Best bets: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

November 29, 2012 


Holmes Beach "Concert in the Park": Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach will host "Concert in the Park" 5-10 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring live music by Lipbone Redding, Rick Quimby and Friends and DJ Chris Grumley. There will be retail, arts, crafts, food and beverages. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-748-2162.

"Made Here" Craft Show: Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

A unique craft show "Made Here," will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring crafts made by local and regional crafts, including ceramics, home accessories, jewelry, paper good, photography, baby gifts, girls' dresses, fabric bags, knitting, paintings, soaps, baked goods and more. There will be a "hands-on" craft area for all ages. There will be live music by local musicians. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information:

Joyland Holiday Benefit Concert: Joyland Country Music Night Club, 5520 14th St. W., Bradenton

Joyland Country Music Night Club is partnering with Manasota Operation Troop Support to host a benefit concert by the band Parmalee 10:30 p.m. Nov. 30 to support local military families of deployed troops in the Middle East. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-782-0748.

Palmetto's Christmas in the Park: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Start your holiday festivities with an old-fashioned Christmas at Christmas in the Park 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 with arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. each night. This free event offers vintage toy exhibits, creatively decorated buildings, kids' crafts, entertainment to activities including Letters to Santa, recipe collecting in park buildings, and photo opportunities with Santa. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for needy families. Information: 941-721-2034.

Twentieth Annual Sarasota Craft Show: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, wood, leather, metal, painting, glass, sculptures, mixed media, photography and more. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children ages 9 and younger are admitted free. Weekend pass: $12. Information: 941-954-2496.


Sweet Adelines "Christmas Extravaganza": The Magic of Manatee Chorus, the Bradenton Chapter of Sweet Adelines will hold their holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Bradenton Christian High School Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Special guest performance by The Wares Creek Boys. Tickets: $10 general admission. Information: 941-722-9665 or 941-756-3047.

"A Night Before Christmas": G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton

Santa swoops into Manatee County for an early visit 4-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and is bringing 10 tons of snow with him straight from the North Pole. This free fun, family event starts with Santa flying in by helicopter at 4 p.m. sharp. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a huge inflatable slide, bounce houses, a trampoline power jump, hayrides, cookie crafts and visits with the Jolly One himself. Information: 941-748--4501 or visit

Annual Holiday Skating Ice Show "My Favorite Things": Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton

The Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club and Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex present their annual holiday skating Ice Show "My Favorite Things," 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature beginning skaters, adults, competitive skaters and international and Olympic skaters. Tickets: $15 adults, $13 seniors ages 60 and older and children ages 10 and younger. Information: 800-967-8167 or visit

"Entre Nous" 35th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes: multiple locations

Entre Nous will host its 35th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2 featuring four of Bradenton's finest homes decorated for the holidays. The public will be able to shop local vendors selling affordable items at all homes. Canned goods will be collected at each home on the tour for the Food Bank of Manatee. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-748-8579 or visit


Holiday Classics Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

The Tampa Theatre will deck its historic halls with a month long celebration of holiday films that highlight the season and include the following: "The Muppet Christmas Carol, 3 p.m. Dec. 2, "White Christmas, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, "Miracle on 34th Street, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, "It's A Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, and 3 p.m. Dec. 23. Guest can experience beloved holiday favorites on the big screen and sing along to Christmas carols. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 children, seniors, militar.Tickets: $35 adults, $26 children. Information: 813-274-8981 or visit

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