Sarasota December 2016 Holiday Events

Sarasota December 2016 Holiday Events

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December 1st from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Find Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

Find Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

Don’t forget to put on a holiday sweater or maybe an extra sparkly smile because it’s time to break out your holiday cheer and celebrate the holidays! What’s not to love with the festive colors, pretty decorations and the gleeful expectations of young loved ones? Sure, there are things to catch our ire, but why buy into that? If the malls make you crazy, shop online. If the holidays have lost their meaning for your family, recapture the true spirit and create some new memories. Thankfully, we live in what is known to the northerners as paradise so there are plenty of fun events to bring you out of the doldrums or to help the merrymakers shine brighter. Just remember to take time to enjoy the moments your family will hold on to all year and to enjoy the splendor and glee that Sarasota has in store for the holidays.

There’s no better place to capture the spirit of the holidays than at the Ringling. Get a feel for what the holidays were like for Sarasota’s founding family during days when lines were limited to a couple local shops and online services were only to be imagined, when heartfelt dinners around the fire, yes, even in Sarasota, ended with an evening’s cruise along Sarasota Bay. Enjoy holiday music and performances by local schools as you stroll through the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and the first floor of the Ca’d’Zan. It’s a great way to spend a memorable evening and admission is free if you bring one new unwrapped toy per guest. The Ringling, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots that services Manatee and Sarasota Counties, will be donating the toys to local children. Without a toy, “Art After 5” admission prices apply, and additional information can be found at www.ringling.org. There will be options available for food and beverage purchase as well, to make the evening just right. Seize the moment and celebrate the holidays at this Sarasota landmark and mark the many traditions your family can continue alongside our beautiful city by the bay.

 

December 7th and 8th at 7:00pm

Fame The Musical at the Van Wezel

Fame The Musical at the Van Wezel

Fame - The Musical is a full-throttle journey traversing the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and theatre. Conceived from the unforgettable Academy Award®-winning film and subsequent Emmy Award®-winning television series, this unmistakable title has been brilliantly transformed into riveting musical theater.

 

 

 

 

 

December 1, 8 & 15, 22, 29 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Holiday Nights at the Ca’ D’Zan

Holiday Nights at the Ca’ D’Zan

Experience the Ca’ d’Zan after dark as doors are opened and mantels are adorned with festive trimmings that will brighten your evenings and light your way through the hustle and bustle of the season’s activities. Take time this holiday season to visit a structural icon of Sarasota history and walk the floors of the beautiful Ca’ d’Zan absorbing the breathtaking furnishings and festive decorations that will fill your dreams until the next time you are able to visit this exquisite mansion. Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan returns on the evenings of Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at 5:00 P.M., with an admission price of $10 per person.

Set your decorating aspirations afire with one glimpse of the 10-foot tree that stands guard at the Grand Court. See nostalgic tree-trimming, lights, and holiday-decorated balconies and doors along the beautiful setting of Sarasota Bay. If you’ve never visited the Ca’ d’Zan, this is your chance to see this architectural wonder of Sarasota as she may have looked in holidays long ago. The home of circus magnets, John and Mabel Ringling, the Ca’ d’Zan, or “House of John,” represents the luxuries and successes that many Sarasota pioneers experienced back in the Roaring Twenties. At 36,000 square feet, and sitting on a spectacular piece of prime Sarasota real estate, the Ca’ d’Zan is a palatial reminder of the Ringling’s indelible stamp on Sarasota’s history. With an eye for the best things that money could buy, John Ringling chose Sarasota for his winter operation and so began the rich circus history that will forever be a part of Sarasota.

Capture the holiday moments where the roots of Sarasota began at Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan. You’ll get the opportunity to share in the beauty of our surroundings and bask in the glory of what the Roaring Twenties looked like on a holiday night in Sarasota. And there’s not a better venue to introduce your holidays visitors to, who will undoubtedly see that our local treasures make this season a little more special for all. For more information, please visit www.ringling.org/events/holiday-nights-ca-dzan.

 

December 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, December 6th from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Amazing Art at Robarts Arena, Sarasota Craft Show

Amazing Art at Robarts Arena, Sarasota Craft Show

Like most things that are rich and valued, the Sarasota Craft Fair has stood the test of time and embodies the drive that people have shown to preserve their most cherished events. The 7th Annual Sarasota Craft Fair returns on Dec. 4-6 at Robarts Arena, with a continued mission of delivering finely crafted and stunning pieces of art in various mediums to loyal fans hungry for each new piece.

