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NIGHT LIGHTS IN THE GARDEN
Photo courtesy of Naples Botanical Garden.
The hottest holiday ticket in Naples is getting even hotter.
More lights on more nights are planned for the annual Night Lights in the Garden
at the Naples Botanical Garden
, a show-stopping, magical illumination event
that brings in thousands of people each year. The dates are Dec.
8 to Dec. 23; Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, and Jan.1 to Jan. 3, 2018.
Celebrate the holidays in a lush tropical paradise that is
transformed into a spectacular light show as the sun sets. Each evening
includes holiday musical performances, family activities, festive treats and
the enchanting illumination scenes throughout the garden. The lights bring all
ages into the garden to see the spectacle.
Naples Botanical Garden members can purchase their tickets early
during an exclusive offering through Nov. 13. The public can buy tickets
beginning Nov. 14. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and are
available at the ticket window from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Tuesdays. Tickets are also available on naplesgarden.org
COMMUNITY HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
A Community-Wide Hanukkah Celebration
brings hundreds of people
together to celebrate their faith and culture. The celebration in Naples will
be held at the Mercato
Lawn on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. The annual event,
hosted by the Jewish Federation of Collier County, brings together members of
local synagogues as well as community members of all faiths. The event includes
a latke-eating contents, music, kids’ performances and the lighting of the
menorah. Check out jewishnaples.org
for more information.
A Hanukkah celebration is held on Mercato Lawn. Photo courtesy of Jewish Federation of Collier County.
THIRD STREET SOUTH CHRISTMAS
Christmas in Naples begins on Third Street South
third week of November with the Annual Tree Lighting & Festival
. Santa Claus will attend this holiday extravaganza—where
it snows in downtown Naples! Naples Mayor Bill Barnett will light the official
Christmas tree, while this trendy, exclusive shopping district comes alive with
red and silver decorations, music, bells, singing, dancing and fabulous holiday
treats for visitors. The courtyards and plazas are filled with holiday cheer. Go
for further details.
An ice sculpture draws a crowd on Third Street South.
NAPLES CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
There’s nothing cooler and truly Southwest Floridian during the
holiday season than the Naples Christmas Boat Parade
. Boats decorated with
lights strung from bow to stern in clever holiday motifs fill Naples Bay on Saturday,
Dec. 9 between 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Thousands crowd the coastline as everyone
from Santa Claus to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to assorted snowmen light up
A crowd favorite holiday event, dozens of boats take to the
water to show off their best holiday look in front of a panel of judges. The
boat parade, presented by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County,
may be viewed from Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Bayview Park and some
nearby restaurants. Learn more about the parade at miacc.org
. A local charity,
the Ricky King Fund, benefits.
For those who love the beach—especially the beach at night—and
for those who love fireworks, Naples is the place to be on Sunday, Dec. 31
around 9 p.m for some New Year's Eve Fireworks
. That’s when the fireworks start from just off the coast. Ringing
in the New Year is a true Naples tradition with some sky show-watchers finding
a spot at sunset and staying put until night falls and the fireworks fill the
skies over the Gulf of Mexico. Tens of thousands line the beaches from Gordon
Pass north to past Lowdermilk Park to enjoy the booming lights over the pitch-black
Written by Brigid O’Malley, a writer living
in Southwest Florida.