotments have been expanded to meet demand! Celebrate the season with the Ten Tenors at 7:30pm. Tickets available here.

FRIDAY DEC. 22ND

St. Pete Craft Beer & Bites Tour

Craft beer enthusiasts, upscale fine dining, Florida casual… there’s a tour for everyone! Experience the food and beer scene in St. Pete during a 3 hour walking tour that will offer you the opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of one of a kind restaurants, breweries and shops. St. Pete Craft Beer & Bites Tours available every Friday 5 pm – 8 pm between now and March 2018. Limited tickets available, book your tour now.

Off Beach: St. Pete Indie Market Night’s Exchange

The last exchange of 2017! Perfect for that last minute gift, or those family visitors who came just a little early. This night market will include dozens of vendors, an art show, interactive installations, music, and craft beer legends. Green Bench Brewing Co. 7-11pm.

SATURDAY DEC. 23RD

Yoga at the Saturday Morning Market

A partnership with Moving Meditations and the Saturday Morning Market brings you yoga every 4th Saturday of the month, with moving meditations. This practice takes place on the lawn next to Al Lang Stadium. Bring water, your mat, and your attention and arrive early to fill out a waiver. Classes are run by donation. 9:30-10:30am.

Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium

St. Pete’s favorite way to say good morning is back on Beach Drive! After spending the summer in Williams Park, the Market is back with all of the goods – and eats – to make your Saturday morning sweet. Stop by Al Lang Stadium Parking lot from 9am to 2pm. For more information, visit their website: http://saturdaymorningmarket.com/

Family Blessing at the Mahaffey Theater

An inspiring holiday production from Artz 4 Life Academy, featuring the Bay Area’s most energetic youth performing ballet, jazz, hip hop, African dance, Brazlian dance and more. It’s the story of a girl named Alia experiencing the true blessings that come from having a family. 2:30-5:00pm. Tickets available here.

SUNDAY DEC. 24TH

Yoga at the Dali

From 10:30-11:45am every Sunday. Join Lucky Cat Yoga every Sunday at The Dali – a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga. Classes are held in the Raymond James Community Room or Avant-Garden, both with incredible views of the waterfront.

The Lucky Cats teach vinyasa yoga, an all-levels approach that incorporates an interplay of basic breath work, postures, meditation and relaxation. Each student is encouraged to awaken and sustain their practice at their own pace. Please arrive early on a light stomach. Don’t have a mat? We have several on hand to lend.

Cost: $10 members and students, $15 non-members.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Straub Park

Reliance Church will hold a Christmas Eve service in Straub Park – all are welcome. Service begins at 6pm.

Bridgepoint Christmas Eve at the Mahaffey Theater

A Christmas Eve church service is a tradition for many families – if you and yours are visiting Beach Drive, note that all are welcome at Bridgepoint’s Christmas Eve services. They’ll have multiple identical services at 12p, 2p, 4p, and 6p. Please reserve your free spot here.

The Feast of Seven Fishes at Farmtable Cucina

Also known as La Vigilia, this is an Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood. Join Farmtabe Cucina and celebrate Christmas Eve with this decadent Italian tradition.This seafood extravaganza will be a feast for all of the senses! Extended reservations to the main dining room are still available. Call 727.523.6297 to make your reservation. ** $125 deposit/ person upon reservation. Full table participation is required. Reservations will be accepted until Dec.22 at noon. ** Event is from 4-7pm.

Masterpieces & Mimosas at the Dali Museum

Let’s get (Sur)real. What could be better than a Spanish brunch, complete with mimosas AND the wild works of Salvador Dali? No comparison. Grab a companion for your journey into weird and wonderful from 11 to 4pm in the museum’s Gala Cafe.

About the author

Megan Holmes

Megan Holmes

By day, Megan writes, project manages, and plays an executive assistant who needs an assistant at Big Sea. By early morning and late night, she lives at CrossFit9 with a barbell in her hands. She believes that exercise is the greatest prescription for every ailment, but that a hot cup of coffee and a nice sour beer will do in a pinch. She loves all things local – so you might spot her trying out a new eatery, biking around this beautiful city, or walking her beloved Shiba Inu, Max.


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