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!
- 🎁 Holidays on the Green
- 🎟️ Holidays on the Green Events
- 🎅 Santa's Flight Academy
- 📲 Contact Brock Realty Inc.
- 🛥️ 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
- 🌟 St. Armands Circle Holiday Night of Lights
- 🏠 11th Annual Gingerbread Festival
- 🧝♀️ Elf Work Shop
- 🍪 Cookies with Santa
- 🍬 Candy Cane Hunt
- 🥂 Get Ready for New Year's Eve!
- 🎄 Downtown Sarasota Christmas Lights
- ✍️ Share a Sarasota Christmas Lights Location
🎁 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.
Holidays on the Green Activities
- Ice Skating & Sledding
- Movies on the Lawn
- Live Entertainment
- Holiday Lights Tour
- Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
- Classic Carousel
- Giant Holiday Greeting Cards
- MUCH MORE!
🎟️ 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.
🎅 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.
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
📲 Contact Brock Realty Inc.
🛥️ 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!
🌟 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.
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.
🏠 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.
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!
🧝♀️ 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.
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.
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
🍬 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 – 2 PM.
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.
🥂 Get Ready for New Year’s Eve!
It’s never too early to begin planning for the next big holiday. Check out the Sarasota New Year’s Eve Events Guide for 2019 right here!
🎄 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.
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!