2023 December Sarasota
Events Calendar

Our December Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best list of Sarasota happenings and fun things to do around the sun coast.

*Every effort is made to provide accurate information, however, dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event. This Calendar is updated as information is made available.



December 1, 2023: It's the fourth annual UTC Festival of Trees, a showcase and silent auction of whimsical trees decorated by local charities. Stroll the upper level of the Mall at UTC to explore 40 trees celebrating charities throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. Admission is free. Vote for your favorite trees and bid in the online silent auction for a chance to take a tree home after the showcase concludes on Dec 17. All of the money raised will benefit each participating charity. The Festival of Trees is located inside the Mall at UTC and available for viewing December 1 through December 17 during mall hours. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.

December 1, 2023: Check out Jazz at Two featuring Eddie Tobin and Friends. Enjoy Sarasota & Club favorite, Eddie Tobin, one of the most entertaining, versatile performers in the area. Affectionately called the "lounge lizard", his concerts feature a mix of jazz, pop favorites, music from the American songbook & maybe a bit of Ray Charles. Admission $15-$20 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota,FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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December 1, 2023: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting another food truck rally at North Jetty Park! Come out for this free family friendly event. They'll have fun yard games, music and of course plenty of food trucks. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. North Jetty Park, 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL. 941-861-5000.

December 1, 2023: Enjoy the Holmes Beach Tree Lighting and Holiday Market at the AMI Chamber Chamber of Commerce from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. with the tree lighting at 6 p.m., Businesses and merchants in Holmes Beach will stay open until 8 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach,  Anna Maria Island, FL.

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December 1, 2023: It's downtown Sarasota's Fresh Fridays with a Frosty The Snowman theme and featuring a holiday showcase with carolers, seasonal treats, lights and snow globe photo booth and more. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL.

December 1, 2023:  Lakewood Ranch presents The Holiday Tree Lighting and Music on Main from 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.; a free concert and block party. Light up the holiday tree on Main Street from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. and then enjoy Shell and the Crabs filling the air with the best classics and unforgettable originals and the event will benefit Children First. Santa himself will be at Main Street, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer and sharing that all familiar laugh. The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, but please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short leash. Free admission. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 1, 2023: t's the 45th Annual Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armand's Circle. Holiday Night of Lights” is St. Armand's official “kick off” to the holiday season. The event begins with a special performance at 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join in with their annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by “Santa’s Arrival” and the tree lighting ceremony of a 60' tall Christmas Tree. Photos with Santa are available throughout the evening from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Srtoll the circle and enjoy live music.  Enjoy holiday entertainment for the young and young at heart. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, across the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 1 - 2, 2023: Celebrate the holiday season with the return of Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park at the Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Enjoy the grounds where there will be activities including reindeer games and crafts. All of the buildings will be decorated and open to visitors. Tickets will be required to attend the event whether you have an additional reservation with Santa or not. If you would like to attend the event only and not see Santa, reserve your event tickets starting November 14th through our website, Santa Claus: There will be appointment slots every 5 minutes and to reserve a spot with Santa (up to 10 people per slot), you will need to call the Manatee County Agricultural Museum at 941-721-2034 on November 14, 2023 beginning at 8:00 a.m..They will be taking reservations in the order that they are received and this will automatically register you for general event tickets as well. Friday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. & Saturday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 6th St W, Palmetto, FL.

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December 1 - 2, 2023: Check out the Outdoor Holiday Market at The Mall at UTC. The two-day event will feature 150+ vendors selling handmade and unique holiday gifts, food trucks and more! The market will be open on Friday, December 1st from 4 - 9 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 11 am - 5 pm. Free entry and parking. Pets are allowed (leashed). Parking lot 4. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL

December 1 - 2, 2023: The 11th Annual Bradenton Blues Fest will take place at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion at Rossi Park with an outstanding line up of 9 top blues talents. In addition to amazing music, you can purchase local craft beer and wine, delicious food, and cool festival merchandise. Various ticket prices and arrangements starting at $20. Music starts Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday music begins at 11 a.m. and goes to 8 p.m. The Bradenton Blues Festival takes place at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion at Rossi Park. 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL

December 1 - 3, 2023: Enjoy warm gulf breezes, fresh seafood and live musical performances at America’s #1 beach at the 5th annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy the best and freshest cooked foods by local restaurants and food purveyors. Foods are cooked on-site using such ingredients as grouper, mahi mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs. A variety of vegetarian and rice dishes are available as well as non-seafood items. Live music, too: While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. On the breaks between performances, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. $5 general admission. Fri: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. & Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The event will be held along the Siesta Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road,  Siesta Key, FL.

December 1, 3, 2023: Kick off the Christmas season with the Sarasota Baptist Church at their Sarasota Christmas Festival on December 1st and 3rd! Come and enjoy live music by the outdoor Christmas tree (bring a lawn chair, limited seating provided) and a Christmas village with food, photo areas, petting zoo, hot chocolate, kids crafts, and some surprises! This event is completely FREE! 7 p.m. Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-922-1449.

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December 1 - 3, 2023: You're invited to the Singing Christmas Tree Spectacular to enjoy the wonder of Christmas. Presented by the First Sarasota Downtown Baptist Church, The Singing Christmas Tree, some 25 feet tall, sporting over 10,000 lights with 12 levels that hold 115 choir members, is a music and drama production written & directed by church members and accompanied by an orchestra featuring songs of the Christmas Season and stunning pageantry. There are 5 performances taking place, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Dec 1 at 7 p.m., Dec 2 at 11 a.m., Dec 2 at 2 p.m. and Dec 3 at 5 p.m. Tickets: Tickets: Adults: $20, children: $15. Tickets available here to buy online. First Baptist Church of Sarasota, 1661 Main St, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-365-2846. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 1 - 6, 2023: Come to Ever Green Days at The Bay, Sarasota’s newest signature park and blue-and-green oasis along Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a wide range of interactive green and eco-friendly experiences including family-friendly activities, guided eco-tours, hands-on eco-education, and more! Check back as we add new activities. As always, all events at The Bay are free and open to everyone, so bring your family and friends and find your adventure! Free. The Bay Park, 655 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

December 1 - 10, 2023: Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is excited to present their 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival taking place at University Town Center.  Feast your eyes on 100+ gingerbread houses crafted by local schools & organizations. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free admission. University Town Center at I-75 and University Parkway, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 1 - 17, 2023: The Sarasota Players gets holly, jolly with A Tuna Christmas. The play is both an affectionate commentary and withering satire of small-town Southern life and attitudes and is sure to strike a chord with any theatre-goer. It’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Warnings: Adult language/Content. Various shows times, dates and ticket prices. The Sarasota Players, 501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, FL. Please park and enter the mall by Connor’s Steak and Seafood.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota! 

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December 1 - 21, 2023: Take a ride on the North Pole Express, a 35 minute ride from Parrish, FL to the North Pole. Upon arrival, everyone will detrain at our special North Pole station where Santa awaits to visit with every child. During your stay a variety of entertainment, activities, camp fires and all the hot chocolate and cookies you care to eat are included with every train ticket. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase at the North Pole. Various dates/times/ticket prices. All children Ages One and Up must have a ticket for the North Pole Express. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd Street East, Parrish, FL. (941) 776-0906

December 1 - 31, 2023: It's the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS,” a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations at Fisherman's Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL. (Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village.)

