Sarasota’s Holidays are in Full Swing

Sarasota’s Holidays are in Full Swing

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We’re a week into the hustle and bustle of December and hopefully you are enjoying this holiday season. What a lovely place to live and to spend the holidays, where true indoor/outdoor living and 365-days-a-year enjoyment is our way of life. And this weekend’s events promise to deliver several Florida-style happenings to keep your outlook merry and your holidays burning especially bright.


Dec. 9 – Daily through December 27th Sarasota Holiday Lights Trolley Tour 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

Sarasota Holiday Lights Trolley TourCarrying on with another Sarasota-infused activity is the Sarasota Trolley Holiday Lights Tour through December 27th. There are two departures daily, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. You’ll swing by the best and brightest holiday homes around Sarasota in a nostalgic open-air trolley. Have your northern visitors leave their snow boots behind, because in Florida, we wear our flip-flops when we go out to see the holiday lights! The two-hour trip costs $15 per person and begins at 4041 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota in front of Regions Bank. For more information, call (941) 538-1414.|


Snow GlobeDec. 9, 10 & 11 Sarasota Orchestra performance of Snow Globe
Despite a couple of sold-out shows, tickets still remain for performances of Snow Globe by the Sarasota Orchestra. Enjoy great holiday standards like The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells, The Snow Maiden, and The Holly, to name a few, performed with the exquisite sounds and melodies that the Sarasota Orchestra delivers. Contact the Sarasota Orchestra Box Office at (941) 953-3434 for information on ticket prices and performance times or visit:


Dec. 11th Live from Downtown Sarasota, Burns Court 6:00 PM

Burns CourtBegin your Friday chant with Live from Downtown, it’s Friday Night, coming at you each Friday from different Sarasota neighborhoods. This week, the celebration takes place at Burns Court where you can shop, dine, and wine with the accompaniment of participating merchants and restaurants staying open to accommodate the fun. Enjoy live performances musicians, entertainers and performing arts organizations. The festivities begin at 6:00 P.M.


Dec. 11 - 12, 18 - 24, 26 - 27 Sarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights Spectacular 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights SpectacularHoliday Lights Spectacular will be dazzling attendees at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Don’t miss the explosion of lights as you stroll down the “Candy Cane Lane,” experiencing time-honored holiday traditions. Roast marshmallows, enjoy live entertainment, and snap merry photos of your family in the beautiful gardens. The petting zoo and beloved birds of Jungle Garden will be on hand and there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Adults are $11, kids 3-12 $6, and kids 2 and under are free.


Dec. 11th Holidays Around the Ranch at Lakewood Ranch

Holidays Around the Ranch at Lakewood RanchBe sure to join in the fun on Friday night with Holidays Around the Ranch at Lakewood Ranch from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Come celebrate with carolers, cookie decorating, egg nog, street vendors and live performances. It’s sure to be a merry time for all as Santa makes his entry to the party in a horse drawn carriage.






Dec. 12th Sarasota Farmers Market, Main & Lemon Streets , downtown from 7 AM to 1 PM

Sarasota Farmers MarketOn Saturday, consider visiting the Sarasota Farmer’s Market in Downtown Sarasota for your weekly supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Add fresh flowers to your list, because you know they give your holiday table a little more cheer. And speaking of cheer, consider picking up an extra bouquet for a neighbor or friend who might be in need of a special recognition this giving season. With over 55 vendors, the Sarasota Farmer’s Market has all of your healthy eating and holiday buying needs covered.


Dec. 12th - 13th Atomic Holiday Bazaar Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM

Atomic Holiday BazaarFor perfect gift options, visit the Atomic Holiday Bazaar at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium this weekend. Find one-of-a-kind unique and Indie-inspired art at this regionally-popular event. Great gift options including lotions, stationery, sculptures, upcycled items, photography, jewelry, and just about everything in between will be available. Be sure to attend and support some of the most talented crafters in the area. Admission is $5 for adults, 12 and under are free.


Dec. 12 – Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of LightsRounding out a jam-packed weekend of events is the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, returning Saturday, for the 30th time since making its debut in 1985. You will not be disappointed as a spectacle of beautiful boats and yachts light up the waterways with thousands of lights, grand decorations and awe-inspiring holiday grandeur. The best viewing areas will be at Marina Jacks, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park. You will not want to miss the action so be sure to get there early and prepare to be amazed. The parade begins at 6:00 P.M. visit for more info.


Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Map

We hope you all have a great week in sunny Sarasota where living in paradise makes us merry all year long! We know your time is precious so we promise to be your go-to source for cool things to do around town. We’ll be bringing you a list of great events each Wednesday and will also fill your week with fun pictures, posts and happenings. Season’s Greetings, Sarasota!


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