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“We’ve been attending the holiday parade every year since we moved here in 2006. Where else can you place your chairs along the street to save a spot several days in advance and no one touches them? The downtown is adorned beautifully in holiday lights and decorations. And it gives you a sense of community. You see everyone from the mayor to your neighbor next door; people from all walks of life come out to watch the parade or participate in it—and I’ve done both.” —Victoria Stulz, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson, Premier Sotheby's International Realty Broker-Associate

“When my wife, Molly, and I go downtown with our two young daughters, the shops are playing Christmas music, the theater is putting on Christmas plays, and live music is playing at the gazebo. We have a great time. We also enjoy the Christmas boat parade. The holiday seasons are good reminders of why this is such an awesome place to live.” —Beau Walker, Home & Condo Rentals Inc. broker-associate

“A favorite activity of our family is to attend the current holiday offering at Venice Theatre. Its productions add the crowning touch to the season.” —Mark Wasmund, Owner, Red Wing Shoes Bradenton, Port Charlotte, and Fort Lauderdale

“I love Sertoma Breakfast with Santa held at the YMCA every December. I volunteer at the desk where we print the photos, so I get to see all the kids in the line, who are so excited to see Santa. Some of the photos are adorable and some are funny. Sertoma serves free pancakes and milk and other snacks, and everyone has a wonderful time.” —Sandi Raasch, Accucount Tax & Bookkeeping Service

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