Christmas in Venice, FL is a very magical time of year. Downtown is active with festive lights and decorations, busy shops, and excellent dining. The local event calendar is filled with holiday attractions like Venice Christmas Parade 2023, scheduled for November 25th.
There’s never a bad time to come to Venice, FL but the holidays can be really fun. This time of year draws those seeking a special kind of holiday experience that only a place like Venice can offer.
Driving down historic Venice Avenue with Christmas lights twinkling in the palm trees is a beautiful sight. Local shops will be decorated for the season with an array of unique gifts inside. And all surrounded by a variety of fine dining choices.
There’s plenty to see during the holidays too, kicking off with the Hometown Christmas and Venice Christmas Parade.
Venice FL Hometown Christmas
The Mayor’s Hometown Christmas kick’s off the Christmas season in Downtown Venice with a host of festivities. Come soak in the fun and holiday joy with local choirs, Christmas carols, Santa, yummy treats, a tree lighting, shopping and more.
The Mayor’s Hometown Christmas, scheduled for Nov 24th, 2023, 5pm to 7pm
5pm – First Baptist Church Choir
5:30pm – The Venice Chorale
6pm – City of Venice Mayor Nick Pachota and Santa Claus light the Christmas Tree
6:15pm – Union Missionary Baptist Church Choir
Venice Christmas Parade 2023
The 47th annual Venice Christmas Parade, aka The Venice Holiday Parade, is scheduled for Nov 25, 2023. The popular holiday tradition draws hundreds of participants representing myriad local companies and organizations with floats, cars, marching bands, groups, and more.
The parade runs east down the south side of W. Venice Ave from the corner of Park Boulevard. It crosses over to the north side of W. Venice at Harbor Drive, continuing down to Nokomis Avenue. From here, the parade turns left to head south down Nokomis Ave to Turin Street.
Pre-parade entertainment begins at 5:30pm. The Venice Holiday Parade officially begins at 6:30pm.
Thousands line the parade route, arriving early to secure their spot to enjoy the parade. Drinks, snacks, and other goodies will be offered for sale along the parade route.
2023 Venice FL Holiday Events
The 35th Annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade – Dec 2, 6pm
The parade starts in the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Albee Road bridge and out to the channel marker in the jetties, weather permitting. There are public viewing areas on the Gulf side of the waterway and restaurants opposite, and on both sides of the jetties. Get there early for that special spot!
Movies in Park: The Muppets Christmas Carol – Dec 6, 6pm-8pm
Free, family-friendly movie in the park. Bring your chairs and blankets. Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave
Christmas Walk – Dec 7, 5-8pm
Enjoy extended hours at local shops with treats, live music, and the warm glow of twinkling lights along Miami, Tampa, and West Venice avenues.
Friday Night Concert Series: Joshua Reilly & Mercy McCoy – Dec 8, 7pm-9pm
Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave – Joshua Reilly
Chanukah Klezmer Festival – Dec 10, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Chabad of Venice presents a Klezmer Festival featuring The Freylakh Band, a special live appearance by Judah the Maccabee, and local dignitaries. Also lighting a 16ft menorah, catching chocolate coins, latkes, donuts, and kugel for sale, a grand raffle, and more! At the Gazebo Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.
No matter when you’re here, you’ll discover that all the best of Venice is within easy driving or even walking distance from your Banyan House, Venice Florida vacation rental. Shops, restaurants, parks, the beach, concerts, festivals, and more are all just minutes from your front door. So go ahead, reserve your next best vacation today at Banyan House.