HO-HO-HOLIDAY PLANNER There's plenty of holiday fun in Bradenton, Sarasota

December 16, 2012 


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: "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. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members. A special presentation "A Rockapella Holiday," featuring the "kings of contemporary a capella music," will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Tickets: $35 adults, $26 children. Information: 813-274-8981 or visit www.tampatheatre.org.

"Snow Fest Sarasota": Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Celebrate the season with "Snow Fest Sarasota" 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 23 with forecasted snow for 10 scheduled days and experience tubing, giant snow slides, bounce houses, caroling, ice skating, Christmas shows with "Santa's Extravaganza" on stage daily, 20 ft. snow globe and DJ Grinch. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Lazarus Foundation Kids Force. Admission is free. Parking $5. Information: 941-365-0818 or visit www.snowfestsarasota.com.

Selby Gardens' annual "Lights in Bloom": Mary Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota

Get in the holiday spirit at Selby Gardens' annual Lights in Bloom celebration 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy live holiday music and dance performances. Visit Kids' Corner for holiday crafts. Dinner and beverages are available for purchase. Admission: $13 members, $15 nonmembers, children 11 and younger are free. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit www.selby.org.

Santa's Magical Workshop Grand Opening: 1703 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton

Gulf Shore Animal League announces Santa's Magical Workshop 6-9:30 Dec. 16 and 22-23. Enjoy four rooms of Christmas fun and walk in the lighted garden. There will be photo opportunities with Santa for children and pets alike. Entry donation: $7 adults, $5 children ages 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit Gulf Shore Animal League. Information: 941-747-2284 or visit www.gsalinc.org.

Christmas Golf Cart Parade: various locations

Horseshoe Cove will host its 14th annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade beginning with a trial run Dec. 18 followed by a party on the river. On Dec. 20 the parade will be at Pleasant Lakes Park and Dec. 22 in Windmill Manor and Westwinds Mobile Home Park. All parades, featuring decorated golf carts, start at 6 p.m. The Dec. 22 parade can also be viewed from Caruso Road. Bring lawn chairs. Information: 941-751-3450.

Holiday Lights Bus Tour: Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th will host a Holiday Lights Bus Tour 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Guests will begin with dinner at the 9th Street Bistro and then depart on an evening bus tour to view holiday light displays. Cost: $10. Space is limited and reservations are required: 941-749-0100.

The Jingle 5K Run/Walk: Health Parkway, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Parking Lot

The annual Jingle 5K Run Walk will begin with registration at 5 p.m. Dec. 21. There will be A Kid's Santa Dash at 6 p.m., the 5K Jingle Run/Walk at 7 p.m., and a one-mile Holiday Walk at 7:10 p.m. All participants will receive Jingle Bells and Laces. The event is followed by a post race party with adult beverages. Registration and information: 941-358-5100 or visit www.active.com.

"Arthur Christmas": Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton

Reels at Rossi Movie: "Arthur Christmas," 7 p.m. or dark Dec. 21 in the Pavilion and Event area. For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.


DEC. 16: Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra "Island Holiday," 2 p.m., Cross Pointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach; $20. Information: 941-778-8585.

DEC. 16: 21st Annual Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing "A Festive Season of Joy," 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota; free will donation.

DEC. 18: Gloria Musicae's "Celebrating the Season," 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota; $35 adults, $15 students. Information: 941-360-7399.

DEC. 22: Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; $30 and up.

DEC. 28: Midtown Men, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; $10 and up.

JAN. 1: Salute to Vienna, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; $30 and up.


Manatee Players: Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.

"Forever Plaid; Plaid Tidings," 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23; $13-$26. Information: 941-748-5875.

PLATO: Ramada Waterfront Hotel, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

PLATO Platinum Players: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 16; $15. Information: 941-363-1727 or visit platoarts@gmail.com.

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