All the Best Holiday Celebrations in and Around Lido Key

Are you heading to a beautiful Lido Key rental this holiday season? What’s a better way to relax during the hustle and bustle of the holidays than on the beach with your toes in the sand and wind in your hair? But if you’re looking to spread some holiday cheer this season, then you should join in these amazing Holiday events in Sarasota. Your Lido Key vacation won’t be complete this holiday season without stopping by one of these events.

Here’s what you can expect from a Lido Key Christmas!

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Holiday Night on St. Armands

When you come to Lido Key for the holidays, St. Armand’s is the holiday destination for you and your family. You can come and witness all the grace and elegance as they put on a magical light show for you. The “Holiday Night of Lights” is the St. Armands kick-off to the holiday season. Starting at 5:30 p.m., visitors can watch the special performances take place in front of them. Hosted by Crab & Fin Restaurant and Cannon’s Marina, you get the Sarasota Christmas lights event of the season. Following the special performance, take part in their annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long. After, witness Santa’s Arrival as his sleigh comes to help light the tree. Take your kids to have their pictures taken with Santa! There is special holiday entertainment for you to enjoy. You can also shop with special store promotions to help you save. Local shops and restaurants provide all hospitality. This event is perfect for both the young and those young at heart.

It is recommended to make a reservation at any of the restaurants in the Circle.

Sarasota Holiday Parade

When it comes time to look for things to do around Lido Key and Sarasota during the holidays, who wouldn’t want to see a parade? This Sarasota event is perfect for the entire family. Sit and watch as the lighted floats, music, and Santa Clause march down the street to give you the show of a lifetime. Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade. Holiday music blasts through the streets to bring home the holiday joy.

Pet lovers would love to take part in the Jingle Paws Jubilee. Come and see all the adoptable animals. Vendors are set up selling gifts for pets or something for you as well. There’s even a Doggy Diva show for all the dogs dressed up in holiday costumes!

The shopping center at St. Armand’s Circle will have a 51-foot Christmas tree adorned with lights. The Sarasota High School Theater Dance Group and Chamber Group will put on a holiday performance for all guests to enjoy. The Sarasota Holiday Parade is so much more than a parade. It’s an entire celebration of Christmas!

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade

Can’t get enough of the holiday parades? Then you need to join in on the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights! This holiday event in Sarasota is a great way to sit by the water and watch the holidays light up before your eyes. Since 1986, Sarasota has been putting on their lighted boat parade. You can line the banks of Sarasota Bay as the boats parade from Centennial Park to Bayfront Park every year. You can bring a folding chair and set yourself right next to the water. Make sure to also bring a cooler filled with snacks and drink to enjoy this Sarasota Christmas event.

You’ll witness boats of all shapes and sizes adorned with beautiful Christmas lights as they float on by. Holiday music plays from the sound systems on some of the boats. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear live music played! Some boaters have live bands play on their boats as they follow the parade route. Some of the best places to watch the parade are from Centennial Park, Bayfront Park, and City Island. Regardless of where you set your chair down, you’ll be in for a real treat of a parade!

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Christmas 5K

Are you looking to run in your first 5k? Perhaps you’re a seasoned vet at running 5ks. Whether you’re ready to take part in your first race, or your 10th, your next one should be holiday-themed! And there’s no better race than the Christmas 5k! This fun, family-friendly event has miles of Christmas decorations to light your way as you run, walk, or jog your way to the finish line. There is Christmas-themed music to bring festive cheer to this amazing 5k. You’ll be running or walking along the lake with all the holiday lighting and singing your way to the end. Your magical Christmas run also includes free glow products to help light your way. You’ll see all your favorite characters lit up to bring you joy as you complete your 5k. And when you cross the finish line, prepare for pretty snowfall!

There are awards for the top 50 finishers. Every racer will get their photo professionally taken. Runners also will receive a medal for finishing the race. You’ll also get a Dry Fit Tech shirt to commemorate your holiday 5k! Enjoy the post-race snacks and refreshments at the finish line. 

Admissions start at $45 per participant. This event is open to all individuals, regardless of age. The race takes place on December 18, 2021. The 5k starts in Nathan Benderson Park. Sign up to experience the greatest holiday 5k in Sarasota.

Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Who doesn’t love getting the odd yet fun gift for Christmas? At the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, you can find a little bit of everything! For $5 to enter, you can spend the day shopping for the small and odd gifts that you know your family loves. You can find anything your mind desires. This alternative craft fair features some of Sarasota’s most creative D-I-Y crafts, silkscreen shirts, knitting. There are also plants for the plant lover in your life as well. You can find a ton of amazing vintage, vinyl, and smithed crafts as well. You can get in that last-minute shopping! Every time here has a rock-n-roll twist. All upcycled jewelry and other crafts are made by local artists. You’ll be supporting local businesses and small artists as they grow and expand their businesses.  Those music lovers in your life will surely love everything you bring them from this fair.

You can make a day of it with all the food vendors around the bazaar for you to sample foods from local restaurants and bakeries!

Lido Key Vacation Rentals

After a full day of exploring these amazing things to do in Sarasota for the holidays, you need a place to relax. Our Lido Key rentals are the perfect place to kick back and relax the holidays away. Our rentals are perfect for you and your family to lounge out and get all the comfort of home right here in Lido Key whether you’re looking for something near St. Armands Circle or steps from the beach. With so many things to do in Sarasota, this is where you deserve to be.