A Guide to Christmas in Venice Florida

It’s the most magical time of the year! Christmas in Venice, Florida is a beautiful time to drive down historic Venice Avenue as the palm trees sparkle with Christmas lights, local shops are bustling with people looking for unique gifts for their loved ones and restaurants are filled with families enjoying their time together.

Christmas in Venice FL

Are you celebrating Christmas in Venice Florida in 2020?

Then you are in for a wonderful holiday season. Christmas in Venice is a magical time of twinkling lights, delicious meals and fun experiences all around town. From tree lighting ceremonies to parades and festivals, there’s fun for the whole family. This year may look different than years past, but I’m sure that we’ll be able to find the magic of Christmas in Venice for 2020! This guide has the restaurants that will be open for Christmas, where to find take out or catered meals for Christmas, virtual events and local events… everything you need for the holiday season!

Be A Christmas Miracle For A Local Family

I have been passionate about making sure every child has a beautiful Christmas morning. Starting in 2013 under my group, Venice Moms Helping Hands, I began coordinating efforts between local residents and families in need to make sure every child had a Christmas. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I took a step back in 2018 which resulted in the program being taken in a different direction under new ownership. After seeing the increasing need this year, I knew that I needed to help again. I reopened my group, Christmas Miracles to start the process of matching families with miracles again. I have also created a registry for the wishlist items and a diaper fund.

What Virtual Events Are Happening for Christmas?

In light of social distancing and other CDC recommendations for large gatherings this holiday season, there are a number of events that will be held virtually so that all can enjoy them!

Check Out The Portable North Pole!

Make Christmas Magic with Portable North Pole Make this Christmas even more magical with Portable North Pole!

Using Portable North Pole is easy: Simply visit the PNP website or download the PNP mobile app, sign up, fill in a short form, and upload photos of your loved one. In just a few seconds, Santa is ready to greet them with a personalized message, addressing them by name, showing their photo, and in some select scenarios, even offering interactive opportunities for maximum fun!

2020 Advent Program: Jesse Tree

Sunday, December 6th – 3:30-4:30 pm

Friday, December 18th – 7:30-9:00 PM

Women’s Fellowship of Venice United Church of Christ is holding its 2020 Advent Program virtually, featuring the “Jesse Tree”, on December 6th, at 3:30PM.

The “Jesse Tree” is one of the many traditions of Advent, which traces the genealogy of Jesus, through symbols and scripture.

Safe at Home for the Holidays Virtual Concert

Join Troy Quinn and The Venice Symphony orchestra for the annual holiday concert from the comfort of your own home. “Safe at Home for the Holidays” premieres on Friday, December 18, and is free to all on demand. This concert features music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” traditional Christmas songs and an unforgettable rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” by Sarasota’s own Jamal Sarikoki and The Venice Symphony Percussion Ensemble. Of course, as tradition, the concert will conclude with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

What Restaurants are Open for Christmas in Venice, FL?

There are a number of restaurants in Venice that will be open either Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

I am still confirming the restaurants that will be open and offering catering for Christmas 2020. Keep watching this page for updates!! Please use the phone number to confirm with the restaurant and make your reservations.

Chaz 51 Bistro

103 Triple Diamond Blvd, Ste 2
Nokomis, Florida 34275
(941) 484-6200

You can make a reservation by calling in or online through their website.

Côté France French Bistro

218 Tampa Ave W,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 220-7189

Read about our visit to Off The Wagon!

Tikka Indian Cuisine

525A U.S. 41 Bypass N,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 303-5073

Irma’s Tacos, Craft Beer and Tequila Bar

12221 Mercado Dr,
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 681-2348

Read Our Review of Irma’s Tacos!

Their holiday hours are: Christmas Eve  11:00 am to 4:00 pm;  Closed Christmas Day;   New Year’s Day 11:00 am to 4:00 pm;  Closed New Year’s Day.

Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood House

2215 S Tamiami Trl
Osprey, Florida 34229
(941) 918-8771

Burgundy Square Cafe

227 Miami Ave W,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 451-8261

British Open Pub

367 Jacaranda Blvd,
Venice, Florida 34292
(941) 492-9227

Read my review from our visit to British Open Pub!

Croissant & Co will be open Christmas Eve 8am – 3pm and Christmas Day 8am – 12:30pm. (Dine in area will be closed both days) Don't forget to place your order !

