There’s no better place to spend the holidays than in beautiful Venice, Florida. Here are some festive events, large and small, coming up this holiday season to get you into the spirit!
Please note some of these events are ticketed or require an RSVP, so please click on the blue links below for contact information.
26th- Venice Holiday Parade, Downtown Venice 6:30pm
1st – Venice MainStreet’s Annual Christmas Walk, Downtown Venice, 5pm
2nd-19th – A Christmas Carol, Raymond Center at Venice Theatre
3rd- Breakfast with Santa, Sertoma Club of Venice and United Way of South Sarasota County, 4242 S Tamiami Trail, 8-11am
3rd- Christmas Bake Sale, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 9am-2pm
3rd- Letters with Santa, Patriot Pack and Ship, 9am-12pm
3rd- Christmas Dinner Dance, Knights of Columbus Council 7052, 5-9pm
3rd – Venice Christmas Boat Parade, Intracoastal Waterway, 6pm
3rd- Eirinn Abu Christmas Concert, Grace United Methodist Church, 7pm
9th & 10th- The Nutcracker by The Sarasota Ballet School, Venice Performing Arts Center
9th & 10th – Drive-Through Living Nativity, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 6:30-8:30pm
10th- Holiday Harmonies, Suncoast Duo Pianists, Venice Musicale, William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library, 3pm
10th – 8th Annual Glow Ride, Bicycles International, Venice Island 6pm
10th- Peace On Earth Annual Christmas Concert, Venice Presbyterian Church, 7:30-9pm
11th- Jingle Bell Jubilee, starring Brian Gurl, Michele Pruyn, Natalie Brouwer & The Jubilee Band, Grace United Methodist Church, 3pm
11th- Jingle Bells in the Park Christmas Concert, Shirley St. John, Gazebo in Centennial Park, 4pm
11th- Holiday Harmony: Jingle All the Way, The Venice Chorale, Venice Performing Art Center, 7pm
15th- Holiday Comfort and Joy, Venice Musicale’s Encore Chorus, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3pm
15th- Holiday Carillon, recital by Dutch carillonneur Wim Ruitenbeek, Venice Performing Arts Center Terrace, 4pm
16th-17th – A Holiday Season Spectacular, Venice Symphony, Key Chorale, Venice Performing Arts Center, SOLD OUT
16th-18th- The Living Nativity, The Lakefront Church, 6-8pm
17th- Venice Fire Rescue’s 2nd Annual Santa Firehouse Pancake Breakfast, City of Venice, Station 51,112 S. Harbor Drive, 8-11am
17th- Tuba Christmas Concert, Gazebo at Centennial Park, 5:15pm
17th- Holiday Gala: Dinner & Dance, Italian American Club of Venice, 5pm-9pm
18th- The Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra in Concert, Holiday Music, Film Favorites, Classical Works and Guest Vocalists, Venice Performing Arts Center, 3:30pm
18th – The Grand Chanukah Klezmer Festival, Menorah Lighting in Centennial Park presented by Chabad of Venice and North Port 4:30-6:30pm
22nd- Caroling with the Carillon, Venice Performing Arts Center (at carillon located in front of the building), 7pm
December 28- Annual New Year’s Blessing Ceremony, Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center, 6:00-7:30pm
December 31- New Year’s Eve Beach Bash, Sharky’s on the Pier, 7pm
Congratulations to Leah Sherman on her retirement from Collectors Gallery & Framery! Four former owners of Collectors Gallery & Framery, including its most recent owner, Leah (shown above at center, front row), reunited to welcome new owners Aimee Odette and Michael Rank this week. Aimee and Michael also own The Island Bookshop on Miami Avenue West.
Photo above (back row L to R): New owners Aimee Odette and Michael Rank next to former owner Von Boyd.
Front row (L to R): Former owners Barbara Freeman, Leah Sherman (most recent owner), and Peaches Sanderson.
Collectors Gallery & Framery
114 S. Nokomis Ave. Venice Florida 34285
We have exciting news to share! Venice MainStreet will launch an online marketplace, ShopVeniceFL.com, in 2023 to support local business and nonprofit partners, which will become the featured vendors on the platform. Present and future business interruptions will have less of an impact on revenue if businesses and nonprofits can have a second revenue stream through online sales. Compared to other e-commerce websites, the Marketplace will distinguish itself by being a fun, creative, dynamic, experiential retail platform.
