Christmas Events in Sarasota [2017]

It is Christmas in Sarasota, and our beautiful city is full of festive activities and celebratory things to do. Between boat parades, light shows, and Christmas musicals, there is no better place to enjoy the holiday season. Explore the countless Sarasota Christmas events our area has to offer this 2017 season.

Holiday Night of Lights – St. Armand’s Circle

December 1, 2017 Cost: Free Location: Madison Drive, Sarasota, St. Armands Circle This annual magical event, “Holiday Night of Lights”, brings the circle to life starting with a special performance followed by a Christmas sing-a-long, the arrival of Santa, and a tree lighting ceremony. 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Special Performance 6:00 PM:  Christmas Carol Sing-a-long followed by the arrival of Santa and the tree lighting ceremony. 6:30 – 8:00 PM:  Photos with Santa In addition, visitors are welcome to view the nativity scene at St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church.

Sarasota Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017 Cost: Free Location: Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Time:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Join thousands of spectators in downtown Sarasota for the 22nd annual Christmas Parade Sarasota. With 2017 being the 65th anniversary of the film, “The Greatest Show on Earth, this years celebration will feature local circus performers, celebrities from the film, as well as local churches, high school bands, local businesses, and of course, Santa Clause. The parade route is from 301/Washington Blvd to Gulfstream Ave.

Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

December 2, 2017 Cost: Free to garden members. Included in ticket admission for non-members. Location: 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM (Doors open at 9:45) Kick off the holiday season with a Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt presented by the Children’s Garden and Art Center. Kids will enter a world of make-believe where Gnomes and fairies will hide the holiday sweet treats amongst the kid-oriented gardens. There will be a coloring station for kids, hot chocolate and baked goodies for sale. Admission is free to garden members and included in the admission ticket for non-members. For ticket purchases visit

Jingle Paws Jubilee 2017

December 3, 2017 Cost: Free Location: 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Phillippi Estate Park Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Jingle Paws Jubilee is a fun-filled holiday pet celebration for people and leashed pets of all ages. Bring your dog or cat dressed in their best holiday costume and take part in the Holiday Costume Parade hosted by Susan Marie and Miss Olive of the “Doggy Diva Show”.  In addition, there will be dogs and cats of all ages available for adoption. Enjoy pet photographs, agility demonstrations, animal communicators, music, shopping, face painting, and raffle prizes. All proceeds will benefit the local animal groups in attendance. All attendees are asked to bring a can or bag of dog food, cat food, treats or a pet toy.

Sensitive Santa Meet and Greet

December 3, 2017 Cost: Free Location: University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM This special event is reserved for children on the autism spectrum. For more information contact 941-552-7000. Guests interested in attending should register here.

Holiday Tour of Lights

December 5th – 31st, 2017 Cost: $15.00 per person or rent a whole trolley. No refunds. Location: 4041 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236, Outside the Regions Bank Time: 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM Tours  (arrive 15 minutes before your tour time) Bring your family and some drinks then hop aboard the SRQ trolley to experience the famous “Holiday Tour of Lights”. You will see some of the best holiday displays in Sarasota including arch lighted streets, a gingerbread house, a copy of National Lampoon Vacation home and more. Buy your tickets here.

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights 2017

December 7, 2017 Cost: Adults: $12 per person, Seniors (65+): $10 per person,Children (Ages 5-12): $5 per person, Children (under age 5): Free Location: 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Fl 34229 Time: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Enjoy a magnificent piece of Florida history in combination with a magical holiday ambiance while strolling among 30 acres of lighted walkways and mangroves at Historic Spanish Point. Visit the historic homestead museum decked out in holiday decor and festive music. During the month of December, on Thursdays and Fridays, Spanish Point will remain open until 8 PM. On December 7, 2017, join in the Holiday Party. This event is free to members, $5.00 for member guests, and regular pricing for all others.  There will be festive music, refreshments, and good cheer.

