Are you planning your winter getaway to Sarasota? The Gulf Coast is full of year-round fun for all! Keep reading for Sarasota’s top 5 winter adventures. 

Poinsettia Parade 

Dec. 7 

Take in the holiday festivities at North Port, where they hold their annual Poinsettia Parade. Featuring vendors, live performances, a tree-lighting ceremony and much more, you don’t want to miss this annual event! This year marks North Port’s 60th Anniversary, so there will be special events all evening long. 

Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts

Dec. 7-8 

If you’re looking for the ideal artistic hideout, then head over to Lido Beach! Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts is full of local artists’ handiwork, taking place in a gorgeous setting. Find your perfect souvenir while browsing Florida’s stunning art culture at this unique festival!

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

Dec. 7

Are you looking for a way to keep your energy up throughout the holidays? Enjoy a festive, fun run with the entire family this year! Including a holiday-themed course, music, and bright lights – this event is sure to be a great time! 

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

Dec. 7 

A celebration of Venice’s beautiful waterfront in full festive decor, the Venice Christmas Boat Parade is an annual event that must be seen in order to fully appreciate. Stunning boats decked with lights and other festive decorations will be part of a parade from North Albee Road bridge to Casey Key Road. This breathtaking display will be the highlight of your holiday!

Lights in Bloom

Dec. 14-Jan 4

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a sight to behold any day, but every holiday, you will find a light display unlike anywhere else! Not only the awe-striking light attractions, but they will feature holiday games and activities for all. 

New Year’s Eve Block Party 

Dec. 31 

Are you spending the end of the year in Sarasota and looking for the best events? Every New Years Eve, Sarasota holds a block party that is the highlight of the town! Featuring vendors with tasty treats, drinks, live performances, and many more activities, this is the perfect place to celebrate! Enjoy your evening on the town before ending it with the pineapple drop and dazzling fireworks to ring in the new year!

There are many ways to spend your Sarasota vacation, but to truly make the most of it, check out some of these intriguing events planned this winter! Looking for more holiday fun? See part one here!

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