The holidays are coming up soon, so go out and celebrate the season with these jolly activities. Cutting loose at beach fun runs, shopping at craft shows and watching spectacular fireworks are only some of the reasons why Sarasota is a great place to be during the winter.
Nothing is boring at the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, an annual indie arts and crafts fair at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium with a decidedly different rhythm. Enjoy an array of vendors, pop-up vintage boutiques and food stands. This event a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for friends and family.
Location: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium (801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236)
Dates: Saturday Dec. 10 and Sunday Dec. 11
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for Adults, free for ages 12 and below
Stare in awe at more that 150 scrumptious masterpieces on display in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall at the annual Gingerbread Festival, an event created by youth groups and local businesses. All of the houses are available to purchase, with proceeds benefiting youth leadership within Sarasota. Be sure to check out this unique fair with a big heart.
Location: Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238)
Dates: Friday Dec. 9 to Sunday Dec. 11
Time: All day
Cost: Free for all
Run on the beautiful, white sands of Siesta Beach at the 40th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run 5k and 1-Mile. This time-honored, Sarasota tradition is a must-do during the season. Have fun at the post-race party featuring music, food, raffle prizes, a holiday-themed costume contest and more. Runners are still able to register on race day, and all participants will receive collectible t-shirts as supplies last.
Location: Siesta Beach Park (948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242)
Date: Saturday Dec. 10
Time: 7 a.m – 10 a.m.
Cost: $35 for 5k Adult, $30 for 5k youth, $30 for 1-Mile