If you think Venice Ave. is pretty during the day, wait ‘til you see its annual holiday parade!
If you think Venice Ave. is pretty during the day, wait ‘til you see its annual holiday parade!

Seasonal Celebrations in South Sarasota County

Venice, North Port and Englewood have enough holiday events to fulfill your festive feelings this winter

October 7, 2019

Looking for a quaint, chesnuts-roasting-by-an-open-fire kind of holiday experience to go along with the Gulf Coast views and seabreeze? Look no further than this lineup of holiday happenings around the simpler, southern portion of Sarasota County in 2019.

Venice Christmas Walk

December 5, 2019; Downtown Venice Main Street

Why let holiday shopping be a stressful experience when you could make an evening of it by strolling Historic Downtown Venice and visiting the local shops during the annual Venice Christmas Walk (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)? Enjoy holiday tunes performed live, food and drink specials at downtown restaurants, and charming seasonal decor as you stroll Venice Ave. selecting unique, Southwest Florida treasures for your loved ones.

Venice Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

December 7, 2019; Venice Jetty

The Venice Boat Parade is traditionally held on the first Saturday of December, lighting up south county waterways with holiday cheer. Starting at 6:00 p.m., spectators may gather on the north or south jetty (South Nokomis Beach and North Venice Beach, respectively), near the south Circus Bridge to Venice Island, and at waterfront-accessible spots in downtown Venice to watch this festive nautical parade featuring decorated boats of all sizes.

Venice Blalock Park Tree Lighting

December 14, 2019; West Blalock Park

Venice's 13th annual tree lighting at Blalock Park will take place at sundown, and we've got news: Santa is on the guest list! Pay a visit to the jolly elf at the park near the Venice Museum & Archives and the Venice Community Center.

North Port Poinsettia Parade and Festival

December 7, 2019; North Port City Center Campus

The North Port Poinsettia Parade and Festival kicks off at 4:00 p.m., and runs through 8:30 p.m. The parade will start around 5:00 p.m. featuring floats and other vehicles decorated in poinsettia flowers and other holiday fare. Santa, of course, will be in attendance escorted by North Port Fire Rescue. The festival also includes a tree lighting ceremony, food vendors, entertainment, live performances by local students, and more.

Venice Symphony Presents: A Very Merry Holiday Pops Concert

December 20 and 21, 2019; Venice Symphony

The Venice Symphony presents A Very Merry Holiday Pops concert December 20 - 21 with special guest, Sarasota Key Chorale. Enjoy an eclectic selection of seasonal music, ranging from holiday classics such as Deck the Halls to popular numbers from holiday film-favorites like Home Alone and the Polar Express.

Englewood Fine Arts & Handmade Crafts Festival

December 7, 2019; West Dearborn Street

Win white elephant with this annual crafts fair along the main drag of Englewood’s historic fishing village. From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. West Dearborn Street will be closed off for pedestrians to stroll the pop up market of food, fine arts and other craft creations. Experience Olde Englewood Village and cross a few loved ones off the shopping list in one picturesque winters day in Florida.