The second weekend in December has always been the official start of the holiday season in Bradenton, and the city usually hosts a few seasonal events to help get people in a Christmas mood.
There's a new addition to the holiday calendar this year. On Saturday, Old Main Street will be the site of "Sounds of the Season," a full evening of family-oriented holiday entertainment.
As the title suggests, music is one of the highlights. The Del Couch Music Education Foundation is co-sponsoring the event with the city, and some of the entertainment will come from the up-and-coming young musicians from the foundation.
There will also be "real snow," which is always a treat for native Floridian kids, and a screening of the hit movie "Frozen."
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Bring chairs or blankets, especially if you're planning to watch the film. (The screening starts at 6 p.m.)
It's all free of charge. Food and beverage vendors will be on site, and of course businesses along Old Main Street will be open.
There's a bonus attraction too. One of the city's favorite holiday traditions, the 17th annual Bradenton Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade, is set for that same night. The caravan of lighted boats will be making its way up the Bradenton River and should be at Pier 22 at the end of Old Main Street right around 7:30 p.m.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 13, Old Main Street between Manatee Avenue to Barcarrota Boulevard, Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Information: cityofbradenton.com.
-- Marty Clear