Light Up Siesta Key and Village Holiday Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 24

Event to get underway at 5:30 p.m., with parade to travel down Ocean Boulevard

Parents accompany their children in the line at Siesta Center to speak with Santa Claus in 2016. Photo contributed by Peter van Roekens

The 34th Annual Light Up Siesta Key and Village Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce has announced.

“Festive décor and holiday atmosphere will Light Up Siesta Key,” a news release says. A community Christmas tree will be at the Village gazebo, the release adds.

The Village Holiday Parade, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Avenida del Mare and Beach Road, the release notes. It will travel north on Beach Road onto Ocean Boulevard, into the Village. “Many businesses and local groups will be participating in the parade and welcoming Santa to Siesta Village,” the release points out.

Santa will arrive at the Siesta Center about 6:15 p.m., the release continues. There, he will greet all the children who wish to speak with him. The first 250 children to talk with Santa will receive gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar, the release notes. “Photos may be taken with Santa, free of charge,” the release also points out.

Other activities have been planned at Siesta Center, including face painting.

Shops and restaurants will offer refreshments and holiday bargains from 5 to 9 p.m., the release says. Additionally, live music will be presented at various venues, carolers will entertain the public and a martial arts demonstration will be held, the release adds.

Free public transportation will be provided courtesy of the Siesta Key Breeze open-air trolley, which runs between Turtle Beach and Siesta Village (with multiple stops along the route, including Siesta Beach), the release notes. The trolley “[makes] it easier for all to participate in the festivities.”

Light Up Siesta Key is sponsored by merchants, businesses and friends of Siesta Key and is free and open to the public, the release points out.

For more information, the public may contact the Chamber office at 349-3800, email or visit