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A Walking Food and History Tour, a Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and More Local Dining Events

Including Savory Palate's Chef Series featuring Nicole Coudal.

By Lana Allen December 7, 2016

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Burns Court Holiday Scavenger Hunt

December 9

Join Burns Court merchants for a holiday scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes from participating stores and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. The Amish Baking Company will be there serving up its mega-popular doughnuts, too.  5-8 p.m. Burns Court, Sarasota

Holiday Sip and Stroll

December 8

For its first annual Holiday Sip & Stroll, Southgate Village shops will extend their hours to 8 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season. Guests will be able to enjoy light bites, art, drinks, shopping, entertainment and music from Laugh Junkie. More information hereSiesta Drive, Sarasota.

A Savory Palate Chef Series: Decadent Desserts & Champagne

December 8

A Savory Palate presents Chef Nicole Coudal as part of its chef series. The event will include four holiday desserts, as well as wine pairings of Prosecco and champagne. Tickets are $35. 26 N. Blvd of the Presidents, Sarasota. 

Gecko’s Pajama Party

December 9

Gecko’s at The Landings hosts its annual pajama-themed Christmas party where guests can make snowflakes, participate in raffles, play holiday games, and enjoy food and drink specials. All benefits the YMCA Youth Shelter. 4870 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Breakfast with Santa at The Rusty Bucket

December 10

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant kicks off the holiday season with breakfast with Santa Claus. Visitors will be able to dine with Santa, complete with eggs, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. Tickets are $5. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. 257 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

December Holiday Open House

December 10

Michael’s On East monthly wine open house features over 50 reds, whites, roses, and sparkling wines for you to taste while also talking with wine specialists. Admission is $10, and all guests are asked to bring one unwrapped today as a donation for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. 2-4 p.m. 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Breakfast with Santa at Hotel Venezia

December 11

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Venice's Hotel Venezia with Santa Claus, where guests will be able to also have their pictures taken. Tickets $8. 425 US 41 By-Pass N, Venice.

SPARCC's "Cookies, Cakes & Carolers, Florida Style"

December 12

Enjoy SPARCC’s holiday luncheon, where guests are encouraged to bring their favorite home-baked goods for this holiday event with entertainment, lunch, silent auction, and baked goods for sale. There will be a collection of gift cards, toys, and gifts for SPARCC’s clients. Tickets are $50. 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. 

Champagne Tasting

December 14

Join Michael’s On East for its annual holiday Champagne tasting from 6-8 p.m., where guests can taste more than 20 international champagnes and sparkling wines. Admission is $75 per person, which includes a $25 voucher for purchases made at the event of $50 or more. 1212 East Ave., Sarasota

Holiday Lights Tour

December 22

Brew Thru SRQ with this holiday lights and beer tour. Starting at Mandeville Garden, guests will be able to taste five different craft beers from five locations including Calusa Brewing, Big Top Brewing and more. After completing the beer portion of the tour, there will be a second part that features the best holiday light displays. Tickets are $65. 428 N Lemon Avenue, Sarasota.  

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