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Naples Christmas Parades 2019

Southwest Florida isn’t known for its wintery landscapes. But we do enjoy celebrating the holidays just like everyone else. Since we live right on the water, it makes sense that we celebrate two Naples Christmas Parades: one by land and one by sea.

Not content with just one parade, the City offers up two Naples Christmas Parades this week: one by land and one by sea.

Naples Christmas Parades 2019

Naples Christmas Parade

Where: Downtown Naples (701 5th Ave S)
When: Tuesday, December 10th, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: City of Naples (239) 213-7120

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaFifth Ave South hosts this year’s Christmas Parade tomorrow night. Beginning at 6 pm, watch floats, marching bands, local organizations, fire trucks, and more strut their stuff along the parade route. They start off on South Broad St. Then, they turn east onto 3rd St. Finally, they turn north onto 5th Ave S. Stop by early to find a good spot along the parade route.

You might even want to plan dinner a little early at one of the 5th Ave S restaurants. Maybe one of the ones participating in Winter Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week. After the parade, stop by one of the 5th Ave S shops to do some Christmas shopping. Plus, you definitely need to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus before the night ends! Of course, you also should stop and see the huge Christmas tree on display, too.

Naples Boat Parade

Where: Naples Bay
When: Saturday, December 14th, from 6:15 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE

Best places to watch: Bayview Park, The Boat House on Naples Bay, Kelly’s Fish House, Landings Park, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Pinchers Tin City, and Riverwalk Restaurant. Arrive early to scout out a good spot along the way. Bring a chair with you for comfort.

This week offers up two great Christmas parades that the whole family can enjoy together. Happy holidays to all!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples

In just 10 ten days, we celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. But if you don’t want your little boils and ghouls knocking on doors, begging for candy, consider a safe and sane alternative: Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples. All the candy. Less of the hassle. But with more activities included. And all in one convenient location!

Forget door-to-door when you can go store-to-store and MORE at the Halloween on 7th Spooktacular in Naples, FL.

What: Halloween on 5th Spooktacular in Naples
Where: Fifth Ave South (701 5th Ave S)
When: Thursday, October 31st, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Fifth Ave South (239) 692-8436 or via email

Halloween on 5th Spooktacular

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaOn Halloween, organizers close off 5th Ave S between 3rd and 9th to set up their annual Spooktacular event. They promise more than 30 activities geared towards children of all ages. Past favorites (like Balloon Buccaneers, Sea Shelly, and live painter Marcus Zotter) make return appearances to the event. However, new for this year will be the Family Circus Acrobats. Watch as they perform amazing aerial feats high above 5th Ave S. To add to the festivities of the day, they perform live dressed as pirates! Plus, you’ll definitely want to visit the House of Heroes to see more of your favorite crime-fighting heroes in one place. They’ll be dressed up and ready for a photo-op with the kids. So, parents, make sure you bring your camera with you.

Two costume contests promise fun and prizes for man and beast. Well, maybe not man and beast. But definitely fun for kids and pets. For a suggested donation of $5, enter your child or four-legged family member into their own costume contest. You must register between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The contests take place at 6 pm. Proceeds benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Resource Center and the Humane Society of Collier County.

When you get hungry, pick up a snow cone, some popcorn or cotton candy. Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Baby Basics. For something a little more substantial, grab a sub from Dave’s Cosmic Subs. Ice cream will also be available for sale. And, of course, merchants along 7th Ave S pass out candy to all trick-or-treaters who enter their stores.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Stone crab season starts tomorrow! You know what that means. Time for the Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019 to kick into high gear. That’s right. In just 10 days, Old Naples Waterfront fills up with stone crab and much, much more.

Come to the waterfront between October 25th and 27th for one of our treasured annual traditions, the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Free admission and tons of entertainment as well as mouth-watering crab dishes for sale.

What: Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019
Where: Old Naples Waterfront, Tin City Bayfront (1500 5th Ave S)
When: Oct 25th (4 pm to 9 pm), Oct 26th (10 am to 9 pm) & Oct 27th (10 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Stone Crab Festival contact form

Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThis marks the festival’s 10th year of bringing delicious stone crab, tasty desserts, amazing live music, and family-friendly activities to Tin City. Festivities begin with live music at 4 pm on the Bayfront Stage. But, a Stone Crab Festival isn’t a festival until the traditional cracking of the first stone crab. That takes place at 5 pm at the Tin City parking lot and 5:30 pm on the Bayfront.

Thousands of people attend this festival every year. It’s easy to see why. Dozens of food vendors serve the most delicious crab dishes you’ve ever eaten. Plus, arts and crafts vendors offer unique items that make great birthday, anniversary or Christmas presents for your loved ones (or yourself). Saturday and Sunday begin with a block party that the whole family can enjoy. Two stages (Tin City and Bayfront) bring live musical entertainment all weekend long.

Pure Florida and Naples Princess both offer discounts on their cruises and watercraft rentals. Enter the ice cream eating contest. But watch out for that brain freeze. Let the kids roam free in the Kids Corner, filled with tons of activities meant just for them. You won’t want to miss a minute of all the excitement the stone crab festival brings to the waterfront!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019

Living on the Gulf of Mexico, we enjoy some of the finest and freshest seafood around. Even if you don’t necessarily like seafood, some of the most talented chefs live and work right here in Southwest Florida. They pooled their talents and put together the Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019 so that they can share their knowledge and skills with you.

Learn how to make some of your favorite dishes from your favorite chefs during Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019 from Oct 21st to 30th. Proceeds fund scholarships and training programs for aspiring chefs in the area.

What: Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019
Where: Various Naples Restaurants
When: October 21st to 30th, times vary
Cost: $60 per class
Contact: Beth Preddy, Event Coordinator (239) 404-5014 or via email

Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaWhether you’re a chef in your own right, work the grill at a greasy spoon or simply want to enhance your family’s dinner menus at home, everyone learns something new at this foodie camp. Over a dozen chefs, most of whom own and operate their own local restaurants, offer classes showcasing their special brand of cooking. Learn how to make a mouthwatering paella from Chef JC Perez at Lamoraga. Find out the perfect way to cook different cuts of beef from Chef Adam Nardis at M Waterfront Grille. Discover what it takes to make delicious crab cakes from 21 Spices’ very own Chef Asif Sayed. And put together the most delicious appetizers for your next party with the skills you learn from Jeanne Harvey at The Real Macaw. And those are only four of the talented chefs hosting classes at foodie camp.

Ticket Information

Tickets cost $60 per 90-minute class. During each class, students learn how to make a two or three-course meal. They also receive a quick mixology course including appetizers. Enjoy a glass of wine as well. Each class includes its own folder complete with recipes and helpful tips so you can practice your newfound skills at home. Plus you receive one raffle ticket to enter to win a Foodie Camp apron signed by one of the chefs and a $50 gift certificate to one of the restaurants represented at the camp. Foodie fun! Purchase your tickets online here.

Where Does the Money Go?

Proceeds from the Foodie Camp fund scholarships for hospitality school at Florida Gulf Coast University as well as the St Matthews House’s culinary training programs. Since 2015, the Foodie Camp has managed to raise more than $40,000 for these programs. With your help, they could take their efforts over the $50,000 mark. No matter what your skill (or lack thereof), please consider registering for at least one of the Foodie Camp classes this year. They’re all great and well worth it!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos