Christmas Tree Lighting in Holmes Beach on Fri Dec 6!

christmas tree hbLight up the night! Get ready for Santa Claus and even some snow! On Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5pm-8pm bring your friends and family for free holiday fun to the annual AMI Chamber Tree Lighting and Holmes Beach Walk-About.  The annual Lighting of the Tree will take place at the beginning of the open house – just around sunset – in front of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Santa will arrive at The Feast at 5:30pm with treats for the kids.

Even the Privateers will be spreading holiday cheer! The friendly downtown businesses will have in-store specials, there will be sample wines, appetizers, music and a raffle prize drawing for 3 big packages of gift items organized by the Islander newspaper.  This is a great time to socialize with your island friends and neighbors! For further information please contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-778-1541.

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


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.


Happy Holidays From Island Real Estate

As Christmas moves closer and the New Year is about to start, Christmas decorations are going up and the staff here at Island Real Estate is spreading lots of Christmas cheer.  Since the beginning of December we have had lots of Holiday Events on Anna Maria Island, from the tree lighting in Holmes Beach, to the Holiday Parades, everyone on Anna Maria Island is in the Christmas spirit.

We created this short Holiday Video for all to enjoy, the filming was done in and around our office in Holmes Beach and we rewrote the Night Before Christmas Poem to show the relationship between new homeowners and the real estate team members that helped them get into that home.

If you would like to spend your Holidays in Paradise we have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island. So contact an Anna Maria Island Vacation Renatal Specialist today and book your island getaway!  “Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” From all of us at Island Real Estate.

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.