December 1, 2023 - January 2, 2024: It's time to lace up your skates for some wintertime fun at UTC. The Rink at UTC, presented by the Tampa Bay Lightning, opened November 11th and will run daily through January 2nd.Mon - Fri 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. School holidays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. The Rink is located in the East District at UTC.. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL.

December 2, 2023: It's the 26th Annual Jingle & Jog 5K Run/Walk in support of The Haven to benefit people of all ages with disabilities. Registration includes race t-shirt, food, refreshments and swag bag. Starting at The Haven’s beautiful campus nestled on 32-acres of lush Florida scenery, participants will experience a smooth course under the canopy of oak trees. Registration: $35. No day of registration. 7 a.m. check in. Race starts at 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Haven Campus, 4405 DeSoto Rd, Sarasota, FL.



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December 2, 2023: Check out Ukrainian Christmas in Venice. Learn about and experience Ukrainian Christmas customs with live music, traditional dress, dancing and more. Display of Ukrainian folk art: embroidery, wood carving, ceramics, potter, Christmas ornaments, holiday customs, traditions. Bring your lawn chair! 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL

December 2, 2023: It's the 3rd Annual BEER Mile on Friday Night (12/1/23), a fun filled pre-race night to Saturday December 2, 2023 Fifth Annual Braves Tomahawk 5K, Run a quick 1 mile around the concourse of Cool Today Park! Enjoy a 10oz draft beer or soda at every 0.25 miles. Beer mile starts at 6 p.m. Tomahawk 5K starts Saat 7:30 a.m. CoolToday Park, 18800 South West Villages Parkway Venice, FL

December 2, 2023: It's the North Port Poinsettia Parade.  The Poinsettia Parade will start at 5 p.m. and march south down Sumter Boulevard from Sylvania Avenue through the City Center Campus, ending at the Festival (a prime location to catch the parade). This year's theme is "North Port Holidays Around the World." Floats adorned with poinsettias, decorated vehicles, and escorted by North Port Fire Rescue, Jolly Ole St. Nick will make a special appearance in the parade. The parade will end at the annual Poinsettia Festival. The Festival will include a tree lighting ceremony and will take place throughout the grounds of the City Center Campus, including on the Front Green and inside City Hall. This fun-filled holiday festival will also feature food vendors, entertainment, attractions and much more. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. City Center Campus 4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port, FL.

December 2, 2023: It's the Annual Christmas Jeep Parade put on by the Sarasota and Bradenton Jeep Clubs. Be sure to deck out your Jeep with your favorite lights and decorations - the more the merrier! They'll meet at De Soto Square Mall in Bradenton starting at 5 p.m. The convoy will pull out at 7 pm. The route includes Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, St. Armand's Circle and Siesta Key. Meet at DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton, 5 p.m.  De Soto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton, FL.

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December 2, 2023: The Venice Christmas Boat Parade starts at 6 p.m. (rain date is the next day) along the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice starting at the Albee Road Bridge in Nokomis and moving south along the waterway with turnaround before the Circus Bridge in Venice. Spectators line the north (at South Nokomis Beach) and south (at North Venice Beach) jetties and throughout the downtown and Venice waterfront areas to the judging area near the south Circus Bridge for a view of the brightly lit and colorfully decorated “Christmas Boats.” 6 p.m. Admission is free. Rain date is next day. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 2, 2023:Bradenton Beach Marina will present the 5th Annual Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Boat owners are invited to show off their holiday spirit and their beautifully lit vessels in a Parade along the Intracoastal Waterway. View the annual boat parade from Bradenton Beach Marina’s Paddle Boat or from the Bradenton Beach pier. Vessels in the parade will gather near the south end of Jewfish Key. The parade will head northwest along the Longboat Pass Bridge and then north in the Intracoastal Waterway. The parade will pass alongside the Bradenton Beach City Pier and end at the Bradenton Beach Marina. Starts at 6 p.m. Free. Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. 941-778-2288.

December 2, 2023: Enjoy the 11th annual Holiday Boat Parade at Jiggs Landing Preserve, on the Ever's Reservoir and Braden River, launch your boat at the public boat ramp. The colorful parade gets going at dark as they parade past Jiggs Landing, They pass "The Heights" on the reservoir and head upstream past Mote Ranch, Marineland and continue on to Linger Lodge. Music starts at noon and plays all day with Santa on the grounds roaming around. Jiggs Landing Preserve, 6106 63rd St. E, Bradenton, FL. 941-727-4181.

December 2, 2023: The 27th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade takes place in downtown Sarasota on the first Saturday evening of December. With thousands participating and even more thousands viewing, the parade kicks off at 7 p.m. with decorated floats, live marching bands and the guest of honor "rounding" out the parade, Santa Claus. The Parade route runs along Main Street. It's a definite "must see!" December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com




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December 2 - 3, 2023: Explore solutions to go green at the Green Living Expo. Demo and buy sustainable products and services from green businesses and non-profit organizations. Get involved and get hands on with opportunities to volunteer and help solve local environmental issues. It’s a two-day trade-show loaded with ideas and demos about how to reduce our impacts on the environment. Register for free tickets. City of Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

December 2 - 3, 2023: Enjoy Wintergreen Weekend at the Point: A Victorian Family Holiday.  Kick off the holiday season with festive, time-honored traditions at our scenic Historic Spanish Point campus. Join us for “reindeer” pony rides, holiday storytelling, handbell performances, and more! Admission is free for Selby Gardens members and included with general admission. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Member guests $11, Adults $26, Ages 5-17 $11, Age 4 and under Free. Historic Spanish Point, 401 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Historic Spanish Point is a 30-acre museum and environmental complex.  

December 2 - 3, 2023: It's Lakewood Ranch's Holiday of the Arts! Enjoy browsing and purchasing fine arts and crafts from a fascinating and diverse palette of original, handmade arts, crafts and specialty products by artisans from across America. Art are pieces created in painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, candles, scented oils, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch, FL

December 2 - 3, 2023: Come one, come all and check out The SunCoast Renaissance Festival, a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village that's filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give you the illusion that you have stepped back in time.100’s of performances plus craftspeople and more. Different theme each weekend. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission to season passes: Under 5 are free. Also Dec 9-10. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

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December 2 - 3, 2023: The 5th annual Jingle Jam event takes place at CoolToday Park. Holiday Market, Horse and Carriage Rides, Kids’ Crafts and Activities, Family events and contests, Holiday themed carnival games, Live music, Appearances by Santa & Mrs. Claus, visit from Coca-Cola Caravan (Sat. Only), Caddy Carts Golf Cart Parade (Sun. Only), and more! Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Cool Today Park, 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy Venice, FL. Parking is in the main lot of the stadium.

December 3, 2023: You're invited to Gamble Plantation Historic State Park's Christmas Open House. You can travel back to the Old South during the day through the many lifestyle demonstrations of that time. Gamble Mansion will be lavishly decorated in the Christmas spirit, allowing you a special look at a 19th century Christmas. The Ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be wearing costumes reminiscent of the era of the 1840’s through 1870’s to add that special touch of authenticity to the day. See a War Between the States-Soldier’s camp, Early Craft Demonstrations, Period Sutlers, Free Tours of the Gamble Mansion, Mansion Lavishly Decorated in the Christmas Spirit Admission is free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is located on U.S. 301 in Ellenton, one mile west of I-75 off exit #224.