The Living Nativity

December 7th – 10th, 2017 Cost: Free Location: The Tabernacle Church, 4141 Desoto Road, Sarasota, FL 34235

Time: 7:30 PM Experience the reason for the season at The Tabernacles interactive Living Nativity. Over 100 cast members and animals will take you back to the time of Christ’s birth, with flying angels, live animals, music, and treats.  Children can pet the manager’s camels, goats, and sheep. The event takes place outside, weather permitting. Admission is free. For additional information, call the church office at (941) 355-8858 or visit the website at


Holidays Around the Ranch

December 8, 2017 Cost: Free Location: Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park. Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM “Holidays around the Ranch” brings a touch of winter to Florida with a  fun-filled snow slide. Enjoy hot chocolate, eggnog, stage performances, Carolers, Santa in his horse-drawn carriage, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

December 9, 2017 Cost: Free Location: Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park (best places for viewing) Time: 6:00 PM The 2017 Sarasota Boat Parade is a fun-filled evening with music and decorated boats of all sizes, parading along the Sarasota Bay.  Bring your lawn chairs and some food, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities. The rain date for this event is Sunday, December 10th.

A Night Before Christmas

December 9, 2017 Cost: Free Location: GT Bray Park, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL 34209 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Santa will be making his annual appearance at GT Bray Park. Enjoy meeting with Santa, face painting, hayrides, and snow, plus lots more. This event is great for kids of all ages.

Holiday Wine Tasting & Toy Drive

December 9, 2017 Cost:  Bring an unwrapped toy donation Location: Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34239 Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Taste fine international boutique wines at this walk-about wine tasting. Michael’s Wine Celler offers several kosher wines perfect for Hanukkah. Your toy donation for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program will serve as your admission.

The School of Russian Ballet – The Nutcracker

December 10,2017 Cost: $17.00 – $45.00 Location:  61 N. Pineapple Ave 34236,  Sarasota Opera House Time: 4:00 PM The School of Russian Ballen will present their spectacular performance of the Christmas Ballet, The Nutcracker. Dancers from the School of Rusian Ballet will be accompanied by international world famous dancers.

Cinematic Celebrations at the Ringling | Elf

December 15, 2017 Cost: $15 Non-Members , $13.50 Members,  $10 Child Location:  The Ringling |5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243 Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Put on your holiday attire (optional) and head over to the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard for an evening of music with Josh Walther and Phase5 Band, holiday lights, art activities, photos with Buddy and Jovie provided by Manatee Performing Arts Center. Finish off the evening with the holiday movie, Elf. Your ticket includes hot chocolate, coffee, and candy canes. Popcorn, candy, beverages, and cocktails are available for purchase. Click here for more information

John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker

December 15th – 16th, 2017 Cost: Starting from $30.00 Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL34236 | (941) 359-0099 Time: 7:30 December 15 |  2:00 & 7:30 December 16 This wonderful, over the top production of John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker will enchant audiences of all ages. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic and beloved score, the ballet interweaves the history of John and Mable Ringling with E. T. A. Hoffman’s classic The Nutcracker. the Sarasota Orchestra will accompany the performance. This is a Nutcracker like no other.

Elf Workshop & Sweet Cookie Bar

December 17, 2017 Cost: This is a pre-payment event only. Registration required. Location: 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Bring your little ones to the Sarasota Children’s Garden where the Bird Art Gallery will be transformed into an Elf workshop. Kids can decorate their own birdhouse ornaments and big sugar cookies.  The cost of the birdhouse ornament is $5.00 (plus tax) with admission. The cost of the Sweet Cookie Bar is $5.00 (plus tax) with admission. Kids can have the option to visit one station or both! This is a reservation only event. For more information visit

Santa Comes to Sarasota

December 17, 2017 Cost: $32.00 Adult,  $17 Child (2-12 years). Tickets will not be sold at door. Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL34243  Time: 11:00 AM, Lunch 12:30PM Visit Santa and his Christmas Fairy at the Powel Crosley Palace.  Start off with some hot chocolate and some reindeer games. Decorate Christmas cookies then gather around while Santa reads some Christmas fables, then join Santa’s fairy for a delicious holiday lunch. Each child will leave with a gift from Santa’s fairy.

