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The holidays shine brightest at University Town Center. Join us for nightly light shows choreographed to music, dazzling décor at every turn and festive fun, including outdoor holiday movies, Saturday night fireworks, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Festival of Trees featuring over 50 charity-trimmed trees, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida’s Gingerbread Festival, lively entertainment and more.
Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, with unique finds at more than 250 retail locations. And delight in festive sweets and holiday eats at over 100 restaurants.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in a place brimming with holiday cheer. Enjoy seasonal experiences, including:
Fridays & Saturdays | 7:00 PM | West District UTC
Watch holiday movies under the stars Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7:00 PM. Presented by First Watch, families and friends of all ages are welcome to watch holiday classics in an open-air setting in the West District at UTC, in the lot across from DSW.
December 1-19 | 6:30 – 9:00 PM | West District UTC
A showcase and silent auction of more than 50 whimsical trees decorated by local charities.
December 1-19th | 6:30 PM | West District UTC
Celebrate another magical holiday season and marvel at a display of over 150 gingerbread houses crafted by local schools, youth groups, businesses, and other non-profit organizations. Held at 119 N Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida 34243 (retail space adjacent to Old Navy at UTC). Presented by Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.
December 4-5 & December 11-12 | Sat 1:00 – 9:00 PM & Sun 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Mall at UTC
Shop for holiday gifts from 70+ crafters artisans & entrepreneurs from all over Florida, and feast from some delicious local food trucks. Bring out the whole family for tree lightings and more festive fun.
Every Weekend in December | The Mall at UTC East Grand Entrance
Head to The Mall at UTC every weekend in December (December 3 – 5, December 10 – 12 & December 17 – 19) for holiday festivities for the whole family. Friday and Saturday evenings will feature nightly snowfall, cocktails & candy canes, festive holiday performances and entertainment, Santa’s Workshop craft series, jingle bell dance parties with holiday characters and more.
December 16 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM | West District UTC
This month’s outdoor market event is bringing all the festive feels with an electric live music performance by NoFilter Band, seasonal sips and sweets, and 40+ local vendors offering fresh produce, handcrafted goods, jewelry and more.
December 18 | 6:30 PM | West District UTC
Slip into your most hideous holiday sweater on Saturday, December 18 and join us for our Ugly Sweater Crawl with iHeart Radio. The crawl starts at 6:30 pm at Ugly Sweater Ave., located between BurgerFi and Ethan Allen, and includes fun and festive stops at eateries along Cattlemen.
December 19 | 5:30-6:20 PM | The Green at UTC
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at a special outdoor concert by Strings Con Brio. The nearly 40-piece string orchestra will perform a selection of seasonal favorites, conducted by Kenneth Bowermeister. The free, festive concert will be performed in the open air under the holiday lights on The Green at UTC. Limited seating available. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs.
December 18 | 6:00 PM | Nathan Benderson Park
Enjoy some family-friendly fun at the Christmas Glow Run 5K. Featuring dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music for the perfect holly jolly atmosphere.