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Sarasota offers its visitors and residents a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. The beautiful beaches, like Siesta Key Beach and Longboat Key Beach, the breathtaking sunsets, amazing flora and wildlife are a perfect backdrop to a day or evening of enjoyment. Take in the open air venues such as the downtown market and informal concerts. Enjoy a volleyball competition on the beach, or cheer from courtside at a championship tennis match on Longboat Key. Or perhaps an evening enjoying a concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center then strolling downtown to one of the many fine restaurants to top off your night is more your style. The Sarasota Opera House and the Apolo Repertory Theater continuously delight audiences with spectacular performances. World renowned St. Armands Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge and boasts superb indoor and outdoor dining and shopping venues. There is always something going on! There is truly something for everyone in Sarasota! Here are some of the events to take in during the month of December: Dec. 2nd 8 pm "Darryl Hall and John Oates". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 3rd 8 pm "Kenny G". Grammy award winning saxophonist will perform bossa nova classics and Holiday music. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 3, 10th, and 17th, 5-8 pm. "Holiday Nights at Ca'dZan". The 56 Room Mansion at The Ringling will be decorated for the Holidays, featuring festive fireplace mantels, balconies, doors and the special 10 foot tall tree in the Grand Court. Admission $10, or free with Art aft 5 admission and Museum admission. The Ringling 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-5700 The Ringling Website Dec. 3rd. "Annual Wine, Dine and Pine Event". Marie Selby Gardens. Featuring a selection of wines, sumptuous horsd'oeuvres and fabulous desserts. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 S. Palm Avenue Sarasota, Florida 941-366-5731 for information and entry cost Selby Gardens Website Dec. 4th. "Holly Holiday Party". Celebrate the season with lights,friends, food and a musical performance by E Z Street. Historic Spanish Point 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 (941) 966-5214 Historic Spanish Point Dec. 4th 5:30pm-9pm "Holiday Night of Lights". St. Armands Circle.The Circle magically comes to light. Holiday entertainment. Drama, music, and of course, Santa! St. Armands Circle Just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. Dec. 4th 6pm-9pm "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!". Main Street at 5 Points Park and Palm Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Dec. 4th "Music on Main". Free event. Come and enjoy live music and a great time! Bring a chair. Dogs welcome but must be on leash. No coolers. 8131 Lakewood Main Street Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 Dec. 4th-6th. "Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show". Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl. 941-954-4165 Dec. 5th @ 7:30 pm and Dec. 6th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. "Quartetto Gelato".Featuring mandolin, violin, accordion, bandoneon, cello, and oboe. Gypsy show pieces, celtic reels and dances, Italian folk songs. $25-$45. Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl. 941-351-8000 Asolo Repertory Theater Dec. 5th 7pm 20th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade. Main Street, downtown Sarasota Dec. 5th 7am-1pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market". State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236 Dec. 6th 4pm. "The Nutcracker" Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-359-0099 Sarasota Opera Website Dec. 6th-13th "Singing Christmas Tree". Music, drama, orchestra. First Sarasota Downtown Baptist Church 1661 Main Street Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-365-2846 Dec. 8th 2pm and 7pm "A Christmas Celebration-The Ditchfield Family Singers". Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-359-0099 Sarasota Opera Website Dec. 10th. 8 pm "Women of Ireland-Celtic Angels' Christmas". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 11th 6pm-9pm "Live From Downtown-It's Friday Night!". Burns Square. Downtown South of Main Street, just past the intersection of Ringling Blvd. and S. Pineapple Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Dec. 11th. "Holidays Around the Ranch". Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Claus as he makes his grand entry in his beautiful white, horse drawn carriage, decorated in white lights and garland. Join the Dickens Carolers as they sing carols around the fountain leading up to the lighting of the spectacular tree. 8131 Lakewood Main Street Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 Dec. 11th-12th, and Dec. 18th-24th, and 26th-27th. 6pm-9pm. "Holiday Lights Spectacular". Sarasota Jungle Gardens 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234 941-355-1112 Dec. 12th 7am-1pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market". State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236 Dec. 12th "Porsches in the Park". 10 am-4 pm. St. Armands Circle. Free event. St. Armands Circle Just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. Dec. 12th 6 pm "Annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights". Spectacular sight. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bay front Park, City Island and Centennial Park. Dec. 12th-13th. 10 am-4 pm. "Holmes Beach Annual Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival". Located in the field across from Holmes City Hall, at Holmes Beach. Featuring art, live music, face painting and more. Free admission and parking. Dec. 13th 7 pm "24th Annual Christmas Concert".Free will offering. First United Methodist Church 104 S. Pineapple Avenue Downtown Sarasota (941) 955-0935 Dec. 18th 6-9 pm "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!" Towles Court. 3 blocks South of Main Street between Washington Blvd. and Osprey Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Dec. 18th-23rd, and Dec. 26th-30th, 6-9 pm. "Lights in Bloom". The Gardens are transformed into an electric wonderland. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 S. Palm Avenue Sarasota, Florida 941-366-5731 for information and entry cost Selby Gardens Website Dec. 19th 4pm-8pm "Christmas on Bridge Street". Held in the market lot on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Celebrate the season at this annual, family-friendly holiday event with free live holiday entertainment featuring the professional Dickens Carolers singing and storytelling in full period costume, along with Island duo Russ & Brandi and a set from the acclaimed Rowlett Childrens Choir. Visit Santa, see it snow on Bridge Street, take a photo in front of the island's tallest live Christmastree. Free event. 941-713-3105 Bridge Street website Dec. 19th Sunset to 10pm "Sidewalk Astronomy". Holmes Beach on the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall. Dec. 19th 7am-1pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market". State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236 Dec. 21st 5-8 pm "Ringling By the Bay". Music by "Kettle of Fish". Live music and dancing. Food and beverage are available for purchase on the bayfront. Limited seating is available. The Ringling 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 359-5700 for information The Ringling Website Dec. 23rd 7 pm. "A Christmas Carol". A cast of 23 performers presents this Victorian version of Christmas magic including traditional Christmas carols-a treat for the whole family! Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 24th 6:30 pm "Christmas at Five Points Park". The Shore Church Presents Christmas At Five Points! This year they are shutting down part of Main Street to make room for 1,000+ people to come and experience a true Christmas Eve Service with Music, Lights, and The Christmas Story! Downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park at the intersection of First Street and Central Avenue. Dec. 28th 3pm and 7 pm. "Moscow Ballet-Great Russian Nutcracker". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 31st 7pm "The Ten Tenors" from Australia. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Dec. 31st "Pineapple Drop". Welcome in the New Year as you watch the Pineapple drop. Main Street and Lemon Avenue. Dec. 31st 6pm-8pm "Starlight and Fire Family New Years Eve Party". Bonfires, marshmallows, hot chocolate, crafts. Celebrate and dance to a musical performance by Sean Phillips. This family celebration is open to all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Historic Spanish Point 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 (941) 966-5214 Historic Spanish Point

Below are some links to Sarasota attractions.

Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory Sarasota Jungle Gardens Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Sarasota Ballet Asolo Repertory Theater Marie Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point The Ringling St. Armands Circle Sarasota Film Society More Sarasota Area Info