6-10 p.m., rain or clear skies.
Oakdale Christmas House
2719 Oakdale Street South, St. Petersburg FL 33705
It's the 43rd year of the Oakdale Light Display, which is among the largest and longest running home displays in the United States! It has become a tradition for many in the Tampa Bay area, but also draws some from other states and, in a few cases, other countries. It has been ranked in the top 3 nationally by NBC's Today Show, presented first in HGTV'S All Out Christmas Special, and featured in PEOPLE Magazine.
Each year there are some display changes. Our highest number of lights has been about one-half million. There are walkways, water fountains, a computerized light show, a huge collection of animated dolls, a snowman about 3 stories high, and the most popular item -- the large HO-scale model raillroad! It can run 18 trains at one time. The layout includes city and country scenes with an airport, flying planes and a working carnival.
The kids love the Double Bubble machines and games. Three electric meters are needed to handle the power. Electric bills have run as high as $4000! It is FREE and fun for the whole family.
Directions: Take I-275. Exit on #22 (I-275) going east to 4th street. Turn right onto 4th Street South. Go about one mile, crossing over 22nd Ave. South. Take the next left, which is Oakdale. There should be a sign at that point. Go two blocks--park and begin your tour.