December 3, 2023: It's the the 2nd Annual Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair in Venice with vendors, crafts, art, food trucks & more! Come out and enjoy this family fun event! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Maxine Barritt Park from 10am-3pm. 1800 Harbor Dr. S. Venice. FL.

December 3, 2023: You are invited to the 17th anniversary of their signature "Bowls of Hope" event at Ed Smith Stadium. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend one of the community’s largest and most popular family-friendly events where 40 of our community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, bread, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful handcrafted bowls to keep, all donated by local potters, artists, and students while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL. Tickets go on sale October 1. More info: Becky Wright at 941.549.8131 I bwright@allfaithsfoodbank.org

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December 3, 2023: Check out Sarasota Veg Fest 2023! See how easy it is to find healthy plant-based foods in the Sarasota, Florida area. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Featuring expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors, and animal rescues – with entertainment and activities for the whole family! Enjoy a wide assortment of Fully Plant Based FOOD, PRODUCTS & SERVICES and, of course, HAVE FUN! Free admission. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane,  Sarasota, FL

December 3, 2023: If you're into road trips and cigars check out the Ybor City Cigar Heritage FestivalThe yearly smoker features handmade premium and boutique cigars, cigar rolling demos, a cigar lounge, live music, wine, beer, gourmet food trucks, a VIP tent area and more. 11 a.m. -  6  p.m. Genial Admission 11 a.m - 6 p.m.: $29.50. Also VIP package. Free admission 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Register in advanceCentennial Park, 1800 E 8th Ave, TampaIn The Historic District of Ybor City, about an hour's drive, give or take, from the Sarasota area. 

December 3, 2023: It's the 5th Annual Caddy Carts Golf Cart Parade at CoolToday Park. Deck out your golf cart with the best family-friendly holiday theme to win prizes! Compete with family, friends, and neighbors for all the glory! Live music and drink specials will be available at the Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar after the parade! FREE to register! Caddy Carts Golf Cart Parade Route: The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at CoolToday Park, running through Downtown Wellen Park, circling back to the stadium, and finishing with a loop around the field. Cool Today Park, 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy Venice, FL

December 3, 2023: The Sarasota Garden Club Presents Holiday in the Gardens where you can dance and enjoy music from all genres to present while sitting in a beautiful garden setting or strolling the the beautiful gardens. Champagne, wine, hors d'oeuvres, silent, auction and prizes. Tickets $35. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL.




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December 4, 2023:  Join the Venice Concert Band for the Holidays. The concert theme is Holiday Celebrations as the Venice Concert Band performs many of the traditional sounds of the season. The band will get your holiday season started with some joyous sounds as they present old classics as well as new arrangements to fill your hearts with the Hanukkah and Christmas spirits. Tickets will be available for this performance November 20, 2023. If you do not have season tickets, you can purchase $14 tickets online two weeks before each performance or $14 (cash only) tickets at the door on concert dates.  All concerts are at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC), 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 5, 2023: Check out Lakewood Ranch's Main Street and celebrate the Holiday Season! You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, and Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer and sharing that all familiar laugh. Free. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.

December 5 - 6, 2023: Hear two days of Big Ideas and Solutions at Eco-Expo. Experts will share insights and innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts — crucial to sustaining our coastal community’s quality of life. We’ll explore our environmental heritage as a touchstone for a resilient future. It’s a lively and entertaining solutions-oriented experience with lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

December 5 - 8, 2023: Reserve your spot for a special holiday tour at the Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Start your guided tour in the Palmetto Historical Park’s Carnegie Library and learn about the history of Palmetto while enjoying the beautiful decorations throughout each building in the park. You will continue your tour through the Manatee County Agricultural Museum which highlights the agricultural heritage of Manatee County. There will also be many decorated trees around the Museum for your enjoyment. Reservations will open on Tuesday, November 14th and the link will be on their website,  and through Facebook. Tours will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m.. There will be 10 individual slots per tour time and reservations are required for each tour participant. Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 6th St W, Palmetto, FL.

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December 6, 2023: Check out Movies in the Park with a free family movie, The Muppets Christmas Carol. Bring your chairs and blankets. 6 p.m. Centennial Park Gazebo, 200 West Venice Avenue, downtown, Venice, FL.

December 7, 2023: The Annual Christmas Walk takes place in Historic Downtown Venice. Enjoy extended hours at local shops, treats, live music and the twinkle of lights on decorated trees and the warm glow of decorated holiday storefront windows.along Miami, Tampa and West Venice avenues. 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL

December 7, 2023: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the return of one of Sarasota’s beloved holiday traditions! Holiday Splendor will be held with free admission to the museum and Ca’d’Zan mansion for all who bring a new, unwrapped toy. The evening helps support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual toy collection drive. The toys will benefit children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment.. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan and the Circus Museum. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which has a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitors Pavilion. Guests should enter through the McKay Visitors Pavilion. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Event also returns on Dec 14 & 21.. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.

December 7, 2023: Enjoy the annual Holiday Splendor at The Ringling. Celebrate the holiday season and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment and there will be Art Making, as well as a free Holiday Book Market. Children will receive a free book of their choice! All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan, and the Circus Museum. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which as a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitor's Pavilion. Toys are available for purchase in the Museum Store. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Also Dec14 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.




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December 7, 2023: Celebrate Chanukah on Main Street with Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch! Featuring Gelt Drop, Color & Light Bubble Show, Dreidel Moonbounce, Pete the Magician, Falafel With Yoav, Kosher BBQ, Kona Ice Truck, Street Art, Baloon Sculpting, Face Painting, Doughnut Decorating, Hot Latkes, Judah The Maccabee, Dreidel Mascot, Latke Bar, Music, and Raffles. Admission is free. Nominal food fees to apply. 6 p.m. Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.

December 8, 2023: Look for Santa in the Park with goody bags for the children. 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. City Pier Park, City of Anna Maria. Anna Maria Island, FL.

December 8, 2023:  It's Manatee County's annual A Night Before Christmas which features Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting G.T. Bray Park. The event will include a foam zone, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and train ride along our Christmas path. Local vendors will be showing their holiday spirit and the food truck line up has your dinner covered!  Wristbands will be on sale closer to the event (no refunds or replacements will be issued. Cash only at event entrance on event day, December 8. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. G.T. Bray Park is located at 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West in Bradenton. Visitors may access GT Bray Park from 59th St. W. or 51st St. W. and are asked to park near the Recreation Center off 33rd Ave Dr W. NO event parking available in 51st St Park. More info: kelly.foster@mymanatee.org  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 8, 2023: It's Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary's Big Cat Best Of Bash 2023! Check out the Big Cat Bash! There'll be live live music, prizes, animal show, food drive, pony rides for kids, food trucks, beverages, Animal Show & more! Photos with Santa, Special Animal Guests, Raffles. Adults $30, Children 5 - 12 $20, 4 years and under free. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Boulevard Sarasota, FL

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December 8, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert in the Park. Enjoy the music of Joshua Reilly & Mercy McCoy in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are also asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 8, 2023 - January 3, 2024: More than two million lights shine and twinkle brightly during the Selby Gardens 20th annual "Lights in Bloom" celebration where you can explore and view life-size garden-themed holiday lights that transform the gardens into a tropical wonderland. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. nightly. Early entry begins at 5:30 p.m. Select nights through January 3, 2024. Various tickets prices and packages. Free for those 4 and under. **Closed on Christmas Eve & Day & New Year's Eve** 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. 