The Marketplace will help our business and nonprofit partners sell their products, services and experiences globally at any time. It will help reduce vulnerability during challenging times that traditionally impact brick-and-mortar locations. The Marketplace will bolster their income through online sales, while at the same time helping to boost the revenue for Venice MainStreet Inc. as an earned income initiative for our nonprofit organization. Venice MainStreet will monetize the Marketplace to maximize its financial return, while offering meaningful value to our featured vendors and bringing economic vitality to Downtown Venice in support of our mission.
Additionally, consumers will benefit from the Marketplace. Currently, they have to seek out individual retail and nonprofit websites that tend to offer only a limited selection of products. With the Marketplace, consumers will have one-stop, online shopping for Venice-related products, services and experiences. The Marketplace will also cater to those consumers who specifically want to support locally made Venice products or services. It will streamline the process for finding and purchasing these goods.
To learn about how The Patterson Foundation is helping us make this entrepreneurial initiative go from an idea to reality, please CLICK HERE.
Want to support this great initiative? Please CLICK HERE to donate.
Thank you, Toes in the Sand, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Toes in the Sand offers premium T-shirts and apparel with top quality creative designs and precise durable screen printed transfers, all made in the U.S.A. Let Toes in the Sand, “Express your individuality through creative statements on your shirts. Showcase your personality, send a motivational message, and put a smile on someone’s face. They are great conversation starters that let you convey a message about yourself or say something amazing.”
Contact Toes in the Sand:
The annual Venice Holiday Parade is set for Saturday, November 26, 2022 in downtown Venice.
Although there is early setup of chairs along the parade route Wednesday evening before the parade, there will be no chairs set up or spectators allowed in the medians of the 100-300 blocks of W. Venice Ave. to protect the median landscaping. Any chairs, blankets or other items set up in the medians will be removed by the City of Venice Public Works Department at owners’ expense. This is to both protect the plantings in the medians and avoid any trip hazard of stumps from palms lost in Hurricane Ian. Parade-goers are asked to please follow the posted signage.
Pre-parade entertainment will be in two locations — the corner of Harbor Drive and W. Venice Ave. and the corner of Nokomis Ave. and W. Venice Ave, starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The parade officially starts at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street. Floats will unload at the Venice Community Center.
***Please see the map above. An interactive map for parade information can also be found here: Parade Route Map (venicefl.gov)
The parade route will be closed to all traffic at 3 p.m. Saturday. This includes both sides of W. Venice Ave. and N. Nokomis Ave. between Tampa and Venice avenues. Various streets surrounding City Hall will also be closed for staging floats. The impact spans east/west from the intersection of W. Venice Ave./Harbor Dr. to The Esplanade, and north/south from Barcelona Ave. to Armada Rd. S. These roadways will be open only to local traffic/residents and parade participants after 3 p.m. For public safety purposes, these closings may be adjusted as needed.
EARLY SET-UP OF CHAIRS: Chairs may be placed along the parade route after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 by the public (at your own risk). No bleachers, couches, rope, stakes, tarps, canopies or mats please; these items will be removed by Public Works. Any chairs placed before 6 p.m. Wednesday will also be disposed of by Public Works. Remember: no chairs set up or spectators allowed in the medians in the 100-300 blocks of W. Venice Ave.
Public parking is available Saturday at Venice High School.
In addition, Venice’s Boy Scout Troop 77 will again be collecting nonperishable food and monetary contributions from the public during the parade. The benefactor of these donations is the South County Food Pantry. The Scouts will walk the parade route just behind the Color Guard and Venice Police at the start of the parade at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit the parade page on the City website at https://www.venicegov.com/things-to-do/featured-events-attractions/venice-holiday-parade or call 941-488-8780.
Information and map provided by City of Venice.
Thursday, December 1 from 5pm-8pm
Free and open to the public
Enjoy extended hours at local shops, treats, live music and the twinkle of lights on decorated trees along Miami, Tampa and West Venice avenues. Take a stroll and delight in the warm glow of decorated holiday storefront windows. Find out who won Venice MainStreet’s decoration awards for Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Traditional, Most Creative Use of Merchandise, Most Whimsical, and Best Use of Lights. Presented by Venice MainStreet.
