Bird Key Yacht Club held their annual Lighting of the Fleet event on Saturday, Dec. 4. The members of the club enjoyed looking out at the docks filled with boats decorated in bright lights and Christmas decorations. The evening also included dinner and entertainment by the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys. The members were also asked to bring a toy for Toys for Tots.
There was something to delight children of all ages at the Southside Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 3, in Southide Village. The event featured live entertainment, visits with Santa at Comerica Bank, and even a sledding hill outside of Gecko's Grill and Pub.
More than 100 gingerbread houses were unveiled at the CYD Gingerbread Festival Kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Sarasota Square Mall. The event featured an Iron Chef style decorating competition as well as a giant gingerbread house. Proceeds from the event benefit Community Youth Development.
The Chabad of Bradenton ushered in the start of Chanukah with a special Menorah lighting ceremony Dec. 1 on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Attendees enjoyed traditional Jewish foods, face painting, music and even a chance to visit Judah Maccabee.