Sarasota Events And Happenings For Dec 2018

Dated: 11/29/2018

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Sarasota offers its visitors and residents a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. The beautiful beaches, like Siesta Key Beach and Longboat Key Beach, the breathtaking sunsets, amazing flora and wildlife are a perfect backdrop to a day or evening of enjoyment. Take in the open air venues such as the downtown market and informal concerts. Enjoy a volleyball competition on the beach, or cheer from courtside at a championship tennis match on Longboat Key. Or perhaps an evening enjoying a concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center then strolling downtown to one of the many fine restaurants to top off your night is more your style. The Sarasota Opera House and the Apollo Repertory Theater continuously delight audiences with spectacular performances. World renowned St. Armands Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge and boasts superb indoor and outdoor dining and shopping venues. There is always something going on! There is truly something for everyone in Sarasota! Here are just some of the events to take in during the month of December:

December 1st, 7pm. "23rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade".   Kick off the season with this Holiday tradition. Bring a chair and watch from anywhere along the parade route, which is along Main Street, from 301/Washington Blvd. to Gulfstream Avenue. All that you would expect from a Holiday parade, and of course, Santa himself!

December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 7am-1pm, Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market.   State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine.
1420 State Street
Sarasota, Fl. 34236

December 1st and 2nd, 11am-6pm, "Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival".   Enjoy fresh seafood cooked up on site, drinks, arts and crafts, and live music from local bands. General admission $5, children under 12 admitted free.
Siesta Key Pavilion
Siesta Key, Florida

December 4th and 5th, 7:30 both nights, "The King and I".  Breathtaking presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein's musical, featuring beloved songs such as "Shall We Dance", "Getting to Know You", and "Hello, Young Lovers". Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

December 6th, 5-8pm, "Holiday Splendor".  Enjoy holiday music and performances by local elementary, middle and high schools. School performances will occur on the Museum of Art Courtyard and Bolger Campiello. All Museum venues will be open for self-touring including the Ca' d’Zan, Museum of Art, and the Circus Museum. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission price: FREE with one unwrapped toy per guest OR $15 Adults/ $5 Children 6-17
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34243

December 7th, 6-9pm, “Music on Main". Free event. There are food and drink vendors. Come and enjoy live music for a great time on charming Main Street in Lakewood Ranch! Bring a chair. Dogs welcome but must be on leash. No coolers.
8131 Lakewood Main Street
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

December 7th, 5:30pm-9pm, "Holiday Night of Lights".   Special performance at 5:30, followed by the Annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long at 6pm.   Have your photo taken with Santa! There will be a tree-lighting ceremony, too!  Surrounded by boutique shops, fabulous restaurants, St. Armands is a great place to kick off your Holiday Season! (If you plan to dine at one of St. Armands' restaurants during this event, reservations are recommended).
St. Armands Circle
Just across the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota

December 13th, 20th, 27th, 5pm, "Deck the Halls at Ca'd'Zan".  Beautifully decorated for the Holidays, Ca’ d’Zan will be open during special extended hours for you to enjoy a self-guided walk-through of the first floor. Tickets $15. Included with Art after Five Admission. Call for further information. 941-358-3180.
Sarasota, Florida 34243

December 15th, "Sidewalk Astronomy".  Telescopes will be set up to view the stars. Free and open to the public. Starts at sunset and ends around 10pm (weather permitting). This month's Sidewalk Astronomy location is Celery Fields/Sarasota Audubon, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

December 17th, 6pm, "Ringling By the Bay".  Live music and dancing. Food and beverages available for purchase on the bayfront.  Music by "Big Night Out". Admission $15, $5 for members. Very popular event. It is recommended to purchase tickets early.
Sarasota, Florida 34243

December 19th at 7:30pm and December 20th at 2pm and 7:30 pm, "The Sound of Music".  The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill you while you enjoy the musical score, including "My Favorite Things", "Do-Re-Mi", and "Edelweiss".  Ticketed Event.
941-953-3368 for information

December 20th-23rd, and 26th-30th, 6-9pm, "Lights in Bloom".  The beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will light up the holiday season with over a million lights. Stroll the magical garden paths filled with beautifully lit flowers, along the bayfront.  Children can enjoy arts and crafts. Food and drink available for purchase. Live music. Admission: Members $20, non-members $25, children 5-12 $7, children under 5-Free.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236

December 21st at 3pm and 7pm, "Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker".  Ticketed event.
941-953-3368 for information

December 22nd, 6:30pm, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical".  See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. "It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special." Ticketed event.
941-953-3368 for information

December 31st, "New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop".   Beginning at 1pm at the intersection of Main Street and Lemon Avenue with food and live music, the party continues to Midnight with the big Pineapple Drop to ring in the New Year, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! The event ends on January 1st at 1:30 am.
Downtown Sarasota

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