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Your Top 6 Things to Do: Dec. 5-11

The big downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade, Holiday Splendor at The Ringling and more.

By Ilene Denton December 5, 2019

Sarasota Contemporary Dance's Monessa Smalley

SCD + Reverend Barry & The Funk

Dec. 5-8

Take a trip to funky town when Sarasota Contemporary Dance teams with the eight-piece band Reverend Barry & The Funk for four high-energy performances at the FSU Center’s Cook Theatre.

Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade 

Dec. 7

Cheer on hundreds of your neighbors who’ll be marching in this 24th annual hometown parade along downtown Sarasota’s Main Street. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

Dec. 5

Choral ensembles from area schools will entertain you in the beautiful Ringling Museum courtyard with favorite holiday carols at this annual family affair, plus extended art gallery areas. Free admission with one  unwrapped toy to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol: Tijuana

Dec. 6-7

Another cutting-edge experience from The Ringling Art of Performance, this solo work by the Mexico City-based theater troupe deals with what happened when a company member falsified his identity to work on an assembly line for six months at minimum wage in a Tijuana factory on the U.S. border. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Art & Design Show Sarasota

Dec. 6-8

Just in time for holiday shopping, more than 80 of the nation’s top craft artists return to Robarts Arena with a wide variety of handmade jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, painting, sculpture and wearable art. New this year, admission is free.

Holiday Family Movie Night at Historic Spanish Point

Dec. 6

An outdoor screening of the classic holiday film, The Santa Clause, highlights this festive family evening on the lawn at Historic Spanish Point. And mark your calendar for next Friday evening, Dec. 13 when the bayfront museum in Osprey presents Rockin’ Around the Point, with live music, games, holiday treats and more. 

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SCD + Reverend Barry & The Funk

Cook Theatre

Sarasota Contemporary Dance teams with the eight-piece funk band for an evening of explosive fun.


Holiday Splendor

Free with one unwrapped toy per guest John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A special event to benefit Toys for Tots at The Ringling Museum.


Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol presents "Tijuana"

Historic Asolo Theatre

This Mexico-city based theater collective is part of The Ringling's Art of Performance series.


Family Movie Night at Historic Spanish Point

$12 adult members $5 12 and younger; $15 adult nonmembers; $7 12 and younger Historic Spanish Point

Bring the whole family for an evening of fun and festivities. Enjoy arts and crafts, holiday treats from our food vendors and a special family-friendly holid...