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Linda Carlo, Community and Public Relations Coordinator
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Enjoy the Sights and the Sounds of the Holidays at Santa Fest on December 1
Tampa, FL November 8, 2007 - Get a dose of holiday cheer at the 25th Annual Santa Fest presented by the Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, on Saturday, December 1, 2007. This free, family festival takes place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Centennial Park and the Ybor State Museum, located at 1800 18th Street in Tampa's Ybor City.

Santa Fest is sure to get you in the holiday mood as Centennial Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice-skating, two giant snow slides, make-n-take crafts and continuous holiday entertainment. The young, and the young at heart, can visit with Santa and enjoy holiday entertainment in the courtyard of the Ybor State Museum. The Museum will be offering free admission. Visitors can meet Jack Frost, a walking, talking Christmas Tree, the Geico Gecko, and the Grump as well as enjoy free samples of Leighton’s Honey and Popsicles. 

In honor of Santa Fest, Historic Streetcar rides are only 25 cents from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m

The festival culminates at 4 p.m. as the Krewe of Venus Holiday Parade steps off. The Krewe of Venus Holiday Parade features over 50 units including colorful floats, local school marching bands, 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 will disband along Palm Avenue.

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department produces Santa Fest and the holiday parade. The festival is made possible thanks to many partners including the Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, The Tampa Tribune, Magic 94.9 FM, Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc., Centro Ybor, Krewe of Venus, metroPCS,  Florida State Parks and the Florida Poultry Federation.

For more information, please call the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department at (813) 274-8615.

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