If you are looking for Christmas fun, check out these Sarasota Christmas lights and events. Meet favorite Christmas movie characters and more!


Want to entertain visiting guests or spend some time away from your shopping list? Add some of these Sarasota Christmas lights and events to your holiday calendar. Don’t forget to tell us about your favorite Christmas event!

๐ŸŽ Holidays on the Green

The Mall at University Town Center and University Town Center Sarasota are hosting Holidays on the Green from November 22, 2019 through January 6, 2020.

The Mall at University Town Center – 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243. See more details and RSVP here on Facebook.

Holidays on the Green Activities

  • Ice Skating & Sledding
  • Movies on the Lawn
  • Live Entertainment
  • Fireworks
  • Holiday Lights Tour
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Classic Carousel
  • Giant Holiday Greeting Cards
  • MUCH MORE!
Sarasota Holidays on the Green

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Holidays on the Green Events

  • Nov. 22: Dr. Suess’ The Grinch (with character meet 6-7 PM)
  • Nov. 23: Home Alone
  • Nov. 29: Polar Express
  • Nov. 30: A Christmas Story
  • Dec. 6: 107.9 Dance Party
  • Dec. 7: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Dec. 13: 92.1 CTQ Noah Schnaky Performance
  • Dec. 14: The Santa Clause
  • Dec. 20: Z105 Event
  • Dec. 21: Elf (with character meet 6-7 PM)
  • Dec. 27: The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Dec. 28: New Year’s Eve
  • Jan. 3: Small Foot
  • Jan. 4: Miracle

NOTE: All events begin at 7 PM.

๐ŸŽ… Santa’s Flight Academy

It’s the magic of Christmas that makes meeting Santa, getting a photograph, and going through Santa’s Flight Academy a must-do event this holiday season for all the children in your household.

After registration, each child receives a special badge that gives them access to Santa’s Flight Academy. This badge features their photo, first name, and the name of their favorite elf.

Once at the Flight Suit Visualizer, a scan of the badge reveals the favorite elf and an opportunity to wear a virtual flight suit, dance, and play. There’s music, digital dancing elves, and a personal thank you for saving Christmas inside the sleigh.

Santa greets each child by name for a photo and the link to a video of the experience is shared with you. Note: You can opt for a generic badge without the personalized information.

Visit Santa and experience Santa’s Flight Academy through December 24th.

140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243


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๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Block your calendar on Saturday, December 14 from 6 PM – 9 PM for the 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. When it comes to seeing Sarasota Christmas Lights, this event is a must!

Marina Jack – 2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236. Make reservations by calling 941-365-4232 ext. 5. Ask for Anne Camire.
Sarasota Christmas Lights - Boat Parade

๐ŸŒŸ St. Armands Circle Holiday Night of Lights

St. Armands kicks off the holiday season on Friday, December 6 from 5:30 PM – 9 PM. The evening begins with the Sarasota Academy of the Arts performance that leads to the official tree lighting.

St. Armands Circle – 300 Madison Dr., Suite 201, Sarasota, FL 34236. RSVP and get details on Facebook.

Photographs with Santa can be taken from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. There will be entertainment for all ages with strolling groups and performers.

Reservations are recommended if you plan to dine at one of the amazing restaurants within St. Armands Circle. Don’t forget to bring along your gift list for shopping the special promotions you’ll find throughout the area.

St Armands Circle Sarasota Christmas Lights

๐Ÿ  11th Annual Gingerbread Festival

The Girl Scouts of America are hosting the 2019 Gingerbread Festival from December 6 – 15 at The Mall at University Town Center. Gingerbread houses are created by over 150 schools, businesses, youth groups, and nonprofit organizations.

140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243

Admission to this event is free! You can vote for your choice in the People’s Choice Award for $1.00 per vote.

See a gingerbread house that you love? You can make a reservation to purchase the house once the event is over. This event is fun for the entire household.

Check out the video below for a look at previous Gingerbread Festival houses!


๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ Elf Work Shop

The Children’s Garden and Art Center is hosting an Elf Village on December 15 from 10 AM – 12 PM. Admission into the event is included in ticket purchase with an additional fee to cover the crafting part of the event.

1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Elf Village Features

  • Elf Money Bank
  • Post Office to Write Letters to Santa
  • Elf Bakery for Yummy Treats
  • Elf Craft Station (2 crafts)

RSVP via their Facebook event page or purchase tickets through their website.

elf shop sarasota fl

๐Ÿช Cookies with Santa

Cookies AND Santa? What more do you need?! Sarasota Mom’s Blog is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookies with Santa event on December 8 beginning at 10 AM.

Stage Door Studios – 4001 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Get ticket details via their Facebook event.

Because you have a special reservation for this event, you get one-on-one time with Santa for your photograph. There will be cookie decorating, craft making, and letter writing to Santa.

  • Balloon Artist
  • Obstacle Course
  • Gift Bag
  • Christmas Snacks
Sarasota Cookies with Santa Event

๐Ÿฌ Candy Cane Hunt

The Arlington Parks & Aquatic Complex and the Parks and Recreation District – City of Sarasota are hosting a Candy Cane Hunt on December 14 from 1 PM –ย  2 PM.

2650 Waldermere St., Sarasota, FL 34239. Visit their Facebook event for ticket information.

Candy Cane Hunt is a free event for those who are two to twelve years of age. Registration is required and must be completed by December 6 to participate.

Candy canes are hidden throughout the park in high and low places! A special prize is awarded to those who find prize candy canes.

Candy Canes

๐ŸŽ„ Downtown Sarasota Christmas Lights

The annual Downtown Sarasota Christmas tree lighting takes place on December 5 from 6 PM – 8 PM in Shelby Five Points Park.

There will be music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa. The Christmas tree is scheduled to be lit at 7 PM.


โœ๏ธ Share a Sarasota Christmas Lights Location

Know a lighted house or location that is going to be a must-see destination this year? Tell us all about it, and we may include it on this page!

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