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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Dec. 6-12

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Brian Wilson’s Christmas show at the Van Wezel and more.

By Ilene Denton December 6, 2018

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: The Christmas Album Live

Dec. 11

The legendary Wilson brings classic Beach Boys Christmas songs (remember “The Man With all The Toys”?) and his personal Yuletide favorites to the Van Wezel along with long-time bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. 

SCD dancer Zoe Austin

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Presents Voices of SCD

Dec. 6-9  

What’s the very newest in contemporary dance? Five rising choreographers who all happen to be members of Sarasota Contemporary Dance will show you this weekend at the fifth annual Voices of SCD.  Five performances at the FSU Center’s Cook Theatre. 

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Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Dec. 8

Grab your spot at Bayfront Park, City Island or Centennial Park for the annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The glittery yachts start crossing Sarasota Bay at 6 p.m.

Area students perform at Holiday Splendor at The Ringling.

Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

Dec. 6

Enjoy holiday music by area students in the Ringling Museum’s beautiful courtyard and Bolger Campiello; and browse through the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Ca d’Zan during these extended evening hours. Free admission if you bring an unwrapped toy per guest for Toys for Tots.

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Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armands

Dec. 7

A carol sing-along, Christmas tree lighting and an appearance by old Saint Nick—it’s time for St. Armands Circle’s spectacular kick-off to the holiday season. Special in-store promotions all evening, and the fun starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra clarinetist Laura Stephenson Petty

Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes: Tis the Season

Dec. 5-9  

Hum along to holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker when the Sarasota Orchestra presents this festive holiday-themed concert. Five performances at Holley Hall. 

The White Cottage at Historic Spanish Point

Holidays at The Point

Dec. 7- 8

Lots of special holiday events at Historic Spanish Point, starting Friday evening with a “Holiday Romance” party for those 21 and older, with a bonfire, s’mores, musical entertainment and cash bar. Saturday night is Family Movie Night, with an outdoor movie, arts and crafts and another bonfire. More fun on Dec. 15 and 31, too; check out all the events here

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Brian Wilson: The Christmas Album Live

$87-$137 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Presented by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


Voices of SCD

FSU Center for Performing Arts

A presentation of Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Special Events

Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

Free with one unwrapped toy per guest; or $15 adults, $5 children 6-17 John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Special Events

Holiday Nights on St. Armands

St. Armands Circle

St. Armands' official “kick off” to the holiday season.