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Sarasota Events And Happenings December, 2016

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 Apollo 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. 1, 5-8pm, “Holiday Splendor at The Ringling”. Holiday music by local elementary, middle and high schools. Helps support the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca’d’Zan (first floor only) will be open til 8pm.  Food and Beverages available onsite. Admission Free with one unwrapped toy per guest, or $15 for adults, $5 children 6-17.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-359-5700

Dec. 2, 5-8 pm, “Spanish Point Holiday Party”. Holiday music, light refreshments, trees decorated with miniature lights.
Historic Spanish Point
337 N. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, Florida 34229
941-966-5214 for more information

Dec. 2, 6-9pm, “St. Armand’s Annual Holiday Night of Lights”. Music, Christmas carol sing-a-long, Santa, tree lighting—all in the exciting setting of renowned St. Armand’s Circle with its boutiques, shops and restaurants.
St. Armand’s Circle
Just over the John Ringling bridge from downtown Sarasota

Dec. 2, 6-9 pm, “Music on Main”. Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Free event. There are food and drink vendors. 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
Main Street
Lakewood Ranch

Dec. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, (10-5 on Friday and Sat., 10-4 on Sun.) “Sarasota America Fine Craft Show”. Featuring ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. Adm. $11 adults, $10 Seniors, Students $6, Under 10 free.
Robarts Arena
3000 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Fl. 34237

Dec. 3rd 7-9pm. “Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade”. This year the parade will honor veterans, with special recognition of the area's WWII veterans, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Main Street from Hwy.301/Washington Blvd. to Gulfstream Avenue.

Dec. 3rd, 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. 3rd and 4th. 10am-6pm. “Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival”. Mouthwatering seafood, music, arts and crafts. Event Admission free. VIP tent $50.
Siesta Key Beach

Dec. 7th, 7pm. “Fame”, the musical Vibrant live performance.
Van Wezel
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Dec. 8th, 15th, 22>nd, 29th, 5-8 pm. “Holiday Nights at C’d’Zan”. The mansion will be beautifully decorated for the holidays with festive mantles, balconies and doors.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-359-5700 for information

Dec. 10th, 6pm. "31st Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights". Best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.

Dec. 10th, 10am-4pm. “Annual Porsches in the Park”. Porsches from all around Florida on display in the exciting setting of St. Armands Circle.Free admission.
St. Armands Circle
Just over the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota.

Dec. 10th, 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. 10th, 8pm “Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas”. Performance will combine their classic hits and holiday favorites.
Van Wezel
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Dec. 10th, “Sidewalk Astronomy”. Telescopes will be set up to view the stars. Free and open to the public. Starts at sunset and ends around 10 pm. (weather-permitting).
Riverview High School
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, FL 34231

Dec. 12th, 8pm “Beach Boys’ Christmas”, performing their greatest hits and Christmas favorites.
Van Wezel
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Dec. 16-30th (except 24th and 25th), 6-9 pm. “Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom”. Stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), plus live entertainment nightly. Food and drinks available for purchase.
TICKET PRICES:
$25 Guests • $20 Members • $7.50 Children 4-16 • Children under 4 FREE
Marie Selby Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731

Dec. 17th, 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. 18th. Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing”.Festive evening of holiday classics, new carols, and sing-a-long favorites, accompanied by an orchestra and organ.
First United Methodist Church
104 S. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-955-0935 for information

Dec. 21st 8pm, “A Christmas Carol”. 23 performers will bring this popular story to life on a magical set. Timeless carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Away In a Manager" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing" are interwoven within the performance.
Van Wezel
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Dec. 24th, 4:30pm and 6:30 pm  “Celebrate Christmas at Five Points Park” Sponsored by The Shore Church, there will be music, lights, and The Christmas Story.
Downtown Sarasota at the intersection of 1st Street and Central Avenue
941-677-2872 for further information

Dec. 29th, 3pm and 7pm  “Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker”. Direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! The whole family will enjoy the larger-than-life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular costumes and sets.
Van Wezel
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Dec. 31st, 6-10 pm. “Spanish Point New Years Eve Party/Starlight and Fire Family Party”. Enjoy bonfires, marshmallow roasting, snow and more! Family friendly event.
Historic Spanish Point
337 N. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
Phone: 941-966-5214

Dec. 31st, Downtown Sarasota New Years Eve Celebration. Food, music, fun in downtown, with the countdown at midnight featuring the Pineapple Drop at Main Street and Lemon Avenue.
Downtown Sarasota

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
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