What’s On Suncoast? 12.11 – 12.18

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are a few ideas for things to do around the area this week of December 11 – December 18, 2020!

Holiday Makers Market at “The Factory First Look”

Holiday Makers Market at “The Factory First Look”
401 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33606

A little behind on that list with everything going on this year. This event could be the perfect win-win situation for a visit this weekend. This outdoor event is what’s on 6.5 property in The Warehouse Arts District of South St. Pete will include numerous live artists and feature the Holiday Makers market. This 40+ local vendor smorgasbord of local artists and artisans are sure to have hidden treasures and unique gifts for all those hard to shop people on your list. Food trucks, St. Petersburg Mural Festival Artists and their work will be for sale and so much more. For a truly unique holiday weekend socially distanced outside the weekend, this one should be on everyone’s list.

Snook Haven

Snook Heaven – Lights, Camera, Cocoa!
5000 E. Venice Ave.Venice, FL 34292

Yep, the place you normally think of for some amazing laid back comfort food – is what’s on the Suncoast for the holiday spirit Florida stlye. With over 30,000 lights this display is sure to help get you in the holiday spirit but just to be sure from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening, enjoy some free cocoa while strolling through the display. If the weather is cooperating live music may be playing, as you please wear a mask and socially distance through this amazing outside display. Then make a night of it with some house-smoked BBQ goodness sure to satisfy your taste buds!

Wesley Chapel Santa’s Carnival

Wesley Chapel Santa’s Carnival
6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Talk about a lot going on – the Wesley Chapel Santa’s Carnival features 10 acres of 100,000 + light on a host of perfect magical Christmas displays with, of course, Santa. Get a picture with the man of the season, Santa, take a sleigh ride or watch live performances and the light display after dark is a must-see. Or, if you want to really enjoy the season, there is a host of midway rides and games along with Artisan vendors. Whether getting in some holiday shopping, time with small groups of friends, or just getting out to enjoy the sight of the season, this stop should be on the list to swing by and visit.

Shelf Indulgence

Shelf Indulgence
2805 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

As the weather chills, curling up with a good book seems just the thing. Sure, most of us own a kindle or electronic device, but there is just something wonderful about thumbing your way through shelves of tantalizing stories. Shelf Indulgence also features amazing coffees, teas, cocoas, and sweet treats, and lunch daily. This is the only used book store in all of Sarasota and is having their $1.00 book sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place in the back driveway outside (though masks are still requested). There are also teacher specials and a bag of book specials. Stock up for those long winter nights coming spent imagining all the places you can visit through the pages of a good book.

A Night Before Christmas Drive-Thru

A Night Before Christmas Drive-Thru
GT Bray Park – 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL 34209

This annual event has been changed to drive-thru only for obvious pandemic driven reasons this year. Santa will still be making an appearance at the park to greet anyone wishing to see him and will include Christmas music, letters to Santa, amazing light displays, and of course a healthy dose of Christmas cheer for kids of all ages. They are asking for donations of one new unwrapped toy per car if possible that will go to Toys for Tots. Remember also until December 20th GT Bray does have Santa’s mailbox accepting letters during all normal business hours, in the Recreation Center Lobby.

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