Nokomis Waterfront Homes for Sale | 238 Portofino Dr.

You can have the perfect day, every day, in the exquisitely designed home in Venetian Golf and Country Club.  Start the day off with a round of golf then enjoy an afternoon cook out with your top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen featuring granite counter tops with a large eating island, an ice maker, sink, and Solaire appliances including an infrared 30″ grill, a two burner gas stove, a glass front refrigerator and powder coated cabinetry with soft close drawers and doors. Finish off the evening with pool side cocktails under LED Nebula lighting then a movie in your state-of-the art movie room featuring a 100″ wall mounted screen, surround sound, a fiber optic star studded ceiling, and custom acoustic panels for the ultimate sound experience.

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BONUS GOLF INCENTIVE ~ Homeowner will pay your golf initiation fee!

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This four bedroom, three bath, one story house with theater room in North Venice was designed with entertaining in mind. If you have been searching for floor plans with media room downstairs, you will find that this home has one of the best floor plans for entertaining.

If you work out of the home, then the home office featuring wood floors and plantation shutters will suit you perfectly.

Cook in grand style in the chef’s kitchen, clad with premium finishes and fixtures including high-end granite, top of the line stainless steel appliances, wine refrigerator, and a wall mounted fountain. Sliding glass doors in the kitchen/great room and living room showcase the home’s gorgeous lake views while opening up the home to the outdoor entertaining space.

Spill out to the awe-inspiring lanai, where a fully-equipped outdoor stainless-steel kitchen, sun deck, private pool and spa await. Dramatic LED lighting along the lanai cage framework and custom sconce pool cage lighting complete this ultimate outdoor experience.

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Venetian amenities include nature trails, a resort style pool and spa, lap pool,  club house dining, tiki bar, fitness center and classes, tennis, and an 18-hole championship golf course.

This gated community is conveniently located close to I-75, world-famous local beaches, shopping and dining.

238 Portofino Drive Property Details

Square footage: 3146

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Every detail in this home was carefully selected and designed with entertaining in mind. You won’t be able to find another new construction home with all these upgrades at this price!

  • Premium waterfront lot with western sunset views
  • Upgraded plank tile laid on a diagonal
  • Upgraded wood flooring in master and study
  • Tray ceilings
  • Crown moulding
  • Custom kitchen hood vent
  • Built in wine refrigerator
  • Custom cabinet kitchen panels on backside of kitchen island
  • Complete security system with 4 cameras accessible with your phone
  • Ring doorbell camera system (When doorbell rings it goes to your phone. Communicate with someone at your door when out of town)
  • Upgraded landscape lighting in addition to what builder installed.
  • Custom irrigation system.
  • Sonos ready (wireless sound system). Built in speakers throughout the home and on the lanai.
  • Private pool with fountain and heated spa
  • LED Nebula lighting along lanai cage ceiling framework
  • Custom sconce pool cage lighting on dimmers
  • Hurricane glass throughout, including newly installed front door glass inserts.
  • Plantation shutters or Hunter Douglas shades in all rooms
  • Remote control blinds in master bedroom
  • Ceiling fans in every room including lanai
  • Home theater room with 100″ wall mounted screen
  • Star studded fiber optic constellation with Little Dipper and Orion’s Belt in theater room
  • Outdoor kitchen with granite, ice maker, sink, and Solaire appliances including infrared 30″ grill, 2 burner gas stove, glass front refrigerator and powder coated cabinetry with soft close drawers and doors.
  • Custom stone wall behind grill area
  • Tankless water heater
  • Central vac
  • Low HOA fees of $184 quarterly!


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4th of July Fireworks Schedule 2017 | Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Places to Go for 4th of July Fireworks

Are you looking for a place to watch 4th of July fireworks or a patriotic event? There are a number of events throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties for adults and children of all ages.

