Christmas is a magical time at the wannaB, but one thing that follows closely behind is the start of a brand-new year! The New Year is often about resolutions, celebrations of your accomplishments and milestones throughout the previous year, and maybe most importantly, a look ahead to what you’re going to be doing after the clock counts down to midnight. We, for one, hope that we’ll get to enjoy your company in the new year, and with so many events and attractions winding back up in 2019, there’s no better place to plan a vacation than right here with us! After all, it wont start warming up for some months in other parts of the world, but it’s as sunny and beautiful as ever here in Florida, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it. Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in the new year.

Parks That Teach

What better way to ring in the new year than by celebrating the life that exists all around you! At Parks That Teach, guided tours will be led by the University of Florida’s Master Gardeners, individuals who have completed an extensive training course in gardening. You’ll learn about Florida’s unique ecosystems, identify different trees and plants, not to mention experience habitats that support many different Florida creatures. The first event is on January 5th at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda, but recurs the first Saturday of each month, so there’ll be plenty of time to get a little green on that thumb!

Open House & Demonstration at the Visual Arts Center

Fancy yourself a fan of the arts? Then you won’t want to miss the open house and demonstration at the Visual Arts Center (210 Maud St., Punta Gorda). Not only will the event be introducing upcoming classes and workshops of 2019, you’ll also be able to visit with over 15 fine art instructors and check out demonstrations of their art, from painting to pottery and more. The event runs from January 3rd to 5th, so there are a few opportunities to get your fill of art and culture early in 2019.

The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Pecularium

How about a little show from the ‘world of weird’? As its name would imply, Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Pecularium bills itself as a ‘…maincaptivating 90-minute extravaganza under a hypnotical Big-Top…[featuring] live acrobats and comedy.’ Spectators of all ages are bound to have a sensationally strange time at this event, so it’s perfect for the whole family. Come an hour before showtime to enjoy dining and drink and make a whole evening of it! The event will be held on two occasions in January – from the 10th to the 13th, then again from the 16th to the 20th – on historic Dearborn St. in Englewood, so plan accordingly!

GO Cabaret at the Isles Yacht Club

This one’s for the music lovers out there. Head down to the Isles Yacht Club (1780 Marion Ave., Punta Gorda) on January 19th for some jazz hits from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. The Gulfshore Opera’s (GO) Professional Artist in Residence and jazz trio accompaniment will be playing songs originally by artists like Cole Porter, and Andy Williams. A must-attend-event for any jazz fan staying with us during the month of January!

Of course, there are always cool and interesting events happening around the wannaB, and these are just a few that happened to catch our interest heading into the new year. For more on what’ll be going on around the area, make sure to stay tuned to, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss a thing. Happy Holidays to everyone out there! We hope to see you in the new year!