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Celebrating the season on the Suncoast

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Along the Suncoast, we do not need snow to embrace the spirit of the holidays; from city streets lined with lights, cheerful music playing in shops, to reliving the traditions that bring families together. When the holiday festivities draw near, we can all feel the excitement brewing.

Our communities are rich in culture and creativity, giving life to spectacular holiday events with a tropical twist. So, whether you just settling in a new home or are a longtime local, join us as we come together once again to embrace past traditions and create new ones.

There are countless events across the Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. Here are some to guide you across our communities to discover the unique charm each has to offer. You never know, you might just fall in love with a new neighborhood.

December 2nd, 6 PM-8 PM

City Christmas Tree Lighting

Downtown Sarasota’s Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 6 – 8 PM in Selby Five Points Park

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December 6th, 7 PM-9 PM

Venice Concert Band – Holiday Joy

Both holidays are celebrated as the Venice Concert Band performs many of the traditional sounds of the season. You will also be treated to a few selections with happy and surprising twists.

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December 11th, 1 PM-9 PM

Holiday Gift Markets at University Town Center

Shop for holiday gifts from 70+ crafters and entrepreneurs from all over Florida. Feast from some delicious local food trucks. Bring out the whole family for tree lightings and thousands of Holiday Lights each night.

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December 11th, 6 PM-8:30 PM

Sarasota Boat Parade of Lights

First begun in 1986, the Sarasota boat parade brings spectators of all ages to marvel at the intricately decorated and lighted boats. Arrive early to claim the best spot, bring snacks, and chairs enjoy the light show of the season. The boat parade begins around 6 p.m. from City Island. And you can find the best viewing at City Island and Bayfront Park/Marina Jack’s in downtown Sarasota.

sarasota boat parade

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December 16th, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Santa On Main Street

You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, even Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas joy, and sharing that all-familiar laugh.

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December 21st, 5 PM-8 PM

Sarasota Farmers Market – Holiday Night Market

Guests are invited to stroll through twinkling lights and special holiday decor as they witness the popular Sarasota Farmers Market transformed under the sunset and evening sky. Stop by to see your favorite Market Vendors for last-minute gifts (and delicious eats!) while listening to festive live music by popular local bluegrass/Americana band, Passerine.

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January 1st, 6PM-9PM

Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Holiday Light Show

Lights in Bloom®: An Open-Air Holiday Light Show will feature more than two million lights illuminating the gardens and walkways. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, children’s arts and crafts, activities, and entertainment.

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Comment below if there is one you will be attending and if there are any others you would like to share. If you see us, say hello. And may we be the first to send you the warmest wishes this season.

Celebrating the season on the Suncoast was last modified: December 1st, 2021 by Michael Saunders