Posted by Croissant & Co on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

What Restaurants are Offering Catering or Platters for Christmas?

Papa’s Meat Market & Prepared Foods

324 Tamiami Trail S
Venice, FL 34285

Yummies Donuts & BBQ

2001 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, Florida 34293
(941) 493-7170

This year Yummies Donuts & BBQ will be offering sandwich platters that include your choice of pulled pork, brisket, ham, turkey and chicken salad, a variety of cookies, donuts, pastries and breakfast sandwich platters. Call Yummies to order yours today!

Git-Chew-Sum BBQ

Delicious BBQ packages for Christmas that includes a choice of 3 sides that will feed 10-12 people with prices ranging from $160-$289 depending on your choice of meat. These packages can be either turkey, ham, briskey or prime rib. They are also offering an a la carte menu with various side dishes or just meat… even Cheesecake or Sweet Tea! Pick up will be either Dec 22nd or 23rd from 11 AM to 7 PM.

(941) 915-2662

Christmas Gift Ideas from Venice

Spellbound Creations

Beautiful, handcrafted candles made with all natural soy wax and hand blended essential oils. These candles come in either mason jars or antique glassware in a variety of sizes.

Sunkis’d Creations

Looking for a custom shirt or gift for the holidays? Check out Sunkis’d Creations!
Here’s the Link to their Facebook Page –> https://www.facebook.com/SunkisdCreations/

What Events Are Happening in Venice for Christmas?

Venice Christmas Walk

December 3rd
5:0 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Downtown Venice Island

Each year, downtown Venice offers a day of extended hours at local shops, treats and live music up and down Miami Ave, Tampa Ave and West Venice Ave. With sparkling decorations and the palm trees lit up, it’s a magical experience!

This year, there are a number of live musicians to check out!

  • Art Escape Gallery– Rick Chapman
  • Burgundy Square Café and Bodrum Restaurant (breezeway)- Kenny Moolenaar playing Christmas Steel Drums
  • Café Venice– George DeJong
  • Ciao Gelato– George Byrne
  • Gulf Shores Realty– Joey O
  • Venice Avenue Creamery– Swinging Bridge
  • Venice Wine & Coffee Company– Mysterious Mallets (marimba and vibraphone duo)

Jolly Holiday Music Concert with J3 Vocal Showband

December 4th
7:00-9:00 PM

Venice Community Center
326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285

Enjoy ‘50s – ’70s jukebox classics as well as sounds of the Christmas season with this 7-piece showband! Doors open at 6:00pm, Showtime at 7:00pm www.sunevents.com (863) 494-9362

2nd Annual Jingle Jam

December 5th & 6th
10 AM – 8 PM


Schedule of Events for Saturday, December 5th

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Virtual Tomahawk 5k Race Packet Pickup Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Holiday Market
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Craft & Do-It-Yourself Stations for Kids
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Family Activities & Contests
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Horse & Carriage Rides
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Holiday Carnival Games
  • 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (overnight)Non Profit Christmas Tree Display
  • 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Story Time with Ms. Claus
  • 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Live Music @ Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar
  • 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM Tree Lighting
  • 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM Strolling Caroling Duo
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venice Symphony Virtual Benefit Concert

Schedule of Events for Sunday, December 6th

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Virtual Tomahawk 5k Race Packet Pickup Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Holiday Market
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Family Activities & Contests
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Craft & Do-It-Yourself Stations for Kids
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Horse & Carriage Rides
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Holiday Carnival Games
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Photos with Santa
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Live Music at the Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Live Music at the Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Paint & Sip Class with Felecia DeSiano *
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Caddy Carts Golf Cart Parade of Lights *
  • 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Live Music at Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar

*Registration Required

Pancake Breakfast

December 6th
8:00 – 11:00 AM

Knights of Columbus
512 Substation Rd, Venice, FL 34285

The Knights of Columbus are welcoming anyone to come for their pancake breakfast!
Adults $7
Children are free
Includes: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice
Contact: council7052@gmail.com for more information


fill the truck event

December 11
6 pm – 9 pm

1101 South Tamiami Trail

Bring an unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of 2-12 years old as your admission cost. There will be food, drinks and dessert available included with your admission! Local food trucks including Grandma’s Cookies will be there along with Live music by DJ Dynamic.

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