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What to Do in Sarasota: Dec. 24-30

Sailor Circus presents its holiday show, Van Wezel salutes the music of Budapest and Vienna, and more.

By Kay Kipling December 23, 2020

The Sailor Circus annual holiday show promises fun and thrills.

Image: Cliff Roles

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

Sailor Circus: Season’s Greetings

Dec. 26-30

For more than 70 years, Sarasota area students aged 8-18 have performed their amazing feats for the public, and Covid-19 is not stopping this year’s holiday show. It’s set to take place at the Sailor Circus Arena on Bahia Vista Street, and will include all the flying, flipping, acrobatic derring-do and fun that audiences have come to expect. Masks required; seating reduced. Call (941) 355-9805 or go to for tickets ($20-$30).

UTC Holiday Festival of Lights

Through Jan. 3

If you haven’t yet stopped by the Mall at UTC, the West District at UTC and Cattlemen Road to see this light fest, you still have time for another week or so. Also on tap: holiday movies, at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, fireworks on Saturday nights, and more. Visit for details.

Salute to Vienna and Budapest

Dec. 27-Jan. 3

Celebrate the New Year with this online streaming version of the traditional holiday concert filled with singing, dancing and full orchestra the Van Wezel has presented so often on its stage. Songs from familiar operettas and the “Blue Danube Waltz” will be on the program. Multiple prices available for purchase; check it out at

The Ringling: For Real This Time

Through May 16

Just opened, this exhibit in the John and Mable Ringling Museum's Monda Gallery presents video-based works by artists related to social justice issues and the current state of American society, examining attitudes towards race and inequality. First up is Deanna Bowen's sum of the parts: what can be named, 2010, through Jan.7; it's followed by video pieces by Allison Janae Hamilton, John Sims, Cauleen Smith, Martine Syms, Kara Walker and Bear Witness. More info at

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