Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton
With Thanksgiving almost here, it’s time to start planning for the wondrous holiday events, and there is much to see and do in and around Bradenton!
Marvel at trails of lights and parades or participate in reindeer games or toy drives. Free holiday events near Bradenton are plentiful, and you do not want to miss out on all the fun this season!
Nov. 26: Free Outdoor Movie and Tree Lighting
6–10 p.m., Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Head to Bridge Street for an evening of live music from the Sweet Adelines, a free showing of the 1966 cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and popcorn and refreshments. All you need to bring is a chair and blanket!
Dec. 2: 38th Annual Holiday Night on St. Armands
6–9 p.m., St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota
Usher in the holiday season with a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, special performances and the arrival of Saint Nick himself! Capture a photo with Santa, then enjoy the many store promotions in the shopping center.
Dec. 2–3: A Village Christmas Artwalk Weekend
Friday 6–9:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Village of the Arts will host a special, holiday-themed art walk during their monthly event. While admiring the holiday decorations, peruse unique art in galleries and studios, enjoy live music and food and much more!
Dec. 3: Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park
3–8 p.m., Manatee County Agricultural Museum & Palmetto Historical Park
Join in in Palmetto’s annual Christmas event! This year’s theme is ‘A Country Christmas.’ Chockfull of reindeer games, kids’ crafts and entertainment, Santa will also be arriving at 4 p.m.! And no need to worry about dinner! Food vendors will offer BBQ, lemonade and much more delicious goodies.
Dec. 10: Anna Maria Island Privateers Annual Christmas Parade
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Bay Front Park to Coquina Beach
You won’t want to miss the annual Christmas Parade hosted by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Come and see their private ships as they sail from Bay Front Park to Coquina Beach. Then, Santa will hop aboard their Flagship “Skullywag” for a great photo opportunity.
Dec. 10: Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade
6:30–7:30 p.m., Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Follow the illuminated and decorated boats in the annual holiday boat parade! At dusk, you can enjoy the parade from the Green Bridge Fishing Pier and Riverhouse Reef & Grill as well as the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Boats will also compete for cash prizes!
Dec. 17: 2nd Annual Marty’s Toy Drive
9–11 a.m., Pirate City, 1701 27th St. E., Bradenton
Get into the holiday spirit by joining Bradenton Marauders for their 2nd annual toy drive! Please bring new, unwrapped toys, which will be given to Salvation Army to distribute to those in need. Donators will receive a complimentary breakfast, a promo item and entry into a raffle for four tickets to a 2017 Spring Training game!
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