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Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades 2018

The holidays are in full swing here in Southwest Florida. Just before Thanksgiving, we saw the Naples Christmas tree light up for the first time this year. After that, we experienced the 3rd St Celebration of Lights. Now that we’ve entered the final month of 2018, we have the Naples and Marco Island boat parades to look forward to. And they start up tomorrow.

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Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades 2018

Naples Boat Parade 2018

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Visit the Village Shops on Venetian Bay tomorrow night (December 4th). Beginning at 5 pm, guests enjoy live entertainment, a snow show, balloon art, and carolers performing. Get your face painted while you wait for the boats to pass by in the bay. Listen up as Mrs. Claus tells stories of Christmases past. Then, grab your camera for a photo-op with Santa Claus. Admission to the Naples Boat Parade 2018 is absolutely free.

Marco Island Boat Parade 2018

If you’re in Marco Island this weekend, stick around for nightfall. At 6 pm, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Marco Island Boat Parade. Your best view takes place from The Esplanade (760 N Collier Blvd). Dozens of decorated boats float by boasting thousands of twinkling lights right out on the water. This is truly a sight you will want to behold!

The Naples and Marco Island Boat Parades aren’t the only fun events taking place in the next couple of weeks. Fifth Ave South hosts a grand outdoor tuba concert to celebrate the season as well. Listen to 70 musicians of all ages as they play Christmas classics on the tuba. With no seating available, feel free to bring your own chair to Sugden Plaza at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 14th. The concert only lasts for one hour. Then, continue with your holiday shopping at Fifth Ave South’s fine shops. Take some time to enjoy the season everyone!

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

Naples Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration on 3rd St South

Now, I understand that Christmas is still 43 days away. We celebrate Thanksgiving next week. But, the people in charge of the 3rd St South Shopping District just can’t wait. They get things started early with their 2018 Naples Christmas tree lighting next Monday. And they want to invite everyone to celebrate their kick-off to this holiday season.

3rd St South hosts their annual Naples Christmas tree lighting and celebration of lights the entire week of Thanksgiving 2018...with snow!

What: Naples Christmas Tree Lighting 2018
Where: 3rd St South Shopping District (1300 3rd St S)
When: Monday, November 19th, 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: 3rd St South (239) 649-6707

Naples Christmas Tree Lighting 2018

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From 6 pm to 9 pm on November 19th, the 3rd St South Shopping District turns into a winter wonderland. The plaza fills up with Christmas cheer when the mayor officially flips the switch at the Naples Christmas tree lighting. Listen in awe as bells ring from every courtyard in the shopping center. See the living nativity in all its glory at the tree lighting. I hear Santa plans on making an appearance as well. Next, if you believed that it never snows in Florida, you’ll be proven wrong. Every day during Thanksgiving week, snow falls on the plaza promptly at 7 pm. Then, at 7 pm every Thursday in December, expect to see snow falling in the plaza again.

3rd St Celebration of Lights 2018

For the rest of Thanksgiving week (except Thanksgiving Day), visitors can bask in the Celebration of Lights at 3rd St South. From 6 pm to 9 pm each evening, carolers inspire guests with traditional Christmas carols in the Fleischman Courtyard. This tends to be a pretty popular event in Naples at this time of year. So, if you plan on adding dinner to your evening’s plans next week, make reservations at your favorite restaurant ahead of time. Otherwise, you might not find a seat anywhere. You don’t want to miss seeing the snow falling at 7 pm, do you?

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Naples right now. To prove it, 3rd St South hosts their Naples Christmas tree lighting event on November 19th, with their Celebration of Lights taking place until November 24th (except Thanksgiving night). And they’ve promised snow on the plaza every evening at 7 pm sharp. What a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit!

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

Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016

Who says it never snows in Florida? It will be doing that twice. Watch the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 at the Village Shops or on 3rd St.Who says it doesn’t snow in Florida?  Prepare for a Christmas miracle.  Not one, but two different places in our Naples community celebrate a Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016: the Village Shops and Third St.  One takes place on Christmas Eve and the other happens right before New Year’s Eve.

Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016

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Are you ready for Christmas?  Still have last minute shopping to do?  Visit the Village Shops on Venetian Bay this Saturday, December 24th.  Cross the last names off your Christmas gift list.  Then, watch the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 beginning at 4pm.  Santa will be there to take requests from and photos with good little boys and girls.  Mrs. Claus tells the BEST stories.  Listen to carolers sing traditional holiday tunes.  Dancers perform to classic Christmas music as well.  Once you’re done shopping and visiting with Santa, you might work up an appetite.  Stop by one of the great restaurants inside Venetian Bay right on the water.  Admission to the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 at the Village Shops is absolutely free of charge to the public.

