Florida Maritime Museum debuts Christmas in Cortez holiday festival

Cortez, Fla. (11/3/2021) – The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM), a part of the Manatee County Clerk’s Historical Resources Department, in partnership with Manatee County and the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum, is excited to host a brand new holiday festival, Christmas in Cortez. This FREE family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, December 4th, from 10AM – 2PM.


This outdoor festival will take place on museum grounds and will feature a variety of free entertainment, including carnival-style and lawn games, a snow slide, and photo opportunities with Santa. Local non-profits and community organizations will have interactive booths on site, where visitors can enjoy additional free crafts, games, and fun demonstrations. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site and will be provided by local businesses.



Parking will be available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve located on Cortez Road next to the Cortez Cultural Center directly east of the Florida Maritime Museum. There will be no parking of any kind available on-site at the museum.


The museum will be closed on Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th, to complete final preparations for the event.


The Florida Maritime Museum, located at 4415 119th Street West in the historic fishing village of Cortez, offers a snapshot of old Florida through a collection of informative exhibits, educational programs, community events, and research materials. Visit FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org for more information, or call (941) 708-6120.


ABOUT THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM

Serving the public since 2007, the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida's fishing and maritime heritage. The Florida Maritime Museum is a part of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Historical Resources Department, with additional support from the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum. Situated on the Cortez Nature Preserve, FMM grounds were purchased with funds from the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 Program and the Manatee County Board of County Commission. Located in the 1912 schoolhouse in the historic fishing village of Cortez, the museum offers a snapshot of old Florida through a collection of informative exhibits, educational programs, community events, and research materials.

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