John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker

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John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker

Dec. 20-21

The Sarasota Ballet puts its own Sarasota-centric circus spin on the classic full-length holiday ballet when it brings back John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker for three glittery performances at the Van Wezel. 

Perlman Music Program Suncoast

Opening Dec. 23

Toby and Itzhak Perlman, their faculty and some of the brightest student musicians in the world return to Sarasota for their 16th annual winter residency—two weeks of master classes, student recitals, rehearsals and more open to the public. The first works-in-progress student recital is Monday evening. The residency culminates with a grand celebration concert led by the famed violinist at the Opera House Jan. 4. Check out the complete schedule here.  

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzaner Stallions 

Dec. 19

Journey to Myakka City to see these magnificent stallions at their winter training headquarters. The Herrmann family hosts two-hour training sessions free and open to the public Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. through April. Afterwards be sure to visit the stables for the ultimate meet and greet.

Sarasota Youth Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert

Dec. 21 

Sixty years of musical training for 10,000 area youth who’ve participated in five string orchestras, one wind band and one full orchestra. That’s a lot to celebrate, and the Sarasota Orchestra is doing just that Saturday afternoon with a free alumni reunion concert at the Riverview Performing Arts Center.

"Sounds of the Season"

Dec. 22

Can’t get enough Christmas music? Choral Artists of Sarasota brings us brass and organ music for the holidays, with guest conductor Todd Craven, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Fiddler on the Roof Singalong

Dec. 25

Do you celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas? The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee brings you a fun inaugural event, A Fiddler on the Roof Singalong and Chinese buffet. Everybody now, regardless of what holiday you celebrate: “Tradition…”

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Dance

Sarasota Ballet presents "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker" 2019

$30-$115 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

A family-friendly holiday favorite with a twist that celebrates Sarasota's circus heritage.

Classical Music

Perlman Music Program Suncoast Celebration Concert

$40-$80; $10 teacher/student rush Sarasota Opera House

Concert celebrating the 17-day Perlman Music Program Suncoast residency.

Classical Music

Sarasota Youth Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert

Free Riverview Performing Arts Center

An alumni reunion concert to commemorate the milestone anniversary of the Sarasota Youth Orchestras.

Concerts

Choral Artists of Sarasota: Sounds of the Season

Church of the Redeemer

Featuring brass and organ holiday music with guest conductor Todd Craven, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Special Events

Tradition: A Movie and Chinese - Fiddler on the Roof Singalong

Beatrice Friedman Theater

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee invites you to a community sing-along and a Chinese buffet at intermission.