As Christmas Day is just around the corner we took a quick break from the hustle and bustle of last minute real estate deals to check out some of the local holiday events around Sarasota this week!
This is DEFINITELY NOT an all encompassing ultimate guide to the holiday events around town, just a few of our favorites and a few new events we may try out. There are plenty of event calendars and holiday guides on the web to help you plan out your festivities in Sarasota.
Neighborhood Light Displays
SRQ Trolley - Annual Holiday Tour of Lights
Runs through December 30th
Pickup Times – 6:30PM Tour and 8:30PM Tours
Pickup is outside the Regions Bank (Burlington Coat Factory Lot)
4041 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
The corner of Cattleman Rd and Bee Ridge Rd.
Cedar Hollow, Sarasota
Just south of Fruitville off of Honore on Camus Street.
Head south on Honore and take the 3rd exit from the roundabout on Colonial Oaks.
At the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive. Leaving Colonial Oaks to Cattlemen, turn right and head south on Cattlemen to Bee Ridge. Turn right on Bee Ridge then on Woodmont.
Walk-through Light Displays
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Dec. 21, 22, and 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Admission-$10 (cash only)
Kids 5 and under-FREE
Parking is FREE
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Dec. 20 – Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
$7/Children ages 5 – 12
FREE/Kids under 5
Groups of 25 or more – $20 per person
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL
A live Nativity scene including live animals: camels, donkeys, goats and other animals. Dec 21 - 23 from 12 to 4 p.m.
12 and under $8
Active Military and Veterans receive free admission.
Siesta Key "Santa Stumble" Pub Crawl
SKOB, Gilligan's Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck and 3.14 Pi.
Dec 26 from 9 p.m. to close
"Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan" on the grounds of the Ringling Museum
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Dec 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for members and included with "Art After Five" admission.
Grace Community Christmas Festival
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
Dec 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - the musical
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail , Sarasota, FL 34236
Sat Dec 22, 6:30 p.m. - Sat Dec 22, 9:30 p.m.
MERRY CHRISTMAS from Shelley & Ed!