Below is the 2017 schedule of events provided by Gina Ursini of Ursini & Company at Ocean Real Estate LLC | 941-812-4894 |

Selby Garden’s All American Cook Out in Sarasota

6:00 – 10:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Offering free parking, delicious food and drink (available for purchase), live music by SoulRCoaster, childrens activities, and a spectacular fireworks show over Sarasota Bay.

Tickets are required.  $25 Members, $35 Non-members, $10 Children 4-11, FREE for kids 3 and under.  Buy tickets here or tickets are available at the welcome center up to 5PM on July 4th.

Selby Gardens is located at 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Voices of Freedom at First Church Sarasota

4:30 PM – July 4, 2017

The Coral Artists of Sarasota, formerly the Gloria Musicae Singers, will perform patriotic songs to celebrate patriotism and America. Guests can enjoy the 90 minute performance then stay downtown for the Bayfront fireworks.  Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Students are $15. Purchase your tickets by phone at 941.387.4900 or purchase your tickets online here.

First Church Sarasota is located at 104 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks

9:00 PM – July 4, 2016

Part of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix, this privately funded event benefits the Sarasota Charities for Children. Fireworks can be viewed from your downtown Sarasota waterfront condo, Bayfront Park, or from your anchored boat. There is no charge to view these fireworks. The firework display begins at approximately 9 PM.


27th Annual Fireworks Siesta Key Beach

5:30 – 10:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, this annual fireworks event attracts nearly 20,000 – 30,000 people, so if you plan on parking in the public parking lot, get there extra early.

The fireworks display starts at approximately 9:15, just north of the volley ball courts, but can be viewed at a variety of locations to the south of it, including Crescent Beach.


Fireworks over the Manatee River

9:00 PM- July 4, 2017

Put on by the city of Palmetto, fireworks can be seen from either side of the Manatee River. Fireworks start at approximately 9:00 PM.


Annual Freedom Festival Parade in Longboat Key

9:00 AM  – July 4, 2017

This annual parade begins at the Longboat Key Town Hall located at 501 Bay Isles Road. The parade line up begins at 8:30. Children are welcome to join the town commissioners, police, and fire rescue personnel in their annual march.  Participants can dress up in patriotic colors, walk with their pet, or decorate their bikes. After the parade, take part in the Bicentennial Park festivities, which includes, food, drinks, and games.  For more information contact 941-383-2466.


The 4th Annual Fourth of July Parade – Anna Maria Island

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | July 4, 2017

The annual island celebration of our nations independence welcomes all to participate in the Privateer Pirates Parade procession. Participants must register in advance. The parade will cover 7 miles, which is all of Anna Maria Island, starting at Coquina Beach (South Entrance) and ending at the City Pier at Anna Maria. Last years parade had an estimated 20,000 spectators.

Following the parade there will be an after Parade Party at  “The Ugly Grouper”, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Florida . The Privateers will announce the Scholarship recipients, gifting over $20,000.

For more information, contact Marty at 941-209-2212.


Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast – Venice, FL

8:00 AM- 4:00 PM | July 4, 2017

Snook Haven’s 4th Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival  and 4th of July Jam Blast is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July. There will be live music throughout the day, kicking it off with Steve Arvey from 11:00 – 12:00, then George Worthmore from 12;30 – 4:00.

Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8:00am, or you can bring your own. This is a FREE EVENT!

The festival will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of parks in Sarasota County.

Snook Haven is located at 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, Florida 34292.


Fireworks at the Beach – Venice, FL

9:00 PM – July 4, 2017

The Fourth of July is celebrated with spectacular fireworks shot from the South Venice Jetty shortly after 9:00 PM and can be seen from most Beaches in the area, including Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach. The show draws approximately 15,000 spectators, so be sure to get there early. The free show will last an estimated 30 minutes.

Boats viewing the fireworks from the water should be anchored by 8:30 p.m. The Venice Inlet will be closed to boat traffic at 8:45 p.m. until about a half-hour after the display’s grand finale.