December 8 - 9, 2023:  The Sarasota Ballet School in partnership with The Venice Symphony will present a stunning and spirited new version of the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. The ballet will be accompanied by the Venice Symphony orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. December 8 at 7 p.m. and December 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets from $35 - $75 are available on line and at the VPAC Box Office. Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave., Venice, FL.

December 9, 2023:  Run, Forrest, Run! Siesta Key Beach, the #1 Beach in the USA, plays host to the 47th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run. The 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome for the one-mile or 5K fun runs and encouraged to participate in the holiday-themed costume contest. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The one-mile  fun run will start at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K run at 8:20 a.m. This event is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club. Register at scgov.net/parks. $20/$25/$35. Call 941-861-5000 for more information. 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Siesta Beach Park, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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December 9, 2023: Check out Porsches from all over Florida during the Annual Porsches in the Park. It’s a fun filled day meeting friends and experiencing these beautiful automobiles up close and personal. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, 1 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL.

December 9, 2023: You're invited to Celebrate An Old Florida Christmas at Manatee Village Historical Park. Experience an old-fashioned Florida holiday celebration at Manatee Village Historical Park. “An Old Florida Christmas,” featuring food, crafts, music, and vendors selling handmade goods. Manatee Village staff and volunteers will also be offering free "make and take" seasonal crafts. The buildings of Manatee Village Historical Park will be decked out in holiday décor. While on the museum grounds, explore landmarks like the "Old Cabbage Head" locomotive, Junior Junction playground, museum exhibits, and the Whistle Stop Gift Shop. Admission is FREE. There will be several food and dessert vendors, and over 60 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, and other homemade goods. Vendors will have their own pricing for their goods and cash is encouraged. Parking is free. Handicap parking is available at Manatee Village (1404 Manatee Avenue E), and regular parking is available at East Manatee Health and Wellness Center (1312 Manatee Ave E) or Manatee Village’s Vanderipe House property (703 14th St E) located on the South side of Manatee Village Historical Park. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64), Bradenton, FL.

December 9, 2023: It's the Winter Arts and Craft Show with lots of local vendors, items and crafts. Great opportunity to purchase that unique, one of kind Christmas gift. Free to shoppers.10 a.m - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center 326 S. Nokomis, Ave, Venice, FL. info, call 941-861-1380.

December 9, 2023: It's the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade that starts at 10 a.m. It's free to all participants. The parade route will be beginning from the Coquina Beach North Ramp and travels down Gulf Drive through Holmes Beach and ends on at City Pier Park n the City of Anna Maria. Immediately following the Parade, the Children's After Party with Santa Claus will be happening at the City Pier Park until 1 p.m.. Parents bring your kids by for a visit and gift from Santa and a hot dog lunch from the Privateers. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Join the Privateers for the Christmas Parade as a participant or a spectator. Email vice_president@amiprvateers.org for more information. Anna Maria Island, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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December 9, 2023: It's a Holiday Gathering with the Manatee Community Concert Band. Come celebrate the holiday season with the Manatee Concert Band and bring the entire family along as we perform some of the most beautiful holiday selections for your afternoon enjoyment. 3 p.m. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.

December 9, 2023: It's Christmas in Cortez! The Florida Maritime Museum hosts a free family friendly event. Come enjoy more FREE entertainment than ever before, including bounce houses, an obstacle course, sand art, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, games, crafts, & more! Food is available for purchase. 1  p.m. - 4 p.m. Free parking at the F.I.S.H. Preserve on Cortez. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL (941) 708-6120

December 9, 2023: It's the 2023 Showfolks Holiday Circus Spectacular. The Showfolks are excited to bring back their ALL LOCAL production, produced by Cindy Migley. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL Ticket and show info (941) 870-7444. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 9, 2023: It's the the Winter Wonderland Celebration with a stage on one end of the street, hayrides on the other, and holiday market vendors lining the center. The event will feature vendors offering seasonal delights, gifts, and ornaments. New elements and surprises are also in store at every cross street for this year. Winter Wonderland will take place coinciding with the lighted boat parade. 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Old Main Street, Downtown Bradenton, FL.

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December 9, 2023: It's the 8th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl. Come get ugly this holiday in Sarasota. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets from $17. Registration: Raffurtys 1888 Main St., Sarasota, FL.  Check in 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Sarasota, FL .

December 9, 2023: Sure to be unique, enjoy the 2023 Merry Tuba Christmas Concert at the Centennial Park Gazebo. Musician Jim Pack has coordinated this free opportunity for the public to enjoy tuba style holiday music from 5:15 p.m. to 6:16 p.m. Bring a chair! Musicians are welcome to participate (Tubas and euphoniums only).  Bring chairs, stands, stand lights, instruments & music. The Tuba Christmas Concert is free and open to the public to enjoy. 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 9, 2023: The Annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights is another popular "must do" on my Escape to Sarasota December Sarasota Events page. The crowd-pleasing parade was started in 1986 and takes place the second Saturday evening of December, starting around 6 p.m. The boat parade starts from City Island and will be just enough to help put you get into the spirit of the season. Click here for pictures and the best place from which to view the boat parade.  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 9, 2023:  It's the 16th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Arboretum at West Blalock Park. Enjoy Music, Lights & Community Spirit… the best way to enjoy the holiday season! Once the lights are lit from 6pm-10pm, take a stroll through the Arboretum and enjoy the holiday spirit shared by a community of families and friends. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  West Blalock Park, between Nassau, Turin & Pensacola, Venice, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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December 9, 2023: Enjoy the sights of the Annual Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade Estimated Viewing Timeline: 6:00 p.m. Staging begins at Shaw Point, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bradenton Yacht Club, 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Riverhouse/Safe Harbor, 7:30 p.m. -  8:30 p.m. Caddy’s, 7:45 p.m. -  8:45 p.m. Pier 22/Twin Dolphin. VIP Viewing Parties will be held at the Riverhouse, Caddy’s, Pier 22 and the Bradenton Yacht Club (members only event). Public viewing areas include the Green Bridge and the Bradenton Riverwalk. Boaters will compete for cash prizes in several categories. Judging will be at several points along the route. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, along the Riverwalk in Bradenton, FL and at Pier 22. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

December 9 - 10, 2023: Come one, come all and check out The SunCoast Renaissance Festival, a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village that's filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give you the illusion that you have stepped back in time.100’s of performances plus craftspeople and more. Different theme each weekend. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission to season passes: Under 5 are free. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

December 10, 2023: Check out the 18th Annual Porsche's in the Park car show in Circle Park on St. Armand's Circle. Spectacular Porsche autos from owners all over Florida will be on display from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 10, 2023: t's time to Jazz up your Christmas with the Suncoast Jazz Ambassadors when they present their versions of holiday classics as well as  Christmas favorites. 3:00 p.m. $5. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, FL. 941-907-4123

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December 10, 2023: Chabad of Sarasota Invites you to enjoy the 12th Annual Taste of Chanukah Food & Music Festival with food, fun, live music, arts and crafts and more. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and celebrate Chanukah with hundreds of your friends and neighbors. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Campus. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

December 10, 2023:You're invited to the Chanukah Klezmer Festival featuring the grand lighting of a 16 foot giant Menorah at 5:45 p.m. Children's activities, live music with the Freylakh Band, catch and collect chocolate coins dropped and more Food, fun, grand raffle. Free and open to all. Sponsored by Chabad of Venice and North Port. Free admission. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Gazebo in Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave., downtown Venice, FL. More info: 941-493-2770.

