Get your family into the Christmas spirit with the free Santa Fest and Parade at Centennial Park in Tampa. This family fun event is December 5, 2009 from 11 a.m.- 4p.m.
Centennial Park is transformed in to a winter wonderland with entertainers strolling about, children’s make-n-take holiday crafts, the smell of roasted almonds and kettle korn, and the chill from the snow… that’s right, SNOW! Nearly 20 tons of snow is brought in from the “North Pole” for kids young and old to toboggan down two giant snow slides. Children can also visit with Santa Claus, enjoy three stages of continuous holiday entertainment, get great stuff in the Magic 94-9 Courtyard, write letters to Santa, get hands on with MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo and Tampa Fire Rescue as well as enjoy magicians, jugglers and so much more!
The festival culminates at 4 p.m. as the Santa Fest Holiday Parade steps off. The Holiday Parade features over 40 units including colorful floats, antique cars and dance troops. The best viewing for the parade is on 7th Avenue between 14th and 19th Streets and on 19th Street between 7th and 9th Avenues. The parade disbands along Palm Avenue.