Canine Christmas Festival Bradenton, FL

Santa DogCanine Christmas Festival 2012!

Each year the Bishop Animal Shelter holds a Canine Christmas Festival to raise awareness and money for dogs in the Bradenton, Fl area.  It is a fabulous time for all with parades, awards, raffles and everything in between.

If your a visitor to Anna Maria Island fear no more.  Island Real Estate offers plenty of Anna Maria Island Pet Friendly vacation homes that can be rented out.  The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper has an annual canine Christmas parade as well with local celebrity judges that tally the votes.

Too many things happening around the holidays to name in this post but a favorite among locals are the Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City walk about as well as the Anna Maria Island Privateer parade.  Sorry, who could forget the Anna Maria Island Community center holiday event.  Maybe the best information page we can provide is a previous December Anna Maria Island Events page to give our visitors some ideas of what to do.  Take a look, we hope this helps your holiday spirit!

Bishop Animal Shelter
5718 21st Ave W.
Bradenton, FL


Christmas Parade on Anna Maria Island

Christmas parade on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade

CHRISTMAS PARADE on Anna Maria Island

Christmas Parade & Santa Open House
December 08,2012 at 10am

As another holiday season rapidly approaches, the Anna Maria Island Privateers would like to invite you to participate in their 2012 Christmas Parade on December 8th, followed by our Santa Open House at Coquina Beach; where the man in red will be handing out gifts to the youngsters. This much anticipated annual event brings great joy to children and adults, islanders and visitors alike.

We hope you will celebrate this special kick-off to the Holiday Festivities by enjoying the parade, which begins at Bayfront Park then travels south along Anna Maria Island, through the three island cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. We hope everyone can come out and enjoy the experience and spread the joy to others!

More information and online registration visit the Anna Maria Island Privateers website at CHRISTMAS PARADE.

Privateer’s Island Parade 2010

Images of AMI Privateers Island Parade 2010 Last Saturday I met up with family and friends for the Privateer’s Island Parade and 23RD Annual Winterfest on Anna Maria Island.  The parade started at 10:00 A.M. at Bay Front Park in the city of Anna Maria and ended down in Coquina Beach.

We watched the parade in Holmes Beach by Hurricane Hanks; the Christmas Floats just kept on coming tossing beads, candy, and can coolies.  The weather was nice and everyone had a really great time.  For more Anna Maria Island information and this year’s Holiday Events follow us on Facebook or contact an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist today to book your island getaway.


Holiday Fun On Anna Maria Island


The Holiday Season On Anna Maria Island
Happy Holidays From The Island Real Estate Team

The Holidays are upon us, Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to get ready for Christmas.  The Holiday Season is always a blast on Anna Maria Island with lots of activities happening all through December.  Here is a list of just some of the events coming up this month, starting with the Holmes Beach Parade & Open House on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Fri. 12/3

Holmes Beach Parade & Open House

5pm Parade starts at Crosspointe Baptist to the Chamber of Commerce, where they will light the tree, then the Holmes Beach merchants will have their holiday Open House till 9pm.  Santa will be there, and in the past there was some really cool fake snow.

Sat & Sun 12/4 &5

Holiday decorated home with drinks & snacks 

10am-4pm Holiday Decorator Show House by The Rotary Club $10 a ticket!

Sat – (6pm-9pm Anna Maria Concert Chorus & Orchestra will host Taste of Music Holiday Gala there for additional fee)

Sun – (3pm drawing for 7 day Holland America cruise on Sun)

Fri 12/10

Anna Maria Merchant Open House/Walk About

5pm – 7pm Pine Ave and surrounding area merchants will host The Holiday Open House.

Visit 8 locations and put your ticket in the raffle for a goodie basket!

Live music, refreshments, and Santa all in the same place!

Sat 12/11

Last day to sign up for Santa’s visit

12/18 at the Moose Lodge for children 10 & under.

Sat. 12/11

Privateers Island Parade

10am starting a Bay Front Park in Anna Maria all the way to Coquina Beach,  Santa will be waiting at the end for pictures and holiday fun on the Pirate Boat.

Sat 12/18

1-3pm Santa visits the Moose Lodge

110 Gulf Dr Bradenton Beach.

Lunch, games, Santa & Mrs. Claus pass out gifts.

Sat 12/18

3pm-7pm Christmas on Bridge Street

Bradenton Beach Santa & Mrs. Claus, music and festivities.

After Dark…lighted boat parade off the Historic Bridge Street Pier.