Festive Florida Events: Part 2

Festive Florida Events: Part 2

Festive Florida Events: Part 2

By Hannah M.

Festive Florida Events: Part 2

There’s No End to The Coastal Christmas Fun in Florida

If you’ve been looking for the perfect holiday retreat, Sarasota and Manatee are the places to be! There’s plenty of festive fun to be had on your Florida getaway; however you choose to celebrate this year, seeing these breathtaking displays will be unforgettable!

Check out these dazzling holiday displays throughout Sarasota and Manatee!

Light Displays

Country Christmas

Hunsader Farms

5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida

December 14th-16th, 21st-23rd 6-10 p.m.

A treat for the whole family, this farm is a thrilling adventure waiting! Tickets purchased for this event includes all activities offered, such as hayrides, mini train rides, Christmas movies, photo shoots with Santa, a petting zoo and more. The excitement doesn’t end there; snacks, beverages, and pony rides are available for purchase to make a perfect end to your family day!

Visit their website for admission prices and more!

Lights in Bloom

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL

December 20th – January 6th 6-9 p.m.

900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

A dazzling display of over a million lights greet you from the garden and continue through the walkways, leading you into an enchanting evening. Explore the eye-catching gardens, fully decorated for the holidays. Take a leisurely walk through the maze of flowers filled with butterflies, dragonflies and other tropical attractions! This breathtaking excursion has everything to complete your holiday venture checklist. Nightly visits from Santa and his elves, kids activities and games, live performances, grilled food; this Sarasota tradition is one that you don’t want to miss.

Check out their website here for more information and admission prices

If you’d prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view, trolley rides are available from 5:30-10 p.m.

Neighborhood Light Displays

Enander’s Winter Wonderland, Nokomis

2281 Mission Valley, Nokomis

This private residence is open to the public for their extravagant yearly holiday display. Before beginning the tour of over 2 acres filled with dazzling displays and lights, visitors are given a neighborly holiday greeting by the owner, Enander, dressed in a santa hat and handing out candy canes. There’s no end to the Christmas fun to be had here! Featuring toy soldiers, polar bears, and a plethora of other bright decorations, you will want to have your camera ready to capture these memories. The light displays go out at 10 p.m. every night – check out their Facebook page here for more information about this magical Christmas event!

Sarasota:

Cedar Hollow

Cedar Hollow Neighborhood is another community you don’t want to miss out on this Christmas! The entire neighborhood is fully decorated for the holiday; from brightly lit rooftops to shining tunnels to drive through, every corner you turn will offer new sights to marvel at. Keep the magic of Christmas alive for the whole family on this adventure – you may even see a few runways awaiting Santa’s sleigh visit. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered the North Pole in full holiday glory with weekend visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and even the elves! Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa and some popcorn with the family as you cruise through this Christmas attraction. Check out the neighborhood Facebook page for more information on special events and visits being held throughout the holiday season.

East Mark Drive

Journey down East Mark Drive for rows of houses brilliantly lit in anticipation of the holiday. From sparkling lights to fun decorations, this friendly Christmas competition is a community you have to visit! At the end of the drive is East Mark’s neighborhood gem, featuring radiant lights, Christmas creatures and other displays, all flashing to holiday tunes.

Colonial Gables

This neighborhood located on the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive offers a remarkable coastal Christmas display. Stop for a cup of cocoa at the Bee Ridge Starbucks and be on your way to a remarkable holiday adventure! The displays are available to view by car or walking; regardless of how you want to start your exploration, this whole neighborhood is lit up with Christmas cheer. With sparkling archways, snow machines, gingerbread houses and snowmen, this captivating Christmas Town is the perfect end to any Sarasota winter day!

Bradenton:

Spinnaker Drive

Some of the most fascinating Florida homes can be found beautifully decorated for the holidays on Spinnaker Drive in Bradenton. The crowning jewel to this neighborhood is 4724 Spinnaker Drive, whose twinkling lights shine on time to Christmas music.

147th Street East

Lights, lights, lights! This Bradenton home is luminous under the Florida stars. Featuring fun, festive decorations, set your car radio to the station they have the lights timed to shine to, sit back, and watch the show!

Light Tours

If you’d rather sit back and relax this holiday season, there are trolley tour options available to view some of Sarasota’s most dazzling light displays. Private groups or public tours around 2 hours long are both available. You’re in for a treat with a seasoned trolley guide leading the tour; you’ll be brought to some of the most stunning neighborhoods and holiday displays.

SRQ Trolley

4041 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL

Beginning the first Friday in December and continuing throughout the rest of the month, the SRQ Trolley runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and offers off-site pickup for groups – normal pick up location is at the corner of Bee Ridge and Cattlemen.

Visit their website here for more information on ticket prices and group booking!

Siesta Trolley

5804 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

The Siesta Trolley tours run through December 30th, departing at 7 p.m. nightly. Sarasota’s holiday lights are a beloved tradition, so the local drivers know the best routes to show you the most alluring holiday attractions!

Visit their website here for information on prices and group tours

Have a magical Christmas with the whole family exploring these spellbinding holiday events and displays!

Looking for more ways to spend the holiday? See Part 1 Here!

Original Article Here

4 Top Light Displays Near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Top Light Displays Near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Top Light Displays Near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Top Light Displays Near Riviera Dunes Marina

The holiday season is still in full force, which also means there are amazing light displays all across our area! Here are the best places to view holiday light displays near Riviera Dunes Marina.

Colonial Gables

Located at the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive in Sarasota, the neighborhood of Colonial Gables comes alive with an assortment of magical light displays every year to spread the Christmas cheer! Grab a hot cocoa at the nearby Bee Ridge Starbucks for you to enjoy as you drive through the dreamy illuminated arches.

Enander’s Winter Wonderland

Since 1987, the Enander family has decked out their home and yard with festive lights and become a local holiday spectacle! With over 250,000 lights and over 400 illuminated figurines, visitors can take a walking tour of their property, which covers over 2 acres! Join in on the fun every night until Jan. 8, from 6–10 p.m. Their home is located at 2281 Mission Valley Boulevard in Nokomis, and there is no admission fee. Join in and get in the Christmas spirit!

Lights in Bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Beginning Dec. 21 until Dec. 30, head to Selby Gardens where you can see the beloved local light displays, “Lights In Bloom.” As you stroll through the Selby Gardens, see illuminated flowers, radiating butterflies and even Santa himself. This is also a perfect outing for kids as there are arts and crafts activities and games! Then, don’t miss the live entertainment by SoulRCoaster each night. Cash bar and other refreshments will be on site, and The Selby House Cafe will make their full menu available as well.

Sarasota Holiday Tour of Christmas Lights

Every year, Sarasota Holiday Tour of Christmas Lights is a must-see event during the holidays. Hop aboard the SRQ Trolley, and you’ll be taken on a tour of the best Christmas lights in the area, all to a festive soundtrack as well. From the gingerbread house to sparkling arches, this annual event is a local favorite. Tours continue through Dec. 31. Tour times are 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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