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5 Holiday Events You Shouldn’t Miss

October 15, 2021

Whether you just moved to the Sarasota area or are a seasoned resident, there is so much to do year-round and the holiday season is no exception. Make the most of your holiday season with our list of some of the area’s best activities for kids and grown-ups alike.


Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Hunsader Farms 30th Annual Pumpkin Festival features a craft show, live music, corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, a kids train ride, and much more!

DATES: Oct 16-17, Oct 23-24, Oct 30-31
TIME: 9am to 5pm
COST: Admission $12, Children 10 and under are free
Parking $5
INFO: Hunsader Farms Website

UTC Fall Festival & Carnival

The Mall at UTC is debuting a brand new fall festival featuring carnival rides, pumpkin patch, trunk-or-treat, pumpkin pageant, pet costume contest and much more!

DATES: Oct 21-24 – check website for individual event dates & times
TIME: 11am to 6pm
COST: Admission is FREE, carnival rides require ticket purchase
INFO: The Mall at UTC Website

Holiday Tour of Lights

Tour the best light displays in the Sarasota area! It’s a perfect time to be with family and friends while letting SRQ Trolley take you around to see arch-lighted streets, the gingerbread house, the copy of National Lampoon’s Vacation home and much more! 

DATES: Dec 4 – Dec 31
TIME: 6:30pm and 8:30pm
COST: $20 per person, group rates available
INFO: SRQ Trolley Website

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

An open-air holiday light show that features more than two million lights illuminating the gardens and walkways. 

DATES: Dec 11-23, Dec 26-30, Jan 1-2
TIME: 6pm-9pm, Early entry begins at 5pm
COST: General Admission $25, children 5-17 $7, under 4 free
Early Entry $35, children 5-17 $15, under 4 free
Discounted prices for members
INFO: Selby Gardens Website

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

A specially themed holiday show, Holidaze sees various Christmas ornaments magicked to life as the seasoned troupe of 30 performers from over 12 different countries combine their talents into 20 acts, transforming themselves into costumed characters and perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season with spectacle, imagination and whimsical joy.

DATES: Nov 29
TIME: 7:30pm
COST: Tickets start at $70
INFO: Sarasota Theater Website

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