Downtown Sarasota Renovation Tour

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A Tour of Downtown Sarasota Renovations 

Four professionally remodeled condos will be open for viewing on Saturday, March 25th from 11 am – 3 pm.  If you have been in the market for renovated downtown properties, then you don’t want to miss out on this home tour.  These gorgeous downtown condos  provide buyers a first hand opportunity to see some of Sarasota’s finest craftsmanship and innovative design ideas in home remodeling.

This is an exclusive opportunity to experience what it is like to live in some of the most stunning Sarasota condo renovations.  The tour kicks off at 1350 Main Sarasota, Unit 600, anytime between 11 am – 3 pm.  Please visit this property first. Owners will accompany visitors to their preferred properties on our list.

Step Inside Some of Sarasota’s Most Beautiful Condos

Learn more about property incentives by downloading our brochures!

1350 Main St. #600

Spectacular 2 bedroom 2 bath renovation in the heart of downtown Sarasota ~ Mid $900,000’s

770 S. Palm Avenue #402

Masterfully renovated, 2 bedroom, 2 bath residence with panoramic Bay views ~$649,900.


1255 N Gulfstream Ave. #206

Trendy and chic 2 bedroom 2 bath renovation in the heart of downtown Sarasota ~ $725,000

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1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr #603

Luxurious renovation with top of the line finishes and Gulf of Mexico views ~ $864,000

Meet the Home Renovator

Brista Homes | 1656 Main Street, Sarasaota, FL | 941-373-0500


Brista Homes Home BuilderMark Ursini is the renovation contractor for the properties on our home tour. He is founder and president of Brista Homes, Inc., a development and construction company that specializes in custom-built homes and remodels in the downtown Sarasota and Longboat Key areas. His mission goes beyond building high quality, distinctive houses. He takes that extra step in making your house a home through his superior attention to detail. His team takes pride in not only fulfilling client’s individual needs, but also exceeding their expectations. His many years of experience provide him with the knowledge and expert craftsmanship to build or renovate quality homes within your budget. As a family oriented company, he understand the true value of creating a home where lasting memories can be made.​

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Finding your Design Style | Home Making


Spending as little as ten minutes alone will reveal the extent of your creative side. We all have this gift, developing and using it is what we fail to do in most cases. Yet, it is easy to be creative now-a-days. We have many types of magazines which display all forms of creative works. In addition, we have TV channels such as HGTV and DIY, which showcase tons of creativity. There are many sources to draw inspiration from when you need to develop your creative talents.

The rewards of successfully achieving creativity within the home are gratifying. It will also mean a lot to the home, as you will be able to transform the entire living area into your own personal paradise.

Choosing the Right Furniture

Making the right choices is important to the overall look and feel of the room. The wonderful thing about furniture is that several designs styles can be combined in a professional and artistic manner to compliment one another, but keep the look of your furniture coherent, especially if you have an open layout.

Carefully choosing the right furniture for your space will add visual appeal. The result will be a fabulous style & design pallet that will be the envy of your family and friends.

To-Do Tips Before Furniture Shopping

The Comfort Compromise

Take into consideration the type of furniture you should use. I would advise you to consider not only quality, but comfort as a top priority before you make your purchase. Comfortable furniture is always favorable for every part of the home. Comfort should never be compromised for any other factor when it comes to furniture.

The Use of Color

The color of your furniture is an important factor to consider. If you have a particular preference, then you should go with your favorite colors. If you are not sure on colors, thumb through  some design magazines and tear out pages of rooms you like.  After you have a collection of inspirational photos, review the pictures to see if you have a common theme to your color pallet. If so, then this is the color theme you should use for your space.

Take a look at our simple designer trick on how to successfully use color in a room using the 60-30-20 Color Scheme Rule.

The Price of Furniture

The price of furniture might determine what kind of pieces you will get. There are good deals too; you can browse websites like Craigslist or Facebook resale groups for great deals on several pieces of awesome furniture. Browse clearance centers in furniture outlets, or take advantage of the sales period when a huge percentage is taken off the prices of furniture.

