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Special Events & Programs

Manatee Village presents several popular festivals annually and throughout the year program events may also include lectures, craft workshops and interactive family-friendly activities at the Village. The best way to keep informed about what is happening is to visit our website or Facebook page frequently, or sign up for our Cabbage Head Gazette newsletter on our Home Page.

Current Events


A Florida Cracker Christmas

Start Date:12/10/2017 11:00 AM
End Date:12/10/2017 4:00 PM

Experience an old-fashioned Florida holiday celebration with family-friendly entertainment, heritage artisans, "make and take" seasonal crafts for adults and youth, food vendors, and vintage silent holiday films - something to delight every age! Every corner of Manatee Village will be dressed with splendid Victorian décor. While in the Village, explore landmarks, "Old Cabbage Head", the Junior Junction playground, museum exhibits and the Whistle Stop Gift Shop. 

Special Event admission: Adults $5; Youth 12 years and under FREE. Parking is free and is available at Manatee Village, or at Manatee Elementary (1609 6th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208).

All the buildings in Manatee Village will be decorated inside and out to reflect Christmas styles and celebrations of long ago. Visitors can see five large Christmas trees, each trimmed to a specific theme. The Victorian Tree dazzles with decorations of toys and nostalgic images common to the later part of the 19th Century. The Old Schoolhouse Tree is covered with paper chains and toys and topped by a nutcracker. The latest addition is the Cracker Christmas Tree with ornaments reflecting the area’s cattle ranching heritage. 

Guaranteed to get you in the mood for the season are not just the decorations, but also choral and instrumental performances by local organizations including: Southeast High School Chamber Orchestra, King Middle School, and Rowlett Elementary.

Throughout the five hour event, visitors can watch demonstrations by heritage artisans and do some last minute holiday shopping at the booths of visiting artists. Favorite activities of the crowds each year are the “make and take” free craft stations set up around the Village where adults and children can stop to create unique cards and ornaments to take home. 

Not to miss ... this special event offers plenty of old-fashioned Florida fun ... something to delight every age!


Victorian Christmas Tea

Start Date:12/15/2017 1:00 PM
End Date:12/18/2017 3:00 PM


Seating is limited. Please call (941) 749-7165 to reserve. If mailing payment, download the ticket order form here: Victorian Christmas Tea Ticket Order Form.pdf

You are cordially invited to a Victorian Christmas Tea at Manatee Village Historical Park…

Bonnie Calliotte, of De’Tours Traveling Tea Room, will serve Afternoon Tea in the outdoor picnic pavilion of Manatee Village from 1:00-3:00pm on Friday, December 15 and Monday, December 18.

Dress-up is encouraged. There will be a best hat contest with prizes.

A Manatee Village staff member will give a brief talk on Victorian Christmas traditions. Manatee Village will be decorated for the winter holidays and the 1912 Settlers House will display an exhibit on Christmas traditions in pioneer Florida.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, November 15. Tickets are $20.00 and tentatively will include the following menu*:

Savory finger sandwiches: Chicken Salad, Rita Carlton Egg Salad, and Southern Pimento Cheese

Desserts: Mini Cherry Tarts, Mint Chocolate Brownies, Mixed Berry Scones with Devonshire Cream, and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Teas: Ginger Peach (a fine black tea), Hibiscus (a heart healthy, super flower tea), and Spiced Apple Cider (a caffeine free herbal tea)

*Please note that De’Tours may not be able to accommodate food allergies or guarantee that there has been no cross-contamination with allergens. If you have a food allergy, please let Manatee Village staff know when you purchase your ticket.

Tickets are on sale from November 15 - December 8, and must be purchased in advance by cash or check. Tickets may be bought in person at Manatee Village, or by mail to Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Please make checks payable to the Manatee County Historical Commission. Space is limited. If mailing a check, call in advance to make your reservation and download the ticket order form: Victorian Christmas Tea Ticket Order Form.pdf

This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.

Group Tour Information

Group tours are provided for groups of 10 people or more.* The cost is $3.00 per person. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance by calling (941) 749-7165. 

*Group tours may be provided for groups of 10 or fewer people, but the minimum cost of $30.00 will still apply.

Download our group tour application here: MVHP Group Tour Reservation Request rev. 1-30-12.pdf

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Village Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays each month, 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Manatee Village will be closed Friday, November 10 in honor of Veterans Day; and Thursday-Friday, November 23-24 for Thanksgiving. 

Saturday openings this fall are: September 9, September 23, October 14, and October 28. There will be no Saturday openings in November due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

Phone: (941) 749-7165

E-mail addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact by phone at the phone numbers above, or contact us in writing, via the United States Postal Service, at this address- Manatee County Historical Commission 1404 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton, Fl 34208.

Location Map:



1404 Manatee Avenue East 
(SR 64)
Bradenton, FL. 34208



Village Hours

Monday – Friday and 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month 

9:00am – 4:00pm