Even in December, Christmas in Southwest Florida can be warm and sunny. But Christmas in July? Before you start focusing on the heat and humidity, though, Venice MainStreet suggests you get into the spirit of holiday bargains, discounts and getting a big jump on your gift list by shopping Christmas in July 2018 in downtown Venice.

At this two-day shopping spree on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, local boutiques and restaurants offer great deals and even a free Christmas trolley where you may sit next to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. You can also enter to win one of three gift baskets totaling as much as $1,000 in gifts and certificates from downtown merchants.

Insider’s tip: Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to lunch at Bodrum at 225 W. Miami Avenue on Friday at 12:30 and at Daiquiri Deck, 300 W. Venice Ave. at 12:30 on Saturday.

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