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?

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.

What Restaurants are Open for Christmas in Venice, FL?

I am still confirming the restaurants that will be open and offering catering for Christmas this year. Keep watching this page for updates!!

Chaz 51 Bistro

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

Chaz 51 will be open from 11 AM – 8 PM on Christmas Day. You can make a reservation by calling in or online through their website.

Chaz 51 Bistro Christmas Day Menu 2019

Côté France French Bistro

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

Cote France French Bistro will be open for Christmas Eve from 5 pm to 9 pm. Limited tables are available, reserve your place now! Every guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne with their meal. You can make your reservations by phone or through this link to Google Reservations.

Read about our visit to Cote France!

The Soda Fountain of Venice

349 W Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

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.

The Soda Fountain of Venice menu
The Soda Fountain of Venice menu

Off The Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

2107 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, Florida 34293
(941) 497-2048

Off The Wagon will be open Christmas Eve for their regular hours with the regular menu. Tuesday at OTW is Taco & Tequila Day as well as Service Industry night from 8 pm – 12 AM. Live music featuring Jeff Hughes will be from 6 pm – 9 pm. There is also Happy Hour from 3 pm – 7 pm.

Off The Wagon in Venice FL
Off The Wagon in Venice FL

Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood House

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

Rosebud's Steak & Seafood House Christmas in Venice FL

Tikka Indian Cuisine

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

Tikka Indian Cuisine will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve with their regular menu.

Burgundy Square Cafe

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

Burgundy Square Cafe will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and for breakfast until noon on Christmas Day.

British Open Pub

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

British Open Pub will be open on Christmas Eve with their regular menu until 8 PM.

Read my review from our visit to British Open Pub!

Bodrum Restaurant

225 Miami  Ave W Ste 5
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 412-0090

Bodrum will be open from 11:30 AM – 9 PM on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended by not required. They will be serving their regular menu of Mediterranean cuisine.

What Restaurants are Offering Catering or Platters for Christmas?

Papa’s Meat Market & Prepared Foods

324 Tamiami Trail S
Venice, FL 34285

Orders must be placed by December 18th for pick up on either the 23rd or 24th.

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!

Zia’s Neapolitan Chocolates & Cookies

530 U.S. 41 Bypass S Suite 11A
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 451-6632

Orders can be placed until Tuesday, December 17th. Those orders can be picked up either Saturday the 21st or Monday the 23rd at their location in Venice.

  • Cookie Tray – $25.00
    •   Ricotta Cookies
    • Orange Cookies
    • Macaroons
    • Zia’s Italian stuffed Cookie
  • Breakfast Tray – $28.00
    • 2 Apple, 2 Cherry & 2 Blueberry Strudels
    • 2 Crumb Cakes
    • 2 Cinnamon Buns
  • Cannolis’, Cookies & Chocolates – $45.00
    • Everything in the Cookie Tray plus…
    • Cannolis’
    • Apricot Pinchers
    • Buttercream Truffles
    • Salted Caramel Pretzels

Christmas Gift Ideas from Venice

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/

Custom Tshirts for Christmas in Venice FL

Nokomis Groves

111 Albee Farm Rd S
Nokomis, Florida 34275
(941) 488-5274

Image may contain: fruit

Send a little sunshine to your family and friends around the country. Choose from a beautiful “wreath” filled with Florida Citrus or choose from a number of boxes filled with citrus starting at $29.99. Shop now at nokomisgroves.com

What Events Are Happening in Venice for Christmas?

Food Truck Rally in Nokomis

December 6th
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. North Jetty Park,

1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL.

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will be hosting another food truck rally at North Jetty Park! This popular event has several food truck vendors, fun yard games and music.

Food Trucks participating include:

  • Smokin Momma Lora’s BBQ Mobile
  • Sausage Express LLC
  • Pickled Pink
  • Double W Ribeye Wagon
  • K-Nam Style
  • Above the Grain
  • Ceyer’s Taqueria
  • Ustabeez Mac n stuff
  • The Grilling Shack
  • Puerto Rican Spice
  • Nana Nif’s Home Cooking

Christmas Gazebo Starlight Cinema feature film. 

December 6th
5:20 p.m. – 8:20 p.m
Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL

This is a free event for the whole family to enjoy. The movie is Home Alone, and just in time for the Holidays. You are welcomed and encouraged to bring your chairs and blankets to sit under the stars and enjoy the movie in Historic Downtown Venice.

North Port Tree Lighting, Poinsettia Festival and Parade

December 7th
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
North Port City Hall Campus,
4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port.

It’s the North Port Tree Lighting, Poinsettia Festival and Parade. The annual Poinsettia Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. with floats adorned with poinsettias, decorated vehicles, and walking groups starting at Sylvania Avenue and following the one-mile route south on Sumter Boulevard. The route will turn east onto City Hall Boulevard, before making its way along the Front Green. This family event that attracts over 5,000. The parade will end at the annual Poinsettia Festival on the grounds of City Center. The Festival will also include a tree lighting ceremony, a variety of food vendors, local organizations, entertainment and attractions.

