Winter Wonders & Holiday Charm in Venice

Discover the festive and outdoorsy delights that make spending the holidays in Venice a truly enchanting experience.

Nestled along Florida's Gulf Coast, Venice locals welcome the winter season with open arms, offering a unique blend of holiday charm and natural wonders. Down in Venice, December is a time when the community comes together to celebrate not only the holidays, but the fine weather and natural beauty that surrounds them. 

Whether you're strolling along festive streets, enjoying a boat parade or walking the beach at sunset, Venice offers a perfect blend of winter wonders and historic charm for a memorable holiday season. 

Venice Christmas Boat Parade:

Embrace the coastal spirit of Venice with the 35th Annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade, which sets sail just north of the Albee Road bridge. The parade continues down the Intracoastal and out to the channel marker in the Venice Jetties. Decorated boats light up the Intracoastal Waterway, creating a dazzling display that reflects off the water and adds a nautical touch to your holiday celebrations. As the parade continues south there are miles of public viewing on both sides of the Intracoastal to join in on holiday cheer and light displays. 

Venice Christmas Walk:

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Experience the magic of Venice Holiday Walk on Venice Avenue. Stroll through the charming Historic District adorned with holiday lights, explore local shops, and enjoy live entertainment as the community comes together to celebrate the season. The event takes place on Thursday, December 7, 5pm-8pm. You'll even be able to partake in some light refreshments served in stores as you stroll and shop for holiday gifts!

A Holiday Spectacular by Venice Symphony:

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This season’s highly anticipated Holiday Spectacular includes yuletide favorites such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Carol of the Bells, ” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Sleigh Ride,” as well as music from classic holiday films, Home Alone and A Christmas Carol, and even a few contemporary holiday favorites. Seating is very limited for this concert and always sells out, so be sure to snag your tickets to catch the Venice Symphony in action on December 15 and 16. 

Take Family Photos & Walk on the Beach:

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Take a holiday walk on Caspersen Beach, known for its serene shores and the chance to find prehistoric shark teeth. It's a peaceful retreat where you can connect with nature amidst the holiday craziness and festivities. To bring the pup along for the family hangout, stroll Brohard Paw Park close by. Venice Beach is also a great place to catch a gorgeous Gulf Coast sunset and snap some festive family photos in the sand (matching flannels, anyone?!). Share with friends, coworkers, neighbors and extended family up north your beachy Christmas in sunny Sarasota! 

Venice Theatre's Holiday Show:

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Catch a showing of A Christmas Carol at downtown's Venice Theatre, from December 1-20. This local treasure features a musical version of the classic Charles Dickens story, which returns every year for the greater month of December for locals and visitors alike. Join in on the joyous spirit of the year-end holidays for this beloved production.