It’s the most magical time of the year! Christmas in Venice, Florida is a beautiful time to drive down historic Venice Avenue as the palm trees sparkle with Christmas lights, local shops are bustling with people looking for unique gifts for their loved ones and restaurants are filled with families enjoying their time together.

Are you celebrating Christmas in Venice Florida in 2023?

Photo Courtesy of Liesl Walsh

Then you are in for a wonderful holiday season. Christmas in Venice is a magical time of twinkling lights, delicious meals and fun experiences all around town. From tree lighting ceremonies to parades and festivals, there’s fun for the whole family. This guide has the restaurants that will be open for Christmas, where to find take out or catered meals for Christmas, virtual events and local events… everything you need for the holiday season!

Be A Christmas Miracle For A Local Family

I have been passionate about making sure every child has a beautiful Christmas morning. Starting in 2013 under my group, Venice Moms Helping Hands, I began coordinating efforts between local residents and families in need to make sure every child had a Christmas. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I took a step back in 2018 which resulted in the program being taken in a different direction under new ownership. After seeing the increasing need in 2020, I knew that I needed to help again. I reopened my group, Christmas Miracles to start the process of matching families with miracles again.

Where can I see a Live Performance in Venice for Christmas?

A Christmas Carol

Step back in time and into the cobbled streets of Victorian London at Venice Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” From December 1st to the 20th, join us in the Raymond Center as we follow the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, brought to life by the talented Brad Wages. Witness Scrooge’s poignant reflections on his past, present, and the shadows of what may come, in a story that has warmed hearts for generations. Secure your passage to this classic tale that continues to remind us of the spirit of Christmas. Tickets are available now, with prices at $26 for adults, $22 for college students and educators, and just $15 for youth. Don’t miss this holiday masterpiece that promises to be as enriching as it is entertaining!

Tickets: Buy Now | $26 adult | $22 college/educator | $15 youth

The Nutcracker

Whisk away to a winter wonderland with the timeless enchantment of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Venice Performing Arts Center this December 8th and 9th! The story of Clara’s magical journey unfolds with grace and excitement in four captivating performances. Not only will the Venice stage come alive with the elegance of The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company, but the youthful exuberance of students from The Sarasota Ballet School and the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory will also shine. This is your invitation to be swept up in the holiday magic, with additional chances to witness the spectacle at the Sarasota Opera House on December 17th and 18th. Prepare for an approximately two-hour escape into a world of fantasy, complete with a 20-minute intermission to reflect and refresh. Tickets range from $35 to $75, offering you a seat at one of the season’s most beloved ballets. Don’t miss this chance to be part of a tradition that captures the spirit of the holidays and the hearts of audiences year after year.

Tickets: Buy Now | $35 – $75


What Restaurants are Open for Christmas in Venice, FL?

There are a number of restaurants in Venice that will be open either Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

I am still confirming the restaurants that will be open and offering catering for Christmas 2023
Keep watching this page for updates!!
Please use the phone number to confirm with the restaurant and make your reservations.

L’Olive

1262 Jacaranda Blvd, Venice, FL 34292
(941) 445-4904
www.loliverestaurant.com

They will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. In addition to their regular menu there will be a Christmas special on the menu as well: Turkey confit with eggplant purée. It is highly encouraged to make reservations in advance!


Bodrum Restaurant

225 Miami Ave W, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 412-0090
www.bodrumfl.com

Bodrum is consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in Venice. Always noted for their exceptional flavors and outstanding service, Bodrum is easily one of the favorites restaurants for the locals in the know. They started with a small space in the back of the alley behind Burgundy Square Cafe, eventually expanding into the space next door and out into the breezeway. Coming in 2022, they are expanding again into the space across the breezeway and we are so thrilled to see how far they’ve come! They will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call the restaurant to make reservations, as space fills up quickly!

Côté France French Bistro – Christmas Eve

218 Tampa Ave W,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 220-7189
https://www.cotefrancevenice.com/

Cote France is serving a special Christmas Eve dinner. Reservations are required.

Flynn’s on Venice Ave – Christmas Eve

133 Venice Ave W,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-2200
https://www.cotefrancevenice.com/

Flynn’s is setting the table for an unforgettable Christmas Eve dinner, and your presence is the secret ingredient we need! This special night will be adorned with a menu that sparkles with festive flair. Begin your culinary journey with appetizers like Banging Shrimp, Baked Brie with caramelized walnuts, or a tantalizing Brussel Sprouts dish. Savor the warmth of Butternut Squash Soup or the richness of Lobster Bisque, and freshen your palate with a choice of sumptuous salads.

