Dazzling December. Holiday Events Across Florida's Gulf Coast
Saunders Blog December, 2016
The holidays have arrived! What better place to enjoy the season than Florida’s Gulf Coast where the holiday spirit is in full swing from Lakewood Ranch to Longboat Key and Boca Grande to Bradenton. We are bringing you a selection of our favorite events, attractions, and performances to bring in good cheer.
Holiday Events and Attractions
Holly Days and Mangrove Lights | Through December 31
Experience the beauty of Historic Spanish Point in Osprey during the holiday season. Miniature white lights on majestic trees and in mangroves lends a magical holiday ambiance. Regular admission applies. Learn more at HistoricSpanishPoint.org.
Festival of Lights – Florida Style | Through December 31
Enjoy daily viewing of tropical themed Christmas decorations and lights throughout Fishermen’s Village Mall, Resort and Marina in Punta Gorda. For more information visit Fishville.com.
Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan | December 22 & 29
Visit the majesty of the Ringling Museum in the Museum Area at historic Ca’ d’Zan where the mansion is all decked out for the holidays including the 10′tall tree that stands in the Grand Court. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets $5 – $10. Free for members and free with “Art After Five” admission. Visit Ringling.org to purchase tickets.
Lights in Bloom | December 16 – 30, 6pm-9pm
Lights in Bloom in Sarasota at Selby Gardens offers visitors a stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical paradise includes miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), plus nightly live entertainment. For tickets, visit Selby.org.
Chanukah Celebration | December 27th, 6pm – 10:30pm
Celebrate the festival of lights at Lakewood Ranch Main Street hosted by Chabad of Bradenton. Highlights include design your own dreidel, doughnut decorating, meet Judah Maccabee, hot latkes, live music and raffles. To learn more: LakewoodRanch.com.
Crosley Theater | December 12 – 23
Delight in Carols and Classics at the Powel Crosley Estate in Bradenton. Take a tour of the 1920’s historic mansion set along the bayfront and enjoy carols and classic stories like “A Christmas Carol” and “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” For more information, visit BradentonGulfCoastIslands.com.
A Christmas Carol | December 16-21
Venice Theatre in Venice presents “A Christmas Carol”, a musical version of Dickens’ classic tale following Ebenezer Scrooge. For tickets and more information, visit VeniceStage.com.