December 10, 2023: Ring in the holiday season with a Christmas Celebration.  It’s the spirit of Christmas through the power of song. Choral Artists presents a program that is spirit-filled with music featuring traditional favorites with harp and chorus plus a vibrant collection of African American Spirituals that define the season. The contrast of toe-tapping music with the angelic sounds of the harp create a mosaic of musical sounds that give new meaning to the Christmas season. Adults $40/Students $5. 7 p.m. Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 10, 2023:  It's a Global Holiday Celebration - The Voices of WInter with the Venice Chorale! Come celebrate the holiday season with The Venice Chorale! Brighten up your holidays with this festive evening of choral masterworks, seasonal favorites, and an audience sing-a-long. The magic deepens with the accompaniment of special guest instrumentalists, making this event a harmonious journey through the joy and unity of the holiday season. 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $25. Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL. 941-218-3779

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December 10 - 11, 2022: Due to a shortage of help this event has been discontinued. Experience a Country Christmas at Hunsader Farms complete with hayrides, kiddie train rides, a petting zoo, snow tubing, Christmas music, Christmas village, snow tubing, campfires, Christmas music, outdoor Christmas movies on a big screen and more than 300,000 twinkling Christmas lights. There will also be kids games, food vendors and more. Also enjoy dinner, kettle corn, hot chocolate, pony rides and more. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Repeats 12/16 - 12/18 and 12/22-12/23.. Admission: $15, Kids 5 and under are free. Cash only. Free parking. Hunsader Farms, 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL.

December 12, 2023: Check out Lakewood Ranch's Main Street and celebrate the Holiday Season! You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, and Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer and sharing that all familiar laugh. Free. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.

December 12, 2023 - April 9, 2024: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This event will feature a solo or duo musical group performing acoustic music as the sun sets on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. $15 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. In the case that there are tickets still available one week prior to each event, members will be able to purchase up to 4 guest tickets $20 each. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

December 13 - 17, 2023: It's Palma Sola Botanical Park's Winter Nights Under the Lights! Acres of Lights, Santa, Food Trucks, Live Holiday Music, Gift Market, Hot Cocoa & Cider, Hay Rides, Tree Decorating Contest, Children’s Crafts, Toys for Tots, Decorated Golf Cart Parade, & More! Free Admission Donations Appreciated. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL

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December 14, 2023: It's the Santa Slam at Payne Park! Join in for Round Robin Reindeer Games: Co-ed Doubles with a rotating partner. Includes a warmup clinic with the Payne Park Tennis Pros and six 20-minute matches - plus gifts, candy canes, and a special appearance by Santa and his elves! Open to all levels of play. Sign up at the front desk or call us at (941) 263-6640 to register. Noon - 4 p.m. Payne Park Tennis Center, 2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota, FL

December 14, 2023: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the return of one of Sarasota’s beloved holiday traditions! Holiday Splendor will be held with free admission to the museum and Ca’d’Zan mansion for all who bring a new, unwrapped toy. The evening helps support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual toy collection drive. The toys will benefit children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment.. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan and the Circus Museum. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which has a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitors Pavilion. Guests should enter through the McKay Visitors Pavilion. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Event also returns on Dec 21.. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 14, 2023: Enjoy the annula Holiday Splendor at The Ringling. Celebrate the holiday season and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment and there will be Art Making, as well as a free Holiday Book Market. Children will receive a free book of their choice! All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan, and the Circus Museum. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which as a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitor's Pavilion.Toys are available for purchase in the Museum Store. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.

December 14, 2023: See Santa at Mainstreet Lakewood Ranch.as Main Street celebrates the holiday season. You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, and Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer sharing that all familiar laugh. Free. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Rnach, FL.

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December 14, 2023: Join Fisherman's Village for the holiday celebration of Chanukah for the lighting of the Menorah in front of the main entrance to Fishermen’s Village. Each night an additional light is kindled until the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing g light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places. Rabbi Jacobson of Chabad of Charlotte County, will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive Chanukah treats and dreidels and music will be featured. 7 p.m. Fisherman's Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL.

December 14 - 17, 2023: Step back in time and experience the story of the first Christmas as The Tabernacle Church presents The Living Nativity. Experience "Bethlehem" and enjoy this favorite holiday tradition. Featuring a large cast, live animals, and flying angels. All performances are held outside, weather permitting. Admission and parking are free. One performance nightly at 7:30 p.m. Church grounds. Free admission, parking, and refreshments. Golf cart assistance and seating provided. For large group reservations and information call 941-355-8858. The Tabernacle Church, 4141 Desoto Rd, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 15, 2023: Check out Jazz at Two featuring the Sarasota Jazz Project. Sarasota Jazz Project is a high energy 17-piece ensemble comprised of some of the finest musicians on Florida’s Westcoast. These talented all-stars play both original compositions and standard tunes, arranged in a unique contemporary Big Band style. Enjoy songbook favorites with vocalist, Katy Cristiani. Admission $15-$20 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL.  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 15, 2023: With bells on your toes? It's the 12th Annual Lakewood Ranch Jingle 5k Run/Walk. Runners will receive a custom commemorative 2022 medal and bib number. One of the largest and most cheerful 5K races in the area, The Jingle 5K is a race that runners and walkers participate in year after year. Keep the tradition going in 2023 with the 12th Annual Jingle Run, a 5K run/walk to help support the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Foundation Nursing Scholarship Program. There is festive, holiday music along the course and live music at the finish. When you're done racing, enjoy the huge post-race party including food and adult beverages (with proper ID). Various entry fees: Onsite registration begins at 4 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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December 15, 2023: TONIGHT'S (FRIDAY, DEC. 15) SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY OBSERVING AT THE BISHOP MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND NATURE IS CANCELLED DUE TO THIS EVENING'S WEATHER CONDITIONSCheck out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers at the Bishop Planetarium in downtown Bradenton on FRIDAY, December 15th starting a little after 5:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Telescopes will be set up in the courtyard on the north (river) side of the museum, as well as along the sidewalks on BOTH sides of 10th Street West. But that’s not all! There will be food vendors set up during the event as the Bishop has partnered with the FEWD Taco Tent and the Edible Cookie Dough Café for you to enjoy a bite to eat while observing the universe. Drinks, including beer, wine, soda, and water, will be available for purchase. It’s not a requirement, but the museum is hoping to get a handle on the number of attendees; so if you’re considering attending, please think about filling out the event form at the link: https://bishopscience.org/events/sidewalk-astronomy/ (Don’t be put off by the “Get Tickets” box that you’ll check in order to register. The evening of observing is free of charge. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL.

December 15, 2023: It's the Holiday Movie in the Park: The Santa Claus! Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs. Face painting and inflatables for the kids will be available from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Concessions available. Waterside Park, 7301 Island Cove terrace, Sarasota, FL.

December 15 - 16, 2023: Slice up the sweet potato pie and pound cake. Don't forget the turkey, ham, and yams. You're invited to the 2 day celebration, "A Newtown Christmas." Enjoy live music, games, tours, food tucks. Friday 6 p.m. - ? Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Orange Avenue and Dr. MLK Jr. Way. 2529 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL.

