Celebrate First Night St Pete With Ann Kelly 

Posted: 4:29 am Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

By Ann Kelly


Whether this will be your first or your twenty-fifth you have a personal invitation from Executive Director Allen Loyd to bring the family down to help celebrate the silver anniversary of the Annual First Night Celebration in downtown St Petersburg. It kicks off at 4 pm and includes 25 different venues than range from churches to office buildings as well as historic buildings. It’s a great way to celebrate the diversity of the local arts scene and give the kids a chance to experience Florida’s largest First Night Celebration. The best way to do that is to buy your First Night buttons in advance that are just $12 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 years old as long as you buy them before December 29th. After that the prices rise to $15 for adults and $10 for the children. Kids 5 and younger, you get in free!


My favorite event is, and always will be, the Bubble Stomp! The Sea Creature Procession will makes its way down to North Straub Park for just plain loud fun as the kids get to stop on our favorite bubble wrap till it’s all gone (and it’s quiet!) followed by fireworks at 8 pm. That way if they’re just a little too tired to make it to midnight, they don’t miss out on any of the fun to welcome in the New Year. Yes the “big kids” still get their midnight fireworks, of course. We have the full schedule of events to take a look with you family to see which ones you don’t want to miss. There’s even a countdown to New Year’s clock that the kid’s will love to follow.


I’ll see you in North Straub Park down on the waterfront and look forward to wishing you all a Happy New Year!