Florida Rail Road Museum “Santa Claus Special”: 12210 83st St. E., Parrish
Take a train trip with Santa Claus at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18. During this 90-minute excursion, Santa will walk through the train, greeting every child and presenting them with a small gift. Tickets; $12-$20. Information: 941-776-0906.
Alternative Christmas Market: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton
The 16th annual Alternative Christmas Market is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Twenty-two local, national, and international nonprofit organizations will have booths where you can purchase a variety of gifts for family and friends -- such as a flock of chicks for an impoverished family in Mexico. Significant and compassionate gifts can be purchased beginning at only $5. In addition, beautiful handmade gifts from SERRV will be available for purchase. The Cookie Room will provide the chance to purchase treats and multiple door prize drawings will take place. For more information about the market, call Carolyn Roskamp at 941-792-1191.
Bridge Street market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Market on Historic Bridge Street will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April 28. The market features area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, music and more. Information: 215-906-0668.