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5 Holiday Events in Venice You Don't Want to Miss in 2021

Posted by Frank Herold on November 15, 2021

If you're planning to spend the 2021 holiday season here in Venice, our City on the Gulf, you've made a wonderful choice. The weather is lovely, and you'll have more than your share of fun events and activities to choose from. Whether you're looking to get active with relatives visiting from out of town or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the season of cheer, there's something here for everyone.

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Venice Holiday Parade

Taking place in downtown Venice on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 27 for those who are ready to mark your calendars), the Venice Holiday Parade is one of our signature local events. The music, floats, and live entertainment is unmatched. 

The length of the parade route is just over a mile, including both Venice Avenue and Nokomis Avenue in the heart of downtown, ending at the Venice Community Center. 

The afternoon of the parade, show up in plenty of time to nab your spot along the route. Parade starts at 6:30pm sharp! You won't want to miss it. 

Venice Christmas Walk

On Thursday, December 2, from 5:00pm-8:00pm, you will want to come downtown for the annual Christmas walk along the avenues in Historic Downtown Venice. The event is fully free and open to the public, although you may choose to drink, dine, or pick up some presents for friends, family, and loved ones. 

Live, outdoor music and entertainment will set the scene. Stores will be open and serving light refreshments. Restaurants will be offering seasonal food and drink specials just for the occasion. Given Florida's near-perfect December evenings, this event is a pleasure for more reasons than one.

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while strolling downtown and getting in the spirit of the season!

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

What would the holidays in Florida be without a good boat parade? And this is one of the best!

Venice, with its miles of intracoastal waterway, offers superb areas for viewing the parade. Because of the close proximity of the spectators to the actual parade boats, we are one of the best viewed parades on the coast. (Venice Christmas Boat Parade)

This year, the Venice Christmas Boat Parade will take place at 6:00pm on December 4, 2021. 

If you plan to attend, take time to scope out the best places for viewing, and arrive early to claim your spot!

(Note: The website states that in case of a weather delay, the parade will take place the next day.)

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Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

On December 11, 2021, join Venice Area Beautification, Inc., for their annual tree lighting! And by "tree lighting," we're not just talking about one giant tree. Last year, VABI sponsored over 100 unique, beautifully lit holiday trees. 

Make plans to stop by, stroll among the trees, and enjoy the light and life of the season. 

A Holly, Jolly Holiday Concert

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like music. 

Join the Key Chorale, Music Director Troy Quinn, and The Venice Symphony for "A Holly Jolly Holiday" on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

This classic musical event will feature favorites like "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," Chanukah music, and holiday film clip favorites! Organizers promise sing-a-long fun and plenty of surprises.  

If you're going to hit the show, make an evening of it by booking dinner or drinks at one of the nearby downtown restaurants. 


We hope you enjoy your 2021 holiday season to the fullest!

To hear more about our independent living community here at Jacaranda Trace, please feel free to contact us. 

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