There’s nothing like spending the Holiday season in Southwest Florida. Now, I know to some of you it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit when you’re surrounded by palm trees, beaches and people in bathing suits, but trust me, it’s a fun time of year and it sure beats the cold weather, snow and blistery winds. You’ll immediately find yourself in the holiday spirit with this selection of upcoming events in Bonita Springs and Naples, Florida.
Christmas on Third Street South, Naples
Christmas on Third Street South is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! It’s a town tradition that takes place the Monday before Thanksgiving. You’ll feel like you’re in the North Pole (minus the frigid temps) will twinkle-light streets, nostalgic décor, and music and bells resounding from every courtyard and plaza. The mayor lights the Christmas tree, Santa arrives, and just in case you northerners are a little homesick, it even snows!
Miracle on 34th Street at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Naples
11/22/2012 through 12/25/2012
The musical adaptation of a holiday classic comes to life on the Broadway Palm stage. A white-bearded man claims to be the real Santa Clause and spreads a genuine wave of love throughout New York City bringing about an actual miracle on 34th Street. This dazzling musical is filled with humor, spectacle, beloved songs and is joyful entertainment for the entire family.
A Christmas Carol: The Concert, Naples
Held at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, this concert is a must see. So don’t be a Scrooge… Join Bob Cratchet and Tiny Tim for this classic Dickens tale featuring full symphony orchestra, choir, rock/pop rhythm section, narrator and three soloists. Hear this vintage ghost story as you’ve never heard it before!
Bonita Springs Holiday in the Park
12/4/2012, 4:30pm – 9pm
Santa Clause and many other winter activities will kick off the holiday season during the City of Bonita Springs Holiday in the Park. There will be live entertainment as well as train rides, horse and carriage rides, snow slide, holiday decorations and activities, and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
City of Naples Annual Christmas Parade
12/4/2012, 6pm – 8pm
The annual Christmas parade begins on Broad Street South, comes north on Third Street South, turns east onto Fifth Avenue South and then finishes as it turns onto 8th Street South. It’s always a good idea to get downtown early to get a parking space and a great seat at one of the outdoor restaurants or cafés along 5th Avenue South.
Bonita Springs Boat Parade
The parade begins and ends at The Fish House Restaurant located at 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue.
Naples Christmas Boat Parade
Get in the Holiday spirit with this fun boat parade complete with the holiday sounds coming from the lavishly decorated boats. The best bet for viewing is at Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, and Kelly’s Fish House.
Naples Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Saturday 12/15/12 beginning at 5pm
Sunday 12/16/12 beginning at 4pm
Held at The Performing Arts Hall at Gulf Coast High School, the Naples Ballet annual performance of the Nutcracker is like a Christmas gift just waiting to be enjoyed. You and your family will love this production!