Information on The Mall at UTC for its 5th annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Celebration and road closures this weekend

Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC


SCSO:  North Cattlemen Road from University Town Center Drive to DeSoto Road will be closed to thru traffic on Saturday, November 20 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. for the annual holiday parade at The Mall at University Town Center. Please consider alternative routes including Honore Avenue if you plan to be in the area.




Information on the event, via The University Mall


Join The Mall at UTC for its 5th annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Celebration! Kick off the holiday season with a magical parade where Santa arrives in Sarasota with a fun-filled parade then lights up the UTC Districts, followed by the first Festival of Lights show of the season, and ending with a spectacular fireworks show! This festive event will feature:


* Holiday Parade with Lighted Floats

* Holiday Themed Characters

* Live Music/Bands

* Holiday Lights Show

* Spectacular Fireworks Show

* After-party with character meet-&-greets

* And so much more!


The parade will begin at 6:00 pm and take place on Cattlemen Rd. between The Mall at UTC & the West District at UTC. Click here for an aerial map showing the parade route. The parade area will open at 4:30 pm for guests to line the sidewalks for up-close viewing. Cattlemen Rd. will be closed to thru traffic from 4:00 – 10:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 20th.


Parade attendees can park in the parking lots of The Mall and West Districts at UTC. Portable folding chairs for attendees is permitted. The parade will conclude at approximately 7:30 pm, and will be followed by the lighting, the fireworks show & then the after-party. Attendees will be asked to clear the road following the event conclusion at 9:00 pm, to allow the re-opening of Cattlemen Rd.


Check out the event map below for all the exciting activities that will take place Nov. 20th, as well as what areas of the road will be closed for the parade. The road will be closed to thru traffic from 4:00 -10:00 pm that evening, but guests can still enter The Mall or The West District parking lots from the stop light on Cattlemen, or from the round-about on DeSoto Rd. The parade will start at 6:00pm, so plan to arrive early to help with traffic flow and to find great viewings spots! The parade will occupy the northbound lane on Cattlemen. Guests can view the parade from the southbound lane, or the sidewalks in front of UTC West District buildings.


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