Christmas Bradenton & Sarasota Florida 2017 is celebrated through family activities and Christmas weekend events. Christmas is not just about shopping for the holidays, but its also about doing things with friends & family. There are many things to do for Christmas in Bradenton & Sarasota Florida. Check out the events directory to find out whats going on in Bradenton & Sarasota for the holiday season.

Things to Do for Christmas in Bradenton & Sarasota 2017

Santa Jaws

Santa Jaws

on Saturday, 25 Nov, 12:00 PM
at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Bring your camera and meet Santa's helper shark: Santa Jaws!

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Downtown Sarasota Tree Lighting Celebration

Downtown Sarasota Tree Lighting Celebration

on Thursday, 30 Nov, 6:00 PM
at The Coolinary
1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Downtown Sarasota's Tree Lighting will take place at Five Points Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music and photos with Santa! Presented by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association

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Jingle Bell Run Manasota

Jingle Bell Run Manasota

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 7:30 AM
at Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235

Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m. Run Starts at 8:30 a.m. Be part of the largest holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere - and join the movement to conquer arthritis!

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Selfies with Santa

Selfies with Santa

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 10:00 AM
at Children's World & Children's World Uniform Supply
4525 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

Take pictures with Santa!

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CANDY CANE Scavenger HUNT

CANDY CANE Scavenger HUNT

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 10:00 AM
at The Children's Garden and Art Center
1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236

The gnomes, fairies & elves are hiding lots of Candy Canes high and low in the garden for you to find. We will have a holiday inspired coloring station for the kids and a yummy bake sale with fresh coffee & hot chocolate available for sale.

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Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 10:00 AM
at Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
948 Beach Road, Sarasota FL 34239, Siesta Key, FL 34242

At Siesta Key Seafood & Music Festival, hungry festival-goers will flock to enjoy a delicious array of seafood ranging from Cajun-style crawfish to raw bars. Over the course of two days, thousands will flock to what TripAdvisor named the best beach in the U.S., Siesta

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Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival

Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 10:00 AM
at Siesta Key Beach
946 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242

Siesta Key main beach. Lots of fantastic fresh seafood and loads of music for all fans! Come on out and kick off this years Paragon Events Seafood and Music venues

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Entre Nous Holiday Tour of Homes

Entre Nous Holiday Tour of Homes

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 11:00 AM
at Cortez
10224 46th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34210

This year we plan to show four beautifully decorated homes for the holidays in Bradenton and Palmetto for the community to enjoy, plus local crafts for purchase at Elf Alley, and delicious treats and lunch at the Sweet Shoppe.

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Lovelight Yoga Experience

Lovelight Yoga Experience

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 2:00 PM
at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center
2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237

The Lovelight Yoga Experience is a celebration of spirit, practice and community. Featuring an 8 hour ride of yoga classes, activities, non-stop music, kirtan groups, flow artists, meditation, dance, DJ's, workshops, and family fun, the Lovelight Yoga Experience is hig

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Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 4:30 PM
at Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
948 Beach Road, Sarasota FL 34239, Siesta Key, FL 34242

Join us for great food, music and drinks at the 2nd Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in Siesta Key on December 2-3, 2017. The event will again combine mouth-watering foods and drinks with outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians in

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Christmas Light Canal Cruises

Christmas Light Canal Cruises

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 6:00 PM
at King Fisher Fleet
1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

These popular, family-oriented one-hour cruises tour the residential canals to view Christmas lights, displays and decorations on homes, boats, seawalls and docks.

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Holiday Event at Babcock Ranch

Holiday Event at Babcock Ranch

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 6:30 PM
at Babcock Ranch
42850 Crescent Loop, Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Kick off the holiday season at our first Holiday Event at Babcock Ranch. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony with local chorus groups, Clydesdale horses, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus himself!

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22nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

22nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

on Saturday, 2 Dec, 7:00 PM
at Downtown Sarasota
801 Gulf Stream, Sarasota, FL 34236

Celebrating Sarasota's Circus Heritage! Join thousands of spectators along Main Street in downtown Sarasota. The parade route is from 301/Washington Blvd to Gulfstream Ave.

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Sensitive Santa

Sensitive Santa

on Sunday, 3 Dec, 6:00 PM
at The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

Join us for a sensory-friendly Santa Meet & Greet, personalized for children on the autism spectrum.

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Grand Opening of The Market at Lakewood Ranch

Grand Opening of The Market at Lakewood Ranch

on Wednesday, 6 Dec, 3:00 PM
at Sarasota Polo Club
8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

Join us for the grand opening of The Market at Lakewood Ranch! Shop local vendors, partake in fitness demos by the YMCA, culinary demos, fun for the kids, live music and so much more!

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Christmas Walk

Christmas Walk

on Thursday, 7 Dec, 5:00 PM
at Venice MainStreet, Inc.
101 W Venice Ave, Ste 23, Venice, FL 34285

Stroll the avenues of Historic Downtown Venice in holiday merriment. Make an evening of it by shopping the stores and dining at one of the many restaurants. Stores will be open un 8pm with sales and goodies galore.

