The Best Holiday Events Happening in Sarasota This 2022

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It’s no secret that Sarasota, Florida, is one of the most sought-after destinations for travelers during the warmer months. With its picturesque beaches, vibrant cultural scene, and buzzing nightlife, there seems to be something for everyone in this city.

However, the fun doesn’t stop once the temperature starts to drop. With year-round sun and ideal weather, Sarasota is a bustling city during the holidays as well. From stunning light shows to festive parades and events, Sarasota has no shortage of things to do this holiday season.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the top holiday events happening in Sarasota this year.

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade

(Saturday, Dec. 10)

Sarasota holiday boat
Image source: suncoast charities for children

For a truly iconic and magical holiday experience, there’s nothing quite like the Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade. Visitors from all over come to see the boats – both large and small – decked out in their most festive lights as they weave their way down the scenic bay. 

With so many boats participating, it will be hard to pick a favorite. So, whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or a romantic date night, the Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade is an event not to be missed.

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

(Saturday, Dec. 10)

Ugly sweater sarasota

Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party during the holidays? The annual Sarasota Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is one of the most popular events in the city during this time of year. Participants are encouraged to don their ugliest, tackiest sweaters and enjoy drink specials, live music, and more at some of the city’s best bars.

There will also be an on-site photographer capturing all the fun. This event will surely be a hit with locals and visitors alike, so grab your tickets soon!

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

(Dec. 10-23, Dec. 26-30, and Jan. 1-5)

If you’re looking to enjoy a stunning light display this holiday season, then Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom is the event for you. On select dates, this beloved light show transforms the normally serene gardens into something truly magical.

With over two million lights illuminating the walkways and gardens, there’s no denying this is one of the best events happening in Sarasota this holiday. Beyond the lights, there will also be live entertainment, food trucks, and more. It’s a must-visit event for the entire family!

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

(Saturday, Dec. 17)

If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to get active this holiday season, look no further than the Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k. This evening run (or walk) takes participants on a scenic route decked out with festive holiday lights, music, and all sorts of fun.

This is a great event for runners of all skill levels, from seasoned marathoners to casual weekend joggers. So, whether you’re looking to burn some calories – or just want to soak up all the holiday cheer, this race is an absolute must-do.

Holiday Meadows Farmer’s Market

(Sunday, Dec. 18)

Holiday farmers market meadow sarasota

Looking for some last-minute holiday gifts? There’s no better place to look than the Holiday Meadows Farmer’s Market. This festive event is home to dozens of vendors selling everything from local produce to unique food products and artisan crafts.

Not only does this market give you a chance to find special gifts for your loved ones, but it’s also the perfect way to support local businesses. The market takes place between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm, so be sure to stop by! Check out their Facebook page to find out more.

Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Cocktail Bar at the Tap

(Now – Friday, Dec. 23rd)

Miracle cocktail popup

Look no further than the Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Cocktail Bar at the Tap if you’re looking for a fun holiday cocktail bar this season. Featuring some of the most festive holiday cocktails in town, this pop-up bar is one of Sarasota’s most popular spots during this time of year.

Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day of shopping or simply want to enjoy some festive holiday vibes, the Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Cocktail Bar is the perfect spot. So be sure to stop by before December 23rd.

Holidays at UTC

(Now – Monday, Jan. 2nd)

Holidays at utc

Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing or a romantic date night, Holidays at UTC is the place to be this year. This outdoor shopping center features dozens of unique and festive holiday-themed events, ranging from ice skating to live musical performances.

You can also knock out all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop – all while enjoying some fun and festive events. So, be sure to stop by the mall and enjoy everything the holidays have to offer!

Holiday Helicopter Tours (All Season Long)

Maria selby botanical gardens birds eye view
Image source: dylan jon wade cox / marie selby botanical gardens

Looking to get an aerial view of all the holiday events happening in Sarasota? Look no further than Sarasota Helicopter Tours. Offering tours day and night, these helicopter rides are a great way to soak up the sights without having to deal with the crowds. 

Not only will you get a unique perspective on the city, but you’ll leave with an unforgettable experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

The Wrap Up

As you can see, there are tons of holiday events happening in Sarasota this season. Whether you’re looking for something fun and festive, or a unique family outing, you’re sure to find the perfect event here.

Make Sarasota Helicopter Tours part of your visit. We offer a wide range of helicopter tours and will even customize a trip to your specific needs. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact us online or call us at (941) 800-1515

We look forward to flying with you!

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