Anna Maria Island is one of the best places to spend the holidays. The mild AMI winters make it really attractive. There are also many island-themed Christmas and New Year events to enjoy. This post will cover some of the top events for your Anna Maria Island holiday.
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Check Out These Anna Maria Island Holiday Events
Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
What better event to enjoy the holiday spirit than the AMI Chamber of Commerce tree lighting? Along with the tree lighting, this event will have music and food. There will also be vendors selling holiday craft items. The event is usually in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. You can expect this event one evening during the first week of December. Check their Facebook page for details.
Annual Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Starts at Jewfish Key
Ends at Bradenton Beach Marina
Holiday visitors love to witness this event. Bring your friends and family along as you watch these boats float along the coast. Ship owners will showcase their decorated boats, with the brightest and prettiest winning the competition. Bridge Street Pier is a nice spot for a good view of the boats. This year’s boat parade is December 2.
Island Christmas Parade
Starts at Coquina Beach
Ends at City Pier
The annual AMI Christmas Parade, hosted by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, is an event you shouldn’t miss. The parade will travel the entire length of the island. After the parade, the Privateers will host a children’s party with Santa. It is a great event for families. The parade is usually in early December, starting in the late morning.
Christmas on Bridge Street
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Bridge Street has a lot to offer during the holidays. Business owners will cover the streets, palm trees, and business fronts in lights. The city also has a 40-foot Christmas tree. The tree lighting ceremony is an all-day event that begins with Santa and Mrs. Clause arriving in golf carts. Live bands play during the day, and the tree lighting is in the evening. This year’s tree lighting is November 18.
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