Lauded for their high degree of satisfaction among artists and vendors, the producers of this weekend’s show are Richard and Joanna Rothbard, owners of American Art Company. When the American Craft Council canceled their show in Sarasota several years ago, Richard and Joanna were tapped to bring the art fair back to reality for a large constituency who never missed the event. Over the past several years, the craft show has gained in popularity and has garnered respect and admiration for the Rothbards for running fine arts and crafts shows. You can catch Richard Rothbard’s brainchild “Boxology” at the event and you will be amazed at the intricately detailed puzzle boxes he creates, which he describes as “poetry, psychology and philosophy in wood. “

Lauded for their high degree of satisfaction among artists and vendors, the producers of this weekend’s show are Richard and Joanna Rothbard, owners of American Art Company. When the American Craft Council canceled their show in Sarasota several years ago, Richard and Joanna were tapped to bring the art fair back to reality for a large constituency who never missed the event. Over the past several years, the craft show has gained in popularity and has garnered respect and admiration for the Rothbards for running fine arts and crafts shows. You can catch Richard Rothbard’s brainchild “Boxology” at the event and you will be amazed at the intricately detailed puzzle boxes he creates, which he describes as “poetry, psychology and philosophy in wood. “

Wherever your heart lies among crafting and arts genres you won’t be disappointed with the Sarasota Craft Fair. Outstanding pieces representing wood, painting, wearable art, ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather and more will be on display. Exhibitors who have grown with the show continue to return year after year and enjoy that the show draws attendees from all over Southwest Florida. If you’re in the mood for an artful weekend where the best of the best convene to show their respected works of love and hard labor, then you need to attend the Sarasota Craft Fair at Robarts Arena this weekend. Visit sarasotacraftshow.com for more information.

 

December 4th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

St. Armands Holiday Night of Lights

Holiday Night of Lights

Make sure to put the 38th Annual Holiday Night of Lights on your to-do list this season. The normal grandeur of St. Armands Circle and its bevvy of high-end shops and outstanding restaurants makes the area a popular place to visit, but the holidays make even the shiniest places sparkle brighter. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and plan ahead by making your dinner reservations early because you don’t want to miss the way St. Armands Circle celebrates the holidays!

You can enjoy the wonder and beauty of thousands of twinkling lights and amazing decorations while you walk the circle and enjoy the shops. Merchants and restaurateurs will be in full holiday salute with generous sales and special offerings. The Sarasota High School Theater/Drama Department’s Chamber Choir and Swing Group, and the Cuban Ballet will be on hand to entertain and infuse the evening with music, dance and song. The Santa Parade will escort the guest of honor, Santa, in for the rest of the evening’s festivities.

The beauty of St. Armands Circle is one of the reasons it’s a highly coveted destination for locals and knowing tourists. Just the drive there, crossing the John Ringling Bridge and seeing the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay and the immensely beautiful Lido Key up ahead, instantly brings a sense of peace and calm. And in the height of the holiday season, when crowds are thick and tensions are high, the stores and waterside location of St. Armands Circle provide a peaceful backdrop for shopping and dining. The area evokes a consistent vacation feel without feeling over inundated with tourists or kitschy souvenir shops. For many, this is the definitive place to go for superb shopping, celebratory dining, a must-go-to place for visiting family and friends and just an all-around great place to pass through, if only to end up at the nearby beautiful beaches of Lido Key. If you haven’t been there lately, take this opportunity to enjoy a lovely dinner, some great retail therapy and the celebratory sights and sounds of lively St. Armands Circle. And don’t forget to end the evening with a nod to St. Nick on a warm winter’s night In Sarasota. Enjoy the fantastic tropical holidays in Florida! Find out more here: St. Armands Holiday Lights

 

December 3rd at 7:00pm

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade: 19 Years of Spirited Tradition

 

The Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade returns again this year, just like a friend who comes home for the holidays making things complete and bringing good will and cheer. That’s right, folks, it’s time for the parade! Grab your chairs, a light jacket and your good cheer and find a spot along Main Street for this year’s parade which is shaping up to be one of the biggest, brightest and bling-dazzled events in the area.

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade: 19 Years of Spirited Tradition

The action gets started on the first Saturday of December, just like clockwork, which means on Dec. 5 at 7:00 P.M., the anticipated arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus will be imminent. A highly-charged, energetic parade of thousands of participants’ promises there will be squeals of delight from the young and young at heart. Schools, marching bands, civic groups and sparkling floats with thousands of lights will promise a white Christmas, Florida-style, where you’ll enjoy the holiday sights and sounds from the comfort of the great outdoors without that messy white stuff. The theme for this year’s parade is “All I Want for Christmas,” and there will be a great representation of walkers, marchers, floats, cars, motorcycles and more. Be prepared for clowns, candy and singing, and if that’s not enough, you’ll probably see well-choreographed dancers keeping the pace of the parade while they twirl and whirl. Our youngest elves and reindeer will hardly be able to contain their excitement. It’s going to be a great evening of community bonding and what better place to view a parade and spend time with friends than in beautiful downtown Sarasota.

The Mayor’s Trophy will be awarded to the float that resonates the theme of the parade the best. Rest assured, people put their all into winning the coveted first place trophy, ensuring moving animation, full illumination, and music and a little mayhem will be found throughout the parade. Other categories include Best Business, Best School, Best Nonprofit, Best Church, Best Walking, Best Holiday Theme, and Best Performing, allowing for several floats to be recognized.

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade: 19 Years of Spirited Tradition

The parade is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees so get there early so you can find your spot and avoid last-minute jockeying for viewing positions. The parade begins at Hollywood 20 on Main Street and travels to McAnsh and Palm Avenue. Aah, December in Florida! What a great time to head downtown for a parade. And make sure you wave to the big guy in the red suit bringing up the tail end of the parade. Show Santa how nice Sarasota folks are!

 

 

 

 

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