Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Your last chance for some holiday shows, plus the Sarasota Ballet's latest digital program and more.

By Kay Kipling December 30, 2020

Ivan Spitale in The Sarasota Ballet's production of Sir Matthew Bourne's The Infernal Galop.

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

Sarasota Ballet

Jan. 1-5

The ballet offers its third digital program of the season, this one highlighting works by choreographers Sir Peter Wright, Matthew Bourne, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, along with Peter Darrell’s one-act Othello. Sign up to watch at

Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom

Jan. 1 and 2

It’s your last chance to revel in the outdoor holiday spectacle that transforms Selby Gardens each year with more than 2 million lights amid all the greenery. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening; visit for tickets and more.

Asolo Rep: We Need a Little Christmas

Through Jan. 3

If you haven’t yet had your spirits raised by this outdoor holiday show being presented on the Asolo’s Terrace Stage, there’s still time. Five performers, backed by a small orchestra, deliver Broadway show tunes, a traditional carol or two, holiday standards with a twist, and some surprises, too. For tickets, head to

First Day Hike and Scavenger Hunt

Jan. 1

Start the New Year off right with a fun and free (with paid park entry) hike and hunt at Oscar Scherer State Park. The self-guided walk comes with your choice of two hunts, one short and one more challenging; hint sheets available at the ranger station. Visitors take photos of the clues they find, which will end up here.

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning: Music Mondays

Jan. 4

Sign up for SILL’s virtual—and free—season of programs, including this one at 10:30 a.m. featuring soprano Adelaide Boedecker, a Sarasota native who’s developed an operatic career.

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