ST. PETERSBURG — Families got to briefly enjoy the novelty of making snowballs and going sledding at Straub Park in 80 degree weather Saturday without the hassle of real winter storms that are battering other parts of the country.
The city hauled in mounds of bonafide snow for its annual Snowfest this weekend, which coincided with a parade through downtown with elves, poodles in sleighs and, of course, Santa Claus.
In the next two weeks leading up to Christmas, there will be boat parades, caroling and lots of holiday shopping in cities across Pinellas County.
Many cities will host their own parades and festivities during the next week. Here are a few of them:
Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes
3 to 8 p.m. today
A tour of eight decorated homes with carolers and bell choirs performing throughout the neighborhood
Check-in at Westminster Palm View, 939 Beach Drive N.E.
2013 Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade
6 p.m. Saturday
Annual boat parade from the Vinoy Basin waterfront
Downtown St. Petersburg
Gulfport’s Holiday Hoopla!
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Holiday music, carolers, dance and roving street performers
3129 Beach Blvd. S.
Memorial Holiday Boat Parade
6:30 p.m. Saturday
Clearwater boaters will light up their vessels and sail along Coachman Park
301 Drew St.
Old Fashioned Christmas & Holiday Parade
4 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Horse-drawn carriages, train rides, games, holiday music and photos with Santa in downtown Dunedin.
Christmas Parade and Christmas Stroll
10 a.m. Saturday
A festive parade through the city followed by a candy cane hunt for kids, a wine walk for adults and other activities.
Downtown Tarpon Springs
6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Shave ice snowballs, winter crafts, smores by the campfire at George C. McGough Nature Park.
11901 146th St. N
Trees and Traditions
Ongoing during Heritage Village hours
Music, special holiday gifts and visits from Santa Claus at the Heritage Village in Largo
11909 125th St. N.