Various times thru Jan. 2
The Ringling estate mansion will be hosting extended holiday hours from 5 to 8 p.m. so guests can enjoy the sparkling seasonal décor on self-guided tours of the first floor. Admission is $15. For more information, call (941) 358-3180.
6-9 p.m. daily thru Jan. 4
The gardens and walkways of Selby Gardens will be illuminated by over 2 million lights throughout the holiday season. Take a leisurely stroll through the radiant foliage, partake in children's art and craft activities and enjoy special entertainment. Rumor has it Santa will be visiting on evenings prior to Christmas Eve. Tickets, found here, are $20 for members and $25 for future members
Various times through Monday, Jan. 6
Throughout the holidays, The Mall at University Town Center will be hosting a variety of seasonal activities. There will be ice skating, holiday movies on the lawn, firework shows, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Snoop the lineup here.
Various times Dec. 27-30
Focusing on the traditions that take place after the holidays, the Sailor Circus Academy of the Circus Arts Conservatory put a playful spin on the 12 days of Christmas. With 70 performers ages 8-18, there will be feats of acrobatics, aerial silks, contortion, flying trapeze, high-wire, clowning and more. The event will take place in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena and will feature new costumes and multimedia elements. Tickets, $15-$30, can be found online or by calling (941) 355-9805
3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28
This traditional performance features world-class artists, more than 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets and towering puppets for a Christmas extravaganza at the Van Wezel. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.