The Beautiful Benefit of Adding Color

Choosing the colors for the different parts of your home might require a joint decision with your family, but if you are single – the choice will be entirely yours to make. You are free to play around with your favorite colors but the theme should be appealing. If you are short of ideas for the kind of colors to use or the particular color tones that will be perfect for your room, there are many color scheme charts online that will give you a good idea of the wide range of colors and what they might look like on the walls.

Colors add beauty to a home; so you should make the best out of this opportunity to transform your home into a really beautiful place.

Good Things Don’t Come Cheap, or Do They?

The common phrase is that good things don’t come cheap, but I really think that the best can be enjoyed at minimal cost when you have the right information about what you are planning to do.

From a distance, it might seem like you will need to break the bank if you want to implement the design style of your choice. I know that it doesn’t have to be like that. There are always alternatives which you can use to replicate the look you wish for. If you see something that is out of your budget, create the space for it in your home then save for it. In time and with discipline you should be able to afford it.

Finding your design style in Florida for your home is really about waking up the creative giant in you. This can be done by a personal resolution and dedication to make this work. If you are having difficulty with how to start decorating a house, you can always hire a designer. It is easy to engage the services of a professional to offer their design ideas that might appeal to you, but it will be more fulfilling and educational if you were an active participant in the process. You will appreciate the end results and you will gain some interior decorating tips for beginners to try out your skills, especially if you decide to remodel your home again in the future.

Home & Furniture Stores in Sarasota, FL

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Best Places to Shop for Home Decor in Sarasota FL

To-Do Tips Before Furniture Shopping

Before you head out home decor and furniture shopping, it is important to have a detailed plan on paper. Although you think you know what you want to use for colors or style, the minute you walk into a store, the process becomes overwhelming. With so much to choose from, the mental notes goes out the window. Regretfully, you make the mistake of purchasing items, which in the end disappoint you.

What steps can you take to ensure that you are happy with the results? Begin with choosing a color scheme for your space. For a modern interior design, select three complimenting colors. Divide your colors into percentages using the 60-30-10 rule. This translates to selecting a main color for the walls, a secondary color for the upholstery, and an accent color for the decor.

Next, decide on the home’s style. There are so many wonderful styles to choose from. If you need help, visit the home design website, When browsing this site, inspirational photos can be saved into “Ideabooks”. The style used in each photo is indicated to the right of the photo. Once you see a trend in the styles you are saving, that is probably the style you should go with.

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Once these decisions are made, enter the information into a spreadsheet. Next, record each room you are planning to decorate. Then, list the items you will need to purchase under each room. Don’t forget about things like drapes, lamps, or labor. Finally, record your budget for each item.

Now that you have decided on the budget and what you want your room to look like, it is time to start shopping. To assist with your shopping spree, we’ve created a helpful list of home furnishing stores and interior decor that have arrived in Sarasota, FL.

Furniture Stores in Sarasota

Wondering what are the best places to buy furniture near me? Or the best home decor stores in Sarasota FL?  Our list of Sarasota stores covers everything from furniture to home accessory stores in Sarasota. Discover the best places to shop for home decor, where to shop for furniture, home accents, drapery, vintage pieces and architectural finds. Learn which stores best fit your lifestyle and budget. Let the shopping begin!

American Signature Furniture 

Showroom Location:  5455 University Pkwy, University Park, FL 34201

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Rustic, Coastal Contemporary, Farmhouse, Industrial, Traditional

Affordability: Budget-friendly, Moderate

American Signature Furniture University Parkway store carries moderately priced furniture and accessories for almost every room on your list. In the back of the store you will find a clearance center with some great discounted pricing.  Furniture styles range from transitional to contemporary to rustic or coastal. For all you Fixer Upper fans, American Signature now offers Magnolia Homes furniture by Joanna Gaines.

I have personally shopped at all of the home decor and furniture stores on this list, including American Signature. My style is straight out of Restoration Hardware, but to furnish my entire home with their furniture was not within my budget. The alternative solution, copy the look.  After finding an affordably priced sofa at American Signature, I was able to achieve the look I wanted in my family room at a fraction of the cost.

