There are many holiday events on Anna Maria Island to partake in for a sensational holiday season you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve bash with a perfect view of the fireworks or a family friendly island-themed Christmas event, we have you covered.
New Years Even on Anna Maria Island
Annual Christmas on Bridge Street
Dine, shop and play this New Year’s Eve at Historic Bridge Street. After a recent renovation a few years back, the entire area has been revitalized into a major tourist destination.
The Annual Christmas on Bridge Street kickstarts the holiday season into full gear Dec 16th. There’s a host of restaurants offering special menus and booking fun local acts for the holidays.
A wide range of beverages and food will be available, including beer and wine. Entertainment options will include sand art, face painting, and Christmas songs. Meet Santa with the kids and take a picture in front of the tallest Christmas tree on the island.
Live music will be provided by Rebecca The Song Bird, Brigid’s Cross, Stone Crab Steve and other local acts. Money will be raised for the Turning Points charity.
Find the event at 117 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL. It will start at noon on December 16th and run until 8:00pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to see it all.
Beach House New Year’s Eve Party
The Beach House Restaurant will light up the Anna Maria Island night sky at midnight. They will also be hosting their own NYE themed dinner party which you can choose to participate in starting at 9:00pm.
Or just head out the beach with your family and set up some chairs, grab a few drinks and watch the sky light up. Those who are staying at nearby Anna Maria Island vacation rentals will be able to avoid much of the traffic, as the free trolley will run late into the evening.
It’s the kind of New Year’s Eve event you can really have a great time at and one that defines the holidays on our island. Find a spot, lounge in the restaurant or outside on the beach, and take in all the sights and sounds leading up to the official debut of 2018.
This is the premier event on the island to ring in the New Year. If you’re anywhere in the area you won’t want to miss it, as you’ll have plenty of great unobstructed viewing points along the scenic gulf beaches nearby.
The restaurant is located at 200 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217. Parking is available on-site, but it may fill up fast.
Main Street Live!
Location: Old Main Street, 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Food trucks, pubs, casual eateries, boutique shops, and other independent businesses are all joining in the festivities of Main Street Live this New Year’s Eve.
What will you find? Aside from an eclectic and unique selection of specialty food providers from all over the city, you will find a bustling center of local live music, family activities, and dancing on the closed off streets.
You will have to take a short drive off of Anna Maria Island for the event, but it is well worth it. Be sure to leave room for a few different dinner options. There’s every type of cuisine available in downtown Bradenton and more. The event starts at 5pm and will continue past midnight.
The spirit of the season is in full swing on Anna Maria Island, and you can be a part of it this year. Skip the cold up north and come on down to Anna Maria Island for what might be your most memorable New Year’s Eve yet!