December 15 - 16, 2023: It's the 6th annual Christmas town. Tickets are not required but will help with crowd control and also help you to remember not to miss this totally free, totally amazing event! From the lights maze and snow machines to the new improvements coming to a “Journey to Bethlehem“ and Elf Games, you don’t want to miss this event. This year, we can not wait to celebrate Christmas with you! All of our friends and family in the Sarasota area are invited to join in. Free. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Southside Baptist Church 2035 Magnolia Sarasota, FL

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December 15 - 16, 2023: It's a A Holiday Season Spectacular with Key Chorale & Venice Symphony. This season’s Holiday Spectacular includes yuletide favorites “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Carol of the Bells, ” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Sleigh Ride,” music from Home Alone and A Christmas Carol and contemporary holiday favorites. Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Building 5, Venice, FL 34285, USA

December 15 - 17, 2023: Come and see the Story Come to Life as the Lakefront Church presents The Living Nativity. Live animals. Free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Lakefront Church, 3100 Executive Dr., Venice, FL  Located behind WaWa. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 16, 2023:  It's National Wreaths Across America Day at Sarasota National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance Wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes. Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. You may help our location lay wreaths at as many graves as possible by clicking the red "Sponsor" button. Or, if you would like to volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony, please click the “Volunteer” button next to the cemetery name, and don't forget to click the "Invite" button to invite your friends and family to join you. Parking is first come, first parked. There is no handicapped parking available. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 16, 2023: Venice Fire and Rescue presents its 3rd Annual Santa Firehouse Pancake Breakfast where Santa will arrive, with a toy for every child, on a fire truck at 8:30 a.m. Kids will be able to decorate a tree ornament, plus there will be a bake sale with proceeds going to the Venice Firefighters Benevolent Fund. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Station 51, 112 S. Harbor Drive, Venice, FL. Reservations not required but highly recommended: 941-480-303 or myandermark@veincefl.gov

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December 16, 2023: It's the Frosty 5K Race! The Frosty 5K is ON for the 14th year! The Frosty 5K course will be the wide open road course starting and finishing at Twin Lakes Park, Sarasota, and through the adjacent neighborhood. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. Race starts 8 a.m. from Twin Lakes Park, through the adjacent neighborhoods, and finishing on the path around the lake. Costume contest about 9:15 a.m. Post-Race Celebration: First Finisher until 10:00 a.m. Your registration includes a great looking, locally printed, custom tech race shirt in gender specific sizes. 2023 we have a "pearl gray" long-sleeve for all our Adult Size shirts. Sorry but it isn't available in youth sizes so Youth Size shirts will be a white, short-sleeve tech shirt. Custom finisher medal for all participants! The traditional Frosty 5K porcelain ornament awards! Twin Lakes Park, 1/2 mile east, off I-75 exit 205, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 16, 2023: It's the Children's Garden Annual Elf Workshop. The Children's Garden has transformed into Santa's Workshop and you are the Elves! Stop by the "Kindness Bank" to get your Elf money to buy your sweet treats in our Woodland Cafe, then write your letter to Santa at the post office, have it postmarked to the North Pole and drop it in Santa's special mailbox! Create your Jingle Bell Stick at the Elf Workshop to bring some nature cheer home with you! The rain date for the Elf Workshop is 12/17 from 10 a.m. - 11am. This event is included with the cost of admission and free for garden members! Adults and Teens 13 years & up: $10 +tax. Children 3 years & up: $6 +tax. Infants and toddlers 2 & under visit for free! The Children's Garden and Art Center, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, Fl (A 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public charitable organization and rely on admission and donations to support our mission, which is to keep kids connected to nature.)

December 16, 2023:  Ho, Ho, Ho! Newtown Estates and Laurel Parks are hosting Breakfast with Santa. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites children ages 12 and under and their families to the free Breakfast with Santa event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy listening to Christmas music, games, arts and crafts as you dine on pancakes, sausage, hot cocoa and orange juice. There will be photo opportunities with Santa, as well as a story time with Mrs.Claus. Don’t forget to write your letter to Santa and give it to the big guy in person! Space is limited. Registration is required. For details, call 941-861-5000, 311 or visit scgov.net/parks. Laurel Park is located 509 Collins Road, Nokomis, and Newtown Estates Park is located at 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 16, 2023: It's called the Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K! ​This fun family friendly festive event features dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music that creates an atmosphere that will get your Christmas season started off right! Athletes run or walk the lakeside Christmas themed course at night. Athletes add to the atmosphere with their complimentary glow products that are included with registration....and YES, there is 100% chance of pretty snowfall at the finish! 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Race starts at 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Park Circle, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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December 16 - 17, 2023:The Riverwalk Pavilion in Bradenton will be the backdrop for the 2nd Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Holiday of the Arts Festival. The Annual Bradenton Riverwalk Holiday of the Arts Festival showcases original artwork by more than 100 artisans from throughout Florida and across the United States. Together these artisans will create an outdoor gallery of stunning, original and handmade art from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art, metalwork and much more. If you do not find exactly what you want, commission a unique, original piece of art made expressly for you! 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 16 - 18, 2022: Due to a shortage of help this event has been discontinued. Experience a Country Christmas at Hunsader Farms complete with hayrides, kiddie train rides, a petting zoo, snow tubing, Christmas music, Christmas village, snow tubing, campfires, Christmas music, outdoor Christmas movies on a big screen and more than 300,000 twinkling Christmas lights. There will also be kids games, food vendors and more. Also enjoy dinner, kettle corn, hot chocolate, pony rides and more. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Repeats 12/22-12/23.. Admission: $15, Kids 5 and under are free. Cash only. Free parking. Hunsader Farms, 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 17, 2023: Enjoy Merry Christmas Darling, A Carpenter's Christmas. Oldies but Goodies including Christmas with Karen Carpenters holiday hits, bring a chair or blanket. Free. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL

December 17, 2023: It's Carols, Candles & Live Nativity on the Path. Come for music with your favorite seasonal songs, a living nativity across generations, a festive walk through woods glowing with lights, tasty holiday treats and an open church sanctuary for all who wish to pray, light candles in memory of loved ones. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Peace Presbyterian Church (USA), 12705 St Rd 64 East, Lakewood Ranch, FL

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December 18, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Paisley Craze on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets $20/$25.  Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180.  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 19, 2023: It's the Annual Holiday Party. Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association and the Robert L Taylor Community Complex cordially invite you to our Annual Holiday Party. Enjoy delicious food, great company, a visit from Santa, and a special surprise for the kids! 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. by December 15th to amaryllisparkna@yahoo.com or call (941) 306-8444. Robert L Taylor Community Complex, 1845 John Rivers St, Sarasota, FL

December 19, 2023: Check out Lakewood Ranch's Main Street and celebrate the Holiday Season! You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, and Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer and sharing that all familiar laugh. Free. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.

December 20, 2023: Rescheduled from last weekend due to bad weather, slice up the sweet potato pie and pound cake. Don't forget the turkey, ham, and yams. You're invited to the 2 day celebration, "A Newtown Christmas." Enjoy live music, games, tours, food tucks. Free. 6 p.m. Orange Avenue and Dr. MLK Jr. Way. 2529 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL.

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December 21, 2023: Have Breakfast with the GRINCH! Have breakfast with the mean green one himself at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex's Breakfast with the Grinch! For $6 per person (all ages welcome), guests will enjoy two pancakes, sausage, fruit, and a juice box. Take a photo with the Grinch and create a Grinch-inspired ornament or winter picture frame to take home. 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Space is limited – Register at www.LetsPlaySarasota.com by December 18.

