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The end of the year is a busy time for the average American. Some will be working all through, others will stay home while others will be seeking new adventures. Although Christmas presents the best chance for you to spend time with family and people you don’t see quite often, sometimes taking a break from your everyday environment is the best thing to do. Sarasota is a perfect escape route for a different Christmas experience. With the Gulf of Mexico at its doorstep and the vast white sand beaches, you already have an idea of what to expect. Here’s what your Christmas in Sarasota could look like.

Relish the Christmas lights

The first thing that welcomes you to Sarasota during the Christmas season is the widely spread lights. What started a symbolic religious act now unites the whole universe across all denominations. Usually, Christmas lights come up two weeks before the actual celebration. In Sarasota, the lights start coming up as early as November. Locating a place where these lights are being displayed in this city is never a hassle. Virtually all recreational parks have unique lighting patterns that come to life in the evening. The views are much better when snow is falling in the backdrop. The lighting display on Christmas Eve is something to be excited about. The best part is that these breathtaking views are free to the public.

Whale Watching Tours

Around Christmas in Sarasota you’ll have the best chance to spot a whale. During December you can easily spot whales swimming across the Florida Coast in search of warmer waters. With the hard-hitting winter already making landfall, these whales migrate to the other side of the gulf, a phenomenon that has held for a long time now. The migrations happen throughout the month of December and it won’t take long before you trace one. The region has multiple tour companies ready to move you around the sea where you stand a better chance of seeing these huge animals. With the whales migrating in hundreds, spending a day in this part of the world amounts to a well-spent Christmas holiday.

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade

Sarasota has a one-of-a-kind Christmas tradition that dates back to the 80s. Just like other forms of parades that occur in different parts of the world, Sarasota has a boat parade to its name. It is a celebration where boats are showcased with Christmas messages inscribed in them. From speed boats to the usual fishing boats, you are going to witness them all here. Sarasota takes the boat exhibition game a notch higher by incorporating mega-yachts in the show. Seeing how these boats move around in the sea with the Christmas decorations sets a celebratory mood in you.

Sarasota Country Music Festival

Music festivals are a great way to embrace your Christmas holidays. While music is an everyday encounter, it is not all the time that you come across a live music concert. However, the holiday experience in Sarasota is packaged differently. Music concerts are easy to find in this part of Florida. Whether on the beach or further away on the mainland, you can count on this city to deliver when it comes to live performances. While the city does not discriminate against any music genre, country music seems to be more pronounced. Even if you are not a country music fan, attending such concerts sets up the Christmas mood for you.

A Multitude of Beach Activities

There is a reason why Sarasota beach is one of the most frequented places in Florida. With the dipping temperatures of winter in other parts of the U.S., the situation here is totally different. Sarasota is known for its warmer weather that extends even into winter. If you are interested in beach activities during your Christmas vacation, Sarasota provides the best chance for you to explore them all. With the warmer sea waters, you may decide to jump in for a dip. However, these waters are not as warm as they used to be during the summer. Deep-sea fishing is also an exciting way you can explore this beach with your favorite travel partners. If you want to add some luxury to the whole experience, boarding a winter cruise will do. Also, kids will be happy to meet Santa at the beach.

Where to Stay over Christmas in Sarasota

A Christmas vacation in Sarasota requires an equally exciting place to call home. Our team at Roelens Vacations is ready to handle all your accommodation needs in Sarasota, FL. Our wide portfolio of properties allows you to choose whatever works best for your unique accommodation needs. We are redefining luxury in Sarasota. From properties with pools and game rooms to pet-friendly villas, celebrate this year’s Christmas in luxury and comfort. Contact us today to book your vacation rental.