Architectural Salvage

Showroom Location: 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Style: Rustic, Antique, Vintage, Industrial

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

If shopping for vintage decor that traveled the world, then Sarasota Architectural Salvage Warehouse and Garden will suit you perfectly. You will find an array of salvaged items including old windows, vintage gates, gorgeous historic doors, antique lighting, garden accessories, and so much more. In addition, in the back of the warehouse you will discover their on-site, made from salvaged, hand crafted furniture and decor. If you have a vision, but are not talented enough to construct it on your own, they will design and build beautiful pieces of furniture and decor.

Arhaus Furniture

Showroom Location: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243, (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Rustic, Modern Transitional, Eclectic

Affordability:  Upscale

Arhaus Furniture is a high-end home decor and furniture store, offering sustainable, contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and accessories. Their pieces are designed to mix and match with vintage pieces. Originating in Ohio in 1986, their motto is reduce and reuse. The company uses recycled products including copper and tree roots, in addition to natural woods and stone.

Baer’s Furniture

Showroom Location: 5301 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Mid-Century, Coastal, Cottage, Industrial, Relaxed Vintage, Tropical

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Baers Furniture Sarasota FL has a wide selection of indoor and out door furniture, mattresses, area rugs, and accessories in its large, two story building. In addition, their window treatment headquarters is located on the second level. Designers are on staff to provide complimentary design advice. Home delivery is available.

Copenhagen Imports

Showroom Location: 7211 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Modern, Mid-century, Soft Contemporary

Affordability: Upscale

If your preference is Scandinavian furniture, you will want to visit the Copenhagen furniture store. Handcrafted around the world, their furniture styles include mid-century modern and soft contemporary. In addition to uniquely designed furniture, they offer home accents and functional lighting.

Read more about Copenhagen Imports Sarasota FL.

Crate and Barrel Furniture

Showroom Location: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243, (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Urban, Contemporary

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Crate and Barrel carries a wonderful line of trendy products including furniture, drapery, glassware, dinnerware, and accessories. Their affordable, modern furnishings are perfect for those just starting out. Furthermore, you can shop online and pick up your items at the store, many times the same day. The two story, 18,000 square foot showroom is located at the north wing of the Mall at University Town Center.

Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse

Showroom Location:   2333 Whitfield Park Loop, Sarasota, FL 34243

Style: Industrial, Rustic, Mid-century, Asian, European, Vintage

Affordability: Upscale

Decor Direct in Sarasota has a large showroom of sustainable furniture with a wide variety of styles Their motto is reclaim, restore, and re-purpose so throughout the store you will find salvaged wood pieces, restored antiques, architectural, nautical, and coastal salvages. Barn doors on tracks are a popular trend in today’s decor, so check out their selection of barn doors and barn door hardware. Decor Direct Sarasota prices are moderate, yet you’ll find unique furniture and accents not to be found at other local home decor stores.

The Decor Direct warehouse is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm.  You must be 18 years or older to enter the warehouse.

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European Traditions

Showroom Location:  7488 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Warehouse Location:  6030 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34238

Style: Transitional, Coastal Chic, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

This little known furniture shop, European Traditions Sarasota FL,  carries uniquely designed furniture imported from throughout the world. In addition to accessories, you will find a large collection of indoor and outdoor furniture and bathroom vanities made from reclaimed wood. They continually receive new shipments, therefore the inventory is constantly changing. Furniture packages are available for investors or home builders looking to furnish properties.

Their smaller showroom is located at 7488 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For a larger selection of furniture, be sure to visit their warehouse located at 6030 Clark Center Ave., Sarasota.


Showroom Location: 8599 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Traditional

Affordability: Moderate

Located in south Sarasota, Haverty’s furniture offers a range of styles in furnishings, home accessories, and mattresses. They carry both in-stock items as well as customized furniture. Located in the back of the store is their clearance center, with discounted items for the budget friendly shopper. Free design services are available.

