Island Real Estate has compiled a list of our top 4 winter activities that you just can’t miss this season! There’s always fun and exciting activities happening on Anna Maria Island, and December is no exception!
Top 4 Winter Activities
AMI Privateers Annual Christmas Parade
Kick off December events with the AMI Privateers Annual Christmas Parade! Starting on the north end’s Bay Front Park, the parade begins at 10am Saturday the 12th. Continuing down Pine Avenue to Gulf Drive, the parade will proceed south all the way to Coquina Beach. While this is truly a fun family event, make sure to catch the parade!
The 28th Annual Winterfest
The Anna Maria Island Art league presents Winterfest in it’s 28th year! December 12-13th from 10am-4:30pm. Winterfest is held in the Holmes Beach city hall field located at 5901 Marina Drive. Winterfest is a fabulous opportunity to view and purchase amazing artwork with the entire family. There will be a juried art exhibit, “Young at Art” . Additionally, there will be an activity area, food and live music. The Anna Maria String Band will be playing 10am-1:30pm with Howie Banfield & Scott Blum Contemporary Beach music to follow.
Christmas on Bridge Street
If you missed the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Bradenton Beach you still have a chance to celebrate the holidays on Historic Bridge Street! On December 19th from 4:30-8:30pm The Bridge Street Merchants present Christmas on Bridge Street. This family friendly event benefiting Roser Food Pantry offers live music too! Listen to singers from the Joyful kids’ Choir, Rowlett Kids’ Choir, the Powell Crosley Dickens Carolers and local duo Russ and Brandi. Enjoy the holiday market, children’s craft and cookie bazaar, hot chocolate bar and a fabulous raffle and auction. Enjoy strolling Bridge Street, and be sure to stop by to see Anna Maria Island largest live Christmas Tree!
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
After Christmas on Bridge Street ends head out to the Bridge Street pier next! Here you’ll watch the 12th Annual Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade. Starting at 6pm at the Seafood Shack in Cortez the festive lighted boats will circle the Sarasota Bay area.