Venice MainStreet, Venice’s proud promoter of preservation and economic vitality for all things Downtown Venice, brings you Christmas in July 2018. Don’t miss the biggest two-day shopping spree of the year for bargains, discounts and ideas for Christmas and all your Holiday gift needs!

The stores and restaurants will celebrate from 10am to 5pm, Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21. Participating stores will offer entry forms for a competition to win one of three gift baskets totaling as much as $1,000 containing gifts and certificates donated by various downtown merchants. Shoppers can ride the free Christmas Trolley, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Lueanne Wood, Venice Gondolier Sun and 92.1 CTQ, winding past the shops on the avenues downtown. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride the trolley along with volunteers from the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club. You may be lucky enough to sit next to Santa and tell him want you want for Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop for lunch at Bodrum 225 W. Miami Ave. on Friday at 12:30pm. Saturday, they will have lunch at Daiquiri Deck 300 W. Venice Ave. at 12:30pm. Saturday July 21st at 10am Santa will take a ride on Venice’s own 100’ Ladder Truck courtesy of the fine first responders of the Venice Fire Department, from the Venice Farmer’s Market, now on Avenues Des Parques in front of City Hall.

We are proud to announce the stores and restaurants that are participating in this iconic event: Always an Occasion Florist & Décor, Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant, Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery, Café Venice, Captain’s Landing, Celebration Corner, Ciao Gelato, Cleopatra’s Bath & Body, Croissant & Company, DanaTyler, Dick’s Shoes, Down Island Way Boutique, DP Fitness and Wellness, Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Store, Eyes On You, Heitel Jewelers, Island Gift Nook, Island Life Hammocks, Lisa’s Classic Rose, Lueanne Wood PA Gulf Shores Realty, Made In Italy, Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe, Nana’s – A Children’s Shop, Needlefish Yarns of Venice, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Scarlet Macaw Resort wear, Seaside Chic Boutique, southeast salt, SunBug, T. J. Carney’s, Tangi & Jess, The Spice & Tea Exchange, The Tabletop Unique Home Accessories & Gifts, Venice In Vogue, Venice Stationers, Venice Olive Oil Company, Venice Wine and Coffee. A special thank you to Jacaranda Trace for the donation of a yummy Kilwin’s basket!

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