Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Dec. 17-23

Asolo Rep gives us a little Christmas, it's Fiesta! Friday at Nathan Benderson Park, holiday pops ring out, and more.

By Kay Kipling December 17, 2020

The cast of Asolo Rep's We Need a Little Christmas.

Image: Cliff Roles

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Asolo Rep: We Need a Little Christmas

Dec. 17-Jan. 3

Boy, do we. It feels like ages since Asolo Rep has been able to bring us any live entertainment, due to Covid-19. Now the company gives us an outdoor holiday concert on its newly constructed Terrace Stage at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Described as “a little bit camp, a little bit sentimental,” the production stars Matthew McGee, Peter Amster, Ann Morrison, Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Eileen B. Lymus rendering lots of musical theater and holiday tunes. Tickets, 

NBP Fiesta! Friday

Dec. 18

This outdoor event offering music, food, drink and exhibitors at Nathan Benderson Park returns Friday from 5:3-9 p.m., with country-flavored bands The Dive Bombers and Derek Larsch Band performing for a limited crowd of 1,500 socially distanced guests. Tickets, $10 for ages 15 and older and free for those younger, are available here.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Dec. 19

This production of the holiday ballet is an annual tradition at the Van Wezel, and returns this year via a video-on-demand debut, which also allows for a trip backstage with artists and creators. At 8 p.m.; virtual meet-and-greet opportunities also available. Check it out at

Sarasota Orchestra Holiday Pops

Dec. 17-20

Holley Hall is the setting for socially distanced concerts celebrating the season with songs like “Silent Night” and the theme from the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. For tickets, visit

Choral Artists: “Holiday Lights”

Dec. 23-Jan. 21

The vocal ensemble welcomes tenor Rafael Davila for a virtual concert of the music of Christmas and Hanukkah, including the centerpiece “Navidad Nuestra” by Ariel Ramirez, telling the Christmas story through the eyes of indigenous people of Argentina. Starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 23; call (941) 387-4900 or go to to get your tickets.

Venice Symphony

Dec. 18

Another virtual concert, this one free, from the Venice-based orchestra, combines traditional holiday music, classic carols and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by guest artist Jamal Sarikoki. You can register and learn more at

The Hermitage Artist Retreat: “Future Tradition”

Dec. 18

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-performer Du Yun (dubbed “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge” by The New York Times) offers a virtual presentation and conversation. You can register at

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