For the main course, indulge in an array of exquisite entrées: Lemon Chicken with a zesty cream sauce, Seared Scallops atop creamy risotto, Grilled Salmon glazed with honey mustard, a Filet with port demi sauce, a succulent Lamb Rack, or the classic Roast Duck with a touch of orange. And for the grand finale, desserts like Apple Pie, Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brûlée, Mixed Berry Crumble, Chocolate Flourless Torte, and Pecan Pie await to sweeten the evening.

Make sure to RSVP for this yuletide feast by calling (941) 488 – 2200. Flynn’s is where warmth, flavor, and holiday spirit come together to create Christmas Eve memories that will last a lifetime.

TJ Carneys

231 W Venice Ave
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 480-9244
www.tjcarneys.com

This Christmas, TJ Carney’s is the place to be! They’re rolling out the red carpet with a special holiday menu that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds. Imagine sitting down to a classic Turkey or Ham Dinner, each bite a reminder of cherished traditions. For those who fancy a twist, their full array of flatbreads, soups, salads, and burgers are there to satisfy every craving, with a curated selection of appetizers and entrees. Their doors are open from 11 AM to 8 PM, but the festive spirit doesn’t end there — the bar stays lively until 2 AM! Remember, seats fill up faster than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, so call ahead at 941-480-9244 to reserve your spot. At TJ Carney’s, they’re not just serving meals; they’re serving memories.

Made in Italy

117 W Venice Ave
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-8282
www.madeinitaly-venice.com

On Christmas night, Made in Italy transforms into a festive martini haven, inviting you to a potluck dinner where the community’s culinary prowess takes center stage. From 7:30 PM until the stars claim the sky, revel in the joy of shared dishes, clinking martini glasses, and the warm buzz of holiday spirit. Bring your signature dish and partake in the merriment, with a chance to win a prize for your culinary creation. It’s a night where Italian charm meets the heart of Venice’s Christmas—a toast to good food, great company, and the best of holiday cheer.

Other Restaurants Open For Christmas

  • Chaz 51 Bistro (Christmas Eve Only)
    549 US-41 Bypass, Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 484-6200
    www.chaz51.com
  • La Botte Italian Bistro (Christmas Eve Only from 4 pm -10 pm)
    533A US Highway 41 Byp N
    Venice, FL 34285
    941-220-7038
    https://labottevenice.com/
  • Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood House – 2215 S Tamiami Trl
    Osprey, Florida 34229
    (941) 918-8771
    www.rosebudssarasota.com
  • Tikka Indian Cuisine – 525A U.S. 41 Bypass N,
    Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 303-5073
    https://www.tikkaindian.com
  • Irma’s Tacos, Craft Beer and Tequila Bar – 12221 Mercado Dr,
    Venice, FL 34293
    (941) 681-2348
  • Burgundy Square Cafe – 227 Miami Ave W,
    Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 451-8261
    burgundysquarecafe.net
  • British Open Pub – 367 Jacaranda Blvd,
    Venice, Florida 34292
    (941) 492-9227
    britishopenpub.com
  • Trattoria Da Mino – 335 W Venice Ave
    Venice, Florida 34285
    (941) 840-4466
    www.trattoriadamino.com
  • The Star Thai & Sushi – 533 Us Highway 41 Byp
    Venice, FL 34285
    (941) 485-3981

What Restaurants Are Offering Catering or Platters for Christmas?

As the sleigh bells ring and the holly jingles, this Christmas, give yourself the gift of relaxation and savor the flavors of the season without the fuss of cooking. Wondering where to find the most delectable catering or platters for your festive feast? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of local restaurants that are decking the halls and their menus with sumptuous spreads, ready to make your holiday table a banquet of joy. Whether you’re after a traditional dinner, an exotic twist, or a platter to please every palate, these spots have got your Christmas covered.

Moulin Blanc Cafe

As the yuletide cheer spreads, Moulin Blanc Cafe is here to add a dash of French homemade warmth to your Christmas Eve festivities. Be sure to place your orders early, as the café will be closing its doors at 1 PM on the 24th, with all pickups finalizing by 12:45 PM. Their artisanal bread selection, featuring the crusty Classic Baguette and the hearty Multigrain Loaf, promises to be the perfect complement to your holiday table. Indulge in their flaky Butter Croissants, or satisfy your sweet tooth with an Almond Croissant, a rich Chocolate Croissant, or a fruity Apple Turnover. And for a savory note, the Whole Quiche Lorraine and Mushroom Quiche, each serving 10-12, are sure to be the centerpiece of your Christmas Eve brunch.

