Why You Should Spend Christmas on Anna Maria Island

While some people consider freshly fallen snow and the warm glow of a fire to be the telltale signs of the Christmas holidays, we on Anna Maria Island believe otherwise. Sure, the white snow and the warm fire are what come to mind, but what if you replaced the warm fire with sunlight, and the white snow with white sand? Mix in some turquoise waters and you have what everyone on Anna Maria Island has come to know for years! We are the place to be during the holidays and definitely the place that you want to spend your Christmas!

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What to Do

There is so much to do and see on the island during the year, but even more unique things to see during the Christmas holidays. One of the most popular events is the lighting of the Anna Maria Island Christmas tree. The tree is on display on Bradenton Beach, meaning you get to enjoy the lighting of a beautiful tree with your toes in the sand! The dates for the lighting change each year, and they are always weather permitting, but you won’t want to miss it! 

Another annual event with changing dates is the Anna Maria Island Privateers Annual Christmas Parade. The parade begins in the north end of the island near Bay Front Park and concludes at Coquina Beach. This is one of the most exciting family fun events that the island offers at this time of the year. 

Where to Eat

There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from while you are here, but a few of our favorites include The Sandbar Restaurant, Beach House Waterfront Restaurant, and the Beach Bistro. 

The Sandbar Restaurant

The founders of the Sandbar Restaurant had a vision of using only fresh, sustainable and locally produced ingredients in their meals, and they haven’t shifted from that focus since their launch. They offer all the cuisine that you could expect from a restaurant on the Gulf coast and have managed to indulge the palates of all who visit them. They have a wide variety of menu items to choose from, and they also have a grocery menu available for those looking to purchase their fresh ingredients to use in your Anna Maria Island condo rentals. 

Beach House Waterfront Restaurant

The Beach House Waterfront Restaurant is situated on 650 feet of amazing Gulf-front beach and offers moderately priced food. The climate friendly outdoor deck offers you incredible views during your dining experience, and the food itself has managed to capture the locals in an amazing way. They are a must-see destination when you are visiting!

Beach Bistro

The Beach Bistro is a way for you to escape to a fancier setting and to indulge in some absolutely gourmet meals with your loved ones! Whether you are looking to dig into some beach dining or perhaps looking to try a few of the local delicacies, this place is where you want to be. They have competitive prices with the other restaurants in the area and provide service beyond what you would expect. Don’t take our word for it, check them out! 

Where to Stay

Now that you have an entire itinerary of things to do and see, and a list of places to enjoy some amazing food, you need to find someplace to call home during the days or weeks that you are on the island. Anna Maria Vacations has you covered in this department. Whether you are looking for a pet-friendly rental, something with 1-2 bedrooms for you and a few friends, or something with 5+ bedrooms for the entire family, we have you covered! We know everything there is to know about this island and have customer service representatives standing by to help you book your next vacation. So call 941.778.4178 now, and let us make your Christmas wish come true!