December 21, 2023: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the return of one of Sarasota’s beloved holiday traditions! Holiday Splendor will be held with free admission to the museum and Ca’d’Zan mansion for all who bring a new, unwrapped toy. The evening helps support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual toy collection drive. The toys will benefit children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment.. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan and the Circus Museum. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which has a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitors Pavilion. Guests should enter through the McKay Visitors Pavilion. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

December 21, 2023: See Santa at Mainstreet Lakewood Ranch.as Main Street celebrates the holiday season. You will find festive lighting displays to bring the sparkle to your child’s eyes, and Santa himself will be here, taking photos at the Christmas tree, spreading loads of Christmas cheer sharing that all familiar laugh. Free. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Rnach, FL.

December 23, 2023:  You’re invited to Lakewood Ranch's Christmas on Main! Bring your family to Lakewood Ranch Main Street on December 23 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. for the biggest Christmas party in town. Come celebrate the season with free games, rides, photo booths and attractions for the whole family and a special candlelight service. Santa himself will even be there! 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Free Rides and Games. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Christmas Candlelight Service. Main Street At Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.

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December 22 - 23, 2022: Due to a shortage of help this event has been discontinued. Experience a Country Christmas at Hunsader Farms complete with hayrides, kiddie train rides, a petting zoo, snow tubing, Christmas music, Christmas village, snow tubing, campfires, Christmas music, outdoor Christmas movies on a big screen and more than 300,000 twinkling Christmas lights. There will also be kids games, food vendors and more. Also enjoy dinner, kettle corn, hot chocolate, pony rides and more. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: $15, Kids 5 and under are free. Cash only. Free parking. Hunsader Farms, 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL.

December 23, 2023: Come to the Siesta Key Christmas Beach Service as the sun sets over the water. Bring your chairs, your blankets for a casual and contemporary early Christmas service hosted by Church of the Palms. 5:00 p.m. Near the volleyball courts, Siesta Key Beach, 946 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL. *Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 23, 2023: It's Winterfest 2023 and Outdoor Candle Light Service. At South Shore Community Church they are planning to throw the block party of all block parties. Winterfest will feature food trucks, inflatables for kids, kids, family activities, and live music. The evening will end with an outdoor Candlelight service starting at 7:15 p.m. as they come together for this special service of celebration, carols, and worship to celebrate Jesus. Winterfest starts at 4 p.m. South Shore Community Church, 1899 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL.

December 24, 2023: Bring your family and your friends to celebrate the Savior’s birth!  There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration presented by the Venice Bible Church. Bring your family and a chair and join them for a special night. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December Sarasota Events

December 25, 2023: The annual Pinecraft Christmas Parade usually draws over 1,000 spectators to this Sarasota Amish and Mennonite Community for the parade, traditionally held on Christmas afternoon, winding through the neighborhood streets. Started by local resident Mike Miller in 1999, it's the biggest event of the year in the neighborhood. Assemble in parking lot at Der Dutchman restaurant, 3713 Bahia Vista Street, beginning at 1:00 p.m. or right soon after lunch. Parade starts after that about 3 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair for a sidewalk seat. Anyone is welcome to ride in parade. Pinecraft is near the intersection of Bahia Vista Avenue and Beneva Road in Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 26, 2022: TBA for 2023.  It's the Siesta Key "Santa Stumble" Pub Crawl hosted by the Block that Roxx in Siesta Key Village. The Beach Club, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Gilligan's Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck and 3.14 Pi Craft Beer and Spirits. VIP wristbands (Daiquiri Deck only) will be available for purchase at the host stand for $15 the week prior. VIP will get you in the door an hour early at 8 p.m. to avoid the general admission line! Guests arriving from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. will receive Gifts! 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Ocean Blvd and nearby streets, Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

December 26, 2023 - January 3, 2024: More than two million lights shine and twinkle brightly during the Selby Gardens 20th annual "Lights in Bloom" celebration where you can explore and view life-size garden-themed holiday lights that transform the gardens into a tropical wonderland. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. nightly. Early entry begins at 5:30 p.m. Select nights through January 3, 2024. Various tickets prices and packages. Free for those 4 and under. **Closed on Christmas Eve & Day & New Year's Eve** 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL.    December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 27 - 31, 2023:  It's  Sailor Circus in Candyland, their Annual Holiday Spectacular with amazing performances. Watch as more than 100 kids flip, fly and soar in this dazzling holiday production which will draw its inspiration this yer from holiday movies and TV shows! The entire family will enjoy acts showcasing beautiful aerial artistry, heart-stopping acrobatics, incredible acrobatic roller skating, lightning fast juggling and more! Tickets: Various prices around $20 - $40. Various show times. Tickets: 941-355-9805, on line and at the box office. Sailor Circus, 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 29, 2023: Check out Jazz at Two featuring The Jazz Club Scholarship Winners in Concert. The talented 2023 JC Scholarship Winners perform with local rhythm artists in concert and jam format. Since the mid 1980s, the Jazz Club has presented the awards to deserving student musicians as part of our commitment to youth and to help ensure the Future of Jazz. Admission $15-$20 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 30, 2023: Check out Breakfast with the Sharks and start your day with their sharks before the Mote Aquarium opens to the public. You and your chums will have a great time sinking your teeth into a light continental breakfast while you learn about our favorite finned friends and Mote’s breakthrough shark research. During this program, you'll meet our resident sharks, watch a narrated feeding of our bonnetheads, and have all of your shark questions answered. After breakfast, you’ll learn about the breakthrough research going on at Mote during a guided tour of our Aquarium. 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Breakfast with the Sharks does not include general admission to Mote Marine Laboratory. Advanced reservations are required. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant. $36 member adults, $40 non-member adults; $27 member youth, $30 non-member youth; 2 and younger are free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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December Sarasota Events
Sarasota New Years Eve Events

December 30 - 31, 2023: Celebrate New Year's Eve Weekend in downtown Sarasota! The 24th Annual New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop returns on Saturday, December 30 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continuous Sunday, December 31 from 1 p.m. to Monday 2 a.m. along Main Street and Lemon Ave downtown Sarasota with a carnival, multiple outdoor stage performances, NYE count down and fireworks. The ‘party kicks off Saturday with Amusement Rides and Games and continues Sunday with Amusement Rides & Games (at 5 Points Park) Live Music (Main Street and Lemon) Food, Drinks & Full Bar Concessions followed by the Pineapple Drop at midnight and a fantastic firework display on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a great view- without leaving the party!!! The event ends Monday, January 1, at 1:30 am. The event is FREE and open to the public. Join your friends and neighbors Sunday night for a night of unforgettable live music starting at 8:30 pm featuring Top 10 country artist Chas Collins (Lemon Ave.), the energetic beats of 22N Dance Band (Main Street), and the captivating rhythms of SRQ Beats (Lower Main). Unlimited Ride Wristbands will be for sale for $35. Single ticket; $1.50 and 20 tickets $30 or 50 tickets (includes 1 free ride) $60. General admission is free. Parent/guardian supervision is required for ages 17 and younger. The annual downtown celebration is estimated to attract more than 20,000 - 25,000. Five Points Park, Main Street, Lemon Avenue, Bayfront. Downtown Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

December 31, 2023: Experience New Year’s Eve from the highest Perspective in Sarasota. All the city happenings from one premiere location, Art Ovation Hotel’s Perspective Rooftop Bar! Drink, dine, and dance your way into 2024 from the most premier sky-bar in town. Dance on water on the dance floor on the rooftop pool. 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. General admission $50 (pre-sale) $75 at the door. Various VIP packages available. Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection 1255 North Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL

December 31, 2023: Check out UTC's Family New Year's Eve Party and Ring in 2024 early from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on The Green at UTC, located near Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar. Partygoers of all ages can enjoy an evening of fun with a live DJ, face painting, games, entertainment and a 9:00 p.m. fireworks show. University Town Center Sarasota, located at I-75 and University Parkway, 210 North Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL

December 31, 2023: It's New Year's Eve at Waterside. Dance the night away with live music by DJ Truth, indulge in tasty food trucks, including delicious desserts and drinks, and enjoy games and activities for all ages! Live Sky Elements Drone Light Show. 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Waterside Place, 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota, FL.