La Botte Italian Bistro

533A US Highway 41 Byp N
Venice, FL 34285
941-220-7038
https://labottevenice.com/

La Botte Italian Bistro is serving up a sleighful of holiday joy with an exquisite to-go menu that’s brimming with festive flavors. Craft an unforgettable Christmas Eve with their homemade pasta selections like Cheese Manicotti, Lobster Ravioli, Gorgonzola Gnocchi, and Mushroom and Truffle Ravioli. Choose your favorite sauce—from classic Bolognese to creamy Vodka, indulgent Four Cheese, fresh Basil Pesto, spicy Arrabbiata, or luxurious White Truffle and Parmesan. But that’s not all! Their ready-to-enjoy dishes include mouth-watering options such as Seafood Cannelloni and traditional favorites like Lasagna, available in both meat and vegetarian versions. And for those with a sweet tooth, the dessert lineup with Traditional Tiramisu, Amaretto and Toasted Almond Cake, Chocolate Souffle, and Limoncello Cake will bring the sweetest finale to your meal. Make your holiday gatherings shine with La Botte’s handcrafted Italian cuisine, all available for convenient Saturday or Sunday morning pick-up. Don’t miss out on the taste of Italy this Christmas!

Papa’s Meat Market & Prepared Foods

324 Tamiami Trail S
Venice, FL 34285
941-209-1888
http://papasmeatmarket.com

Fully Cooked Individual Meals or Raw Specialty Meats

Choose from a Prime Rib Dinner or a Fresh Amish Ham Dinner. Prices are per person and include the choice of sides and dessert. If you prefer to cook your own meal, Papa’s Meat Market has incredible specialty meats perfect for your holiday meal. Call and speak to someone during their open hours to place your order.


Savor 100×35

This Christmas Eve, let Savor 100×35 craft your holiday feast with their exquisite Dinner Meals, designed to delight approximately 10-12 guests for $250 plus tax. They are located on Toledo Blade in North Port which is just a short drive from Venice. Ensuring your celebration is as relaxing as it is delicious, they offer a delectable array of dishes, with the convenience of pick-up between 11 am – 5 pm. To secure your sumptuous spread, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required, a small pledge for a bountiful banquet. With limited availability, this offering is as exclusive as it is enticing—reserve your family’s festive indulgence today and unwrap the gift of a hassle-free holiday meal.

  • Entrees: Adobo Roasted Pernil, Arroz con Gandules and Dinner Rolls
  • Sides (Choose 2): Yucan al Mojo, Guineitos en Escabeche, Mini Pasteles, Ensalada de Papas, Ensalada de Coditos, Amarillos
  • Dessert (Choose 1): Flan de Coco, Tembleque

Git-Chew-Sum BBQ

Delicious BBQ packages for Christmas that includes a choice of 3 sides that will feed 10-12 people with prices ranging from $160-$289 depending on your choice of meat. These packages can be either turkey, ham, briskey or prime rib. They are also offering an a la carte menu with various side dishes or just meat… even Cheesecake or Sweet Tea! Pick up will be either Dec 22nd or 23rd from 11 AM to 7 PM.

http://gitchewsumbbq.com/
(941) 915-2662

Christmas Cookies and Desserts

Yummies Donuts & BBQ

2001 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, Florida 34293
(941) 493-7170


Artic Alligator Creamery

christmas cookies in venice florida

If you are looking for delicious Christmas Cookies, Artic Alligator has you covered! These beautiful platters are available in either a small platter of 30 cookies for $34.99 or large platter of 45 cookies for $44.99. Platters include an assortment of fresh baked Christmas cookies including White Chocolate Cranberry, Oatmeal, Buckeyes, Pecan Puffs, M&M, Hersey Kiss and Sugar Cookies.

Delightful Bitefulls

Mandy’s Back Home Bakes

Mandy's Back Home Bakes: Custom Treats to Sweeten Your Holidays

Mandy’s Back Home Bakes offers a sprinkle of joy with their custom mugs and delectable treats that are as festive as they are flavorsome. Personalize your holiday with mugs that can feature a name or a cheerful phrase, paired with single-serving mug cake mixes for that instant sweet fix—just a minute in the microwave away for $2 each. Embrace the holiday spirit with hand-painted holiday mugs adorned with your favorite winter characters, complete with a mug cake mix, for $8. Indulge in Santa’s Sleigh Mix, a gluten-free concoction of fresh roasted spiced candied nuts, marshmallows, M&M’s, and mint chocolate, all for $7. Warm up with hot cocoa mixers, complete with a candy cane spoon nestled in a quaint 4oz glass mason jar mug for $4. Don’t miss the Cranberry Almond Sweet Bread mini loaf and the jumbo Cinnamon Roll with icing, each a steal at $5 and $3 respectively. Preorder your batch of homemade happiness from Mandy’s Back Home Bakes and make this holiday season your sweetest one yet!

