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What to Do in Sarasota Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Holiday shows and music at the Van Wezel, WBTT, Florida Studio Theatre and more.

By Kay Kipling November 23, 2021

Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes to the Van Wezel stage Nov. 29.

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

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Nov. 29

It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday entertainment is headed our way. Case in point: this Family Night show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, a Broadway-style musical that tips its hat to circus artistry. Expect ballerinas, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread people, ornaments and more to come to life. At 7:30 p.m. Monday; get tickets by calling (941) 263-6799 or at

Dave Koz and Friends

Nov. 30

Here’s another holiday tradition, with saxophonist Koz’s annual tribute to the season. He’s joined by guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, trumpeter Rick Braun, fellow sax man Richard Elliot and vocalist Rebecca Jade for an evening of Christmas classics (and a Hanukkah medley), onstage at the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Again, check it out at

Joyful! Joyful!

Dec. 1-30

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe unwraps a brand-new holiday show, courtesy of creator Nate Jacobs and a cast of WBTT faces both familiar and new. They offer a mix of traditional tunes, gospel and pop numbers, and their very own version of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Get tickets by calling (941) 366-1505 or visiting

Deck the Halls

Select dates starting Nov. 27

Are you getting the theme of this holiday newsletter now? Also on the calendar is this interactive, family-friendly entry in Florida Studio Theatre’s Children’s Theatre Series, which welcomes four elves from the North Pole to celebrate the season. All-new sketches and all-new songs, presented on select Saturdays and Sundays in Bowne’s Lab. Head to or call (941) 366-9000 for tickets.

Sarasota Orchestra Great Escape: Holiday Lights

Dec. 1-5

Conductor William Waldrop leads orchestra musicians in a concert delivering such holiday faves as "Winter Wonderland," "Christmas at the Movies" and Festive Sounds of Hanukkah. All performances at Holley Hall; call (941) 953-3434 or go to

Key Chorale: Sheer Grace

Nov. 28

The symphonic chorus teams up with The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and trainees for this program, featuring Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and his setting from the children’s book Good Night Moon, along with Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and John Rutter’s Magnificat. At 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House; (941) 921-4845 or

SCD + Duke Ellington

Dec. 1-5

A Sarasota Contemporary Dance collaboration with Shane Chalke B.E. Jazz, and a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Find out what choreographers have created to honor the late great musician. Onstage at the Cook Theatre, and virtually as well; find out more at or call (941) 260-8485.

Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator

Nov. 26-April 2

A new exhibit at the Sarasota Art Museum, this one featuring the work of California artist Linhares, who’s selected five other artists to include in the show with her. Check it out at

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