2017 December Holiday Events – Sarasota/Manatee

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December 1, 2017

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point

The museum will be open until 8 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays through December, 2017.

39th Annual Holiday Night of Lights

St. Armands Circle
5:30 p.m.

Music on Main

Lakewood Ranch Main Street
The first Friday of each month, 6:00 p.m.
Live music, beer, wine and food available.

6th Annual Bradenton Blues Festival

Riverwalk Pavilion
6:00 p.m.
Starting with “Blues Appetizer” Concert. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free admission. Click here for more info.

December 7, 2017

Christmas Walk

Historic Downtown Venice
5:00 p.m.
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your donations of nonperishable food for All Faiths Food Bank! All ages welcome.
(941) 484-6722

December 8, 2017

Southside Village Holiday Stroll

5:00 p.m.
Snow slide, snow machines, a climbing wall and trampoline and more. The Music Compound will host a holiday concert, and Santa will visit. Benefits Girls Inc.
(941) 374-2525

December 9, 2017

The Night Before Christmas

GT Bray Park
10:00 a.m.
Face painting, bounce house, snow, hayrides, and a visit from Santa.
(941) 742-5923

December 9 – 10, 2017

Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
12:00 p.m.
Main Auditorium Admission: Adults $5 / 12 & Under Free
Bay Front Room & Street Fair: Free to Enter

December 9, 2017
Sarasota Boat Parade
6:00 p.m.
Started in 1986, the 20+ boat parade starts from City Island and makes its way through Sarasota Bay.

December 9, 2017
2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
Downtown Sarasota
6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a signature ugly sweater-themed koozie and sunglasses, registration party, exclusive drink and food specials at participating bars, and more.

December 9, 2017

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

6:00 p.m.
(941) 748-8087

December 10, 2017

Santa’s Cookie & Cocoa Party

The Mall at UTC
6:00 p.m.
Sugary sweets, sing-a-longs, holiday crafts and fun-filled magic for all.

December 11, 2017

98° At Christmas

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
8:00 p.m.
The quartet is embarking on a 31-city “98 at Christmas” tour, supporting their first full-length holiday album in 18 years, Let It Snow.

December 15, 2017

Cinematic Celebrations at The Ringling: Elf

Museum of Art Courtyard
5:30 p.m.
Interactive movie night, games + activities, coffee + hot cocoa, and more.

December 17 & 23, 2017

An Afternoon with Santa

The Powel Crosley Estate
11:00 a.m.
An afternoon of storytelling, reindeer games, and lunch.

December 17, 2017

6th Annual Spectacular FREE Christmas Concert

Congregational United Church of Christ
6:00 p.m.
Three professional vocalists and more than a dozen professional musicians perform seasonal music.
(941) 756-1018

December 21, 2017

Lights in Bloom

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
6:00 p.m.
14th annual event with over a million lights decorating Selby Gardens.

December 21 – 30, 2017

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
8:00 p.m.
10th Anniversary National Tour of a critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza that is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one.

December 22, 2017

Decades Rewind: Sleigh Ride

Manatee Performing Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
Decades Rewind, a national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance celebrates the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a segment in each decade dedicated to holiday favorites.

December 23, 2017

Christmas on Main

Lakewood Ranch Main Street
6:00 p.m.
Free rides, photos with Santa, elves, music, food.

December 25, 2017

Currents Christmas Buffet

The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota
4:00 p.m.
$49 per person
Call for reservations: (941) 363-2615

December 31, 2017

7th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Marina Jack
4:00 p.m.
Suncoast Charities for Children and Marina Jack are working with the City of Sarasota to organize a midnight fireworks show.

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