Holiday of Treasures Open House is Friday

Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures elf
Pine Avenue will be awash with holiday festivities on Friday, Dec. 14. - File photo

ANNA MARIA – As part of the Holiday of Treasures Open House, Anna Maria merchants invite folks to stroll through the city and enjoy light refreshments at participating businesses along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive on Friday, Dec. 14.

Taking place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the annual holiday event is sponsored again this year by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and the Anna Maria Island Sun.

Free cookies and cider will be served at the AMI Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., and the Roser Memorial Community Church’s Joyful Noise Children’s Choir will perform a free outdoor concert in the museum’s Historical Park at 6 p.m.

Up and down Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive various participating businesses will be serving free hot dogs, hamburgers, Christmas cookies, eggnog and rum, hot buttered rum, Moscow Mule cocktails, bourbon ball candy, craft beer, coffee, tea and even pasta fagioli. Stroll through the businesses Friday to see for yourself what holiday surprises they have in store. You might even find a porch party along the way.

Holiday Carols in the Park

The Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures Open House will be preceded that day by the city’s second annual Holiday Carols in the Park holiday event. The city event will take place at City Pier Park on Friday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m.

The Saint Stephen’s Upper School Band, the Falcon Voices high school choir and the Major Minors middle school chorus will perform holiday music and sing-alongs. Santa will pay a visit to the park, goodies will be given to youngsters and free eggnog and refreshments will be served.