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The Living Nativity

The Living Nativity

on Thursday, 7 Dec, 7:30 PM
at The Tabernacle Church
4141 Desoto Rd, Sarasota, FL 34235

Step back in time and experience the story of the first Christmas. Walk through Bethlehem and enjoy Manasota's favorite holiday tradition. Features flying angels, live animals, music and treats the entire family will enjoy! Admission is free.

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Southside Village Holiday Stroll

Southside Village Holiday Stroll

on Friday, 8 Dec, 5:00 PM
at Southside Village Life
-, Sarasota, FL 34239

Enjoy the exciting snow slide, snow machines, a climbing wall and trampoline and more... The Music Compound will host a Holiday Concert, and Santa will greet the little ones.

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Jingle Bell 5K & 10K

Jingle Bell 5K & 10K

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 7:00 AM
at Babcock Ranch
42850 Crescent Loop, Punta Gorda, FL 33982

Run through the finish line and finish in Founders Square, next to Lake Babcock and our beautiful Band Shell. Live music, food, and drinks at the finish line.

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41st Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run

41st Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 7:00 AM
at Siesta Key Beach
946 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242

The 41st Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place on Saturday, Dec. 9 on beautiful Siesta Beach, #1 beach in the USA!

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A Night Before Christmas

A Night Before Christmas

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 10:00 AM
at GT Bray Park
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL 34209

Get ready for family fun at the annual Night Before Christmas event at GT Bray! Santa will be visiting the park to meet with all the children. The event will include face painting, bounce house, snow, hayrides, and much more.

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Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade

Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 10:00 AM
at Bayfront Park
316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

This free parade will go the entire length of the island. Santa will board the Privateers' Flagship “Skullywag” at Conquina Beach for all the kids to sit on Santa’s Lap.

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Atomic Holiday Bazaar - Saturday Event Page Ya'all

Atomic Holiday Bazaar - Saturday Event Page Ya'all

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 12:00 PM
at Atomic Holiday Bazaar
SRQ Municipal Auditorium - 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Sarasota, Florida's first and only indie-craft fair! Season 12 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Bay Front Room and Plaza De Santo Domingo Street

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Holiday Wine Tasting & Toy Drive

Holiday Wine Tasting & Toy Drive

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 2:00 PM
at Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34239

Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2-4 p.m., to taste dozens of international, boutique wines at this casual, walk-about wine tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

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1 Year AnniBEERsary Beer Fest

1 Year AnniBEERsary Beer Fest

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 3:00 PM
at 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery
2505 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208

We are celebrating our first year in business by throwing an awesome beer fest with some of our favorite local craft breweries! We'll have great beer, music, food and of course indoor plumbing and air conditioning! Each attendee will receive a commemorative beer samplin

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Venice Holiday Tree Lighting

Venice Holiday Tree Lighting

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 5:00 PM
at West Blalock Park
401-499 Pensacola Road, Venice, FL 34285

Join for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, Saturday, December 9th, 5-7pm. Venice Area Beautification invites you enjoy a free celebration of music, lights, and community spirit!

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Santa's Candy Land

Santa's Candy Land

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 5:30 PM
at Port Charlotte Beach Park
4500 Harbor Boulevard, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Come enjoy beautiful holiday decorations, music, game activities for the kids, and movies outside on the deck! Lots of treats & prizes! Have your camera ready for lots of photo ops incluing one with a Classic Santa!

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Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235

Elite Events is excited to announce the BRAND NEW Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k at the beautiful Nathan Benderson Park!

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Ugly Sweater Crawl - Sarasota

Ugly Sweater Crawl - Sarasota

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Old School Bar & Grill Sarasota,FL
1991 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

The 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is here and we want the city of Sarasota to join in on the fun. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK!

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2017 Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

2017 Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Pier 22 Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Mark you calendars for the 2017 Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade!

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Tree Lighting & Poinsettia Festival

Tree Lighting & Poinsettia Festival

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at North Port City Hall
4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port, FL 34286

Celebrate the holidays in North Port on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The City of North Port will be hosting two signature holiday events – the annual Poinsettia Parade and the annual Tree Lighting & Poinsettia Festival – on one single day this year.

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32nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

32nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Marina Jack: Sarasota Bayfront
2 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL 34236

The 32nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 9, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.

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Holidays Around The Ranch

Holidays Around The Ranch

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Lakewood Ranch
8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, Fl 34202

Annual holiday sensation of magical charm for all to enjoy and is FREE to attend! Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Claus as he makes his grand entry in his beautiful horse drawn carriage.