The wintery fun doesn’t stop there.  If you can’t make it to the Venetian Bay on Christmas Eve, you’ll have another opportunity to enjoy Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 action on Thursday, December 29th.  That’s when 3rd St South celebrates their holiday snowfall as part of its 3rd Thursday on 3rd celebration (even though it’s technically the fifth Thursday of the month).  Beginning at 7:30pm, snow falls on 3rd St and 13th Ave.  While this happens, live holiday music plays in the background.  Admission to this event is also free.

Looking for something special to do for the Christmas holiday?  Have out-of-town guests you want to entertain?  Visit one or both of the Naples Holiday Snowfall 2016 events taking place in the next several days here in the Naples/Marco Island area of Florida.  Merry Christmas to all!

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Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade

Enjoy a winter wonderland in Florida at the Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade. Over 100 tons of snow greets guests at the Snowfest.Who says it can’t snow in Florida?  Sure, we might have to truck it in.  But the Naples Snowfest 2016 is worth it.  Then, just a few days later, the Naples Christmas Parade treks through town.  The holidays have officially arrived!

What: Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade
Where: 4701 Golden Gate Parkway (Snowfest) & 3rd St to 5th Ave (Parade)
When: Dec 3rd, 3pm to 9pm (Snowfest) & Dec 6th, 6pm to 8pm (Parade)
Admission: $2 per person, kids 3 & under FREE (Snowfest)
Contact: Collier County Parks & Recreation (239) 352-4180

Naples Snowfest 2016 and Christmas Parade

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First, we kick off the holiday season with the Naples Snowfest 2016 this Saturday, December 3rd.  Come see the Golden Gate Community Center transform into a winter wonderland.  More than 1200 blocks of ice will be fed through an ice chipper to create 100+ tons of snow.  Sled your way through the powdery stuff on the man-made toboggan hills.  Pony rides, a petting zoo and an arts and crafts center allow kids to really get into the holiday spirit.  Take the polar plunge without actually getting wet.  This polar plunge involves a large inflatable slide and no water.

Try your hand at the holiday-themed carnival games.  Hop aboard the carnival rides.  Visit Santa at his temporary home away from home…the Florida “South Pole”.  For a small fee, your child can take a professional-quality photo with the jolly old elf himself.  Don’t forget to visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for tasty treats cooked up with help from local civic groups.

The following Tuesday, grab your lawn chairs because the Naples 2016 Christmas Parade comes to town.  From 6pm to 8pm, marching bands, floats and other fun entries parade down Naples streets to herald the holidays.  The parade begins on Broad Street.  It then makes its way north on 3rd St.  Finally, it winds its way east on 5th Ave where it eventually ends at 8th St.  You’re welcome to line up anywhere along the parade route.  Just get there early to find the best spot.  I hear that Santa will be bringing up the rear of the parade.  You won’t want to miss it!

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2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting

Get into the spirit of the holidays at the 2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting hosted by 5th Ave South. Free admission to the family-friendly fun.Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving.  It’s a time for us to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for over the past year.  What happens next?  Christmas!  Even though we still have 32 days until Christmas Day, get into the spirit of the holiday at the 2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting.  The walk helps you fight back the calories you consumed at Thanksgiving.  The tree lighting just makes everything prettier.

What: 2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting
Where: 701 5th Ave S
When: Thursday, December 1st, 5pm to 8:30pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: 5th Avenue South (239) 692-8436

2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting

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Beginning at 2pm on Thursday, December 1st, all automobile traffic along 5th Ave South stops.  That’s because staff will be getting ready for the 2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting festivities.  At dusk, watch as the the holiday tree lights up to officially kick off the Christmas celebration.  Businesses have festively decorated their storefronts along 5th Ave.  Stores agreed to stay open late especially for this event.  So, stop in to get busy crossing off items on your Christmas list.

Parents, don’t forget your cameras.  Santa says he will be bringing the Mrs. with him to listen to every good little boy and girl’s Christmas wishes.  First, let your little one whisper their holiday dreams into Santa’s ear.  Then, snap a picture with the jolly old elf and his litle lady.  Afterwards, watch as dance troupes perform to Christmas classics.  Also, listen to musical ensembles play and choirs sing traditional holiday tunes as well as modern pieces.

Admission to the 2016 Naples Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting is absolutely free.  So, come out with your friends and family for a fun evening to kick off the holidays.  Fill up on Christmas cheer early.  Happy holidays, everyone.

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