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What’s On Suncoast? 12.15 – 12.22

| Angela Naff |

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are some ideas for the area this week from December 15 – 22, 2023!

Glow Run

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235

This fun, family-friendly festive event features dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music that creates an atmosphere that will get your Christmas season started off right! This professionally chip-timed night glow run will be a memorable experience like no other. Athletes run or walk the lakeside Christmas-themed course at night. Athletes add to the atmosphere with their complimentary glow products that are included with registration. Spectators will enjoy free live runner tracking with the ​Elite Events Tracker App. …and YES, there is 100% chance of pretty snowfall at the finish!​

National anthem and pre-race instructions are at 5:50 p.m., and the race begins at 6 p.m. Parking is $10 per car.

Hours: Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The veranda

The Veranda 

The Veranda
2122 2nd St Fort Myers, FL 33901

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Fort Myers, The Veranda will take you away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life to a bygone era of Antebellum charm.

The Veranda’s romantic setting in two turn-of-the-century homes, combined with our Southern Regional Cuisine, an extensive wine list, and first-class service staff, will provide you with the most unique dining experience in Southwest Florida.

A Fort Myers tradition since 1978, The Veranda is consistently honored as one of the most award-winning restaurants in the area. Join us and experience the romance, the history, and the charm that is The Veranda!

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Christmas Village

Cape Coral Christmas Village

Cape Coral Christmas Village
2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33991

Come see Cape Christian’s field transformed into a magical Christmas Village this holiday season! Everyone is welcome! This year, normal hours will be every night from December 5th-December 23rd from 6 pm-9 pm. Check dates below for updated times of operation.

Meet Santa on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in front of his workshop and visit Mrs. Claus every day through December 23rd in the life-sized Gingerbread house for crafts, writing letters to Santa, and cookie decorating*. Bring your camera for free photo opportunities with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, and other special guests! You may even capture some evening snow flurries!

Reserve a time on the Ice Rink every evening starting December 5th! Yes – ice skating right here in Cape Coral! $8 includes skates and 20 minutes on the ice.

Enjoy a Holiday-Themed Hayride with the family for $5 per family, or catch a ride on a Christmas train for $5 per kid. Cozy up next to the campfire with Hot Cocoa and a S’mores kit from our café. Join us for lots of free activities including a 20ft Snow Slide, Reindeer Games, and Snowball Fights! Also, join us for Movies at the Park featuring Christmas Classic Films on a 40ft movie screen starting at 6:30 pm every night! Bring chairs or blankets.

Hours: December 5 – 23rd, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Roessler's Restaurant

Roessler’s Restaurant

Roessler’s Restaurant
2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238

Roessler’s is a local family-owned restaurant here on the Suncoast, established in 1978, offering a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list, traditional continental cuisine with a commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients, and a dining experience of impeccable service.

Situated on nearly three acres of manicured gardens and a beautiful lake with a bridge and gazebo, Roessler’s is one of the most romantic restaurants on the West Coast of Florida! 

Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Living Nativity on the Suncoast

The Living Nativity

The Living Nativity
4141 Desoto Rd, Sarasota, FL 34235

A 45 minute outdoor presentation here on the Suncoast of The Story of Christmas, here on the Suncoast. This presentation includes live animals, flying angels, and a host of surprises to get the audience immersed in the nativity story. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each day from December 14 – 17, 2023, and admission is FREE. This is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience for this Christmas season.

Hours: December 14 – 17, 2023 gates open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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