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Discover ~ Christmas on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Discover Holidays on Anna Maria Island - Snowmen on Beach

Don't miss the Christmas season starting to heat up on the island this weekend! It's starts with one of Anna Maria Island's best holiday events... Christmas on Bridge Street!


Friday, December 17, 2016

Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach

4:30 - 8:30 pm

The Beach Bistro Christmas Tree

This event is sure to get your holiday spirit kick started for the Christmas season. Enjoy live music from musicians and holiday choirs. Featuring the Powell Crosley Dickens Carollers and Storytellers. There will be a coastal, winter, holiday market with tons of great Christmas ornaments and decorations. Highlighted by wreath raffles and a silent auction, so bring your wallet to take home a bit of coastal, holiday cheer.

Don't forget to hit the hot chocolate bar, experience snow on Bridge Street along with a special appearance by Santa himself.


This event is free to the public but is wise to bring your wallet and do some Holiday shopping with the local Bridge Street Vendors.

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Insider Tip! There is limited parking available on Bridge Street so keep the car at home and take the free Island Trolley. Need the schedule? Get it here.... FREE TROLLEY SCHEDULE



Friday, December 17, 2016

MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Christmas Shark

This is the perfect kids event showcasing Santa's helper "Santa Jaws"! Santa Jaws is really Mote Marine Aquarium's mascot Gilly the Shark who is dressed up for the holidays. What better Christmas Postcard than a photo with your child and Santa Jaws?

Take you photo with Santa Jaws and add the hashtag #MoteMarineLab on Instagram and Twitter and they just might be uploaded on Mote Marine's website!

Admission prices are as follows:

Toddlers (ages 0 - 3 years old) FREE!

Youth (ages 4 - 12 years old) $14.75

Adults (13 years and older) $19.75

Seniors (65 years and older) $18.75

Mote Members FREE!



New Years Fireworks on the Beach Anna Maria Island

Unfortunately, the New Year's Fireworks that are normally celebrated on the beach at The Beach House Restaurant will not take place again this year. They have cancelled this celebration in order to keep all migrating and nesting shorebirds safe and out of harms way. We support The Beach House and the entire Chiles Group of restaurants in their endeavours to keep Anna Maria Island wildlife thriving for years to come.

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You can still enjoy New Year's celebrations in Many of the local restaurants and bars open on the island. There's no place better to be!



At Anna Maria Island Home Rental, we have luxurious waterfront accommodations available for minimum one week stays. We specialize in family vacations. Contact us for information about our fantastic last minute deals! We have one week left for New Year's 2017!

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