The holidays are a special time of year when family, friends and loved ones get together to celebrate. If you’re looking to make some memories this holiday season in Sarasota, FL, you’re in luck! There are plenty of festive activities and events to choose from! From boat parades to musical performances, here are 10 fun holiday activities to enjoy with your family and friends this winter.
Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Cocktail Bar at The Tap Room
This holiday season, the Tamiami Tap will be transformed into a festive pop-up bar called Miracle at the Tamiami Tap. Now through Dec. 23, the bar will feature 10 holiday cocktails served in themed drinkware, which will be available for purchase to benefit the Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Shelter and Forty Carrots Family Center. Each cocktail costs $14. Themed decorations will fill the Tap with fun and festive vibes, making it the perfect place to enjoy a holiday cocktail or two.
Deck the Halls at the Florida Studio Theatre
Deck the Halls is an immersive experience that invites guests into a world of music, laughter and holiday cheer. You’ll be surrounded by singing carolers as you explore festive displays throughout the theater. You can also meet Santa Claus himself for photos and autographs. This event is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!
Million Dollar Quartet Christmas at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
This holiday season, shake things up with a musical performance unlike any other. The Million Dollar Quartet Christmas features rock ’n’ roll holiday tunes from some of the most iconic musicians of all time, including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. This one-of-a-kind show will have you dancing in your seat from beginning to end. And what could be more festive than spending an evening at the Van Wezel, one of Sarasota’s most beloved venues? So round up your friends and family and get ready to rock around the Christmas tree at the Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.
Discover Sarasota Tours Christmas Carol Trolley Tour
Hop aboard the vintage trolley for a tour of downtown Sarasota while singing your favorite Christmas carols. Local musicians will be serenading guests on each trolley ride throughout the evening. Plus, you can even enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while taking in all the dazzling lights of downtown Sarasota. Upcoming dates 29-30th.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a unique show that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Combining the music of Tchaikovsky with contemporary dance, the show offers something for everyone to enjoy. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Hip Hop Nutcracker, and the show promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Whether you are a fan of classical dance or contemporary hip-hop, you are sure to be impressed by the skill and athleticism of the performers.
Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom
Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom is a beloved local tradition. From 6 to 9 p.m., the gardens radiate the spirit of the season with more than 2 million lights. Stroll under twinkling palm trees, enjoy food and drink for purchase and listen to holiday songs. You’ll even meet some festive Floridian friends, including alligators, dolphins and flamingos. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Selby Gardens is offering a drive-thru experience so you can enjoy the lights from the safety of your car. Tickets are available online and must be purchased in advance. Don’t miss this magical holiday event! Dates are Dec. 26-30th, and Jan. 1-5th.
Cabernet & Canvas at Wellen Park
The holidays can be a hectic time, with shopping, cooking, and entertaining all taking center stage. But it’s important to take some time for yourself during the holiday season, and what better way to relax than with a glass of wine in hand? On December 12th, Cabernet & Canvas at Wellen Park is the perfect opportunity to do just that. During this “make and take” watercolor class, you’ll have the chance to create your own holiday-themed painting while enjoying some snacks and sipping on some wine. And when the class is over, you’ll have a beautiful piece of art to hang in your home or give as a gift. So put your worries on pause for a few hours and treat yourself to a little creativity and relaxation at Cabernet & Canvas.
Holiday Fun in Sarasota
Whether you’re looking for something fun or something more traditional, there are plenty of activities to do in Sarasota this holiday season! From live performances to boat parades, these activities provide something fun for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year with friends & family. So don’t miss out on all these wonderful opportunities that are right around the corner; plan ahead so you can experience everything that this city has to offer during the holidays!
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