There’s nothing like packing up the family in the car and heading out to see Christmas lights! Turn on your Holiday music, grab some cookies and coco, roll down the windows and enjoy the holiday displays. Check out the links below to see more information about the amazing Christmas displays and activities the whole family can enjoy.
Bright Homes and Neighborhoods
Enander’s Winter Wonderland, Nokomis
Located at 2281 Mission Valley Nokomis, FL this house is well worth the drive! It is a private residence, but the Enanders open up their house each year so the community can be dazzled with over 2 acres of spectacular lights! The halls, walls, roof, yard, trees are all decked with over 250,000 lights and 400 lit figurines. From polar bears to dinosaurs and a pirate ship, there’s no shortage of sights to see at this amazing stop! There are well-marked signs of where to start and Enander himself greets all guests, while wearing a Santa hat and passing out candy canes. You can stay as long as you like, but the lights go out at 10 PM each night and the fun begins on Saturday, December 11. Click here for more information.
Cedar Hollow, Sarasota
Check out Cedar Hollow Neighborhood, just south of Fruitville off of Honore on Camus Street. From roofs completely covered in lights to tractors decked out in lights to an archway tunnel drive through, there’s plenty for the entire family to enjoy! It’s to drive up and down al the streets and see what surprise is around every corner. Click here for more information.
Colonial Gables, Sarasota
Colonial Gables is a neighborhood at the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive. Grab a warm drink and walk or cruise through the beautiful light displays. The entire neighborhood has decided to get in on the fun – from snow machines to Santa’s village and gingerbread houses to melting snowmen, each house is decked out!
East Mark Drive, Sarasota
Take a drive down this road and house after house is light up with lights! At the end of the lane is a bonafide masterpiece that you must see to believe!
Venice Mainstreet Christmas Walk
When: December 2, 2021 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Presented by Venice MainStreet, the downtown Venice Christmas Walk is a shopping and dining promotion to support local small businesses. Enjoy extended hours at local shops, treats, live music and the twinkle of lights on decorated trees along Miami, Tampa and West Venice avenues. Take a stroll and delight in the warm glow of decorated holiday storefront windows. Find out who won Venice MainStreet’s awards for Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Traditional, Most Creative Use of Merchandise, Most Whimsical, and Best Use of Lights.
Venice Boat Parade
Intracoastal Waterway, starting north of the Albee Road Bridge, by Marker 15, then continues south down the Intracoastal Waterway, jogs west to the Venice Jetties then proceeds south past both the KMI an Venice Ave. bridges, before turning around just before the Circus Bridge.
When: December 4, 2021 at 6:00PM
Christmas in Venice... the lights, the palm trees, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your boat & joining in the fun!! There is no better way to start the Christmas Season than by participating in the Venice Christmas Boat Parade of Lights.
UTC Holiday Lights Show
When: Nightly, every half hour between 6:30 and 9:00 PM.
Experience The Holidays at UTC!
Join us as we bring the magic of the holidays to life with a spectacular projection light show outside on our East Grand Entrance (near Kona Grill & Urban Outfitters). We ask all guests to practice social distancing while viewing the shows.
Holiday Movies under the Stars
When: Fridays & Saturdays 7:00 PM, West District UTC
Watch holiday movies under the stars Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7:00 PM. Presented by First Watch, families and friends of all ages are welcome to watch holiday classics in an open-air setting in the West District at UTC, in the lot across from DSW.
Country Christmas, Hunsader Farms
When: December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: Admission: $12.00 – Cash Only; Kids 5 and under – Free; Parking – Free
The farm is decorated with over 300,000 lights! Admission to Hunsader’s Country Christmas includes hayrides, kiddie train rides, pictures with Santa, a petting zoo, snow tubing, and Christmas movie on the big screen. You can purchase food, beverages, and pony rides too.