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2021 Outdoor Holiday Events in & Around Sarasota

Savor the fresh air and holiday cheer this month in Sarasota and beyond.

November 5, 2021

Make this holiday season in Sarasota one to remember with these amazing outdoor events – from captivating boat parades to fun craft workshops.

Holiday Night on St. Armand's Circle

Holiday Night on St. Armand’s Circle

Start the month’s celebrations off right with a stroll through dazzling displays. Watch Christmas carolers perform your favorite holiday tunes, then keep an eye out for Santa’s grand arrival. He’ll be available to hear about every item on your little one’s wish list. Find fun in-store promotions, seasonal refreshments and more at your favorite spots along the circle. Learn more about Holiday Night.

Free, December 3, 5:30 pm, St. Armand’s Circle

Venice Boat Parade

Pull up a chair and watch festive boats float by along the Intracoastal Waterway at this cherished local event. Lauded for how up-close landlubbing spectators can get to the action, it's a can't miss holiday spectacle that'll surely get you in the holiday spirit, Florida-style. The parade starts morth of the Albee Bridge and heads south toward the Circus Bridge. Find more event details.

December 4, 6-9 pm, Venice Waterfront
Showfolks Holiday Circus Festival

From Elmo’s Circus to the flying Wallendas, this captivating show features circus performances infused with heaps of holiday cheer. Find food, crafts, exhibits, visits with Santa and much more. Learn more about Showfolks Holiday Circus Festival.

December 10-12, times vary, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Multi-day admission: $30/adult, $20/child; Daily admission: $12/adult, $8 child
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

This mesmerizing Florida holiday tradition brings decked out vessels of every size to Sarasota Bay for a night of all-ages fun and festivities. Watch intricately bedecked boats glide across the water, blasting your favorite Christmas tunes along the wake. The route goes from City Island across Sarasota Bay to Centennial Park, then heads south to Bayfront Park. Bring folding chairs and find your spot along the water for a most fabulous evening by the water.

December 11, 6 pm, Sarasota Downtown Waterfront

Wintergreen Weekend at the Point

The holiday spirit takes over at this two-day, Victorian-inspired celebration among the moss-draped oaks of Spanish Point. Expect hours of cheerful songs, Asolo Repertory yuletide readings, festive treats and carriage rides; all that’s missing are the snow flurries! Learn more about Wintergreen Weekend.

December 11-12, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point Campus, $15/adult, $10/child, $7/member
Lights in Bloom

Lights in Bloom

Experience the enchanting sight of over two million twinkling lights covering trees and lighting up pathways in a tropical garden setting. There’ll be entertainment, children’s activities, plenty of photo ops and delectable food from Michael’s on East available for purchase. Learn more about the Holiday Light Show.

December 11–January 2, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus, $25/non-member, $20/member, $7 child, free for children four and under 

Create a Living Wreath

Up your holiday décor game with a vibrant wreath you’ll make by hand with help from Selby Botanical Gardens. Part creative art project, part lesson in botany, this workshop will have you arranging spider plants and other gorgeous succulents in a way that’s just your style. This is one holiday wreath you won’t want to store in a closet after New Year’s Day.  Learn more about the Living Wreath Workshop.

December 18, 10 am–1 pm, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus
$175 non-members/$150 members

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The Ultimate Holiday Guide to Sarasota County

The most wonderful time of the year lives up to the motto near the glistening gulf coast beaches of Sarasota County. The daily sunshine will make you feel warm on the outside, but there are plenty of local traditions for winter visitors that can make you feel cozy on the inside too.