Outside of Eyes on You boutique, W Venice Ave., 5-8pm
George DeJong, Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe and The Island Bookshop, Miami Ave. W, 5-8pm
Glen Babcock on accordion, Venice Wine & Coffee Company, W Venice Ave., 5-7pm
Emma the Harpist, Seaside Chic Boutique, W Venice Ave., 5-7pm
Forrest Shafer, breezeway of Burgundy Square Cafe and Bodrum Restaurant, 5-8pm
James Albritton, Seed & Bean Market, W Venice Ave., 5-8pm
Joey Lawhorne, Sunbug and Twist Boutique, West Venice Ave. 5-8pm
Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum, strolling throughout the district, 6-8pm
Nick Fiasco, Cafe Venice, W Venice Ave, 5:30-9pm
Swinging Bridge, Venice Avenue Creamery, West Venice Ave, 5-8pm
The Venice Chorale Carolers, strolling throughout the district, 5-6pm
Participating downtown Venice MainStreet partners include but are not limited to the following:
MIAMI AVENUE WEST
206- The Island Bookshop LIVE MUSIC
208- Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe LIVE MUSIC
225 #2- Island Way Boutique
225 #5- Bodrum Restaurant LIVE MUSIC
227- Burgundy Square Cafe LIVE MUSIC
TAMPA AVENUE WEST
San Marco Building
230- EmmaTrang Beauty Lounge
248- Tri Healthy CBD
WEST VENICE AVENUE
101- Cafe Venice LIVE MUSIC
116- Seed & Bean Market LIVE MUSIC
137- Twist Boutique LIVE MUSIC
140- Eyes on You
141- Sunbug LIVE MUSIC
201- Venice Wine & Coffee Company
213B- Kristine Grace Resort Wear
215- Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
225- Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear
227- Island Gift Nook
237- The Boutique by the Beach
247- Shirt Shop
249- Venice Avenue Creamery LIVE MUSIC
303A- Celebration Corner
303B- Lisa’s Classic Rose
307- Florida Oil & Vinegar Company
310 #104- Seaside Chic Boutique LIVE MUSIC
311- B & B Bootery
317B- Laurie Jean & Co.
325D- Florida Violins LIVE MUSIC AND PERMORMERS
351- Gulf Shores Realty
Venice MainStreet held its poster unveiling this week at Collectors Gallery & Framery. Photographer, Geoff Gurock (shown above, third person from left) was selected for his digital photograph titled “Flocking to Venice.” Posters will be for sale at the upcoming 34th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival on November 5th and 6th. Proceeds benefit the Venice MainStreet nonprofit organization.
Thank you to Venice MainStreet’s Design Committee Volunteers; Leah Sherman, owner of Collectors Gallery & Framery who provided the framing; and Lueanne Wood for sponsoring the champagne.
PLEASE NOTE: This event date has been changed to Thursday, November 17th.
Delectable & Decadent– An Evening All About Chocolate in Downtown Venice! Chocolate bliss awaits you on the avenues. Tour the 30+ participating shops and restaurants in historic downtown Venice for mouth-watering chocolate treats, drinks, chocolate themed items, ice cream and more. A delicious shopping and dining experience presented by Venice MainStreet.
Participating Venice MainStreet Partners include (but are not limited to):
MIAMI AVE WEST
Burgundy Square Cafe
Deb Peters Coaching
Engel & Völkers Venice Downtown
Island Way Boutique
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe
The Island Bookshop
TAMPA AVE WEST- SAN MARCO BUILDING
EmmaTrang Beauty Lounge
Tri Healthy CBD
Voila! Petite Fine Art Gallery
WEST VENICE AVE
Aqua Silks Studio
Coldwell Banker Realty
Gulf Shores Realty
Island Gift Nook
Kristine Grace Resort Wear
Made in Italy
Nanas A Children’s Shop
RE/MAX Platinum Realty
Ristorante San Marco
Seed and Bean Market
The Boutique by the Beach
Things I Like
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice in Vogue
Venice Olive Oil Company
Nick Fiasco at Cafe Venice (West Venice Ave)
Laura Hedderman Music at Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe (Miami Ave West)
Located on Florida’s west coast, Venice is a vibrant town on the Gulf of Mexico, filled with historic charm, natural beauty, and independently owned shops and restaurants. Considered one of the best kept secrets in all of Florida, the community of Venice has a number of special surprises awaiting you. Whether you like shopping in the unique stores of the downtown Venice Main Street district or prefer golfing, boating, or other recreational activities, Venice has it all. Settled along West Venice Avenue, the Downtown Venice Art Festival adds to the ambiance of this unique town. More than 100 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces. Presented by Howard Alan Events in partnership with Venice MainStreet.
Head to the gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice on Friday, October 21st from 7-9pm to get into the spirit of Oktoberfest! Enjoy the music of First Brass of Sarasota and take a selfie in the Oktoberfest-themed photo booth. Presented by Venice MainStreet.
200 West Venice Avenue
PLEASE NOTE: No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Centennial Park.