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Manatee River Boat Parade Viewing Party & Buffet

Manatee River Boat Parade Viewing Party & Buffet

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 6:30 PM
at Pier 22 Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Don't miss the kickoff event of the holiday season; the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade is back! The parade takes place Saturday evening, Dec. 9, 2017, starting at dusk, and makes several stops along the river including in front of the PIER 22 terrace

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

on Saturday, 9 Dec, 7:00 PM
at Venice Performing Arts Center
1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL 34285

Each year, students from the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School perform the World-Famous Nutcracker, and we are excited to be bringing them to the VPAC and to Venice for the first time! This holiday classic is conceived and choreographed by the school’s artistic directors Ari

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Atomic Holiday Bazaar - Sunday Event Page Ya'all

Atomic Holiday Bazaar - Sunday Event Page Ya'all

on Sunday, 10 Dec, 12:00 PM
at Atomic Holiday Bazaar
SRQ Municipal Auditorium - 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Sarasota, Florida's first and only indie-craft fair! Season 12 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Bay Front Room and Plaza De Santo Domingo Street

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Santa's Cookie & Cocoa Party

Santa's Cookie & Cocoa Party

on Sunday, 10 Dec, 6:00 PM
at The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

RSVPing for this event is now CLOSED. Any guests who continue to select "Going" will not receive an admission pass for the event. Only the first 150 RSVP families will receive the passes for the event. Passes will be sent out this week.

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98* At Christmas

98* At Christmas

on Monday, 11 Dec, 8:00 PM
at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

98° is bringing the Van Wezel a little extra warmth this holiday season!

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Holiday Champagne Tasting

Holiday Champagne Tasting

on Wednesday, 13 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34239

It’s (almost!) the most wonderful – and sparkling – time of the year already! Michael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting!

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Night of Wonder

Night of Wonder

on Wednesday, 13 Dec, 6:30 PM
at Bayside Community Church
15800 SR 64 E, Bradenton, fl 34212

Step back in time and walk through a live nativity. Hear the Christmas story told like never before with immersive sets, actors, and live animals. Enjoy christmas cookies, hot chocolate

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Cinematic Celebrations at The Ringling: Elf
on Friday, 15 Dec, 5:30 PM
at The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Join us in the Museum of Art Courtyard for an interactive holiday movie night!

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Gulf Gate Santa Shuffle Scavenger Hunt
on Friday, 15 Dec, 7:00 PM
at The Thirsty Turtle
2615 Mall Dr, Sarasota, FL 34231

Bar Hopping with a Christmas twist! First Annual Gulf Gate Santa Shuffle Scavenger Hunt! It's time to grab 3 of your friends and your best Christmas costumes and come join in a scavenger hunt thru 8 different bars in Gulf Gate!

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John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker
on Friday, 15 Dec, 7:30 PM
at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Run away with the circus to Sarasota this December with John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker. Continuing Sarasota’s circus tradition and bringing the spirit of the holidays to all, this family friendly ballet will enchant audiences of all ages.

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Tiny Hands Foundation's 2017 Holiday Basket Brigade
on Saturday, 16 Dec, 9:00 AM
at Boys & Girls Club
3100 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

Attention: The Tiny Hands Foundation is seeking donations, sponsors, and volunteers to assist our foundation in achieving this year’s goal. All Ages welcome!

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Main Street Live Street Party in Downtown Bradenton
on Saturday, 16 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton
420 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Old Main Street (12th Street West) between Manatee and 3rd avenues is closed to vehicular traffic as vendors and awesome local food trucks line the streets and live music plays throughout the night. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. until 10 pm

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An Afternoon with Santa
on Sunday, 17 Dec, 11:00 AM
at The Powel Crosley Estate
8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Santa is coming to the Powel Crosley Palace on December 17th and 23rd for an afternoon of storytelling, Reindeer games, and a delicous lunch.

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Storytelling with Santa and the Christmas Fairy
on Sunday, 17 Dec, 11:00 AM
at The Powel Crosley Estate
8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Join us for an afternoon with Santa and his Christmas Fairy at the Powel Crosley Palace in Sarasota, FL. Start with the hot cocoa bar while the children decorate Christmas cookies and play Reindeer games with the elves.

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on Sunday, 17 Dec, 6:00 PM
at Congregational United Church of Christ
3700 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205

Three professional vocalists, tenors Dale Kitchell and Robert Lischetti and Sharon Scott, and more than a dozen professional musicians, perform seasonal music. This year’s Spectacular will culminate with a group performance of the Hallelujah Chorus.

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Ringling By The Bay feat. Big Night Out
on Monday, 18 Dec, 6:00 PM
at The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Enjoy live music and dancing on the Sarasota Bay! Big Night Out is a variety dance band which performs Latin, R&B and Island dance music. A powerful horn section and grooving conga add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez.

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BCSK Presents: Naughty Santa 2017, wsg 102.5 The Bone's Carmin!
on Wednesday, 20 Dec, 9:00 PM
at Beach Club Siesta Key - 1947
5151 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

ALL LADIES DRINK FREE FOR LADIES NIGHT TONIGHT! Join us on Wednesday, December 20th, at 9pm, as we have our special guest Carmin from 102.5 FM The Bone help us all to celebrate our annual #NaughtySanta party!

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Christmas Bradenton & Sarasota Florida 2017 is celebrated through family activities and Christmas weekend events. Christmas is not just about shopping for the holidays, but its also about doing things with friends & family. There are many things to do for Christmas in Bradenton & Sarasota Florida. Check out the events directory to find out whats going on in Bradenton & Sarasota for the holiday season. Events in Bradenton & Sarasota


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