Visiting Sarasota for the Holidays? Here are 12 Reasons to Stay
Posted by Bill True on
Just like the 12 Days of Christmas, Sarasota offers a plethora of holiday happenings to entice snowbirds to become permanent residents and visitors to seriously consider relocating. While you're visiting, check out some of the beautiful homes for sale - many at prices even Ebenezer Scrooge would love, and enjoy the spirit of the season.
On the first day of Christmas (that would be December 13), you may not see a partridge in a pear tree, but a hike, in-line skate or bike ride on the 10-mile Legacy Trail may unveil osprey, eagles, spoonbills and other feathered wildlife. Open 6am until dusk daily, contact 861-7245 or legacytrailfriends.org for more info.
On the second day of Christmas (December 14) two turtle doves might be found at one of Sarasota's prestige restaurants, taking advantage of a mid-week lull to bill and coo over fine cuisine. Visit seesarasotalive.com for a menu of dining options, from St. Armands Circle to the Keys and those special romantic spots inland.
On the third day of Christmas (December 15), black-footed penguins sit in for the three French hens at Mote Aquarium. Meet the new arrivals, sea horses, jellyfish, stingrays and more. Located at the west end of Ken Thompson Park on City Island, Mote is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Call 388-4441 or visit mote.org for admission prices.
On the fourth day of Christmas (December 16), take the family and visitors to the annual Holiday Lights celebration at Jungle Gardens, from 6 to 9pm. No calling birds here, but plenty of flamingos, the perfect accessory for a tropical holiday. The Gardens will transform into an illuminated wonderland. Bring an item to donate to Toys for Tots. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road. Call 355-5305 or visit sarasotajunglegardens.com for more information.
On the fifth day of Christmas, December 17 (all together now) FIVE GOLDEN 'NOTES.' Kenny G., the Grammy-award winning saxophonist will perform a holiday concert of jazz, R&B and pop-influenced music at Sarasota's famed Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Tickets range from $30 to $70. For more information, 953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
On the sixth day of Christmas (December 18), six geese a laying won't be part of the tableau, so it might be time to take a break from the rounds of holiday events and parties and start looking for a new home for the new year. It's a buyers' market, and Open Houses are scheduled throughout the city that Sunday. We encourage you to work with an authorized and exclusive Buyers' Realtor® to get the best home in the best neighborhood at the best price.
On the seventh day of Christmas (December 19), seven swans might be a-swimming at one of Sarasota's pristine beaches. Okay, maybe not swans, but our 30 miles of Gulf Coast, just minutes from virtually any location in our beautiful city, invite locals and visitors to relax, refresh, rejoice in the beauty of the season, and the paradise that is Sarasota.
The eighth day of Christmas (December 20), won't find any maids a-milking, but you will find evidence of Sarasota's very early roots at History Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. Step back in time and experience 30 acres of "old Florida" at Heritage Holidays. Historicspanishpoint.org or 966-5414 for more information.
On the ninth day of Christmas (December 21), nine, or more likely 90, ladies and guys dancing can be seen at one of Sarasota's premier downtown clubs. This is a city for all ages, and nightlife is an integral part of the vibrant pulse that drives the dynamics of our community. Check out seesarasotalive.com for suggestions, or read reviews in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
On the tenth day of Christmas, (December 22), you'll be a-leaping out of your seat with laughter at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, as Tim Wilkins works his comedic magic. There's nothing like a good laugh to get you through to the Big Day. Contact 925-3869, mccurdyscomedy.com for times and ticket prices.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, (Dec 23) 11 pipers might be bopping in the front row as "Love, Sung in the Key of Aretha" is presented by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troup. Performances are at 1646 10th Way at the corner of 10th Way and N. Orange. Call 366-1505 for ticket prices and more information, or buy online at wbttsrq.org.
On the twelfth day of Christmas (WHEW!) 12 drummers drumming provide the soundtrack for the many more parents preparing battery-operated toys, assembling bikes, baking cookies for Santa, making it to midnight services and trying to get the little ones to bed. Sugar plums notwithstanding, Christmas Eve is a magical time to reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday season, to reflect on the gifts that are not under the tree but are in the hearts of those we love and who love us.
From all of us at True Real Estate, Merry Christmas.