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The warmth and sun of Florida is a major attraction any time of year. The destination of Siesta Key is one full of plenty of Siesta Key Christmas cheer, along with the warm weather and salty sea air of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy whiling away the time on a warm, sunny getaway, but make sure to experience some of the Christmas cheer, fun, and excitement when you plan a winter break around the most wonderful time of the year.

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

Enjoy plenty of holiday cheer – and lights – with your island Siesta Key Christmas. Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota will be hosting its annual Lights in Bloom: An Open-air Holiday Light Show. It features over two million lights strung throughout the gardens, including walkways, foliage, and all the nooks and crannies of the gardens. Make sure to bring your camera for plenty of photo opportunities! The family-friendly event also includes a children’s arts and crafts section, food, drinks, entertainment, and other activities to keep you busy.

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run

If you arrive for your Christmas island adventure early, get prepared for your big meal with a little exercise. Head to Sarasota to take part in their annual 5K run. Run or walk to the sounds of Christmas music along a lakeside course decorated with Christmas cheer. If you happen to miss the snow of colder climates, there is a 100% chance of snow at the finish line! The event takes place at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota on December 18 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and includes a tank or tech tee, finish medal, finish video, and snacks. Nathan Bederson Park charges $5 cash for parking.

Siesta Key Village

Get your last-minute holiday shopping done, enjoy delicious food, or just take in the Christmas cheer as you explore Siesta Key Village. The area is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bicycle so you can visit all the nooks and crannies of the island where rental cars can’t go.

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade

Grab a seat on the shores of Siesta Key between Centennial Park and Bayfront Park for a Christmas parade through water rather than snow. Whether the vessel is a small motorboat or a giant yacht, there’s a place in the parade for it. Captains and their crew decorate their vessels with plenty of Christmas cheer and blast live or recorded Christmas tunes from aboard. Several of Siesta Key’s beachfront restaurants with outdoor dining have great views of the water and the parade – and you can enjoy great food and drinks while you’re there! This year’s parade is December 11.

Christmas Church Services

Celebrate “the reason for the season” at one of Siesta Key’s churches. Several area churches will be hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services to attend. Some may even be holding beachfront services.

Santa Stumble Pub Crawl

The adults-only event takes place the day after Christmas. Hosted by the Block that Roxx in Siesta Key Village, the crawl features stops at SKOB, Gilligan’s Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck, and 3.14 Pi. The event runs from 9 p.m. – closing time at the establishments. More details will be available soon.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Don’t forget you came to Siesta Key to rest and relax in the Florida sun as well as to celebrate the Christmas season with plenty of island cheer. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities that don’t necessarily have a jolly theme. Gather your group and head to the beach for some time in the sun, stand up paddleboarding, sand castle building, and just about any other beach activity you can think of! Get out to some of the indoor attractions like escape rooms, museums, galleries, restaurants, shopping and an endless number of other activities. You can also choose to decorate your rental with removable, non-damaging decorations or create a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt or other activity that keeps you closer to home and away from the larger crowds of official events.

Siesta Key Christmas

When you book your Christmastime getaway to Siesta Key, you won’t be hard pressed to find something to fill every minute of every day of your trip. Fuel up for the day or create a delicious home-cooked holiday meal prepared in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen. When the jolly fun is done for the day, relax in a private bedroom, or spread out in the open living area for a game, or to watch your favorite Christmas movie or a TV show. When you’re not at the beach or soaking up the Christmas cheer, enjoy some outdoor time on a private patio or balcony. Choose a premium unit for stainless steel appliances, double ovens, flat screen TVs, and more. Rent Siesta Key has a rental to fit your needs, from one-bedroom units for your small family or Christmas romantic getaway all the way up to six-bedrooms for a merry reunion with friends or family.

Contact us today to book your Christmas getaway and make memories to last a lifetime!