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No Santa in a bathing suit

Talking to Santa at North Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Talking to Santa at North Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL

Decorated artificial trees can be seen in the window walls of downtown condos, the cafes on Beach Drive are full of festive diners inside and out on the sidewalks and kids are talking to Santa under the Live Oaks on a balmy Saint Petersburg Christmas season evening.

St. Pete Christmas Boat Parade
St. Pete Christmas Boat Parade

It’s starting to feel a lot like a tropical Christmas.

Christmas, North Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Christmas, North Straub Park, St. Petersburg, FL

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A tropical Florida Christmas in Saint Petersburg

 

Christmas Tree, City of Saint Petersburg, FL
Christmas Tree, City of Saint Petersburg, FL

 

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Christmas 2015 arrives in tropical America

Tern nesting area, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete, FL
Tern nesting area, Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete, FL

South Florida is the American mainland tropics and a festival based on a return of the sun – winter solstice/Christmas – seems lost when the sun shines for only a couple hours less during this season. Yet of course Christmas is beyond climate and  all areas of the globe have their own expressions.

Christmas boat parade, St. Pete, FL
Christmas boat parade, St. Pete, FL

Lighted boat parades are a Florida tradition and why not considering the enormous number of privately owned sea craft in the state. Both towns and yacht clubs put on numerous floating displays during December.

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Especially for children, St. Petersburg turned North Straub Park into Snowfest 2015 the first December weekend. Complete with 65 tons of snow that created a sledding area under the Banyan trees, the festival boasted an artificial ice skating platform, karaoke Christmas carol singing, crafts and, of course, sno-cones.

Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL
Snowfest 2015, St. Petersburg, FL

Traditional decorations on houses and the streets are popping up as if the tropic in all its natural glory does dress up for the holidays.

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Twas nights before a southern Christmas

 

In Marion Square, Charleston, SC
In Marion Square, Charleston, SC

DSC06665Walk down any Charleston street and you’ll be acknowledged. Stop and ask a question and be prepared for a lengthy and enthusiastic conversation. As one gentleman said, “Charleston’s always been unique.”

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Did Charleston invent the spirit of Christmas?

 

Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA
Santa's Workshop in gingerbread
Santa’s Workshop in gingerbread

Richmond’s elegant Jefferson Hotel used to stock live alligators in the fountain of the Palm Court lobby. How does Christmas top that? Old Pompey, immortalized by a taxidermist, was the last and after his passing in 1948 the fountain was removed.

 

Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

Richmond residents as well as visitors are drawn to both the lobby and hotel restaurants akin to New York’s Time Square – it’s the city’s Christmas focal point. Read why at…

Christmas alligators at the Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

 

Polar Express Christmas trolly tour stop, Historic Pensecola, FL
Polar Express Christmas trolly tour stop, Historic Pensecola, FL
The Happy Pig Cafe, Historic Pensecola
The Happy Pig Cafe, Historic Pensacola

Seville Square and Pensacola’s National Historic District remain one of America’s most enduring Florida gulf shore neighborhoods and a focal point for Christmas festivities.

 

 

 

 

Pensacola National Historic District, FL
Pensacola National Historic District, FL

Read why Historic Pensacola has the ambiance of a village within the 21st century city and Christmas reflects its southern charm.

Historic Florida Christmas in Pensacola Village

 

Glass dome of the Palm Court Lobby, Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA
Glass dome of the Palm Court Lobby, Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

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