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

Traditionally held on the first Saturday of December, The Venice Christmas Boat Parade starts at 6 p.m. (rain date is the next day) along the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice starting at the Albee Road Bridge in Nokomis and moving south along the waterway to the Circus Bridge in Venice. Spectators line the north (at South Nokomis Beach) and south (at North Venice Beach) jetties and throughout the downtown and Venice waterfront areas to the judging area near the south Circus Bridge for a view of the brightly lit and colorfully decorated “Christmas Boats.” 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Venice Chorale’s Holiday Pops with Brass!

December 8th
Venice Performing Arts Center,
1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL.

It’s the Venice Chorale’s Holiday Pops with Brass! Come celebrate the holiday season with The Venice Chorale! They will be performing holiday favorites with a lively brass band. Fun for the whole family! The Venice Chorale Youth Chorus and High School Apprentices will also be performing. 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $20-$25, $5 for students.(Tickets will be available online and through the Venice Performing Arts Center box office soon, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. The lobby and box office at the Venice Performing Arts Center open 1 hour before performances and seating begins 1/2 hour before performances. Performances will begin on time and any late patrons will be asked to wait until there is a pause in the performance to be seated.)

13th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Arboretum at West Blalock Park

December 14th
4:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.
West Blalock Park, between Nassau, Turin & Pensacola, Venice, FL

Enjoy the holiday celebration of music, lights and community spirit. Santa will be making an appearance, there will be crafts for the kids, entertainment, refreshments. At dark, they’ll flip the switch to turn on the lights on the tree at 6 p.m. Bring a folding chair.

Venice Symphony Holiday Concert

December 20-21
12/20: 7:30 pm
12/21: 7:30 pm and 3:30 pm
The Venice Performing Arts Center,
One Indian Ave., Venice, FL

Join The Venice Symphony for a traditional concert with a holiday twist as they present yuletide classics such as Deck the Hall and Carol of the Bells with music from holiday film favorites “Home Alone” and “Polar Express.” Sarasota’s Key Chorale will be their special guest. Ticket prices range from $27-$51 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Chanukah Klezmer Festival

December 29
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave., Downtown Venice, FL

The lighting of a 12 foot giant Menorah along with a huge interactive Dreidel House, a Moon Bounce and Hebrew School Performance. In addition, there will be live music with the Freylekh Klezmer Band along with Traditional Chanukkah & Israeli foods such as Falafel, latkes, donuts, and Matzah ball soup will be served. Free and open to all. Sponsored by Chabad of Venice and North Port.

A Guide To Thanksgiving in Venice

There is nothing quite like celebrating Thanksgiving in Venice FL. With beautiful beaches, pristine weather and the tranquility our area has to offer, Venice is an ideal location to be thankful for everything in our lives. However, many of us hate the thought of slaving over a stove all day long just to serve a meal and then clean up all of those pots and pans afterward!

Dining out for Thanksgiving in Venice Florida

Considering Dining out for Thanksgiving in Venice?

In recent years, it has become more common for families to go out for Thanksgiving rather than cook themselves. There is something appealing about letting someone else prepare, cook and clean up after such a large meal. It also allows every member of the family to be fully engaged in spending time together.

Another alternative is to consider ordering a fully prepared meal to bring home and serve. Leave the cooking to the professionals while enjoying them in the comfort of your own home with your family.

What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in Venice?

Remember to call ahead to verify hours. This information is from Thanskgiving 2019 and will be updated as soon as information for 2020 is available.
Reservations are HIGHLY recommended!

Chaz 51 Bistro

Chaz 51 Bistro is the definition of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Seemingly on the outskirts of town, this small family-run restaurant may look like a casual cafe, but inside, the quality and flavors of the best fine dining restaurants.

For Thanksgiving this year, they are offering a three-course gourmet holiday menu. Although the traditional oven roasted turkey breast is offered, you can elevate your meal by choosing filet mignon or a ribeye & lobster tail as your entree.

Reservations fill up fast, so call early to grab your spot! Call 941-484-6200

Chaz 51 Thanksgiving 2019
Chaz 51 Menu for Thanksgiving 2019

Hotel Venezia

Hotel Venezia Thanks

Venezia Restaurant & Bar offers a wonderful Thanksgiving buffet for $24.95 per person with Children 12 years and under for $12.95. The buffet will be available from 11:00 am – 4pm. Call 941-308-7700 for Reservations

Cafe Venice

Nestled in on Historic Venice Ave, Cafe Venice is offering a limited menu featuring a traditional roast turkey dinner including gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and your choice of two sides: mashed potatoes, sweet potato, baked butternut squash, green bean casserole or asparagus for $22. Other menu options such as filet mignon, crispy duck, crab-stuffed flounder and more will be available as well!

They will be open from 12-7pm and reservations are required.

Cafe Venice Thanksgiving 2019

These Restaurants Have Been Open In Previous Years…

But, I am still collecting information on what will be offered and at what times.

  • Waterfrontoo
  • Cote France
  • TJ Carneys

What Restaurants Offer Takeout for Thanksgiving in Venice?

