Savor the Season with these 4 Unforgettable Holiday Events on AMI

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Holiday magic takes a whole new meaning this year on the sun-kissed shores of Anna Maria Island. Imagine celebrating the festive season surrounded by white sandy beaches, a gentle breeze off the Gulf, and a calendar filled with unforgettable events. Get ready to create those cherished memories in one of our AMI Locals vacation rentals this December. Let’s explore the top four holiday events happening on Anna Maria Island, all while enjoying the comforts of home.

Festive Lights & Sparkling Nights

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Kick off your holiday vacation with the mesmerizing spectacle of twinkling lights. Anna Maria Island transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with festive decorations. Head to Holms Beach for the Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1st, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. After the tree has been lit at 6:00 pm, shop at the Holiday Market for a little while. Grab a few gifts to give to those in your life who mean the most. Your family will delight in strolling through the luminous streets, soaking in the spirit of the holiday.

Christmas Extravaganza with Santa

Experience the season’s joy with a Christmas extravaganza with Santa and his helpers. Mark your calendars for a jolly time on Saturday, December 2nd, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Pier Circle on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The AMI Privateers are set to make the season merry & bright by bringing Santa and his sleigh to the beach. Families can enjoy the festive atmosphere with various activities, from joyful caroling to delightful season treats. As the sun sets, gather at the Post Office for an enchanting outdoor movie with the family. Create the perfect ambiance of holiday cheer under the starlit skies, all while making new memories together.

 Unwrap the Magic at the Holiday Faire & Boat Parade

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Get ready to kick off the festive season in style at the Bradenton Beach Holiday Faire & Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2nd, from 3:00 – 9:00 pm on Bridge Street. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as the street comes alive with holiday cheer. Explore the array of stalls featuring local crafts, delectable treats, and unique treasures of the coast. This is the perfect place to find those special gifts for ones at home. As the sun sets in the west, be enchanted by the dazzling Boat Parade, a spectacle of lights leaving you in awe. It’s a holiday soiree your family won’t want to miss!

A Joyful Island Tradition with the Privateers

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9th, as Anna Maria Island transforms into a winter wonderland for the Privateers Christmas Parade & Gifts from Santa. From 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, the island will come alive with festive floats, marching bands, and the jolly presence of Santa himself. Join the community in welcoming the holiday season with open arms as the parade winds through the picturesque streets. Little ones will be delighted as Santa hands out unique gifts, helping spread joy and creating those cherished memories. It’s a heartwarming tradition that promises to spread cheer among locals and visitors alike.

Between these enchanting events, your family can relax and recharge in the privacy of your AMI Locals vacation rental. Whether a charming beachfront or a spacious rental with panoramic views, these accommodations offer the perfect blend of comfort and convenience for a holiday getaway. We can’t wait to hear which event was your favorite this holiday season!

Anna Maria Island Makes Waves with Travelers from All Over 

Anna Maria Island is a 7-mile-long barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast that is a true hidden gem! Major travel publications including Travel +Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, Herald-Tribune, and Thrillist, have recently recognized Anna Maria Island as a must-visit destination. Let’s explore what makes Anna Maria Island stand out as a travel destination!   

Modern Florida Charm  

Cultivated by a loyal following, thanks to its no-high-rises shoreline, incredible sunsets, and small-town feel, Anna Maria Island has become increasingly popular amongst vacationers who want to feel like they’ve escaped (Thrillist and Travel + Leisure). Rich in historic landmarks, visitors can check out the AMI City Pier, Anna Maria City Jail, Cortez Fishing Village, and the Anna Maria Historical Society for more information on how this island came to be (Thrillist and Herald-Tribune).  

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Activities, Restaurants, and Shops  

Thrillist suggests the best way to explore the blue waters and to catch a view of our local manatees and dolphins is atop a kayak or paddleboard, or you can book a boat cruise from Bradenton Beach Marina. The restaurants are spread across the charming island and include great spots, including The Doctor’s Office and The Beach Bistro for beachfront dining, and the Rod N Reel Pier is an Instagram-worthy spot to visit and boasts Tampa Bay views. (Herald-Tribune and Thrillist). You cannot forget about Pine Avenue; it offers a unique variety of boutiques locally made, restaurants, and cute coffee and donut shops (Thrillist). 

Pristine Gulf of Mexico Beaches  

Anna Maria Island has six award-winning beaches with easy access that are the biggest draw for locals and visitors alike according to the Wall Street Journal. Some beaches feature ice cream shops and beachside seafood shacks (Herald-Tribune!) Visitors can enjoy the white sandy beaches and calm waters from the comfort of their vacation rental home‘s backyard or take short walks to the sparkling beaches.  

We are so happy to be recognized by major publications and cannot wait to share our charming beach town. Whether you are searching for a beachfront condo, dog-friendly rentals, water access homes, or inviting three-bedroom homes, we have something for everyone!   

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