20 Christmas Events in Sarasota in 2020

Looking for something fun and festive to do? There are so many fun Christmas events in Sarasota this time of year! Here is a big list of all the fun Christmas and holiday events happening in Sarasota, North Port and Venice!

From the boat parade in Sarasota to Christmas movie night at UTC Mall, there are so many great holiday events in Sarasota! There are even places to see snow so you can feel like you are up north for the holidays. 

Remember to click the links to the event websites to check about cancellations and exact times. Sometimes weather plays a factor and we wouldn’t want you to show up to an event if it had been cancelled! 

If you have a holiday event that you would like added to this list, please add your event here

Christmas events in North Port

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 1st (Virtual)

You can watch online or attend the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the City Center Front Green (4970 City Hall Blvd.) Seating opens at 5:30PM and the ceremony begins at 6PM. Admission and parking are free.

Poinsettia Parade & Festival – Dec. 5th – virtual livestream this year

Bring the family and join North Port as they kick off the holiday season at the annual Poinsettia Parade & Festival. This is a fun Christmas event in North Port that you will not want to miss! This annual North Port tradition will be held 5PM in the comfort of your own home by virtual livestream!

Swim with Santa – Dec. 19th

The North Port Aquatic Center welcomes Santa on Dec. 19th from 12-3PM. This will be a fun day with a photo op with Santa, so bring your camera, and your bathing suits! Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is recommended. This is a great event if you are wondering where to see Santa in North Port.

Christmas events in Sarasota

Light up Siesta Key – Nov. 28th

Siesta Key will be lit up on Nov. 28th beginning at 6PM. There will be holiday gift bags for the first 200 children. The tree lighting will be at the gazebo in Siesta Key Village. This is a super fun tree lighting in Sarasota you won’t want to miss.

Sarasota Christmas Tree Lighting Event – December 1st

The annual downtown Sarasota Christmas tree lighting is on this year. Less than 75 people are allowed at any time for social distancing. This will take place at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota Boat Parade – CANCELLED

Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens – Dec. 14th – Jan. 4th

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. There will be over two million lights that will illuminate the gardens and walkways that will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. There will be nightly visits from Santa (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games and special entertainment. 

This event is $20 Members; $25 Non-Members; Children ages 5 – 12 $7; Kids under 5 Free. Groups of 20 or more $20 per person.

Holiday Splendor at the Ringling – Dec. 3rd

Visit the Ringling for a Holiday Splendor drive through experience. This will take place from 6-8PM. This is more of a donation drop than a light display. There will be free hot chocolate and you can see the decorations at Ringling, but it’s more of a toys for tot drive through drop off.

42nd Annual Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armand’s Circle – Dec. 4th

The beautiful Christmas tree lighting will be taking place and St. Armand’s will be all lit up and there will be pictures with Santa available.

UTC Mall Festival of Holiday Lights

UTC Mall in Sarasota has a great Christmas event going on from December 9th through 20th. There will be a spectacular light show outside on the East Grand Entrance of the mall. The light show will be every half hour from 6:30-9PM each night. There will be movies under the stars on Fridays and Saturdays, horse-drawn carriage rides, fireworks on Saturdays, and more!

12th Annual Gingerbread Festival – December 11-20th

The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is hosting the Gingerbread Festival at the UTC Mall Dec. 11th-20th. It will be on display from 10AM-8PM daily (Sundays 11AM-6PM).

Santa’s Workshop Virtual Craft Series

Virtual event! Every Wednesday at 6PM between Nov. 2th – Dec. 23rd. Participants can pick up their craft Saturday – Wed. every week during mall hours at the customer service desk. Click the link above to log into the virtual event.

Spot the Elves Holiday Contest in Lakewood Ranch – Nov. 20th – January 1st

Spot the elves on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch for a chance to win $500 in prizes! Nineteen elves are hiding throughout Main Street. Find at least 10 to enter the contest. Click the link above to download the entry form.

Create & Celebrate with Kori – 3-3:30PM

Livestream event! Join in on some virtual art projects with Kori Clark on Saturday, Dec. 19th from 3-3:30PM.

Christmas events in Venice FL

Venice Holiday Parade – CANCELLED

Venice Christmas Walk – Dec. 3rd

Ring in the Holidays at Venice’s Christmas Walk. This will be on December 3rd. Start your holiday shopping with a stroll down the avenues of historic Venice from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Venice Main Street’s Annual Christmas Walk. Downtown will be all aglow with holiday lights and festive décor.

This will take place from 10AM-8PM each day.

Venice Christmas Boat Parade – December 5th

The boat parade starts at 6PM. You can view the parade at the Intracoastal Waterway (starting above Albee Farm Bridge heading south with turn around before Circus Bridge).

For more holiday events happening in southwest Florida, click the pictures below…

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