Hobby Lobby Sarasota Florida

Showroom Location: 8195 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Coastal, Contemporary, Modern, Transitional, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability:  Moderate

Although Hobby Lobby is considered an arts and crafts store, it has a huge selection of frames, florals, wedding supplies, fabrics, artwork, and home accents. Download the Hobby Lobby app and receive 40% off one item each time you shop. In addition, each department has a  50% off sale every other week. If it is not on sale the week you visit the store, then rest assured it will most likely be on sale the following week.

Home Goods

Showroom Locations: 8213 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34201 & 3748-B Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Coastal, Contemporary, Modern, Transitional, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability:  Moderate

Home Goods offers accessories and bedding at prices 20-60% below department store prices. With new shipments every week, the inventory is constantly changing. If you find something you like, be cautious about taking your time to think about it!  By the time you return to purchase the item, it may be gone. If Home Goods does not have the quantities you need, its sister companies, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, will often carry many of the same accessories.

Home Goods has two locations in the area. There is a Home Goods store in Sarasota FL as well as a Home Goods Bradenton FL off University Parkway.

Kanes Furniture Sarasota

Showroom Location: 5045 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional

Affordability: Moderate

Kanes of Sarasota is a two-story showroom with a large selection of affordably priced furniture to meet your styles and needs. Keep an eye out for advertised specials such as mattress trade in sales, instant rebates, or 0% interest for 60 months. Furniture delivery is available for a fee.


Showroom Location: 8245 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34201

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability: Moderate

Kirklands carries an affordable selection of home decor including accessories, artwork, mirrors, pillows, rugs, curtains, holiday decor as well as some furniture. For even more savings each time you shop, download their “Spin to Win” app.

Leaders Outdoor Furniture

Showroom Location: 7680 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Tropical, Beach House

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Leaders Furniture Sarasota specializes in casual outdoor furniture. Most of their items are hand woven and of quality standard. The majority of their inventory consists of wicker or rattan, lending itself to tropical and beach house styles. You can also find cast aluminum and tropical accessories.

Matter Brothers

Showroom Location: 4675 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Coastal, Tropical, Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

This is a family owned business which originated in Indiana. Approximately three years ago, Matter Brothers  opened their Sarasota location. Their furniture showroom carries indoor and outdoor furniture, youth furniture, mattresses, rugs, and accessories. For those who know what they like, but have trouble pulling it all together, Matter Brothers offers complimentary in-store design assistance.

Pamaro Shop Furniture Sarasota Florida

Showroom Locations:   7782 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 5465 University Pkwy, University Park, FL 34201 | 4586 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Coastal, Nautical, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

With three locations in Sarasota, the Pamaro Shop is your coastal furniture destination. The local family owned business strives to use U.S. made and reclaimed products. The Pamaro Shop Sarasota offers quality and unique furnishings and accessories exclusive to other local furniture showrooms. When you shop any of their three locations, you can expect to be wowed!

Pottery Barn

Showroom Location:  140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243 (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Soft Contemporary, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

The popular and fashionable Pottery Barn is located in the north wing, on the second floor of the University Town Center. They offer indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, bedding, accent pillows, lighting, drapery, and home accessories.  Almost every piece of furniture is fashioned by Pottery Barn’s in-house designers and almost all of their upholstered furniture is manufactured in the U.S.

The Furniture Warehouse

Showroom Location:  4027 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Style: Traditional, Tropical, Transitional

Affordability: Moderate

The Furniture Warehouse is a great option for the savvy buyer. From our long list provided to you, I would consider this the best place to buy furniture on a budget. Their line of furniture and accessories includes indoor furniture, mattresses, and accessories. Visit one of their three nearby locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Ellenton

Top Drawer Furniture – Closed

Showroom Location: 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Style: Coastal, Soft Contemporary, Rustic, Industrial

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

This family owned furniture store is located off US 301 in north Sarasota.  The quaint showroom is packed with upscale furniture at affordable prices. Their selections are both comfortable and stylish. Top Drawer Furniture features a great selection of mattresses, furniture, youth furniture, accessories, and lighting. They offer in-house designer assistance, as well as delivery and financing options.  I recently visited the showroom and purchased a Donny Osmand Collection queen bed on special for $300!