Sarasota and Her Islands Holiday Events

Longboat Key, Florida | November 13th, 2019- Verve and vitality loom in the air in Longboat Key, as we move forward Thanksgiving this last week of November. More local festivities lie ahead, promising to add color to our town’s property market moving onward to the winter holidays.


On November 30, just two days after Thanksgiving, Longboat’s holiday-and-winter season will be ushered in by a tree-lighting ceremony. This Saturday event is the first of its kind in our town and is set at the former site of the Amore Restaurant next to the Shoppes of Bay Isles along the Bay Isles Parkway.

The lights will be set up and lit on the lush and stately oaks in the parcel that the town has taken over and integrated with an adjoining property it also owns. Longboat Mayor George Spoll is expected to switch on the trees’ lights that would illuminate the area through the nights leading to Christmas. This event is open to Longboat residents and visitors for free.


Concert Series Returns

Starting in January next year, locals and town visitors will be treated to the return of Savor the Sounds. This combination of concert series and town picnic was last held in 2016 at the midtown Bayfront Park. It was stopped because of the park’s extensive, multimillion-dollar park upgrade.

This event’s January comeback will be hosted also at the former Amore parcel. Its schedule is set in the last Saturdays of January, February, March, and April, hopefully becoming an annual series.

Just south of Longboat Key, the St. Armands Circle also offers many upcoming holiday events. This commercial hub officially kicks off the season with its “Holiday Night of Lights” on December 6. Presented by the popular restaurant Crab & Fin, it begins with a pre-tree lighting, late afternoon performance by the Sarasota Academy of the Arts. Lined up too in this event are photo-ops with Santa, special store promotions, and gracious offerings of St. Armands’ shops and restaurants.


Snow man on Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, FL

Downtown Sarasota in the Mood

A day before the St. Armands event, the holiday atmosphere begins rising up in downtown Sarasota. On December 5 at 7:00 p.m., you can watch the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Five Points Park, North Pineapple Avenue. Besides the lights display, there will also be musical presentations, including carolers.

Subsequent Sarasota downtown events in December are as enticing. More than 125 top U.S. artists and craftsmen will display and sell their works at the Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show (formerly the Sarasota Craft Show) on December 6–8.

Besides painting, art, and sculpture, craftworks in this show include furniture, art glass, decorative fiber, photography, and wearable art. Check out these items at the Robarts Arena, Sarasota County Fairgrounds off Fruitville Road. Admission is free in this annual event for this year.


These forthcoming events are but a few of the many local happenings that make Sarasota and Longboat Key such an exciting community to live in. Combine these with all the other attractions of our communities, and you can expect that our real estate market shall remain on the vibrant track it has taken recently. Call or e-mail Judy Kepecz-Hays and team if you want to get a piece of the action in the market. Follow us too on Facebook for more real estate updates that can help you buy or sell a residence on the right conditions or terms.


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