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posted by: Haley's Motel on: November 14, 2018

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Don’t be fooled by the tropical beaches, warm weather and sand everywhere– Anna Maria Island loves Christmas just as much as any other city in the US! So, hop on the trolley and check out some of these exciting events that are all around the island to get you into the holiday mood.

Privateer’s Christmas Parade and Santa Open House  

This year, the annual Privateer’s Christmas Parade will be on December 8th and start from 10:00 am and end at 12:00 pm! Santa will be there riding down the island starting from Bayfront Park to Coquina Beach where he will be handing out gifts to young children. The parade is a FREE event and will definitely put you in the holiday mood when you see Santa riding on his sleigh!

Christmas Tree Lighting

If you’re looking for even more festive activities to take part in, make sure to check out Holmes Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting! There you will get to see the annual tree lighting celebration at the Ana Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. You will get to enjoy carolers, listen to live music, eat holiday treats and the event will begin at 5 PM in the downtown Holmes Beach Shopping and Art District. If you’re looking to do some shopping as well, most of the stores won’t close until 8 PM so you’ll be able to get some unique and handcrafted gifts to give for Christmas this year!
If you’re travelling to Anna Maria Island this holiday season, make sure to stay at Haley’s Motel. It’s a couple of friendly accommodation that is super close to the water. Whether you're looking to spend some time away from the city or looking to enjoy some festive themed activities, this is the place to stay.