Most of us don’t need much more than the first reason to enjoy Anna Maria Island during Christmas and New Years, but there is tons to do on the island during the holidays!

  1. The most obvious reason is the weather, of course! Who wouldn’t want to spend their holidays basking in the almost perpetually sunny days that typically are in the 70’s or 80’s?

blazing sun

Photo: Wings of Fire

2. The Beaches aren’t crowded, but are still as awesome as any other time of year (maybe a bit more awesome with less people). You never know if you’ll see Santa there though!

santa on beach

Photo: The Islander


3. Anna Maria Holiday Open House on December 11, 2015. Take a stroll down Pine Ave., enjoy the decorations, hear some holiday music, and enjoy some light refreshments.

Am holiday open house 2015


4. AMI Privateers Annual Christmas Parade on December 12, 2015 at 10:00 am starting at the north end at Bayfront Park, going the entire length of the island, and ending at Coquina Beach where Santa boards the Skullywag for all the kids to sit on his lap. Hot dogs, chips and soda for the kids, fun for all!



5. Winterfest December 12 & 13 on Holmes Beach City Hall Field. Featuring Fine Arts (hint: many artists reside on Anna Maria Island), arts and crafts and of course kids’ activities, food, and entertainment!



6. Christmas on Bridge Bradenton Beach on December 19, 2015 for holiday music, a Holiday Market, Cookie Bazaar (yes!), hot chocolate bar and a lighted boat parade (what?!).

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7. New Years Eve at The Beach House Restaurant on December 31, 2015 is the most spectacular and enjoyable way to end your holiday on Anna Maria Island. Good food, unparalleled beach front dining, and two spectacular shows, first sunset, and then the famous fireworks. Beautiful.

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If you would like to come visit Anna Maria Island contact us for accommodations: 

Enjoy your stay in beautiful Blue Turtle Cottage, a renovated 3 bedroom Florida cottage with a private pool and literally just steps from the famous sugar-sand beaches that Anna Maria Island is famous for.

Blue Turtle collage