Yummies Donuts & BBQ

Yummies Donuts Thanksgiving 2019 in Venice FL

While Yummies is best known for their donuts and sweet treats, the “Yummy” is really in their BBQ. Nationally known through Food Network Magazine for their famous “Sticky Pig” (a pulled pork sandwich made with a cinnamon roll dropped in donut glaze as the bun), they offer a delightful spread of BBQ for your Thanksgiving table.

You must preorder by November 22nd. Choose from platters, turkey legs, Thanksgiving side dishes, smoked whole turkey or roasted turkey breast. You can also preorder their various donuts, breads, rolls and sweet treats! Pick up is on November 27th by 2 PM.

In addition, they are also partnering with Yoder’s Amish Restaurant in Sarasota for the best pies for Thanksgiving. You can preorder either Dutch Apple Crumb, Cherry, Pecan and Pumpkin Pie.

Blu Island Bistro

Thanksgiving at Blu Island Bistro in Venice FL

Chef Alan makes a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal for only $20 per person. With a mixture of herb-roasted turkey, a Boar’s Head spiral ham with a brown sugar honey glaze and side dishes that will be ready for pickup the day before Thanksgiving, Spend the day in your pajamas watching the parade and simply heat your gourmet meal up and serve it!

Papa’s Meat Market

'Order Your Fresh Amish Turkey or Your Turkey Dinner Here! Papa's S Turkey Dinners Include... Fresh Amish Turkey Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Stuffing Choice of Parmesan Broccoli or Sautee Green Beans Sweet Potato Casserole Cranberry Sauce Homemade Corn Bread & Butter Pumpkin Pie $22.00 per Person'

Papa’s offers fresh Amish turkeys that you can reserve in advance with a $15 deposit. They are available in a variety of size ranges for the whole bird or you can choose a bone-in turkey breast.

Papa’s also offers a full prepared Thanksgiving feast featuring their fresh Amish Turkeys including all your favorite side dishes: Mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, homemade cornbread with butter and choice of parmesan broccoli or green bean almondine, finished with pumpkin pie.
ALL of that for only $22 per person!

GitChewSum BBQ

GitChewSum catering in venice fl

GitChewSum BBQ is a local catering business here in Venice. Family-run and operated, this competition level BBQ is a flavor not to be missed. Let them handle all your catering needs, starting with Thanksgiving!

Call (941) 915-2662 or gitchewsumbbq@gmail.com to place your order!

Please see the package details below:

1. Turkey Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 150.00 (20% Savings)
13lb Turkey, Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans) Gravy, Dinner Roll w/ butter, A Gallon of Sweet Tea, Cheesecake

2. Ham (Sugardale Hams) Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 150.00 (20% Savings)
8lb Ham, Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans), Gravy, Dinner Rolls w/ butter, A gallon of Sweet Tea, Cheesecake

3. Brisket Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 170.00 (19% Savings)
6lbs Brisket, Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans), Gravy, Dinner Roll w/ butter, A gallon of Sweet Tea, Cheesecake


Smoked Turkey 12-14lbs. – $ 60.00
Smoked Sugar Cured Ham 7-9lbs (Sugardale Hams) – $ 60.00
Smoked Brisket 6lbs – $ 90.00

Sides (1/2 Pan) – $25.00 (Per side)
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans

Cranberry Jelly 1/2 Qt. – $ 5.00
Dinner Rolls w/butter pads 16 – $10.00
Turkey Gravy Quart – $10.00
Cheesecake 8″ round – $20.00
Sweet Tea 1 Gallon – $ 5.00

Minimum Order $50.00
Deliveries within a 25-mile radius

Contact us at (941) 915-2662 or gitchewsumbbq@gmail.com
Please share with family and friends!

Ciao Gelato

Ciao Gelato Venice FL Thanksgiving

Are you looking for Thanksgiving desserts or pies? Ciao Gelato has delicious treats to serve your guests. They will have 9″ pies on your choice of either shortbread, graham cracker or chocolate graham crust for only $17.95 plus tax. For $2.00 more, you can have a gluten-free pie crust as well!

Flavors include:

  • Pumpkin Caramel
  • Pumpkin Streusel
  • Sweet Potato Praline
  • Butter Pecan
  • Florida Orange Cranberry Sorbet

Venice Ale House

Preorder your Holiday treats by November 18th by calling 941-303-6906. All of these desserts are homemade by Deb!

What Chain Restaurants are open on Thanksgiving?

Chain restaurants are often underrated for their part in celebrating holidays. Of course, we want to support our small businesses and local mom and pop shops as much as possible. However, chain restaurants still employ the locals and still bring tremendous value to our little part of paradise.

Metro Diner

Metro Diner may be a chain restaurant, but it is run by a local family that lives right here in Venice. They are active in our community fundraisers and often host fun events like Chicken and Waffles Day for families to participate in. This year for Thanksgiving they are offering a take out meal as well as being open during Thanksgiving Day.

Other Chain Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Include:

  • Bob Evans
  • Denny’s
  • Bob Evans
  • Cracker Barrel

If you are looking for the experience of cooking a meal without any of the preparation, Publix also offers a Thanksgiving meal for pickup in their deli.

Comment below and tell me all about your plans for Thanksgiving this year!