Why You Should Spend Christmas on Anna Maria Island

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and you’re probably starting to make plans for your family. The holiday season brings plenty of snow in cold weather for most people around the country, but not everyone enjoys these frigid conditions. If you’d rather spend a white Christmas on the soft white sand of the beach instead of in the snow, consider spending your holidays on Anna Maria Island! So, why should you spend Christmas on Anna Maria Island? Let’s get into it!

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Beach Memories

Any vacation with your family is a great excuse to reconnect with your loved ones and make incredible new memories. A Christmas vacation is no different! Spending your holiday season somewhere other than your home may wind up being one of the most memorable Christmases you have ever had. For years to come, you can reminisce on the year where you enjoyed Christmas on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. It’s hard to imagine a more cherished memory!

Check Out These Events

If you’re considering staying in one of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals this Christmas season, you might be concerned about not having access to your family traditions. However, there are tons of fun holiday events going on around the island, so you can still get your Christmas cheer.

For instance, the city of Bradenton on the mainland holds an incredible annual Christmas parade every year, which brings tons of Jeeps decked out in holiday lights through Anna Maria Island, St Armands Circle, Siesta Key, and more. This event will be taking place on December 4th, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. 

If you’re in town a bit earlier, consider coming out to Bradenton Beach to enjoy the lighting of the tree on November 20th! There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than by lighting the Christmas tree, which is why this is one of the most popular things to do on Anna Maria Island.

St Armands Circle will be holding a Holiday Night on December 3rd, full of fun shopping and dining opportunities. Come out to support the most incredible local businesses, see beautiful Christmas lights all around you, and learn more about the fascinating past of this area.

Finally, if you want to get active this holiday season, consider joining the Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K on December 18th! You won’t have to worry about running in the cold since you’re vacationing in sunny Florida, so instead, you’ll get to enjoy a stunning view of the Sarasota area while you make your way around town in the warmer weather. Plus, you’ll get to run through an incredible Christmas-themed course!

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Awesome Restaurants

No vacation would be complete without checking out the delicious restaurants in Anna Maria Island. When you’re here, you can find a restaurant to suit any craving you might have, and there are plenty of family-friendly options that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy. Your time on the island should include some delicious seafood, which you can find at staple destinations like the Sandbar Restaurant and the Beach House Restaurant.

If you’re looking for a laid-back and casual dining experience, consider coming out to the Anna Maria Island Beach CafĂ© or the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier. For decades, Rod and Reel Pier has been a local staple, while Island Grill brings something new and exciting to traditional cuisine. From fresh local seafood to American classics to international dishes worldwide, Anna Maria Island truly has something delicious for everyone!

Family Activities

We’ve already talked about a few of the fantastic Christmas celebrations happening on Anna Maria Island this holiday season. However, there are tons of activities that you can enjoy with your family all year long! Since the weather on Anna Maria Island is warm even in the wintertime, you can enjoy getting outside and spending time in nature with your loved ones.

Of course, you can spend some time on the beach. Not only can you relax on the sand or splash around in the water, but you can also take advantage of the many water sport opportunities here. Go for something calm like stand-up paddleboarding or pick a more exciting adventure like kayaking, canoeing, or jet skiing.

You can also get outside by cycling or riding a golf cart around the island to explore the beautiful nature around you. If you head over to the mainland, there are quite a few nature preserves that let you hike and explore some of the most beautiful outdoor conditions that Florida has to offer.

If you’re interested in shopping, there’s plenty of that on Anna Maria Island, too. Bradenton Beach is home to Historic bridge Street, which offers all kinds of unique shops and boutiques as well as some of the incredible dining opportunities we’ve already discussed. If you’re on the north side of the island in the city of Anna Maria, consider a trip to Pine Avenue, where you’ll find quaint boutiques and close proximity to the beach.

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Of course, no trip here would be complete without spending time on the beaches in Anna Maria Island! This island has three main beaches for you to choose from: Bayfront Park, Manatee Public Beach, and Coquina Beach.

Bayfront Park is located in the city of Anna Maria and gives you the option of either staying on land or getting into the water. Not only can you enjoy the beach from here, but there’s also a nearby park and playground for your kids to enjoy. There are plenty of opportunities for showing, wildlife viewing, fishing, and more.

If you want something with a bit more to do, head to Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach, centrally located in the middle of the island. This beach is considered the most family-friendly on the island, popular with locals and visitors alike. Nearby, you’ll find a playground, sports courts, the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, and lifeguards on duty.

Last but not least is Coquina Beach, located in the town of Bradenton Beach. This southernmost beach of the island offers many of the same amenities you’ll find at Manatee Public Beach, but you’ll also have access to a breathtaking multi-purpose trail where you can walk or bike. There are plenty of outdoor activities for you and your family to experience, as well as nearby restaurants and a beach shop.

Where to Stay

Have we convinced you that Anna Maria Island is the place you should spend this Christmas? Then you’re going to need a place to stay! Our vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island put you right in the middle of the action, just moments away from all of the great establishments and activities we’ve mentioned here today. No matter where you choose to stay on the island, you’ll have access to features like high-speed Internet access, convenient parking for multiple vehicles, spacious floor plans with fully equipped kitchens and full dining rooms, and more. On top of all that, you will also have our fantastic customer service team to answer any questions or concerns.

Want to learn more about spending your Christmas here? Contact us today to get started! We can show you the most perfect family-style Anna Maria Island rentals.