The Anna Maria Island Privateers, along with their Christmas sleigh, Santa Claus and their float/boat Skullway, join the fun hosted Dec. 6 by The Islander and The Feast Restaurant at the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach. Nearly all the shops, including the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, where a tree-lighting took place at dusk, held open house events. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
A very delighted Julie Ann Jordan, 6, of Bradenton, rushed to meet Santa and lept into his arms with squeals of joy as he prepared to board his sleigh in the parking lot at The Feast Restaurant in Holmes Beach.
Mom Shawna Nance holds baby Lyla, 7 months, and Carter, 3, as Carter whispers to Santa his Christmas wish list. Carter was a little shy about sitting with Santa, but he surely wanted his wishes known.
Children young and old at The Islander and The Feast Restaurant-sponsored party in the Island Shopping Center Dec. 6 enjoyed snow flurries — with many thanks to snow-machine owner Mark Kimball.