Christmas tree lighting and outdoor movie too

Christmas tree lighting
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioners Jack Clarke, Jan Vosburgh and Ed Straight helped light the tree in 2016. - Tom Vaught | Sun

BRADENTON BEACH – On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Bridge Street Merchants will host its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The holiday celebration will take place on Bridge Street, in the vacant lot between Fish Hole Adventure Golf and the Island Time Inn.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 4:30 p.m. The Magic of Manatee A Cappella Sweet Adeline Chorus will be there as well, singing beautiful renditions of beloved Christmas carols. The tree will be lit when darkness falls at or around 6 p.m. The tree lighting will be followed by an outdoor screening of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story.”

This free family event will also feature hot chocolate and popcorn. Those planning to stay for the movie are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Local musician and music promoter Steve Arvey is assisting the merchants association in organizing this year’s ceremony.

The Bridge Street Merchants will host its annual Christmas on Bridge Street celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16.