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Welcome Back, Neighbors! IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS, NAPLES STYLE
When December arrives, the houses in my neighborhood light up one by one as the people who’ve spent their summer up north arrive home. Only about 20% of my neighbors live in Naples year-round, so it’s always a joy to see everyone come back for the holidays. For me, a street full of people means Christmas is really here and it’s time to celebrate! At home, my wife and I will kick off the holidays by decorating our two Christmas trees and wrapping lights around the boat dock and the palms by the water. After that, we’ll spend the month taking advantage of all the celebrations Naples has to offer — and there are plenty! If you’ve never danced to music at the Candlelight Christmas Carols at Cambier Park or watched the brightly lit vessels glide through the bay during the Christmas Boat Parade, you’ve been missing out on some of the city’s best attractions. Whether you’re new in town or just looking to get out of the house this season, I highly recommend putting these events on your calendar: NIGHT LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN Nov. 29–Dec. 23; Dec. 26–30; and Jan. 1–5, Naples Botanical Garden Head to the garden to admire thousands of lights, enjoy a live musical or ballet performance, try a snack from Fogg Cafe, or sip on a signature cocktail. Tickets for adults start at just $12!
Fifth Avenue South, and Eighth Street South. If you can’t make it in person, you can still catch the fun streaming live on Comcast channel 98, at NaplesGov.com, or on Facebook! VICTORIA PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHT RIDE AND GET-TOGETHER AT RON AND KAREN'S Dec. 10, Lake Michigan Credit Union Join an intimate group at 5:45 p.m. to embark on a tour through Victoria Park! Enjoy the lights and then meet at Ron and Karen Schoch's house afterward for mingling and appetizers. Head to the event page on MeetUp.com to request a spot! CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE ON NAPLES BAY Dec. 14, Naples Bay This is probably my favorite event of the season! You can watch the beautiful illuminated boats sail through Naples Bay from spots across town, including Landings Park, Bayview Park, Pinchers and Riverwalk restaurants at Tin City, Kelly's Fish House, The Boathouse restaurant, and the Naples City Dock. This festive run is a fantastic experience for athletes and spectators alike. The course is lit with thousands of lights and glowing Christmas characters, and the runners don light-up bracelets, necklaces, and more. Watching is free, and you can expect “snow” at the finish line! THE NAPLES CHRISTMAS GLOW RUN 5K Dec. 14, Sugden Regional Park
for holiday-themed performances and singalongs with more than 50 musicians! The music will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. HOLIDAY ON THE BAY AT VENETIAN VILLAGE Dec. 14; Dec. 21–22; and Dec. 24, The Village Shops on Venetian Bay Grab the kids and head to The Village to enjoy a “snow” show, shopping, photos with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, and plenty of musical and dance performances! The event begins at 5 p.m. on every date except Christmas Eve, when it will be in full-swing by 2 p.m. CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT CAMBIER PARK Dec. 20, Cambier Park Bandshell Last year, this event drew 600 carolers, and we expect even more this year! Go to enjoy the music, snack on treats from the on-site food truck, or sip a mug of beer or glass of wine. The food and fun starts at 5:30 p.m., and carolers take the stage from 6:30–8:00 p.m.! Hopefully, I’ll see you at one of these events and can say this in person, but just in case you can’t make it, Kimberly and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
NAPLES CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 10, Fifth Avenue South
HOLIDAY EVENING ON FIFTH: TUBA CHRISTMAS Dec. 14, Sugden Plaza
This quintessential Christmas celebration is free to attend and features a lineup of extravagant Christmas floats that parade down Broad Avenue, Third Street South,
After the Naples Christmas Glow Run 5K wraps up, stick around at Sugden Plaza
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