One of my favorite holiday traditions is packing up the family in the car and heading out to see Christmas lights. It puts a smile on everyone’s faces and really sets the mood for the season. I decided to put together some of our personal favorite local spots. I hope it brings some holiday cheer to all! Comment and share if I missed any must-see places on your own lists!
Bright Homes and Neighborhoods
Check out Cedar Hollow Neighborhood, just south of Fruitville off of Honore on Camus Street. From roofs completely covered in lights, to tractors decked out in lights to an archway tunnel to drive through, there is plenty for the entire family to enjoy! It’s fun to drive up and down all the streets and see what surprise is around every corner. There are even runways in yards for Santa’s sleigh!
Enander’s Winter Wonderland
2281 Mission Valley, Nokomis, FL. This is well worth the drive and one of my absolute favorites. So many lights! The Christmas spectacle starts December 9th at 6pm. You can also follow the family on Facebook to see real time updates!
East Mark Drive in Sarasota
House after house is lit up with lights. I wonder if someone started it and everyone wanted to keep up with the Joneses? Either way, it’s a great street to visit. It will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.
Colonial Gables is a neighborhood at the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive. Grab some hot chocolate at the Bee Ridge Starbucks on your way there and cruise the beautiful light displays!
Spinnaker Drive in the Inlets, Bradenton
Located off State Road 64 in the Inlets neighborhood, Spinnaker Drive has some beautiful homes lit up with fun displays. Check out 4724 Spinnaker Dr.
147th Street East, Country Creek, Bradenton
This is my daughter’s favorite display. The home has lights everywhere and is set to music you can tune in from your car, so you can just sit awhile and watch in awe of the light “show.” My daughter loves the ferris wheel with Mickey Mouse and friends.
Christmas Lights at Local Events at Attractions
If you decide you don’t want to drive around, here are some of our other favorite spots to view Christmas lights.
Sarasota Holiday Tour of Lights
December 5th-31st; Pickup Times are 6:30pm and 8:30pm. A trolley will pick you up at the Regions Bank located in Sarasota (4041 Cattleman Road) and whisk you away to all the best light spots. Tickets are $15 a person or you can even rent an entire trolley with all your closest friends. Details: https://www.srqtrolley.com/sarasota-events-holiday-lights/.
Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens
December 21st-30th, 6-9pm. Stroll through a beautifully lit garden and even run into Santa and his elves.$25 for guests, $20 for members, $7.50 for children 4-17 and kids 4 and under are free. Visit http://www.selby.org for more details.
Holiday Lights Spectacular at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Select dates, 6-9pm. Visit the December events calendar for details www.sarasotajunglegardens.com.
Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade
Who wouldn’t enjoy a true Florida twist on seeing Christmas lights? The 31st Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 9th, beginning at 6:00pm. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.
St. Armand’s Circle
Lighting of the Tree was held Friday, December 1st, to kick off the circle’s beautiful light display but you can go visit any evening.
Benderson Lights, University Town Center area and beyond
University Parkway, Cooper Creek and North Cattleman streets have become a Christmas lights wonderland thanks to Benderson. Even more colorful lights have been added this year.
I hope this adds a little Christmas twinkle to your family’s festivities. Happy Holidays to all!