December 2021 Holiday Events in Sarasota That You Don’t Want to Miss

It’s inevitable that shopping, family gatherings, and Christmas parties will take a chunk out of our free time in December, however, there are plenty of other holiday events in Sarasota and surrounding areas to enjoy as well.  Here are some of the Can't-miss events that you will want to plan for.

Holiday Splendor

The Ringling

Dec. 2nd, 9th & 16th, 5 pm to 8 pm

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

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This is a great way to celebrate the holidays and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.  Admission is free with one unwrapped toy per person.  The Ringling venues will be self-touring and musical entertainment will be provided by local schools.

Joyful!  Joyful!

Dec. 1st to Dec. 30th

1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

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The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents a blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes and gospel-infused classics and pop songs.  Expect a high-spirited and uplifting experience for the entire family

25th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 4th, 7 pm to 9 pm

Downtown Sarasota

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The Sarasota Holiday Parade is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season.  This year 4,000 participants will help create a night you won’t soon forget.  The spectacle includes lighted floats, marching bands, and yes, Santa Claus himself.

A Country Christmas

Dec. 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th & 19th, 6 pm to 10 pm

Hunsader Farms

5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

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Enjoy over 300,000 lights, hayrides, train rides (incl. a kiddie train), Christmas music, a petting zoo, Santa Claus and so much more.  Always a great time for the family.

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 11th, Begins at 6 pm

Marina Jack

2 Marine Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

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This has become an annual tradition for many families.  Experience lighted displays on boats that will delight both young and old.  Best viewing spots include City Island and Bayfront Park/Marina Jack downtown.

Let it Snow

Sailor Circus

Dec. 26th thru Dec. 30th

2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL 34239

America’s longest-running youth circus presents more than 100 kids flipping, flying, and soaring in this dazzling holiday production.  Some of the acts include aerial artistry, acrobatics, roller skating, and juggling.

These events in and around Sarasota will help every member of your family get into the holiday spirit this year.  Our nation has been through a lot these last couple of years.  Perhaps some holiday cheer is exactly what we all need to get ready for 2022!

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