Family Friendly Events & Things to Do
Near Bradenton & Sarasota
Walk through the Christmas Story
at Liberty Baptist Church
It's their 2nd Annual outside guided tour "Walk through the Christmas Story" featuring 12 sets with 65 fully costumed actors.
The Living Nativity
at The Tabernacle Church
Step back in time and experience the story of the first Christmas as The Tabernacle Church presents The Living Nativity. Walk through "Bethlehem" and enjoy this favorite holiday tradition.
at Hunsader Farms
2018 Dates December 14, 15, 16 & 21, 22, 23 6pm-10pm Parking - Free | Admission - $10 | Kids 5 and under - Free *CASH ONLY*
Holidays Around The Ranch
at Lakewood Ranch_oldbiz
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.
Breakfast With Santa At The GROVE Ballroom!
Meet jolly old Saint Nicholas himself while indulging on a delicious breakfast buffet created by our onsite culinary team! Snap photos with Santa, get creative at our arts and crafts table and be merry with friends and family all while enjoying an elegant
A Night Before Christmas
at GT Bray Park
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.
It's breakfast with Santa!
at Newtown Estates Park
It's for kids up to age 12 to enjoy breakfast with Mr. Claus and receive a free gift, too.
at Broach School
Kids can purchase a $5.00 wristband and play on our inflatables, test their skill at our carnival games. Parents can purchase a ticket for our hourly drawings and also pick up information from area resources.
at Selby Gardens - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Learn how to make a massage candle with skin friendly soy wax; a hot apple cider scented candle; and a holiday scented candle tart to use with your candle warmer to create a festive mood. These soy candles are perfect to keep or give as gifts.
Christmas on Main
at Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Family friendly, Christmas event in Lakewood Ranch. Free activities for the whole family! An annual tradition not to be missed.
Lights in Bloom
Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including cash bar. The venue will also be open with its full menu. Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season.
CHRISTMAS DINING AT PIER 22
PIER 22, Bradenton’s landmark restaurant, is open for Christmas Day. Reservations are strongly encouraged and books are now open!
Big Top Holiday
at Nathan Benderson Park
Students ages 8-18 dazzle audiences as they flip, fly and soar in this annual holiday production. This year's show is under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, I-75 exit 213, University Parkway.
Southern Rock & Bar-B-Q
Family Music Festival with activities for all ages on a 200+ acre nature park. The concert will be the centerpiece of the event. There will also be many other activities at this location.
Chalk Festival 2018
The Chalk Festival is a pavement art event where spectators get to meet and watch the most renowned pavement artists from around the world, as they turn the pavement into a "Museum in Motion" using chalk to create oversized masterpieces & 3D illusions