Artisanal Cravings

Artisanal Cravings holiday box

The holiday season just got sweeter with Artisanal Cravings’ festive offering! To celebrate the start of this joyous time, dive into their exclusive variety 6-pack boxes, now available for just $21. Whether you’re gifting or treating yourself, these artisanal assortments are perfect for any sweet tooth. But hurry, they’re going fast—claim yours by calling or texting 718-704-8785 today! Plus, don’t miss out on the chance to place your holiday orders for a range of delectable delights, from fluffy cupcakes to rich brownies and sumptuous cakes. Make Artisanal Cravings your go-to for holiday desserts that are sure to spread cheer and satisfy cravings!

Parise’s Coffee & Cannoli Bar

Indulge in the festive flavors of Italy right here in Venice with Parise’s Christmas Sweets Platter! Imagine biting into the heavenly Anjanettes, savoring each crumbly Pignoli Cookie, and being transported to a sweet wonderland with Cannoli Cream Puffs and assorted Wedding Cookies. Don’t miss out on the pièce de résistance – 6 mini Cannoli, a perfect mix of traditional and innovative, all waiting to add a dash of Italian magic to your holiday celebrations. Preorder now and bring home a taste of Christmas, Parise style! In the words of Michael Parise… WHERE YA GONNA GO?


Hire Santa For Your Next Event! Santa Ron: Bringing the North Pole to Your Doorstep.

Hire Santa in Venice Florida

Deck your halls with the jolliest Santa of them all! Santa Ron, a seasoned professional with a real beard and a twinkle in his eye, is ready to deliver the magic of Christmas to your doorstep. He is also a graduate of the International University of Santa Claus and a member of esteemed Santa communities like ClausNET.com and the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, he offers a sleigh-full of services. From home visits to story time sessions, breakfast gatherings, corporate and private parties, to leading parades and tree lighting ceremonies, Santa Ron’s decade-plus experience ensures memories that last a lifetime. His special touch includes story time with Santa, gift distributions, photo sessions, and he’s even adept in modeling for commercial shoots. No chimney? No problem! Santa Ron’s expertise extends to heartwarming engagements with special needs children, particularly those on the autism spectrum as he is a single father raising an incredible child thriving on the spectrum. As a Venice local, he is focused on serving Sarasota County but is also available beyond those boundries as well.

Holiday Themed Breakfasts, Brunches, Lunches and Dinners

  • Bloom Christmas Banquet – Lift Church – Dec 1 at 6 PM
  • Christmas Cake & Sip Party – Rumours Wine Bar – Dec 12 at 6 pm
    • $85 per person – All supplies, cupcakes, wine and appetizers included. Will have cupcakes to bring home! Get More Info
  • Sertoma Club of Venice – Venice Community Center – Dec 2 at 8 AM
    • Free Pancake Breakfast and Photo with Santa
  • 3rd Annual Santa Firehouse Pancake Breakfast – Venice Fire Station 51 – Dec 16 at 8 AM
    • Reservations Encouraged – 941 480-3030 – Free Breakfast and a Gift For Each Child From Santa!

Christmas Gift Ideas from Venice

Ah, the holiday season in Venice, Florida! It’s that time of year when the air buzzes with festive excitement and the search for the perfect gift is on everyone’s mind. But why wander in a wonderland of uncertainty when gift cards offer the magic touch? In our enchanting town, an array of local businesses are rolling out some of the most irresistible gift card deals, making it easier than ever to give a slice of Venice joy. Whether it’s for a foodie, a fashionista, or someone who loves a little pampering, our guide to the BEST Gift Card Deals for Christmas in Venice will lead you to the perfect present that promises delight and a personal touch. Let’s dive in and unwrap these festive treasures!


Sunkis’d Creations

Looking for a custom shirt or gift for the holidays? Check out Sunkis’d Creations!
Here’s the Link to their Facebook Page –> https://www.facebook.com/SunkisdCreations/

Soul in a Basket

Looking for a gift that speaks from the heart? ‘Soul in a Basket’ offers custom-designed and personalized gift baskets that are as unique as the person you’re gifting them to. Each basket is a work of art, crafted with love and filled with treasures that aim to delight and surprise. Whether you’re after a basket brimming with gourmet treats, self-care essentials, or a mix of local goodies, ‘Soul in a Basket’ puts passion into every weave. Ready to give a basketful of joy? Find the perfect gift and support local artisans by ordering directly from their Facebook page. Let’s spread the spirit of the season with gifts that tell a story, one basket at a time.

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or a fun addition to your festive table settings? “Soul in a Basket” doesn’t just weave wonders with their baskets but also offers these charming 2 oz shot glass tumblers! Each tumbler is a colorful expression of personality and pizzazz, perfect for toasting the season with a splash of your favorite spirit. Whether it’s the playful “Mimosas” tumbler that catches your eye or one that declares your mixology mantra, these tumblers are sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering. They’re not just drinkware; they’re conversation starters, ideal for those who love to mix a good drink with good times. Cheers to holiday cheer in a tiny, spirited package!

Shopping Events at Local Shops


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