ST. PETERSBURG — Preparations are under way for the upcoming holiday festivities in North Straub Park.
On Monday, workers from Clark Sales Display Inc. of Tavares erected the frame of a 48-foot Christmas tree. The tree consists of 400 lights and 1,500 ornaments. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
The annual holiday Snowfest celebration in the park takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. The festival will offer a big and kiddie toboggan slide, climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, reindeer races, giant slide, "glice" ice skating and a Kiddyland area designed especially for presschoolers with inflatable games, cookie decorating, and more. Wristbands cost $5 and include all activities.
People can also visit Santa in the Park and try "glice" skating on a simulated ice rink in park. Both activities are from 6 to 9 p.m. December 7, 8, 12-15 and 19-23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Photography is allowed.