Don't Drink & Drive. The AAA Motor Club and local towing services are offering free ride service & tow service: (855) 286-9246

December Sarasota Events
Sarasota New Years Eve Events

December 31, 2023: Ring in the New Year Fishermen’s Village style! This family friendly event runs from 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. on December 31st and will keep you entertained throughout the night. Hundreds join the celebration and keep the dance floor at Center Court groovin' until the clock strikes midnight! Enjoy family fun activities and live music featuring the Shane Duncan Band on the Beach, DJ Michael White at Center Court, tattoos, face painting, and more. Plus, don’t miss the fireworks at midnight. This is a refreshing way to meet the new year with family, friends, and like- minded neighbors. Jesse Ink’ d Tattoos – 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Face Painting – 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Team Punta Gorda– Fun, interactive activities - 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Novelties, Light - up toys – 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Last evening to view Festival of Lights! Music: Shane Duncan Band – on the Beach – 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., DJ Michael White – Center Court – 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., Singer Mark Gorka – 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. – third section. Fireworks Display 12 midnight, best viewing from the Beach. King Fisher Fleet is offering a NYE Fireworks Cruise, departing at 11 pm from Fishermen’ s Village! Details at www.kingfisherfleet.comor call 941-639-0969. Fisherman's Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL.

December 31, 2023: It's Sharky's New Year's Eve Beach Bash. For the most fun in Venice and Sarasota County this New Year’s Eve, join the party on the beach at Sharky’s on the Pier! Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st, guests will enjoy featured entertainment by Scarlet Drive. Scarlet Drive is a Gulf Coast-based five-piece and female-fronted band that specializes in high energy covers and original tunes. Scarlet Drive's show features a diverse mix of upbeat pop, rock, country and dance music that ranges in style from the 70s to today's popular hits. The evening will only get better as you welcome 2024 with a breathtaking live fireworks show at midnight, silhouetted by the iconic Venice Fishing Pier. Gates open at 7:00PM, Live Music starts at 8:00PM.This event is hosted on the beach in the sand! Tickets go on sale November 24, 2023 and range from $30 - $175. 7 p.m. - ? Sharky's on the Pier, located at 1600 Harbor Drive in Venice, FL. . December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 31, 2023: It's New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens. Enjoy what's being billed as "Sarasota’s most sophisticated and diverse New Year’s Eve experience:" a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical holiday light displays and a seated four course dinner as well as a performance by The Sarasota Ballet and dancing to DJ Karim. The countdown to the new year culminates with a champagne toast and an excellent view of the fireworks overlooking Sarasota Bay. Begins at 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. $450.00 per person. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 31, 2023: It's New Year's Eve Luau Party at the Big Tiki Lounge! $100.00 ++ Per Person, includes premium open bar, entertainment and more! DJ with live entertainment, premium open bar, a la carte dinner menu, Champagne toast at midnight. 8:00 PM - 12 a.m. The Big Tiki Lounge, 5311 Ocean Boulevard Siesta Key, FL.

December Sarasota Events
Sarasota New Years Eve Events

December 31, 2023: It's time to Ring in the New Year at GROVE in the ballroom for an exclusive soirée as we say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024 with a Masquerade Party. Enjoy a feast of delectable heavy hors d'oeuvres & late-night desserts, a sizzling dance floor, and a DJ who will keep the party going all night long. Don't miss our live stream of the iconic ball drop, and as the clock strikes midnight, join us for a complimentary champagne toast to welcome 2024 in style. 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. $100 plus tax and tip. GROVE, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL

December 31, 2023: It's time to Ring in 2024 with a night of laughs, dancing, games, prizes, dinner, drinks and more!! Enjoy two award winning comedians plus an audience participation gameshow along with a buffet diner featuring, prime rib, chicken, salmon and more. Party favors, DJ spinning the hits, cash bar, drink ticket, midnight champagne toast. 21 and over. 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. $150 per person. Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Boulevard. Venice, FL

December 31, 2023: Ring in the New Year at The Beach Club in Siesta Key Village with their New Year's Eve Party. The Beach Club on Siesta Key is throwing its annual NYE OPEN BAR BASH with free drinks from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. for everyone with a purchased ticket! $60 standard open bar package/$90 premium open bar package. Hors d'oeuvres Champagne Fountain, Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight and other surprises!! The Beach Club, 5151 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL.

December 31, 2023: Close out 2023 with Bradenton Alive New Year’s Eve Celebration! Old Main Street will come alive 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The celebration will include live music with The Derek Lersch Band starting at 8:30 p.m., food trucks, merchandise vendors, activities for kids such as face painting, and FIREWORKS! Old Main Street, Downtown Bradenton, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December Sarasota Events
Sarasota New Years Eve Events

December 31, 2023: There's a New Years Eve party at T.J. Carneys with Phoenix Rising. Come ring in the New Year in style! They'll be partying all night. 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. $20 cover/$125 per couple dinner package/$65 single dinner package. Party favors and giveaways. 941-480-9244. T.J. Carney's, 231 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285, Venice, FL. December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

December 31, 2023: It's the New Year's Rooftop Soiree. Bring in the New Year on the tallest rooftop on the West Coast of Florida! Celebrate with a live DJ, champagne toast at midnight and more! Join The Westin Sarasota in celebrating the New Year with a rooftop Soiree! Bring in the New Year right with the stunning rooftop views of downtown Sarasota and a front row seat to Marina Jack's New Year's Eve fireworks. Parking is valet only- Ticket does not include valet pricing. 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. $120. The Westin Sarasota Rooftop, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL.

December 31, 2023: Ring in the New Year at the Gator Club in the heart of the Biggest Bash South of Time Square. The downtown Sarasota Pineapple Drop is right outside their doors. Live music with Johnny Diamond downstairs and DJ Ryan at 10 p.m. upstairs. No other place to watch the Pineapple Drop. Complimentary champagne and party favors! 25.00 entry fee. Music inside starts at 9:30 p.m. Questions? Email gatorclub@barsystemsfl.com The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, Sarasota, FL.

December 31, 2023:  It's the Fireworks on the Bay. Dramatic Fireworks Show traditionally at midnight. Viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. Downtown Sarasota, FL. . December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

Publisher's note: Happy New Year to you and thank you for visiting us here this year! May the New Year keep you safe, happy, healthy and prospering. You're always welcome here. Again, Happy New Year to you and thanks for coming by, JD.








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