Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field

Enchant covers St. Pete's infamous indoor baseball stadium during the offseason with millions of Christmas lights.
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski
Enchant covers St. Pete's infamous indoor baseball stadium during the offseason with millions of Christmas lights.
With a proclamation from the City of St. Petersburg and the flip of a switch to light up a towering tree inside Tropicana Field, Enchant Christmas officially kicked off the holiday season last Friday.

Back for its third year, Enchant covers our infamous indoor baseball stadium during the offseason with millions of Christmas lights, an ice skating rink, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, endless options for family photos and selfies, and a vendor market for shopping and eating local.

Enchant kicked off on Nov. 25 inside Tropicana Field with a special “Bright Friday” event featuring organizers teaming up with Santa and St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch for a ceremonial lighting of the 100-foot-tall centerpiece “Everwhite” tree.

“This is a great celebration,” Welch said Friday before the tree lighting. “This also has an economic impact to our local businesses who get to come here and share their wares with the community, so we want to recognize the impact of Enchant and Bright Friday with a proclamation from the city.”

The proclamation cemented Nov. 25, 2022, as “Enchant Bright Friday.”
Some of the local vendors at this year’s event include For the Bay Clothing Co. and Olive Drab Farm. For the Bay Clothing designs and sells extremely “Champa Bay”-themed apparel, and at Enchant also has a bunch of holiday designs.

Olive Drab Farm is a family-run farm in north Pasco County that produces goat milk bath and body products, soy candles, and other handmade items. At Enchant, its showing off holiday scents in soy wax melts, candles, soaps, and lotions.

As for local food and drinks, there’s Beans & Barlour, Pacific Counter, and Impasto, among other offerings from the area and from Enchant.

With Hallmark Channel as a sponsor this year, Enchant has upped its game with larger and brighter light displays, including a few animatronic ones, inside its sprawling maze. Notable displays include bright blue whales that seem to swim through the air, a sparkling cherry blossom tree forest, a space age lighted dome representing the Andromeda Galaxy, and the glittering Santa’s Magic Timepiece that marks the grand finale of the maze.

There’s also a Hallmark Channel cozy lounge and a small gift shop with “This is my Hallmark Channel watching” shirts and mugs. When you’ve found all the pieces in the maze’s scavenger hunt, visit the lounge and enter for a chance to win a set visit of a Hallmark Channel movie.

Enchant Christmas runs through New Years Day at Tropicana Field.

Tickets for Enchant Christmas in St. Pete start at $35 for adults and $20 for children. Ice skating is purchased separately for $18 per person. Kids Free Wednesdays are on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14, which means one general admission child’s ticket with each paid adult ticket. Tickets are time for a one-hour arrival window, but once you’re inside, you can stay until closing time. 
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Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski
Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski
Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski
Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski
Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field
Photo by Chelsea Zukowski

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