Cultural Calendar December 13-16


The Sebastian River Art Club is holding a Christmas Art Bazaar at the Art Center, 1245 Main Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm until Christmas. On exhibit are Little Gems, small, affordable works created by members to benefit the Ecumenical Food Council.  In addition, the Club’s Art By the River, an outdoor art show will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at Riverview Park.


The Vero Beach Yacht Club, 3601 Rio Vista Blvd. (next to the City Marina) is accepting donations of new Teddy Bears (with tags) that will be delivered to children and the elderly at the Indian River Medical Center and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department.  Bring a smile to someone’s face this holiday season!  Teddy Bears may be dropped off at the Club Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm until December 28th.

Embracing Peace by Seward Johnson © 2004, 2005 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.

McKee Botanical Garden has installed the iconic sculpture, Embracing Peace, of a sailor and a nurse, by renowned artist Seward Johnson.  This sculpture, now available for viewing in the Garden, will be a part of the upcoming exhibit of Johnson’s Celebrating the Familiar series, which begins on January 5th and will be on view through April 28.


The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce presents The Midtown Men-Holiday Hits! on Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm.   Enjoy a thrilling holiday performance featuring yuletide classics such as Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well the greatest rock and roll hits of the 1960s. For tickets, visit

Faces of Eve mural by Niurka Barroso.

The Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach presents Women by Women Art Exhibition with an opening reception on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 9 pm.  View painting, photography & sculptures by 42 female artists, and the Featured Art Installation, The Faces of Eve – Vero Beach by Niurka Barroso. There will also be Celebration Dance by Nejie Sylvester and Performances by Dance Students Indian River State College.


Comedy Zone – Holiday Nights: Comedians are Mike Rivera and Rico Sita with shows at 7:30 and 9;30 pm on December 14 & 15.  Tickets: $16 – $18.

Live in the Loop – Free outdoor concerts beginning at 6 pm with Bobby Owen Band (Classic Rock n’ roll) on Friday and Rocket City (Soul-Rock, Party Band) on Saturday.   For tickets, visit


Attend an early Christmas Feast at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge on Friday,  December 14 at 6:30 pm.  The menu is Rich’s Famous Fried Shrimp, Slow Roasted Beef Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Homemade Baked Beans, Buttered Peas, Coleslaw, Corn Bread and Rolls and Cheesecake.  There will be music by Gene & Patty.  For reservations ($12.00) call 772 562 8450.

On Friday, December 14 join Main Street Vero Beach for Devouring Downtown Food Tour.  Enjoy a progressive dinner downtown from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Tickets ($60) are available for purchase in the MSVB office or online:


The Sebastian River Art Club’s Art By the River, an outdoor art show will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at Riverview Park.


Saturday, December 15: Christmas Boat Parade!  The boat parade will assemble at 5:30 and will start at 6 in the intracoastal waterway between the two bridges and finish at the Vero Beach City Marina. Viewing stations include: Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Consider taking lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free for spectators and participants.

The American Association of University Women Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2555 58th Avenue in Vero Beach.  Refreshments will be provided by board members and entertainment by the Vero Beach High School Choral Group.  Donations of new or gently used pre-K books for the young readers project will be gratefully received.


One of the world’s great oratorios will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 at 7:00 pm by the First Baptist Church of Vero Beach as an annual Christmas gift to the Treasure Coast community.  Messiah will be performed by four professional soloists, instrumentalists of the Messiah Chamber Orchestra and a 100-voice chorus consisting of the church’s sanctuary choir, other local choir members and the Treasure Coast Chorale.


 The Vero Beach Elks Lodge will have a New Year’s Eve Celebration on at 7:00 pm.  Enjoy music by the Dynamics, a delicious dinner and a Champagne toast at Midnight.  The menu includes Herb Crusted Prime Rib (carving station), Chicken Madeira, Penne à la Vodka, Herb Roasted Potatoes & Vegetable, Salad and Dessert.  The cost is $65 per person.  Reserve by Monday, December 17 by calling 772 562 8450.

 Theatre-Go-Round Dinner Theatre is having two shows on New Year’s Eve with seatings at 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm.  Enjoy a gourmet dinner and the new musical show, Karma Chameleon – Celebrating the solid gold hits from the 1980s!.  Visit for menu choices.  Reserve your space ($65 per person) by calling the Box Office at 772-252-9341.

 Vero Heritage, Inc. is throwing the Centennial Party of the Century for New Year’s Eve! This elegant, ticketed black tie event features a champagne reception from 8:00 to 9:00 pm with Raw Bar and Live laid-back Jazz Show for VIP Ticket Holders.  General Admission begins at 9:00 pm and includes a lavish dinner by Personal Chef & Caterer Chef Ashley Allison, and a three-act live musical performance, culminating in a midnight dance party, fireworks and a ball drop. For tickets ($85 to $150 per person), visit

 Main Street Vero Beach is hosting a free celebration downtown in front of the Heritage Center for the whole family from 8:00 pm to 12:30 am.  For partiers wanting a casual, high energy atmosphere, wear your sequins and sparkles for an evening under the stars! Party the night away on the outdoor dance floor complete with light show and a DJ to rock the night away! Select your libation of choice from the lavish champagne bar or beer garden, and enjoy a variety of delicious foods!

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