Holiday Events Anna Maria Island - The season is here, in more ways than one. It’s the 2014 Holiday Season and our Tourist and Snowbird Season on Anna Maria Island. Our winter friends are coming back and there’s a great energy in the air. There is lots to do in December around Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Longboat Key.
Friday December 5th, 2014 -Holmes Beach Holiday Open House 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Holmes Beach Holiday Celebration. The weather for the Holiday Walk-About looks perfect, right around 70 degrees. Stroll the business district while enjoying lite bites and refreshments. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will also have it’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. in front of the Chamber offices. The Privateers and Santa will be at the Holmes Beach Plaza and food, beverages and holiday cheer will be in the air!
Saturday December 6th, 2014 12 pm. to 2 p.m Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party
Charity event raising money for kids presented by the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club – See http://www.LBKLawnParty.org for more information.
Thursday December 11th, 2014 5 p.m to 9 p.m Holmes Beach Midtown Holiday Event
Get in the holiday spirit at a Midtown Holiday Celebration at the Anna Maria Island Centre on East Bay Drive in HolmesBeach. Santa will be there along with steel kettle drum music and refreshments from the businesses. Join us and our friends from Island Mail and More and AMI Beach Fun Rentals.
Friday December 12th Holiday Open House on Gulf Drive and Pine Ave 5:30 to 8 p.m. Take the free island trolley up or walk on over to this festive event in the city of Anna Maria. Walk the streets, browse the shops and listen to the music at all of the participating shops. Refreshments will be served. Santa will be in Sun Plaza and there will be snow! Manmade snow of course, but it’s fun to look at. Joyful Noise, Roser Children’s Choir, will be in the Historic Park at 402 Pine Ave at 6:00 pm to ring in the season. Don’t miss the World’s Largest Pizza at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen. Play the Bingo walk around and win one of the two amazing gift bags chock full of gifts from all of our local shops and businesses. vote for your favorite window decorations.
Saturday December 13th Christmas on Bridge Street 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Historic Bridge Street Celebration - The Bridge Street/City of Bradenton Beach Businesses District invite you to a Holiday Walk-About. Stroll the business district in Bradenton Beach and on Bridge Street while enjoying lite bites and refreshments. Featuring a Holiday Market, Children’s Craft & Cookie Bazaar, Santa, Snow, Live Entertainment and much more. Check out the Lighted Boat Parade around 6 p.m.
In addition to the special Holiday events on Anna Maria Island, there’s the Beach Market at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These markets give you a local flavor with music, fresh produce and vendors with unique items. It’s a great place to get some holiday shopping done.