Welcome to this month's edition of the Southwest Florida Insider — fun things to do and see around our beaches. Please enjoy this calendar of events throughout this holiday month. If you have an event(s) you would like to see us share next month, please let me know.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
December 18-26 | Hanukkah
December 24 | Christmas Eve
December 25 | Christmas Day
December 31 | New Year's Eve
Carolers & Snow on Third Every Thursday of this month on Third Street South, come experience one of Naples’ most favorite Christmas experiences. There will be a not-so-cold snowfall and traditional Christmas carolers throughout the night. Also, enjoy the twinkling Christmas lights all down the street.
Boots on the Sand Concert Boots in the Sand is 501(c)(3) dedicated to the recovery of SWFL after Hurricane Ian. All proceeds from this concert will go to the recovery. The night will include performances by Ira Dean, Brian Kelly (of Florida Georgia Line), Tracey Lawrence, and Ted Nugent. Headlining the night will be a special performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Traditional Holiday Stroll on Third Restaurants and shops are teaming up together to ring in the holiday cheer. All night there will be Christmas specials and deals all down Third Street. You can enjoy holiday-themed drinks, meals, and deals! There will also be Christmas carolers, sparkling lights, and incredible Christmas decorations.
Christmas on Fifth This two-day event will be filled with Christmas fun. Throughout the event, there will be a day-long Christmas market, Christmas-themed dining, events going on all throughout the street, special performances, special surprise guests, and so much more. This is one of the best events all throughout Naples for Christmas.
Tony Orlando Christmas Show The very well-known Tony Orlando is coming to Seminole Casino. Holiday favorites including "White Christmas," "Silent Night," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Mary, Did You Know?" and many more will be performed in a way that only Tony could deliver with his incredible vocals.
Snowfest The 38th annual Snowfest is one of the best winter experiences to see in Naples. There will be 3 giant snow mountains made up of 100 tons of snow for all kids to enjoy! There will be twinkling lights and the movie “Elf” played on a 32-foot-wide screen. Not to mention Santa will be stopping by to keep the Christmas spirit alive!
Christmas Parade Come down to Fifth Avenue to enjoy one of the best night parades. There will be floats, school groups, school bands, dance troupes, fire engines, girl and boy scouts, civic groups and so much more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be making a special guest appearance! The parade will start on Broad Avenue South all the way to 3rd Street South.
Live Fest at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Live Fest is back but this time all proceeds will go to hurricane relief efforts. There will be performances by .38 Special, Jake Owen, and headlining the night is Brad Paisley. This Naples premier music experience is not something you want to miss out on. It is presented by the QBE Shootout and is hosted by the Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
Merry Breakfast Waterside will be having a special event partnering with Bricktops. There will be a special breakfast filled with holiday cheer. There will also be areas to take holiday photos with Santa, special guest appearances, and surprises throughout the whole breakfast. There also will be a toy drive going on where you can bring a toy or donate to the Guadalupe Center.
Annual Christmas Island Style Parade This is one of Marco Island’s most favored parades of the whole year. There will be Christmas lights on display, unique floats, and many different performances by various groups and people. This night parade will take place all along San Marco Road. It will start at the intersection at Balfour Drive and end at the intersection at Barfield Drive.
Santa Paws Rock the Block Bring your fur babies in the most festive attire! At this event, your fur baby will have the chance to get a photo with Santa which is hosted by Domestic Animal Services. Little Eddie & The Fat Fingers will be performing on the Mercato stage! Be sure not to miss out on a great event!
Holiday Pops with the Philharmonic There’s no better way to enjoy Christmas fun than listening to traditional Christmas music. Enjoy the holiday tunes sung by the Naples Philharmonic Chorus as well as the Youth Naples Philharmonic Chorus. To see all the songs that will be performed throughout the night, click the “view event” button below.
Christmas Island Style Boat Parade This parade will have numerous boats decorated with amazing lights and Christmas decorations galore. Some great viewing spots would be the Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and The Snook Inn on the Marco River.
A Christmas Story on the Lawn For this month’s special Movie on the Lawn, Mercato will be showing the classic Christmas movie; “A Christmas Story.” Make sure to bring a lawn chair and some snacks and let the movie magic begin!
The Nutcracker Come see one of the best retellings of the Nutcracker where Naples Ballet, soloists from around the world, and the Naples Philharmonic collaborate to put on an amazing production. Don’t miss out on this timeless tale being brought to life!
An Evening on Fifth (Special) This evening on 5th is a special one because it will be filled with New Year's celebrations. All along 5th, there will be an array of live musical performances plus amazing dining and shopping to celebrate the New Year.
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